Ry and I decided to explore Ikebukuro, the area where we were staying during our time in Tokyo.
We passed a stall selling roasted nuts and Ry went for a cone of tasty cinnamon almonds.
Our first stop was Animate, which is the world’s largest chain of anime goods stores. Ikebukuro also happened to be home to its largest and main location! Unlike a lot of Japanese shops which are tiny, this is a really spacious store that makes it really easy for you to get around and check everything out. They sell all the anime goodies that you could wish for.
Their manga covers are beautiful!
Although I couldn’t read it, I bought this copy because the artwork was just too gorgeous to resist.
Plus, Sailormoon is awesome.
After roaming around the 8 floors, we headed back out into the rain and came across some giant takoyaki balls!
We entered the Sunshine City, which is a commercial complex that has been a landmark of Ikebukuro for over thirty years. In addition to “Sunshine 60”, which provides a panoramic view from one of the highest observation decks in the city, there are also hotels, amusement facilities and a mall.
Oh, and did we mention that there’s also a Pokemon Centre here?!
Although I didn’t recognize most of the new Pokemon as I only knew the first generation, Ry enjoyed himself! 😀
There was lots of merchandise to buy and statues to pose with!
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We also had lunch in the mall.
Ry went for a huge chicken curry…
…while I had a fish one. Both were pretty yum!
After lunch, we visited the Sunshine Aquarium at the top of the mall.
This is Japan’s first rooftop aquarium based on the concept of ‘an oasis in the sky’.
These weedy sea-dragons looked interesting!
Some kind of cuttlefish…
How cute is the kobi cuttlefish?!
If anyone knows what these are called, please let me know 😉
The huge, panoramic tank in the middle of the aquarium was spectacular.
We were also lucky enough to be there when a diver was in the tank feeding the fish, sharks and sting rays which was really interesting and fun to watch! 😀
Although it wasn’t so sunny when we were there, the “Sunshine Aqua Ring” was pretty cool with its view of sea lions swimming overhead.
There were penguins chillin’ outside too.
Literally. (It was bloody freezing).
Just waiting for the cat bus.
Of course Japan has a Moomin café with a giant Moomin cuddly toy 😉
Finally we’d made it to Ry’s number one destination in Japan: Akihabara.
Akihabara has gained recognition as the center of Japan’s otaku (diehard fan) culture.
Many shops and establishments devoted to anime and manga are now dispersed among the electronic stores in the district.
Ry had an excellent time and bought bags full of anime figurines!
Check out his haul video 😉
After all the stores had closed, we popped over to Ginza for dinner.
We bumped into some familiar faces on the way ❤
This Italian restaurant caught our eye and we popped downstairs into the gorgeous restaurant.
Ry enjoyed a cold beer after his day of shopping.
We shared a starter of steamed fresh clams and mussels with some roasted veg which were both delicious from our memory.
I don’t know what magical sauce or herb was on those vegetables but they were amazing!
I just showed Ry this picture and asked if he remembered how his fancy bacon pizza tasted and his exact words were: “10/10, would pizza again.”
I went for my typical order of seafood marinara linguine.
The seafood was really fresh and there was lots of it which is always a winner in my eyes 😉
Finally we ended our day by sharing a chocolate cake for dessert. It’s been over half a year since we had it, but I’m pretty sure that I remember it being a bit disappointing…
Nevertheless I’m unsure so we’ll have to go back again and give you guys a proper review!
See you next time for our final post from Japan!