Tokyo Part 3: Ueno Zoo, Ikebukuro and Shibuya.


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Me annoying a goat in the kids zoo.

Ueno Zoo was somewhere I'd managed to miss the first time I went to Tokyo. I'm so glad I went this time around! The zoo is MASSIVE and has lots of animals I'd never seen before. It's also in the middle of Ueno Park which is completely beautiful and has a few shrines in it so you can make a whole day out of it. I was also really pleased (and slightly proud of myself) that I managed to find my way to an epic toy shop called Yamashiroya I vaguely remembered visiting last time I was there. It's 7 floors or so of just pure amazing, Japanese craziness.

Totoro

Anyway, on to more cute (and scary) animals from the zoo. The crocodile was amazing and so bloody creepy.

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This bird terrified me and I hate it.

And some cute (as is always the case in Japan) food from the zoo.

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Anyway, enough animals (for now). You'll probably see a lot of Shrines in Tokyo but if you're anything like me you'll never tire of them. They are always amazing and calm and just an absolute haven in the middle of such a busy city.

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Next I wanted to share some photos from Ikebukuro and Shibuya. Ikebukuro is the prefecture of Tokyo I stayed in last time I was there and I have a certain fondness for it. It's also home to Sunshine city, a 60 story skyscraper with shops, an aquarium and an observation deck. I think seeing the views over Tokyo at night from the top was a moment I'll never forget in my whole life. Just wondrous, it's such a massive city you can't even see how far it goes on for. And football pitches on top of buildings! Amazing.

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Of course there's a souvenir shop on the top floor. I kind of wish I had bought these now.

Sunshine city also has Namja town in it, a theme park of sorts. It has lots of Japanese games that I couldn't understand because there was no English, but it's really cool to walk around in, it's cheap and there's part of it that's called Ice cream world. Sold. There's also a whole part of it dedicated purely to gyoza, one of the most wonderful foods in the world.

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That's chicken ice cream. CHICKEN. With bits of chicken in it. They have any ice cream flavour imaginable, sea urchin, garlic, squid. Who knows why. The chicken was disgusting. I had some strawberry flavoured snow as well though which was delicious.

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GYOZA! ALL THE GYOZA! Amazing.

Lastly here's some photos of Shibuya. It's where all the teenagers hang out and it's just generally mental. Brilliant though, you might recognise the Hachiko crossing from Lost in Translation.

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Tempura and cocktails in Shibuya. Nom.

Anyway, I thought this would be the last post but I still have a few more photos to share. One more and that'll be me back to regular blogging! I feel a bit bad clogging the blog up with travel photos instead of outfits and baking, but I just love this bloody city and want to share it with you all. Also I work a lot now, I do three days in the office, two days in my retail job, one minding my niece and then the day I have off I do work on a film festival on the evening. Loving it, but it means less time for nice outfits and the like! I do have some coming up though. I may have bought the most beautiful bag ever and I want to share photos.

Oh and before I forget, I need 2 more followers to reach 1000 and then I can do my next giveaway...and generally just be awed that people actually read this little blog of mine! Which if you hadn't noticed yet, is a .com address now! Well, back soon! Hopefully I won't leave it two weeks this time. Bye! x



17 comments:

  1. What is that bird? It looks like a cartoon! Anyway - brilliant photos. x

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  2. Aww, I love going to the zoo and this one looks ahmazing. I love penguins, could they be any more adorable? Speaking of adorable, look at that little monkey. I've gone to pet goats before and they can be a little aggressive. I've had some weird experiences at the zoo, animals have this weird reaction to me, not like Damien from The Omen reaction or anything. I had a camel follow me around once, it was very bizarre.

    I love the little figurines with the umbrella, so cute, they remind me of something from a Tim Burton movie.

    I'm really out of it today, what animal is the one above the frog? They are so cute, I just want to hug them!

    Love the shrine pictures and the pictures of the city, good God what a beautiful city. I'm all for ice cream world but not chicken ice cream, eek! Oooh I love gyoza, not much beats a good gyoza.

    You look so pretty and thanks so much for posting more pictures. Looks and sounds like you had a fabulous time! I personally love these Tokyo posts.

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  3. Wow your photos are amazing, i love to see holiday photos and don't think they are boring!

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  4. Oh I want to go to Japan so much. It just looks so amazing! It's always been a dream of mine. Gyoza is one of THE best foods in the world. I have it as often as I can nom nom nom. I can't believe they do chicken ice cream?! That's just mental! Lovely photos xx

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  5. What a strange looking bird, I love your Japan posts I really want to go there one day and I have a huge ever increasing list of all the things I want to do and see there thanks to your wonderful posts xoxo

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  6. dont apologise for all your japan photos, im loving these posts so much! must admit though they are making me jealous to the point of wanting to buy flights and go to japan ASAP!

    great set of photos, love the city landscapes especially. dont think i would be as brave as you in ice cream world though!

    and im totally in love with that mental looking bird. it just doesnt look real!? i think visiting japan would be worth it just to see that creature! <3 haha.

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  7. lol, this bird terrified me and i hate it.

    i am loving your tokyo photos, i honestly wish i could see them all, gorgeous!! x

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  8. Nooo, please don't stop blogging your holiday photos EVER! It looks like the most amazing place ever to visit. That bird definitely is terrifying though! xx

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  9. The food and snacks looks so good. I haven't been to Japan before but I've been to Hong Kong where they stock japanese snacks, I go crazy for them. The wierder the flavour, the more i want to try it! x

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  10. Is that bird really real!? creepy! Oooh and look at the little panda choccie in the desert!More pics please, this is all so interesting to take in!

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  11. I'm so jealous! Haha amazing photos and glad you had fun! Haha chicken Ice cream, wow makes me want to taste it but LOL chicken!?

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  12. oh wow, i'm loving all the pictures (: i'm jealous~
    the food looks great!!! the stitch toys are soo cute!!

    CMPang x
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  13. i wish i have the chance of visiting japan someday...lucky girl, enjoy! :)

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  14. oh, sweetness! everything looks just darling, how I want to go there some day! that panda ice cream looks so yummy!

    thank you so much for sharing!

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  15. I really like your shirt! Beautiful pictures!

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  16. GYOZA!!!!!!!!! I love the shots you have of the city scape, they're magical!

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  17. Ooooh I've been to Ueno Zoo! But I thought it was too small. And all the animals looks really sad. The polar bear was pacing up and down in its enclosure. It had obviously been effected by its captivity :(

    I stayed in Minami Senju when I was in Tokyo. Those wooden blocks with writing on are called 'Ema' and you write your wishes on them :) The one in the picture has Korean writing on it though I think. Gyoza are amazing NOM NOM NOM :D

    I definitely want to go back soon xx

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