From Tokyo to Kyoto – travels in Japan. Highlights of Shibuya.

No trip to Tokyo is complete without a visit to the Meiji shrine. Below the iris garden created for the Meiji empress at the start of the 20th Century. A beautiful, well balanced park, you can see a lot of gardening effort goes into the maintenance.

Visitors leave their wishes at the temple, which are later burned by the priests.

In Shibuya there’s a cafe where you can stroke cats! It costs a few hundred yen for an hour or so. You can just see a white cat at the top of the arrow. We didn’t go in, the idea made us feel a bit guilty.

You think that’s weird? How about a cafe where you can stroke hedgehogs? The lady holds up the sign to invite you in.

Or would you rather pet an owl?!

Then again, Shibuya is a wild place, heavily frequented by hipsters and tourists, and full of weird stuff (which is not typical for mainstream Japan).

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Our visit to Japan – cityscape & art. PART 1.

Flying JAL we experienced terrific service and great leg space in a brand new 787 plane.D259832B-5704-47FA-AF7E-443CC51BE4E4.jpeg

The familiar corner shops to get a quick nibble or a hot or cold coffee:

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Our Airbnb in Shinjuku- an intriguing neighborhood with some interesting nightclubs (ladies pay 0¥ !):9EDA2A26-81E8-4E2F-9069-83F0A37543B2

We thought this was a supermarket, but this is a gift shop where you can buy mainly melons as expensive giveaways. We witnessed a customer buying a banana wrapped in cellophane with a gift string attached to it. Probably for his superior?FF570D8D-84DD-49FB-8C23-045EC801E84B

Next we went to Roppongi Hills, a 40 floor business tower with a great museum. Last time we saw an exhibit by Warhol. Take a look at that roof garden in the building opposite.6F9E23BD-D416-45C8-9324-978DE947D9A6

That must be Shibuya in the distance, the district built on top of the second busiest train station in the world. The busiest station is Shinjuku, which handles more than 3.5 million persons … EACH DAY! “The station was used by an average of 3.64 million people per day in 2007, making it, by far, the world’s busiest transport hub” (Wikipedia)4B9F5B09-2EE8-48DE-99DE-D0510C519292

On the top floor of Roppongi Hills is the Moro Art Museum – with a great exhibit by Shiota Chiharu. “The Soul Trembles” – a very dreamy exhibit, beautiful work.65F980CD-1542-4A13-A94B-6AABDEE71EBD4EF21E17-D4E1-48F3-8C7E-437CFADE6165B6FA652C-FF71-4A9D-871E-AE41AC7D8DDAE744F9F0-669A-4795-8CB4-F1A25E50471E

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At the foot of the tower, an evaporation system to keep people cool.

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Sushi bar Genki Sushi in Shibuya, a bit overcrowded, but OK quality.  

  

Drinking an ice old coffee in XFLAG STORE Shibuya. It isn’t every hot, but humid.516328E3-719A-4B09-B52D-837FB1F13E16

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