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 12

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[Eng]
Daytrip
We headed to the Kitano Tenmangu shrine because of its flea market happening every 25th of each month. The only way to get there was the bus and omg… never again ahahahah there even was a queue at the bus stop to get in XD and the bus was fully packed! I’ve read on the net that we could find really antique kimono there for a real bargain. So we strolled around the market, ate some takoyaki along the way and we arrived at the shrine. A really beautiful one but too crowded! There was a queue to make a pray there XD we could also assist to a ceremony of benediction? Or something like that, we arrived in the middle of the ceremony so I’m not quite sure but if we want to get purified, we had to pay 3000¥ o_o well it’s cool that they let other people see the ceremony for free XD
After looking at all the parts of the shrine, we pursued our quest into the flea market. Dave wanted to buy a kimono for his little sister and since I’m a girl and he’s really bad at choosing a gift, it was my job to do it XD Most of the stands selling kimono are still quite pricey. But I had found one that made 1 piece for 300¥ and 2 for 500¥! So I braved the crowd and found a yukata for his sister. But I couldn’t find a pretied obi so I took one purple obi and then the seller came and said “no! Can’t do” or something like that ahaahah she then took the obi and went away to find a pretied obi that was hidden under a huge pile of other obi XD I also found a really nice haori for my family and a nice piece of silk with bird patterns. So we had 4 pieces and we thought we had to pay 1000¥ but no! She made us pay 500¥! We were like whaaaaaat *—–* she said it was a gift ahahahaa so generous Then we pursued the walk and found another stand that had a really nice way of selling its kimono XD it was ” small bag for 2000¥, put in everything you can!”. There was too many people, I gave up on searching a kimono ahaahaha. Theeen the nice part! I stumbled on a stand selling silk rolls with really beautiful patterns and fell immediately in love with a cat patterned one *—* I don’t know how many meters it has on the roll but it was an instant buy XD


After all these fun findings, it was staring to rain so we decided to go to the next stop : Fushimi Inari Shrine! The bus was so crowded again Π_Π When we arrived to Inari, the sun was back but it was still really shilly. The shrine is really pretty and I really liked the fox sculpture ^__^ but omg, the path to the top of the moutain really killed me. And it’s not worth it in my honest opinion… I think the view from where the path divide into three is prettier because we can have a wide view on the city. But I couldn’t take any proper picture because the sun was too bright XD Also, there are small sanctuaries along the way to the top but I couldn’t enjoy them since I was out of breath at every step XD I’m not a fit girl Π_Π
Anyway, Dave and I got separated because of the crowd and we went home alone. My feet hurt ╯▂╰


 

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La journée
Nous sommes allés au temple Kitano Tenmangu surtout pour son marché aux puces qui se tient tous les 25 du mois. Le seul moyen pour y aller était le bus… et tout le monde y allait donc jz vous dit pas le monde qu’il y avait ! On devait faire la file pour pouvoir entrer dans le bus, en tout cas, c’est pas en Belgique qu’on verra ça, les gens se serraient juste rués dans le bus XD. J’avais lu un article sur le net avant mon départ qu’on pouvait trouver de très belles pièces antiques et pas trop usées à ce marché et pour pas cher. En arrivant au marché,  on a commencé par manger quelques takoyakis et on a acheté quelques paires de baguettes à pas cher (300¥ au lieu de 1300¥). Après on a continué notre petit chemin jusqu’au temple qui est vraiment pas mal. Mais il est vraiment noir de monde ! On y faisait même la file pour pouvoir prié. On a aussi pu assister à une cérémonie de bénédiction ou purification donnée par une prêtresse. On est arrivé en plein milieu de la cérémonie donc on est pas vraiment sûr de ce qu’il s’agit mais on a vu que ça coûtait bonbon: 3000¥ pour la cérémonie. Heureusement que c’était gratuit de regarder la cérémonie XD. Après avoir fait le tour du temple, on est retourné au marché. David voulait acheter un kimono à sa soeur. La plupart des stands qui en vendaient étaient plutôt cher certains allaient jusqu’à 5000¥ !). Et comme David ne sait jamais choisir les cadeaux, c’était mon job de trouver le kimono ahahha XD. J’ai essayé de trouver un yukata, qui est beaucoup plus facile à mettre qu’un kimono. Le plus dur était surtout de trouver le noeud préfait. On a trouver un stand qui faisait à pas cher et j’ai pu trouver un chouette en rose et avec des fleurs ! Je l’aurai bien pris pour moi ahahhaha. Par contre, trouver le obi sur ce stand était un vrai calvaire, tout était en tas par terre. Déjà qu’on ne pouvait pas se déplacer facilement à cause de la foule, c’était assez pénible. J’ai trouvé un obi mauve mais il n’était pas préfait… mais comme je n’en trouvais pas je me suis dis tant pis, je lui apprendrais à nouer un noeud de obi. Mais la vendeuse est venue et m’a dit “non!”. La cohérence de couleur n’allait pas ahahahahha du coups elle a repris le obi et est revenu avec un autre préfait ! Exactement ce que je cherchais XD. J’ai aussi trouvé un beau haori pour ma famille. Et elle nous a donné en cadeau un morceau de soie avec des oiseaux dessus, symbolisant l’harmonie ou quelque chose dans le genre, son anglais est aussi bon que mon japonais… En tout cas, c’était très gentil de sa part *—* En allant à un autre stand de kimono, on a vu qu’ils avaient une autre politique de vente:  achetez un sac et mettez tout ce que vous pouvez dedans ! Certains sacs débordaient carrément XD. J’ai même pas essayé de chercher, trop de monde XD Puiiis, enfin la meilleure partie de la journée ! J’ai pu acheter un rouleau de soie avec des motifs de chats ! *—-* Je suis direct tombée amoureuse des motifs et j’ai pas réfléchi,  achat instantané ahaaha xD
Puis il a commencé à pleuvoir, alors on est reparti dans le bus, direction Fushimi Inari et ses centaines de torii ! Le temple en lui-même est chouette et joli et j’aime bien ses sculptures de renards ^__^ mais plus jamais je ne monterai Fushimi Inari XD ces escaliers m’ont tué X’D en plus,  je trouve que la vue tout en haut de la montagne ne vaut vraiment pas la peine. Je préfère de loin la vue qu’on a au moment où la route se sépare en trois, où on a un beau panorama sur la ville. Je n’ai pas pu faire de belles photos car j’étais en contre-jour et le soleil tapait fort ! Dave et moi, on s’était séparé à un moment et on est rentré chacun de son côté. Mes pieds n’en peuvent plus X’D

Day/Jour 5

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[Eng]
Daytrip
This day was really short, we woke up again really late but hopefully we didn’t planned on doing a lot since they announced rain in the afternoon… We then gave up on going to the monkeys park and went to Nijojo. It was really big! I really liked it, we could visit the inside and see some old mannequins wearing feudal clothes. There was so many people @-@ Anyway, I quite enjoyed the inside, as much as the outside. It really is a big castle! How did they move all those rocks omg. After that, we went to Nishiki market, just a few stations away and it smelled sooooo good and so weird at the same time XD they were not only stuff to eat but also some souvenir shop like the chirimen crafts. Sooo kawaiiiii I couldn’t resist when I saw a bargain at 1000¥ *—*
Then it started to rain and we went to the shopping street just beside Nishiki market. We went to a game center and omg it reeked of smoke and cigarettes. It was not the clean Japan I discovered a few days ago xD and the music was so loud, I’m really not used to that stuff and I quickly got a headache just from being there for a few minutes… I then just went to the “grab” machine (don’t know the name in english lol) and saw a fabulouuuuus shiba plushie! I wanted it so much for a friend but aaaaah I just couldn’t grab ut xD I wasted 600¥ on that machine x’D
We also went to a 100¥ shop and I was able to buy some really original postcards xD Also I have to say that the Suica card is really useful and I recommend it to everyone that plans on going to Japan. You can even pay at the drink machine with the Suica XD and you don’t have to bother anymore with train tickets!


 

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La journée
Cette journée était courte et nous nous sommes levés tard encore une fois. Heureusement, on n’avait pas prévu de faire grand chose aujourd’hui vu qu’on annonçait de la pluie dans l’après-midi. Du coup, on a encore laissé tomber le parc des singes… et nous nous sommes dirigés vers Nijojo. Supeeer graaaand ! Et il faisait vraiment plein soleil. À l’intérieur du château, il y avait une salle où l’on avait posé des mannequins en habits traditionnels et du temps féodal. C’était vraiment intéressant à voir mais on ne pouvait hélas pas prendre de photos (heureusement que Dave a une gopro qui passe inaperçu xD). Il y avait énormément de monde mais le chemin à suivre à l’intérieur était bien pensé donc cela ne m’a pas gêné plus que ça. Après avoir fait le tour du château et de son parc, nous sommes allés à Nishiki market, qui était vraiment à quelques stations du château. Ca sentait super bon et super bizarre en même temps XD il n’y avait pas que des choses à manger, il y avait aussi beaucoup de boutiques de souvenirs comme les chirimens. Super mignons ! Surtout que j’ai trouvé un super lot à 1000¥ xD. Après avoir fait toute le marché, nous sommes allés à la galerie marchande juste à côté. C’est plein de boutiques de vêtements et autre restaurants. Il y avait même des game center. On y est allé mais ça sentait fort la cigarette et la musique était vraiment très forte. J’ai eu mal au crâne après quelques minutes @_@ On est surtout resté du côté des machines à grappin ahahha j’avais vu une superbe peluche Shiba que je voulais attraper pour une amie mais… après 6 essais, c’était impossible ahahha voilà comment j’ai perdu 600¥ xD
Nous sommes ensuite allé à un 100¥ magasin où on a pu acheter des postcards très originals ahhaaaha