As I said, we went drinking the night before and I cried my eyes out when I learned of Carrie Fisher’s passing.
And as promised – here’s the selfie I took that morning.
So I pretty much just wore shades the whole day haha!
Headed out for an afternoon tour of Tokyo. It’s best to do these tours when you’re with senior citizens because the transportation is taken care of. But if you don’t mind walking and would like to go around without a set time limit for each place, I would suggest creating an itinerary on your own and just getting a pamphlet or researching about the place beforehand.
Our first stop was at the beautiful Hama-Rikyu Gardens.
There’s a 300-year old black pine tree by the entrance and it’s gorgeous. That’s as much as I learned from the tour guide because we stayed back to take photos and selfies wahahahaa the place was so pretty kasi, okay?? And ang daming ibang pinoy sa tour referring to the huge crows as “PATO” nakakaloka.
Next stop: a river cruise! We passed plenty of bridges. And, honestly, I wouldn’t recommend a river cruise because you barely see anything!
Next stop: Asakusa – well-known to be a big tourist spot. There’s plenty of shopping stalls and there’s a big temple.
The family split up: Jim and I visited the temple while the rest shopped.
I freaked out because there were swastikas on the incense!! Everybody knows it’s the symbol used by Nazis so why was it on the incense?? If I got hit by the smoke, would it taint my purity? AM I EVEN PURE?????
A quick Google search that night revealed that it did not originate from the Nazis of Germany:
The word swastika comes from the Sanskrit svastika, which means “good fortune” or “well-being.” The motif (a hooked cross) appears to have first been used in Neolithic Eurasia, perhaps representing the movement of the sun through the sky. To this day it is a sacred symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Odinism.
You can read more about how a sign of good luck became a symbol for evil on this website.
But I didn’t do that Google search on the spot so Jim and I decided to get some cream cheese puffs and walk around instead. We needed to get away from what we thought was the evil swastika incense.
Although the actual tour was overall mediocre, I still count myself lucky because I was in the presence of our very cute Japanese tour guide. This was the only video I was able to take of her but OMG I LOVE HER.
She was SO CUTE I wanted to take her home. She would talk with her eyes closed, seemingly concentrating on how to translate her thoughts into English words.
We got off at Akihabara station and took a train to Otomesando for our dinner.
I guess we were really tired from our afternoon tour because I didn’t get to take photos of the food!!! But it was a yummy tempura/udon place. Am I the worst blogger or what.
We got dessert at a pretty café called Anniversaire Café also located in Omotesando
And that concludes our last night in Tokyo! More Japan blogs to come! Right now I have to run errands and try to catch more MMFF movies because today’s the last day!!!
P.S. All photos were taken with an iPhone 7+ – no edits!