26 Aug Japan: Gotokuji Temple, Shibuya, Shinjuku & Shimokitazawa
The Japan post entries felt like forever or something. Finally, this is the last post of our trip. So on my previous post, we visited the Nissin cup noodle museum. We head over to Gotokuji temple after which. Gotokuji temple, in a quaint neighborhood, is definitely one of the interesting places in Tokyo. I mean like seriously, a temple filled with Maneki-neko (cats)? We wouldn’t give that a miss! Not real cats but the famous ceramic beckoning cats. Beckoning cats are what shop owners place in front of their shop hypnotizing consumers with their waving hands to spend money in their shop. In short, a good luck charm. I was really excited for my bro because he loves such things. I thought I could buy a souvenir for him but turns out it wasn’t for sale. Visitors purchase the figurines and place them in the temple as a gratitude act.
Too bad it wasn’t spring. Imagine the shrine filled with beautiful cherry blossoms?
Loads of cats in different sizes! Somehow it felt therapeutic staring at them.
On our last day, we explored the area where our accommodation was, Shinjuku. Breakfast at Sarabeth’s was really good! Eggs benedict dishes are usually a safe choice so I can’t really comment based on that. But the mac and cheese that Ant ordered were in the freaking spotlight! Best mac and cheese we probably had in our lives.
It’s not an uncommon sight for tourist to visit an owl cafe in Japan. And yes, we just had to go play with some stoning birds and have a stare-down competition. But of course, we lost to those cute creatures with big round eyes. The Mohumohu cafe doesn’t exactly operate like a cafe. We queued at the entrance, paid fee, chose a drink and selfie with the owls. If you’re someone who cannot bear seeing the owls get chained on their feet to the bar, I would advise you not to go.
The shop owner was really mischievous. He placed the owls on our heads and teased around. Fortunately, I had great instinct that day and felt that it was time for the owl to go back to the poles. As soon as I let it off my head, I witnessed the owl pooped right in front of me. Thank goodness gracious me! Eileen however, the owner kept saying it pooped on her hair trying to tease her eventually became real. Damn suay lor (jinxed) his mouth.
Absolutely adore this pair of docile looking owl. They looked like a couple of lovebirds or like pear fruits cut into half haha.
And finally, Shimokitazawa, officially my favorite place in Tokyo hands down. I love all the nitty gritty, vintage and thrift shops. If there’s any indie street in Tokyo, Shimokitazawa is definitely it. Too bad we didn’t have much time left, otherwise I suppose I’ll take a really long walk here. Guess I’ll have to wait till the next time I visit Tokyo again.
Because we’re poser-ish and gangsta like this.
To sum the entire Japan trip, it has been none other than kind. In terms of everything from the weather, food and to the hospitality of the people. We experienced snow blizzard fortunately for only 2 days, clear blue skies during our Mount Fuji stay, every meal was a blessing and people who offered their help with directions voluntarily. I was told by a close friend many years back that she didn’t get any shit help when she approached the locals for direction. Everybody ignored her. So I didn’t want to ask for help unless absolutely required. To my pleasant surprise, the locals were nothing but helpful. Sorry babe, you were probably at the wrong place at the wrong time.
HOWEVER! We did spend like ALOT on this trip and it’s not even shopping expenditures. The transport and the hotel accommodations were the killers! But all was worth it in the end. We will definitely be savvier the next time we plan a Japan trip again. Till we meet again ?? 日本 .