Goodbye Japan!

It has been a great 5 weeks traveling from south to central Japan. Met a lot of great friends and ate a lot of awesome food. The last few days we spend visiting more neighborhoods in Tokyo.

is a large artificial island in Tokyo BayJapan, across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo. It was initially built for defensive purposes in the 1850s, dramatically expanded during the late 20th century as a seaport district, and has developed since the 1990s as a major commercial, residential and leisure area.

We got on the bridge just in time for sunset. It was quite a view. 

Got off at Tamachi station. Walking toward rainbow bridge.

Elevator up to the walkway.


did not expect a beach in Tokyo.

giant gundam. There is a crappy 5min light show. His body lights up and his head moves back and forth.

Gundam's bum

Rainbow bridge.

is usually considered to be one of Tokyo's hippest neighborhoods among young people. Its not as crowded and much more laid back. My style. 

Sunday flea market. Everything was 100yen ($1usd) sweet.

Park that teaches kids crossing the road and traffic rules. 

little league.

not Starbucks.

Hammock Tribe

great food.

crazy chicken.

We were still hungry after dinner so Mikki invited us over to house and cooked us another meal. 

Round 2

Golden Gai
was known for prostitution before 1958, when prostitution became illegal. Since then it has developed as a drinking area, and at least some of the bars can trace their origins back to the 1960s. In the 1980s, many buildings in Tokyo were set on fire by Yakuza, so the land could be bought up by developers, but Golden Gai survived because some of its supporters took turns to guard the area at night.

Its architectural importance is that it provides a view into the relatively recent past of Tokyo, when large parts of the city resembled present-day Golden Gai, particularly in terms of the extremely narrow lanes and the tiny two-storey buildings. Nowadays, most of the surrounding area has been redeveloped: The street plans have been changed to create much wider roads and larger building plots, and most of the buildings themselves are now much larger high- or medium-rise developments. This has left Golden Gai as one of a decreasing number of examples of the nature of Tokyo before Japan's 'economic miracle', that took place in the latter half of the 20th century.
Typically, the buildings are just a few feet wide and are built so close to the ones next door that they nearly touch. Most are two-storey, having a small bar at street level and either another bar or a tiny flat upstairs, reached by a steep set of stairs. None of the bars are very large; some are so small that they can only fit five or so customers at one time. The buildings are generally ramshackle, and the alleys are dimly lit, giving the area a very scruffy and run-down appearance.
However, most of these bars require 1000yen ($10usd) cover charge and then you have to pay for drinks which is another 600 to 700 yen ($6 or $7usd) for a beer. There are a few that have no cover charge and that's where we went. 

Nanako. A mall with very interesting shops. Vending machine that sells panties for 400yen. 

Walking around Golden Gai. Trying to pick out a bar to hang out in. 

Keith's house
I can thank Keith enough to let Vanessa and I stay at his shared house for almost two weeks for free. Had a blast meeting and hanging out with his roommates and being able to come a few home cook meals was fantastic. 


Keith and Mikki. She made everyone another Japanese meal. delicious.

Uno time.

Time for bed for me. Sweet little japanese room.


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