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Japan Day 35: Yokohama

Today I went on another adventure with Mizuki; the same friend who brought me to Kamakura a few weekends ago. I was super excited to see Mizuki again and to visit Yokohama for the first time, but I was also excited because for the first time I felt like I fit in completely to the Tokyo fashion scene—decked out with a skirt I bought yesterday in Harajuku and my favorite pair of boots.

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Yokohama is about a 35 minute train ride from Tokyo Station—a very reasonable distance and price for all the exciting things you can find there. Yokohama is famous for several things—namely their large international port—including the very large China Town.

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Mizuki and I headed to China Town for lunch and to do some sightseeing. We went to a delicious “all you can eat” lunch place and had a dim sum type meal with dumplings, peking duck, steamed pork buns, etc.

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After lunch we stumbled across this beautiful temple on our way to a tea shop that Mizuki recommended.

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I got some tea—some of it to give as presents!—and enjoyed wandering around looking at tea pots and such.

On the hunt for bubble tea, we decided to stop and get our palms read. My fortune was that I am a realist, not a romantic, driven to achieve my goals, popular but am too busy studying to notice, have strong ties to my family, and apparently have a great-grandparent looking out for me and keeping me out of trouble!

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After that we did find some bubble tea! Unfortunately they didn’t have jasmine milk tea, but it was delicious none-the-less.

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We took our tea and walked along the port side in a very pretty park/walking area. By this time the sun was out and the weather was perfect for this kind of activity.

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Then we headed over to a department store that just opened this past August, and went to a sort of digital zoo sponsored by SEGA and BBC Earth. It was a little bizarre but it was really fun and unlike anything I have ever done before. You should definitely check out their website for more information–I can’t really do it justice.

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There was a room that was supposed to be super cold, and we first went into a room that was 0 degrees Celsius then went into a room that was colder with very strong, cold wind. All the Japanese people—Mizuki included—were absolutely freezing. I, on the other hand, thought it was like November in Minnesota! After telling that to Mizuki she strongly declared that she would never visit me in MN in the winter. >.<

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After all the walking around we went downstairs for some rest and caffeine at one of the cutest cafes I have ever been to. The atmosphere was great, the coffee was great, and the dessert was beautiful and delicious!

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I had told Mizuki earlier in the day that I wanted to buy a Halloween costume for a party I will be going to, and she decided we should go together to Shibuya to find one. We went to three stores and while there were many costumes, 99.9% of them were incredibly narrow and short. Apparently Halloween for my age people is popular because it gives everyone an excuse to go clubbing while dressed up in extreme ways.

We went down a few side streets to a cute little café for dinner to cap off our night. I don’t know how Mizuki knows about all these fabulous places, but I am always impressed.

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That is the end of the adventures for today! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more to come! ^_^

じゃ、また明日!

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