An Extraordinary Two Weeks in Tokyo

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This is the first thing I saw when I got off the bus in Tokyo, and all I could think was “And this is an extraordinary life!”

IMG_4010With a new place to live and a new way to occupy my time, Tokyo didn’t give me a chance to breathe before the excitement started.

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One of the best parts of Japanese summer is the festivals that pop up everywhere. Out on an evening stroll, I came across a tiny local festival in a park.

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Out on a mission to find some great stuff going on in Tokyo, I met these guys in Yoyogi Park.

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Tokyo is a fun city to be in in the summer!

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I was lucky enough to be able to meet up with these cool cats and the new Kagawa JETs for one last big Kagawa-style drinks and karaoke shindig one night.

IMG_4034The guest house in Tokyo is full of great people. I made friends the night someone’s birthday turned into a cake fight and I ended up with cake all over my face.

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One ‘work day’ consisted of me taking a train all the way down to the bottom of the Miura Peninsula and checking out beaches all day and fireworks all night.

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I headed to Yokohama with friends one night for wine and a spin on the ferris wheel.

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Then I stayed up all night to go to the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, where they auction off the biggest fish I’ve seen in my life!

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Afterwards we had sushi for breakfast which was unusual but I could eat sushi any time of the day!

DSCN3184I met up with my JTE from Kagawa for a yummy French lunch and all the gossip from school.

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With the help of a friend, I managed to get a last minute ticket to the Sunday of Summer Sonic, where I saw Imagine Dragons, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cyndi Lauper, Mr Children and Muse. Amazing!

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Drinks with some friends and roadies afterwards started off in a shot bar in Roppongi…

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…and ended up like this.

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I was invited on a road trip down to Zushi Beach with these cool kids from the guest house. We spent the whole day on the beach in the sun, then headed to a house party nearby where we grilled a ton of food and drank some nice beer.

IMG_4087Kazu and I spent a day at a theme park!

DSCN3129Where I rode a panda. Because, you know… a panda…

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When you have a heatwave in Tokyo, the logical thing to do is to put a paddling pool in your carpark and throw a big barbeque party. We could tell it was a good party, because the police were called three times. In the middle of the day.

IMG_4093We followed that with a fireworks festival, and I tied my own obi!

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I went  on a road trip to Gunma Prefecture with these gorgeous girls, Megu and Kiyomi, from my guesthouse.

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One day I headed up to Saitama Prefecture to meet the vice-principal of Takamatsu Daiichi in Kawagoe.

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She treated me and her sister to an exquisite lunch.

amiryoAnd on my last night in Tokyo I was able to celebrate Ryo and Ami’s wedding with them. What a beautiful couple!

Tokyo, see you in a month. Next stop, Yamagata!

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