Hello again! Been waiting for this, huh? First thing first, do excuse me for the mixed language. I intend to let the readers feel the excitement, but I guess it failed hahah. Not good enough in writing, huh? Lets just put that aside and continue, shall we?😀
FEBRUARY 2, 2016
The real adventure begins today! So does the biggest struggle ever: dealing with freezing water. Seriously, waking up at 6 am for Subuh and taking ablution with freezing water is no joke, man! Brrrr! We planned for an early start today, but it did not happen. That is because it’s still too early to wake up (it’s 5 am in Malaysia, duhhh!) and it’s too cold. Actually no, that’s not the real reason hahaha. We were wide awake by 7 am, but the thing is, we DON’T KNOW how to turn on the heater in the bathroom and we did not want to wake Kak Elly up because it’s still too early. So we just fidget in the room, staring at the walls, fall back asleep for awhile until we decided that we had to get ready because it’s already 9 am. We’re waaaaay behind the schedule! So, it’s Zaf’s job to wake her up while I err… tidy up the room, not? Kak Elly taught Zaf how to turn up the heater, so she has the privilege to take a shower first. By 10.30 am, we’re set to go!
It’s already sunny outside and it looked so warm and nice, until you get out of the house. My first reaction was, “Weh sejuk gila! Kuatnya anginnnnn!” Yeap, soooo unattractive for a girl, in the morning. Our plan for today is Asakusa, Ueno and Akihabara. Lets get moving!!!
I did say that we travel like the locals, right? So, we head to the train station (Kanamachi station) to get to Asakusa. We’ll have to change train lines as there is no direct trains to Asakusa. Seriously guys, if you plan to explore Tokyo by train/metro/subway, please do your homework on the train lines and stations. Or else, you’ll get lost on the way.
On our way! Ohh, meet Zafirah.
Ishh time ni la bas nak lalu
Kanamachi lil town
Don’t get tricked by the sunlight. The temperature was around 8° – 9° C this time. This is the view of Kanamachi little town. I don’t even know what am I focusing in these pictures, sorry. Ohh, see those bars? The railways as mentioned in previous post was behind it haha.
So, after some train rides, we finally arrived at Asakusa station. Our first destination? The famous Sensoji Temple. We don’t really know where it’s located, but thankfully most trains stations have Wi-Fi so we’re able to Google Mapped the place. (Actually, that is our only source of Internet connection throughout the trip. Heh. Pity us.) Well, it was actually located across Asakusa Station hahaha! To Sensoji Temple we go!
The temple is not exactly at the main road, it’s further behind but you can see the landmark of it from the roadside. You won’t miss it. When we arrived, the place is already full of people, even with students. To get to the temple, you’ll have to go through Nakamise Street. Nakamise Street is the place that sells souvenirs, all sorts of it including food! It’s still too early to buy souvenirs so we just pass by the street. Again, it’s full of people and it’s so hard to get a decent picture because there’s always people passing by in front of us! We’ll have to make do with whatever we can. Sigh. Another reason is both of us are carrying big cameras and it’s inconvenient for us to exchange cameras in the middle of the street just to take each other’s pictures.
Ni la entrance Sensoji Temple. Hah, nampak tak besar mana camera tu? Kan jenuh nak tukar-tukar. #tudungonpoint
Nampak je terik, sebenarnya tak pun. sejuk ada lah!
Shops selling souvies. Tapi mahal!
Sensoji Temple. Ehh belum sampai lagi. Belakang tu haa!
Nampak tak ramai cemana? Mmg tidak lah nak tukar kamera. Huhu gambar kat kamera Zaf.
We planned on renting kimonos here, but it’s too expensive! 3000¥ per rental. That is beyond our budget. Sadly we had to ‘ditch’ our plan on renting a kimono.😥 We reached Asakusa around 11.30 am and it’s almost Zuhur already. We quickly Googled the nearest mosque (there is one in Asakusa) and head to seek for the mosque. It’s faaaaaaaar from the bustling city centre, I think it’s around 15-20 minutes walk. Know what? When we reached the mosque, it’s closed. LOCKED. There are several Malaysian travellers outside the mosque and they told us they too have been waiting for the mosque to open, but unfortunately no. If you imagine the mosque to be like OUR mosque here in Malaysia, no, it’s not the same. It’s a building converted into a mosque. Haihhhh, all those walk for nothing, man! We can’t even be mad about it. Speechless to the max! It’s almost Asar, so we have to find a solution ASAP. We then decided to head back to the city centre and maybe just pray anywhere that is suitable.
Luckily we brought along our water bottles, so we used that for ablution. Guess where we prayed? At a parking lot! Hahaha the parking lot is quite isolated, so we feel kinda safe to pray there without anyone lurking. *sila bersyukur Malaysia banyak surau, tu pun ada yang malas nak solat lagi!* Done praying, we head back to Sensoji Temple.
This time around, we dared ourselves to enter the temple. Zaf even made a funny remark, “Aku harap tak mati iman la lepas masuk temple ni.” Hahahahahaha! Weh, kita baruuuu lepas solat, nak mati iman ape bendanya! Here at the temple, you get to see the ritual of throwing coins, something about ‘holy smoke’ and also writing your prayers and hang it up. Noooo, we did nothing of this. Only watching hehehe.
Time ni la Zaf cakap “jangan la mati iman” hahaha
Err asap apa tak pasti
We then head to Sumida Park, not too far from the temple. It’s not really a big park, just a small park facing the river. Across the river is the famous Tokyo Skytree and a building with a weird shape on the roof (if I’m not mistaken, it’s the Asahi building, a famous beer company in Japan) or what Zaf called as “bangunan tahi”. Hahaha, this girl never fails to crack me up! We took some pictures and then head to Ueno.
The so-called “bangunan tahi”
Uuu train laluuu
taking each other’s picture
To get to Ueno, we’ll have to use the train again and get off at Ueno Station. It’s already 3 pm and both of us are hungryyyyy. Again, thanks to the free Wi-Fi at the station, we searched for halal food and found few halal food stalls. We chose a stall named Chicken Man that sells chicken rice. Heyy, even Fizo Omar went to this stall, okay! This stall is located near Ameyoko Building, just across the Ueno station. 500¥ for one person, not bad lah. We even met several Malaysian students there. They suggested to us one good takoyaki place. Hehehe, this is what we wanted! Come on, obviously you want to try local food! I mean, takkan la pergi Jepun asyik makan kebab je? Seriously?
And so, despite having chicken rice for lunch (and dinner, it’s almost dark already), we head to the takoyaki stall, yeay! 350¥ for 8 big takoyakis!!! Sooo worth it! But I’m still full from the rice, so I only ate 3 balls. Yeap, you got it right. Zaf ate the other 5 balls. I tell you, the takoyaki tasted so good that we had a second thought to buy another round. Luckily the line has gotten longer, or else we’ve bought more hahaha. We then head to Ueno Park with a happy tummy!
Zaf kira bajet ke kalori? Lol.
Panjang tak panjang la barisan
Takoyaki gemuks. Gambar yang dah dibeli dlm fon Zaf.
Ueno Park was just across the station, but you’ll have to climb a small hill to reach the park. Because it’s still winter, by 4.30 pm the sky has gotten dark. We didn’t make it to Ueno Zoo, because we didn’t exactly went around the whole park. It’s almost dark and cold. We just took a quick walk around and hey! A surprise for us! At the park! We found the cherry blossom tree!!!! It’s still blooming, no flowers but the flower buds are there. It was beautiful! There’s only one tree that blooms. So excited! The first cherry blossom tree in my life haha so cheesy! Too bad the pictures doesn’t turn out good due to bad lighting. Aishh, what use of a big camera if you can’t even find the right setting for night photography!
Baru 5.30 pm dah gelap mcm ni
Suhu pun boleh tahan sejuk!
Since it’s already Maghrib, we seek for the mosque’s direction by using Google Map. Again, the mosque is located in between buildings and we had to walk through small alleys just to get there. By the time we reached the mosque, it’s almost Isya’, in 10 more minutes. The mosque was decent, and we took some time to rest after walking all day. Managed to get Wi-Fi and made a quick update to the family.
Ni la masjidnya!
Since it’s already dark, we thought of heading back to Kanamachi and cancel the plan to Akihabara. But it’s only 5 pm! Or 4 pm, Malaysian time. After much consideration, we decided to just give it a go. It’s not that far from Ueno, so we just walked all the way there. There’s still a lot of people on the road, probably just getting off from work. How did we get there by walking? Google Map to the rescue! It’s not easy to walk in the cold wind, serious talk. It has become my mantra saying this all day long, “sejuknyaaa. sejuknyaaa.” Hahahaha sorry for being too Malaysian who are used to hot weather all year long!
Finally, we reached Akihabara, the famous electrical and gadget town! Woohooo!!! The city is still bustling with people and cars. At first we only managed to reach Akihabara Station (every train station has several entrances, mind that) and were confused as to where the big big big buildings are. After walking through several alleys, we finally found it!!! Seriously in awe. The buildings are tall and covered in neon light. Noisy with music too. So many people walking here and there and you’re just standing there admiring the view. *drop jaw moment alert!* For those who loves anime/manga, this is the prefect place for you. Also if you happen to love gadgets. Both of us wasn’t really a fan of animes or mangas, but we went here for the sake of seeing one of the busiest city in Japan. Ohhh, there’s a whole lot of maid cafes here too. Hehehe, with super sexy pictures on billboards. “Zaf, jangan pandang lelama signboard tu. Kurang pahala kau karang.” – Me “Ehh sengal lah kau ni. Taknak pun aku pandang lelama!” – Zaf BHAHAHAHAHA!
Dah sampai Akiba!
Tinggi tak tinggi la bangunannya
Welcome to Akihabara
Honestly, we went here without any plans to buy anything because this is so beyond our interest. We were only in awe with the brightly lit buildings, the anime billboards, the shops and ehhh, everything lah! That was before I passed by a street that sells mini figurines. While busy looking at the bright buildings, I came across this one shop that sells figurines, of all sizes! I actually ask Zaf to stop for a while to take pictures because the figurines are so detailed and it’s nice to see something so beautifully crafted with details. And.. I think you can guess what happens next… Yeah, we err.. bought one figurine each. How can we resist such cute thing! It’s only 500¥! *Nasib baik kecik aje benda tu. Lagipun belikan untuk orang lain, bukan diri sendiri haha* That was the first thing we bought here, except for foods. Hahaha, money successfully spent! While we’re busy choosing and fussing over the figurines, a guy came to us and try to initiate a conversation with us. Sorry sir, my Nihongo is rusty and I can only understand the word “kawaii”.
Comel ya amat!
Opps, sorry! Seksi sangat hehe.
Yang ni yang mahal punya. tak mampu la nak beli huhu.
Yang mana satu pilihanmu?
After buying, we walked around looking for interesting things and finally made a stop to this one big electrical department store. They even sell phones here! The main reason for stopping by is because I needed to find a travel adapter because I forgot to bring one. The store has 7 floors and each floor sells different things. Apparently the shopkeeper don’t know what a travel adapter is aiyaaak! Luckily the store has Wi-Fi, and so Zaf showed a picture of it to the shopkeeper. Ohhh, actually the thing was sold on the 5th floor! We’ve been searching at the 1st floor since forever! Gone another 1580¥ for a travel adapter. Meh.
On our way back to the train station, we found the highlight of Akihabara, the Gundam Cafe and AKB48 Cafe! AKB48 is a group of singers with 48 members. The AKB came from Akiba, the originating place of the group, Akihabara. Thank goodness both of us are not a fan or else we’ve gone crazy over the merchandise! We only took pictures here and the grand entrance of Akihabara Station. It’s already 9 pm and it’s time to head home. Both were already so tired from the excessive walking all day long.
Ikut hati nak rembat bawak balik je hahaha
Sebab tak kuasa nak tukar kamera, makanya kita letak gambar Zaf ye
Entrance ni betul-betul depan kafe tadi. Oleh kerana banyak sangat entrance/exit, sila perhatikan signboard arah mana nak keluar.
We reached home around 10 pm, settled down (no bath because Zaf forgot how to turn on the heater again, haihh. Tapi sebenarnya tak berpeluh pun, so tak mandi pun takpe hehe) and finally go to sleep.
Tomorrow is another adventure! See you in Day 3!
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