Thursday, March 31

Sakura, Hanami & Robots

One of the few words in Japanese everyone knows apart from "hai" or "arigato" is Sakura! The cherry blossom season that brings in thousands of flower lovers to Japan. The season is very short for the Sakura trees to blossom and during this time a loooooot of people gather in parks all over the country and have a picnic while drinking under the trees. It's really like May 1st in Finland but much much prettier...and NO ONE leaves trash behind or bottles. Please learn from Japan! Just when the Sakura trees are starting to blossom there is a "Spring opening party" called Hanami, the Yoyogi park was completely packed with thousands of people sitting in the park drinking and having a good time with friends. The vibe was amazing, nothing like this exists in China and it's so cool to be based in Tokyo instead now!

Took my friends out to Robot Restaurant since that is something you CAN'T miss while being in Tokyo. Crazy show filled with lasers, noise and flashing lights. It does not get more weird than this (suggest not arriving totally sober) The show plays 4 times a day and it's sold out every last show, book your tickets in advance.

Found an old Ramen truck in the middle of the night in Tsukishima! They still exist! Many years back it was a normal sight but now more rare. This old guy made very good food
 You find all kinds of stuff in Shibuya on a Saturday this guy in a LED suite 
 One of my favorite retro bars in Akihabara, they collect all kinds of strange stuff including old "boom-blasters". And they have tons of very random beers and lot of hot dog choices...and this hotdog mascot
I wonder what people back in the 80s would say if they saw someone from 2016 carrying an iPhone instead of this massive junk 

 Evening at Shinjuku 
 Out for drinks by the Aoyama tunnel bar in Shibuya

 Pachinko! There are tons of these Japanese gambling arcades, and it's suuuuper loud in here 
 Found this "maybe cute" shop in Harajuku...Wonder why it was written in Finnish
 Shibuya crossing on a Saturday evening is crowdeeeeed
Seriously! Did I just see 2 people pass me and both carrying big birds? A hawk and an owl...Haha amazing, Only in Japan!! 
 Shinjuku main street, notice Godzilla back on top of the roof. It's a 4D cinema
Guess there was some kinda bachelorette party going on 
The lounge bar upstairs where you can come and have some beers while waiting for the show to begin 
 Robotto robotto! Robot Restaurant! Hilarious & crazy show that kinda makes you wanna shake your head in disbelief. But then you realise that your in Tokyo and it doesn't even feel so strange. 

 My new favorit: Onigiri aka riceballs. They have them in any convenience store and for about 100 yen which is barely a euro. It's a perfect and tasty snack with all kinds of flavor like tuna, salmon, fired rice, egg, seaweed. Yum yum  
 Had dinner at Gonpachi where they filmed Kill Bill

 I've been waiting to see real Sakura for year and now that can be added to the ever growing checked off bucket-list!

 Give and you shall get.... Make someones day today and let the good things go around 

 Just chilling under the sakuras with some drinks. Chill!! 
 Such a pretty city!! 
 Birds were enjoying it too

Hanami at Yoyogi park with friends 

Someone didn't really make it the whole way...Haha 

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