Day/Jour 24

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[Eng]
Daytrip
It was a nice day and we attended an event at Zozoji temple. There was different ceremonies like the Lion dance, walkshow of different monks with singing, a prayer from a high priest,… it was interesting but too long and since I don’t understand it we didn’t stay long. We then went to the Tokyo tower that was really close by to enter the One Piece attraction. We had bought our tickets some days ago at a 7-eleven at 3000¥/pers instead of 3200¥ at the attraction’s counter. We had to choose an hour to enter the attraction though so we chose 16-18h… and we shouldn’t have bought in advance. Once we arrived, everyone who has bought in advance has to wait in line to enter at 16… well more like 16:15 for us since we had to go exchange our tickets for another qr ticket at the counter… we saw people buying their on-the-same-day ticket at the machine and they didn’t have to get on any queue at all… so my advice is to pay those 200¥ more and avoid the queue and enjoying the attraction with less people. So when we finally went in, there was some kind of exposition with One Piece pages and some lighting. The attraction were a bit disappointing. Well, it was aimed for kids but as a fan, I thought there would be more entertaining. The Chopper attraction wasn’t good, it was all in japanese and we don’t really understand what was going on. The interior of the ship was well reproduced though. Then we went to an horror mansion with Brook. But not really horror-like XD I just got surprised when some wind came from nowhere…  and there was a big figurine, lifesized I think, of Perona. Really well made but the attraction in itself isn’t worth it. We entered then the Zoro attraction but omg… the queue… almost waited 30-40min… and only for 5 min of sword swinging… and I really hoped they made some english explanation…. Π_Π We then did Usop’s game, a shooting one. The wait wasn’t long and it was fun. Even if I’m really bad at aiming XD after that, we didn’t have much to do since the Robin’s quest was a 30min long and I think it was all in japanese so not really interesting for us. Also, the Nami’s was too crowded! So we gave up since we didn’t have that much time, we had a meeting on the evening. So we left Tokyo Tower (Mugiwara shop didn’t got as many goodies I’d like… was searching for tees but none was worth enough to pay these high prices). We headed then for Asakusa to meet Dave’s friend. We ate Yakiniku! First time ever and the meat were so good!
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Day/Jour 23

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[Eng]
Daytrip
Special festival today: fertility festival, or Kanamara Matsuri that can be translated by the iron penis festival XD We went to the temple early but it was already super crowded… and we weren’t lucky at all since it poured rain all day long… The temple had many stalls with penis or vagina shapped stuff like a whistle penis shape xD and there were lot of people cosplaying as a penis too… but since it was really crowded and I couldn’t see anything because I’m short and there were so many umbrellas, we went to Akihabara.
We went to Maidreamin, a really famous maid cafe. Dave went there on his first trip to Japan but apparently it wasn’t called Maidreamin and it has changed a lot since there. I took an bear-shaped omurice and he took the curry, as usual ahahaa xD they’re really playing the maid at the maximum, they put some animal headband on us and then they asked us to mimic some moves to make our dish more delicious. Like “oishii moe moe kyuuuun~~” while forming a heart with our hands. It’s really a nice experience but really expensive so I won’t recommend going there often. We got lucky too because we could attend to a live show from one of the maid. She waw dancing and singing and we noticed a customer mimicing the moves like her XD really synchronized! He must be a loyal customer xD
After that little show, we finished our dish and asked to get a picture with one of the maid. It was counted on the price when you take a debut set (Dave took it).
Then it was time for Akiba shopping! We went to lot of figurines shops and Dave spent so much XD As for me, I found a beautiful Tony Tony Chopper *–*

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Day/Jour 22

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[Eng]
Daytrip
We met Dave’s friends early in the morning at the Okayama station, 10min walk from our accomodation. Waki and his boyfriend met David in Belgium and he showed them around so this time, it was their turn to show us around Tokyo eheheheh ^__^
We first went to Tsukiji market, a really well-known fish market where a lot of auctions are happening every morning for the restaurants. It’s happening reallyyyy early so we couldn’t attend the auctions. The market smells fishy (ahahha i’m so funny) and there is an inner market aimed for professionals then an outside market for tourist. Waki recommended us a good tea seller and it was really good! With only 300gr, you can last really long XD then we went to eat some fish: otoro and tuna! The otoro is the fatty part of the tuna and its color is lighter, pinkish. We got a set at 2000¥ that we ate together, the four of us. I really liked the otoro, more than the tuna. I’m not especially fond of tuna but the otoro is so different and we ate it raw so we could really taste the otoro. After that, we went to take the tea at a tea house recommended by the tea seller. On our way to the tea house, we stopped at a temple, that I can’t remember the name, but it was really big and the outside is really different from the traditionnal temples we’ve seen. There was a funeral so we didn’t stay long in there. When we arrived at the tea house, we first paid 500¥ each then went upstairs. I first thought it was an entrance fee but it was actually the price for two cups of tea and a wagashi, a japanese sweet. The shop doesn’t make any profit, apparently, the sweet in itself cost already 300¥!
After a relaxing moment a the teahouse, we went to eat at a sukiyaki restaurant in a really traditionnal room. We ate on tatami and omg, I had to change position every 10min xD my legs were itchy XD I really do have bad blood circulation Π_Π the waitresses were in kimono and the service was really traditionnal. We had to remove our shoes, take slippers, remove them when we entered the tatami room… that restaurant offered a sukiyaki lunch set (side dishes, dessert, rice, miso soup and the sukiyaki pot) at 1500¥. The usual price at night goes up to ten times the lunch price!!!! Crazy, right? I couldn’t even finish my plate, it was too much and my belly was going to explode XD
We then went to Edo Museum, a really nice museum that has reproduced a small part of a village from the Edo era. It was really well made. And informative too since there is lot of guides there that can also speak english. We could enter the houses and they will explain to us the whys and hows of some tools. We then went to Shibuya and she showed me the Hachiko shop that we couldn’t find before lol. We then went to Meguro river again and this time for the night time and waouh! This is really different than when we went there at day time. So lively and with so many food and alcohol stands! We ate a oden snack near the canal and we seated like yankees ahahahahahah. It was then time to go to the sushi bar Waki, Dave’s friend, always goes to. It was a small restaurant but really nice sushi and decorations! The big difference in the sushi making from Belgium and here is that they put wasabi between the rice and the fish in Japan. We don’t in Belgium so Dave and I weren’t used to eating so much wasabi! We were crying at every bite XD

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[Fr]
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Day/Jour 21

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[Eng]
Daytrip
We went for Odaiba again today but this time, not for the Anime Japan. We were going to Fuji TV and to the Trick art museum. It was so windy!!! Omg so difficult to walk normally XD so it was really difficult to take outside pictures. There is a themed restaurant in the Fuji TV: the Baratie, a One Piece restaurant. We wanted to go eat there but it was too pricey so we just took picture of the building lol (the entrance was outside the building in the fourth floor I think so no proper pictures with me and lifesized Chopper Π_Π ). There was lot of goodies inside Fuji TV with a One Piece room. I have fangirl-ed so much xD but so pricey!!! But hopefully, I have my picture with Chopper on a special One Piece themed-purikura! Π_Π then we went to the Trick Art museum in front of the Fuji TV, near Joypolis. We didn’t go to Joypolis but in the third floor where there is lot of games. There was a “lucky box” game, really fun xD I’ve spent too much time there (and money lol) before going to the Trick Art Museum. It was a fabulous museum! So well done, so well painted, so good! *—-* it is a must see if you guys plan to go to Odaiba!


 

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[Fr]
La journée
Nous sommes allés à Odaiba une fois encore mais cette fois pour réellement visiter Odaiba. Nous avons été au Fuji TV et au musée d’art de trucages. Il y avait un vent de fou ! C’était super dur de marcher normalement… du coups, c’était super dur de prendre des photos dehors… Aussi, il y a un resto à thème, le Baratie, sur One Piece ! On voulait y aller mais c’était vraiment trop cher et le menu nous tentait pas trop… On a donc juste pris des photos du resto mais pas beaucoup car l’entrée est dehors, au 4e étage du Fuji TV (ou 3e? Je sais plus). Il y avait beaucoup de goodies et une salle spéciale OP. Super cheeeer, j’ai pleuré intérieurement. Heureusement, j’ai pu avoir un purikura spécial OP. Nous sommes ensuite allé dans le bâtiment en face pour le musée. Avant de pouvoir arriver au musée, on devait passer par une galerie marchande/de jeux. Il y avait un jeu trop prenant, celui de la chance xD ou comment perdre son temps et son argent xD Le musée vaut vraiment la peine, les artistes sont exceptionnels et les peinture en perspective etc sont époustouflantes ! J’ai vraiment aimé mais la chaleur nous a vite fait sortir XD

Day/Jour 19

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[Eng]
Daytrip
We did a sakura trip this day so we can enjoy all the sakura while they last. We first went to Sumida park. It was alongside a canal when there were a lot of water bus. The day was so bright but not sunny, more misty than anything, the light hurt my eyes XD We went early so there weren’t many people but we could see that the day before, there were a lot of activities… so many trash bags XD there is also a pond there with many uh sperm-shaped fishes? I don’t know what they were xD We also ate some takoyaki and went to the next stop: Hamarikyu garden. It was rather cheap and we got a free audio guide! And waouh, their audio guide is nice! They autoplay when we arrive at a new point and there is also video and a gps map that show your location and the path to follow. Really ingenious and there were a lot of people too. The course was a 90minutes one and it was worth it, except the fact that it began to rain a little XD but it’s fine. I really like the bridges and the tea houses even if I didn’t enter since it was pricey imho. And the 300year pine! It waw majestic *–*
We then went to Shinjukugyoen. Yup, lot of park to have our, like Dave likes to say it, “sakura porn”. We were tired already when we arrived and it’s really curious but they put a control system before entering the garden. We have to show the insides of our bags, just like in the airport… so weird XD And there were a lot of different sakura species there but we were tired, we couldn’t enjoy it…  so we went to Artnka cafe. The themed cafe from Square Enix! It really is a small cafe, only 6 tables of 2 xD we were lucky *-* we both went for a parfait, even if the day was shilly. I got a strawberry one with a panna cotta at the bottom, then vanilla icecream, strawberry fruits, strawberry sauce,… and on top, Aerith’s ribbon! Dave went for a matcha parfait with chocolate shuriken to remind of Yuffie! ^__^ it was good. I think I’m starting to like their way of eating cornflakes and vanilla icecream XD


 

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La journée
Nous avons fait une journée complète axée sur les sakuras donc beaucoup de parcs ! On a commencé avec le parc Sumida qui se trouve près d’un canal avec plein de bateaux-mouche. Il faisait très (trop) lumineux et il y avait pourtant un peu de brouillard… on pouvait voir le skytree de là où l’on était. Nous sommes arrivés assez tôt donc il n’y avait pas encore beaucoup de monde. Mais on peut voir que c’était vachement animé la veille… il y avait plein de sacs poubelles xD il y a aussi un très joli étang avec des poissons noirs en forme de… sperm ? Je sais pas du tout ce que c’est XD on a mangé quelques takoyakis dans le parc puis on est allé au Hamarikyu. C’était pas cher et on avait droit à un audio-guide gratuit ! Et il était vachement bien fait. Il se met en route automatiquement dès qu’il repère un nouveau point. Il y avait aussi des vidéos explicatives ainsi qu’une carte qui reprend notre position et le chemin à suivre. Il y avait différents parcours et on a fait celui de 90 minutes… la dame ne nous a pas laissé le choix xD elle a appuyé direct sur le parcours 90minutes qui est le plus complet pour découvrir le jardin. Hélas, il a commencé à pleuvoir un peu… J’ai quand même bien aimé les ponts, la vue qu’on a sur ces ponts ainsi que les maisons de thé.  Et surtout le pin tricentenaire ! Vraiment majestueux *–*
Nous avons ensuite été au Shinjukugyoen mais on était vraiment crevé. Et ce qui est assez étonnant avec ce parc, c’est qu’il y a un contrôle avant d’entrer dans le parc, le même genre qu’on a dans les aéroports… Il y avait beaucoup de différentes sortes de sakuras mais on n’a pas pu vraiment en profiter… on est donc allé se reposer au Artnia cafe ! Il s’agit d’un café à thème de Square Enix. Beaucoup de goodies et très peu de place pour prendre un café… il devait y avoir en tout 6 tables de deux… On a vraiment eu de la chance d’avoir de la place xD Nous avons pris tous les deux un parfait, fraise pour moi et matcha pour Dave. Glace vanille avec coulis de fraise, un petit massepain en forme de noeud (clin d’oeil à Aerith), des cornflakes et le tout sur une pannacotta ! Le parfait de Dave avait un shuriken en chocolat pour rappeler Yuffie. C’était bon et je pense vraiment que je commence à aimé de plus en plus leur combo cornflakes et glace vanille XD

Day/Jour 18

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[Eng]
Daytrip
Once again, there is no day 17. On the day 17, we only went to the Tsuruma park for enjoying o-hanami then we headed back home because David got a massive headache. So we went home for a rest and I just played Bravely Default lol. So on the day 18, we moved out of our Nagoya stay and went to Tokyo! Our new accomodation is located only 5 mins away in metro from Meguro river. So we first went to the Imperial Palace gardens (because we couldn’t enter the palace) and then Meguro. The sakura are really in full bloom everywhere in Tokyo! And I thought sakura were pink but they are actually white with a tiny tint of pink. I think that the super pink flowers we saw before were maybe ume blossoms (plum tree flowers). We also went to a Cocokare once again ahahaa so it will really be Hanami no Kare! Then we had to went home early because Kuroneko was on its way to deliver our luggage. And once again, Kuroneko doesn’t failed its reputation! This is really a nice delivery service, the best if I may say! Our room was on the second floor and we thought we had to take our own luggages upstairs but nah, the delivery men did it for us XD and for only 15€/case XD I wish belgian service was like them Π_Π 


 

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La journée
Encore une fois, il n’y a pas de jour 17. Ce jour-là, nous n’avions fait que le Tsuruma park pour essayer de célébrer le Hanami comme les japonais mais David a eu une grosse migraine alors on est rentré plus tôt pour qu’il se repose. Pendant ce temps-là, je jouais à Bravely Default XD
Donc pour le jour 18, nous avons quitté notre logement à Nagoya pour aller dans celui de Tokyo ! Cet appart’ est juste à 5min en métro de la Meguro qui est très connu pour ses sakuras. Nous avons commencé par les jardins impériaux, on n’a pas pu faire le palais impérial car on ne pouvait pas y entrer apparement… puis on est allé au canal Meguro. Les sakuras étaient vraiment tous en fleur à Tokyo ! J’ai toujours cru que les sakuras étaient roses, mais en fait, elles sont plutôt blanches avec @un très léger rosé. Je pense donc que les fleurs roses que l’on avait vu avant étaient plutôt des pruniers. Mais je n’en suis pas très sûre XD dans tous les cas, elles sont belles ^__^ Avec les sakuras en fleur, on a pu faire un vrai Hanami no Kare! David n’a pas failli à sa réputation et on est allé manger au Cocokare XD On n’a pas pu rester trop longtemps dehors car on devait rentrer pour réceptionner nos valises qu’on avait envoyé de Kyoto avec Kuroneko (ils ont un service gratuit qui livre les bagages quand on le veut). Et franchement, je ne suis vraiment pas déçue d’utiliser ce service ! Pour seulement 15€/valise, ils nous la montent même à notre étage (2e étage, que des escaliers). La poste belge devrait prendre exemple sur eux XD

Day/Jour 14

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Daytrip
Super deceiving day! The plan was to eat the kobe beef at Kobe and then to go see the Himeji castle that just reopen after years of renovations. Trip Advisor highly recommended Wakkoqu to eat the beef. But it was only by reservations! Of course, since we don’t speak japanese, we didn’t know and no chance of finding another restaurant serving kobe beef… they were all booked or closed. So we just went to eat curry at the Cocokare and then took the train to Himeji. The park before the castle is nice. Hopefully it was a warm day. It was afternoon already and we didn’t have to make the queue to enter the castle. Really surprising since it’s the reopening. We took off our shoes and went inside… there was nothing, no paintings, no figurines, no exhibitions… only directions to go upstairs. So we followed the directions and then had to make the queue to go upstairs. We were so packed up in that small space… and the stairs were so steep! And we went for the fifth floor I think, and again, floor after floor, there was nothing to discover. And we only went upstairs to have a view to the outside from the windows… wtf… the worst is that the entrance fee is 1000¥ per person!!! Super expensive compared to other castles. So yeah, I just took a few pictures to make it worth it but nah… won’t come back there. We then just took an icecream and headed home to pack our things up since we were moving to Nagoya for a new stay!


 

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La journée
Journée super décevante ! On avait planifié d’aller manger le fameux boeuf de Kobe dans sa ville initiale et d’aller visiter le château d’Himeji par après, vu que c’était le premier jour de la ré-ouverture après plusieurs années de rénovation. Pour le boeuf, j’avais trouvé un restaurant qui était fort recommandé par TripAdvisod mais pas de chance, ils fonctionnaient que par réservations. Et comme on parle pas vraiment japonais, on pouvait pas savoir ni réserver à l’avance XD alors on a essayé de chercher autre part mais vraiment pas de veine pour nous. La plupart, si pas tous, sont overbookés ou sont fermés. Alors on a été au bon vieux CocoKare. Après, direction Himeji. La plaine juste avant le château donnait déjà une très belle vue sur le château tout blanc, tout neuf. Et heureusement pour nous, il faisait un temps superbe. On était déjà très avancé dans l’après-midi donc beaucoup moins de file. Ce qui m’a quand même fort étonné. Nous avons donc enlevé nos chaussures et avons pénétré dans l’antre, où il faisait vachement sombre… et quelle déception ! Il n’y avait rien de spécial dans le château, pas de peintures murales, pas d’expositions, pas d’informations surle château… juste quelques infos sur les travaux qu’il y a eu… ou juste des directions par où aller. Bref, ça nous disait de monter en haut et omg… la file qu’y a XD ils régulaient les entrées en haut afin que les gens ne soient pas trop entassés mais bon, on était entassé dans la file. Et je vous parle pas des marches, elles sont méga raides !! Et après avoir grimpé littéralement 3-4 étages à la queue-leu-leu, y avait vraiment rien à voir XD et au toit, ouai, y avait juste un petit sanctuaire pour prier et faire ses offrandes, comme si les 1000¥/pers de l’entrée n’étaient pas suffisants… et donc on a juste eu une vue 360° à travers des petites fenêtres. Gé-ni-al. J’ai quand même pris des photos pour pas avoir dépensé ces 1000¥ pour rien… mais bon, on est redescendu et on a pris une glace puis on est rentré tôt. On devait faire nos bagages pour Nagoya ! On y restera quelques jours avant d’attaquer Tokyo.