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Japan Day 2: Tokyo
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Japan Day 2: Tokyo

11/06/14 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: Travel

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Day one in Japan started unnaturally early. I talked to some people at the hostel over breakfast and heard the fish market was the place to be, so I made a plan for the day and set out around 9am.

I think I expected Tokyo to be more bustle than it is, almost like New York. But in contrast, it seems to be the city that most definitely does sleep. Subways end around midnight, and my trip in was far more crowded than my 9am subway. As I walked through the large market and shrine in my neighborhood, most vendors were still closed, and kids were just starting to arrive for the day.

The fish market on the other hand, was just finishing up for the day. Visitors are allowed after 9am (unless you are lucky and get to see the 6am tuna auction?), and when I got there around 9:15, most of the shops seemed like they'd wrapped up their business for the day.

I quickly rediscovered how long it's been since I'd done real photography. I missed several shots because of the uneven lighting and variety of shots I was trying to snap.

After, I headed to a local garden and wandered there a bit before taking a monorail over to Odaiba, a man-made island that it turns out is basically a shopping mall. I snapped some panoramas of the rainbow bridge, wandered the shops for a bit and it was time to make my first Japanese food selection: Ramen! Delicious as expected.

I finally stumbled across the visual illusions museum, which obviously was going to happen. Probably the best $10 spent, though I had to befriend a group of Japanese girls to take my ridiculous pictures. So far of three people I've given my camera to, no one has known how a DSLR works (like where the shutter is), which is not at all what I'd expected.

After that, more malls. Turns out Christmas music is already on here, and the fountains and lights throughout the entire mall were synchronized to the music. Also, it looked like an italian villa. So that was a thing. Also, popped over to check out Toyota world.

Finally, I headed to the Museum of Science and Innovation. At this point it was all I could do not to just nap on the floor, but turns out this was just the pick me up. I got to see the Toyota Android Robot: "Asimo" (you remember him?). That was actually pretty impressive.

My favorite display though was a working model version of the internet. There were 5 terminals, or computers, were kids could send packets into the internet. Each packet was a series of white and black balls (1s and 0s) containing the address of the destination computer and a letter. When sent, the balls would go into a large metal spiral contraption (a router) which would send it to a reader at the appropriate terminal and display the letter.

I thought this was just the absolute coolest way to teach kids about the internet. Really awesome exhibit. After I'd finished here, it was afternoon nap time so back to the hostel and then met up with an acquaintance for dinner.

Day one down!

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