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Japan Post #5: Shopping Districts & Fujikawaguchiko

As I had mentioned in my previous post, Tokyo has a particularly strong focus on its shopping districts as its main attractions. This is a city that’s good at hawking its wares — perhaps too good. In this last post on our trip, I’ll talk about these shopping districts and their effect on the overall experience, as well as our last leg of our trip to the resort town of Fujikawaguchiko. It’s a mixed bag with some highs and lows, along some lessons and reflections at the end.
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Japan Post #4: Nerd Stuff

When people ask me why we took a trip to Japan, there are a few ways to respond. I could say it’s for the food or the sights, and that wouldn’t technically be a lie, but being a reader of this blog, you know perfectly well that everything ultimately traces back to our deep-rooted interest in the cartoons.

If this trip had happened a few years ago, I’m certain this post would be an even more unbearable spiel about bulging suitcases of loot and devastated wallets. But times have changed, and while we still keep up to date with what’s going on with anime, we only watch a couple of shows per season, and all but completely stopped collecting merch, so we didn’t come to Japan looking to buy anything in particular.

All this has made planning the trip a little tricky: how much time should one dedicate to shopping hubs when one has no real intention to buy? Should I write off other destinations off the itinerary just to allocate more time to the geek-oriented destinations? It would be a question that I would end up overthinking about.
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Japan Post #3: Studio Ghibli Museum


Being both nerds my nature, my wife and I predictably visited a long list of weeaboo attractions in our time in Japan. The best of theses destinations by far is the Studio Ghibli Museum. I had originally planned to only write a single weeaboo post, but what was meant to be only a couple of paragraphs on the museum quickly got out of control.

This is problematic, because photography is prohibited inside the museum, so I don’t have a lot of pictures to  illustrate my point. Still, I cannot bring myself to gloss over the details of this place, and if you would bear with me, I will try to explain how this place justifies so many words.
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Japan Post #2: Meiji Shrine and Sensō-ji


The Meiji Shrine

Before the concrete jungle of Tokyo rose from the ground and before the messy international conflicts of the 20th century, Japan was but a feudal society a mere 150 years ago. What seems like a distant past is actually but a stone’s throw away, and the shrines of Tokyo are a reminder of that past that’s still very much alive. For our trip, my wife and I checked out Meiji Shrine & Sensō-ji, two of the most famous in Tokyo. Read more »

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