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Wed, 30 Jul 2008
nostromo in hello-kitty land, day 12 (0 comments)
today was bit frustrating. for the first time during my visit in japan i was searching for a specific shrine. this shrine is not listed in my pocket-guide, so i was searching for it on the internet. since tokyo is the town "where the streets have no name" (and this is meant literally!), i wrote down the "address" i got from an internet-site, which is "1-5-22, imado, taito-ku, tokyo, 111-0024". this means i've been searching for "imado" in the "taito" ward, area 1 in this ward, block 5, house number 22. i thought that would be easy, but instead i got this: "A" is where i have been to, "B" is where i wanted to go. so i've wasted almost three hours to get there, find the wrong place, and return to my other stops i've planned to visit today. i missed the shrine though i've asked all together three people that all gave me the same directions. tokyo is a bit strange from time to time. but since i found out where to go now ("B"!), i will waste another three hours tomorrow on my last day here in tokyo to get there - i _really_ want to go there! but (hopefully) more about this location tomorrow. but on my way to the wrong spot i took at least some pictures[03-07]. this is by the way the same area that was partially closed due to the sumida river fireworks (see day 08, picture [35]). my next stop was the "ginza"[08-30] ward, the noble part of tokyo. not really my style, but a nice impression though. according to my pocket-guide there should be a huge "sanrio" shop (you know, the "hello kitty"-stuff producers), but i did not find it. so i think my guide is a little bit out-dated, or i failed again at finding specific stuff here in tokyo. again pretty frustrating. as there were no other shops that interested me, i took the next train to "shibuya"[31-97]. my pocket-guide suggest to start the "shibuya" tour at the "hachiko"[34-35] monument. "hachiko" was the dog of a professor at the tokyo university who was waiting for his master's return at the station every day. when the professor died, the dog still came to the station until he also died - which was seven years later. that's the story according to my guide... next sight is the busiest pedestrian crossing[37-43] in the world (again, according to my guide). notice that all traffic lights for pedestrians switch to green at the same time. then i followed the crowd to various shopping streets in the area, with more or less well known shop-brands[45-54]. i soon got near the "NHK broadcasting center"[56-73], a television company for tokyo, well known for "domo-kun"[73]. once more everything was in japanese, except the "no photographs", and "exit" signs. nonetheless, it was a nice visit to "NHK studiopark". aimed at children, it described the way a tv show is produced. but that's ok for me, i had fun too. nice feature: they had a 3D-television that really worked without extra glasses or other additional devices - quite impressive. then, by accident, i found a shrine[84-85]. but not what i got used to find when visiting a shrine, because this one was a "modern" one. totally surrounded by concrete, steel, and glass, this was the strangest shrine i've seen so far. random fact about tokyo: for several days i'm running around with stamps in my bag, but only found two shops where postcards are sold. since the postcards i've seen so far were very boring, i always wanted to wait to find some better ones. well, tomorrow is my last day, and i'm having troubles to find some postcards at all.

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