Tuesday, March 31, 2009

March 31, 2009: Unpacking

Here are our three suitcases opened up on the floor at home. Today was a bit depressing. Worked all day, then unpacked from our trip at night.

Monday, March 30, 2009

March 30, 2009: Day 15 - Going Home

Today we took the Narita Express from Shinagawa to Narita, and then flew home. At Shinagawa there are "Extra Platforms" - for when new train lines are built?

Sunday, March 29, 2009

March 29, 2009: Day 14 - The Last Day - Harajuku

Our last full day here. We went to Andersen for brunch, walked around Yoyogi Park, then walked down Takeshita (shown above). It was uber crowded!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

March 28 2009: Day 13 - Zojoji, Yasukuni, Sakura

Today we went to Zojoji in the morning and later we met my parents for the Cherry Blossom Festival at Yasukuni. It was awesome. Pretty sakura at night!

Friday, March 27, 2009

March 27, 2009: Day 12 - Musash, Jindai, and Ukai

What a busy day! We went to Musashi-sakai, saw the old houses, went to Jindai-ji, and had dinner at Ukai-Toriyama. The prawn was alive a couple minutes earlier.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

March 26, 2009: Day 11 - Kichijoji and Shinjuku Again

Today we went back to Kichijoji and Shinjuku - two of my favorite areas. In Kichijoji we had Woodberry's Frozen Yogurt, which is so tasty.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

March 25, 2009: Day 10 - Shibuya

Today Chad and I wandered around Shibuya. It was a rainy and gray day so we spent most of the time at Loft and Tokyu Hands. Had crepes and Cafe Danmark. Yum.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

March 24, 2009: Day 9 - Nippori and Akihabara

We went to Fabric Town (Nippori) today and bought way too much fabric. Then we went to Akihabara and explored Tokyo's "Electric Town." Photo from Akihabara.

Monday, March 23, 2009

March 23, 2009: Day 8 - Disneyland and Cirque du Soleil

Today Chad and I went to Tokyo Disneyland (love it) and then met my parents to see Cirque du Soleil. Cirque was outstanding and Disney was a bit too crowded. But fun.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

March 22, 2009: Day 7 - Sunshine City and Macchinesti

Today we went to Macchinesti for brunch (yum!) and then to Sunshine City in Ikebukuro. Check out this ridiculous thing we saw at the Toyota Showroom (Amlux).

Saturday, March 21, 2009

March 21, 2009: Day 6 - Ginza and Roppongi

Here's a photo of Tokyo Tower from the observation level at Roppongi Hills. We visited Meiji Chocolate cafe today, What the Dickens, Mitsubaya yarn store, and others.

Friday, March 20, 2009

March 20, 2009: Day 5 - Shinjuku

Today we went with Andy to Shinjuku. We saw Yodobashi, Fossils in Mitsukoshi, went to the observation deck at the government building, and ate at Aureole.

March 19, 2009: Day 4 - Ghibli and Kichijoji

Today we went to Kichijoji and went to the Ghibli Museum. We met up with Andy in Inokashira park and then we met Javier for dinner. It was a great day!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

March 18, 2009: Day 3 - Kamakura

Today we went to Kamakura - a very traditional area near Tokyo. There we saw the Big Buddha and some other temples. Here are some cool Jizo statues.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

March 17, 2009: Day 2 - Asakusa

Here is a photo of Chad and my hands as we light some incense at Sensoji - the famous temple at Asakusa. The smoke from the incense is meant to heal/strengthen you.

Monday, March 16, 2009

March 16, 2009: Day 1 At Tsukiji

How do I choose just one photo? Tsukiji was the first thing we did today (then Meiji and Harajuku). Here's an old guy driving around on a crazy cart vehicle.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

March 15, 2009: We Arrived at Narita

We arrived at Narita on-time and with no problems at all. This is Chad at the baggage claim waiting to pick up our suitcases. Next we head to the Narita Express.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

March 14, 2009: Flying to Tokyo

It is the start of our over 2 week trip to Tokyo. We are so pumped up, but not looking forward to the long flight to get there. Look how long the straw is in this orange juice!

Friday, March 13, 2009

March 13, 2009: The Start of Our Trip

We drove up to New York City tonight so we could fly out of La Guardia tomorrow. It was a bit scary because I drove through Manhattan, but we made it! Can't wait.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

March 12, 2009: Stupid Tacony Palmyra Bridge

I got stuck at a bridge opening today. This might be the closest I've ever been to it when it happened. I was able to get a photo while it was up. So annoying.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

March 11, 2009: Friendly's Ice Cream

We met Chad's Aunts and Grandmother tonight for dinner at Friendly's. This was Aunt Beth's ice cream after dinner. It looks so good!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

March 10, 2009: No Photo Today

I guess I forgot to take a photo today. This week is so crazy because we are preparing for Japan, yet I'm trying to finish up with my classes too. Craziness.

Monday, March 9, 2009

March 9, 2009: Chad's New Camera

Chad was going to buy a bunch of film for his regular SLR before leaving for Japan, but I convinced him he would be happer if he got a digital SLR instead. So he did!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

March 8, 2009: Green Grass Grace

I'm reading this book for Book Club this month. So far I am really enjoying it. The style of writing is very fresh and unique, so it's fun to read.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

March 7, 2009: Windows Open

We had the windows open today because it was so nice out. It's always nice in the spring when you can start opening the windows.

Friday, March 6, 2009

March 6, 2009: Old Navy

Chad and I went to Old Navy tonight because Chad wanted a new sweatshirt. I saw this cute kids' sweatshirt. How adorable is this?

Thursday, March 5, 2009

March 5, 2009: Punishment

I think my book club is punishing me for going to Japan. This is the next book that was selected. It's hard cover & about 5 pounds. I don't want to take this on the plane.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March 4, 2009: SmartCard to the Rescue

Today I didn't have any quarters when I got downtown for class, but fortunately they sell SmartCards at the student center and I had cash for it. So I bought one! Yippee.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

March 3, 2009: Tea for Sleeping

I need to get more sleep so I'm well rested for Japan. So I had some Yogi Bedtime tea tonight and boy did it help. Knocked me right out! That stuff is awesome.

Monday, March 2, 2009

March 2, 2009: Snow and Bagels

It snowed quite a bit today so I worked from home for most of the day. Since we didn't have much food, Chad and I made bagels. Yes, made. From scratch. Yummy.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

March 1, 2009: Ikea Placemats

My mom bought us some Ikea placemats for Christmas in blue. These are the same ones but in green. We couldn't resist buying more last time we went there.