[Tokyo Day 1] Tokyo Tower and Meeting Kak Dian
After some walking-back-the-memory-lane moments at Toudai, off we go to our next stop: Ueno Park and Ameyoko for some oh-very-delicious kebab!
Nothing much to do in Ueno Park. It was a bit chilly for us tropical creatures.
Then because we’re already hungry – and because I want Husband to try my all time favorite kebab – off we went to Ameyoko!
(Seriously, I never had any kebab that is as delicious as the one in Ueno!)
And then, because some people *cough* were still hungry, we went to Chicken Man to dabao lunch. (Heh, even in Japan I still brought my Singlish thing)
After everyone had their shares of Chicken Man, we said our goodbyes to Afwa and Adek. Going to miss them a lot. Hopefully they are coming to Singapore one day and if we’re still here, we’re going to treat them with awesome food as well! 🙂
Our next stop was actually to visit Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky Tree. But eventually, we dropped the Sky Tree because … it looks boring. I was curious to see it because well, my love for Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in Tokyo is that much, but after I saw it with my own eyes from a far, I decided it’s not worth it.
Hence, we walked to Tokyo Tower!
There was some kind of bazaar in front of Tokyo Tower – and the garden was decorated with everything about mini Tokyo Tower. So cute, no?
And poor boy had no idea that he’s standing right in front of Tokyo icon.
Initially we had no plan on going up to the observatory, but Husband went and checked the price which was not as expensive as we thought. So we bought the tickets!
(FYI, I had never been to Tokyo Tower before. Heh. Yes, I was a hermit during my 1.5 years of staying in Tokyo)
We were only there for like half an hour. And one thing I need to note is how troublesome it was to bring your stroller to the observatory! Going up was not really difficult, but going down was another story. There was no direct elevator going down from the observatory to the ground level – instead we needed to take some stairs two level down and then from there we could take an elevator.
It’s so troublesome. Imagine if it’s a baby sleeping inside the stroller!
Anyway, since it was autumn, night came so fast. It was only 4.30 pm, and it was already this dark!
And I swear my inner otaku tingled when I saw this shot. As a CLAMP fan, this brought back so many memories! The battle of earth from X (was supposed to) happened here. The final judgment from Card Captor Sakura also took place here. CLAMP is famous with their love affair with Tokyo Tower, and not gonna lie, I felt giddy just seeing it.
Ah well. Let’s get back to reality.
After saying goodbye to Tokyo Tower *sobs*, we went to Roppongi. We had a dinner appointment with Kak Dian, Husband’s (and my as well) high school friends at one of Halal yakiniku restaurant around that area.
Ah, Roppongi. So many memories there.
When I was in Japan, the only place I could watch an English movie is Toho Cinema at Roppongi Hills. And it was also where I had my very first experience gazing at the stars.
There is also this famous sculpture called “Maman” in front of Roppongi Hills. It’s a giant spider that’s often used as a meeting point.
(photo from here)
We were a bit late for meeting Kak Dian, so we thought about letting her know and have the dinner reservation to be shifted 30 mins later. But horror oh horror, our pocket wifi was running out of battery and our powerbank apparently didn’t work! We didn’t have local number so we were lost on how to contact her to know where she was.
Luckily, coin phone in Japan is still usable. And by usable, I mean it’s really really useful. With only 100 yen, I can call her mobile!
So we called Kak Dian and yay, finally we met near ‘Maman’ 😡
We had dinner at a yakiniku restaurant named Sumiyaki-ya. You can read my review on our Halal Food in Japan review. All I can say is that the food is awesome~ It’s a bit on pricier side but it’s totally worth it! The waiter is sooo nice and kind to Zal 🙂
We chit-chatted for about an hour then we called it a day. Final picture of the day!
Thank you, Kak Dian! Hopefully we can meet again if we’re visiting Tokyo in the future 🙂