Our last days in Japan
As engineers, high on or list is places to see was Akihabara. Akihabara
is the "electronics town" of Tokyo - a neighborhood dedicated to the sale
of consumer electronics, computer and (to our surprise) electronic components.
Sean was looking to buy a MD player (not so common and more expensive in North
America) so we spent a morning poking around Akihabara.
We still had a little power shopping left so we spent half a day getting
some of those all important souvenirs. Japanese toys are always cool
- they have so many super cute television characters and many things that
can only be described as "Japanese". Our second find was the Oriental
Bazaar - they are targets toward tourists (we saw more tourists there than
anywhere else) and sell things foreigners want (T-shirts, antique furniture,
antique Kimono, English books and so) that aren't easily found in Tokyo and
never in one place.
We stayed in one of the diplomatic neighborhoods (but we never did see
the Canadian Embassy) and one afternoon we heard these loud speakers blaring
something we didn't understand (but angry) and noticed a road block being
put up. In Canada I would have assumed a full scale riot was going on,
but it turns out the protest vehicles basically spend all day playing cat
and mouse with the police that trying to keep normalcy to the neighborhood
around the Russian Embassy.
All too soon, our trip was over! After a bit of a fiasco taking the
train to the airport (the train left from our station but we took a local
train to Tokyo station) and some mad spending of our last Yen, we got back
on the 747 and headed home to Vancouver. Awesome trip!
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