Day two was spent at Nikko, a small town in Japan with many historical and cultural sites, and then the evening was spent at Ginza, one of the best known commercial districts in Japan. We were moving around quite a bit that day, so we didn't have a chance to stop for actual meals, but we still had plenty of chances to stop for snacks!
Day 2 - Nikko and Ginza
|Nikko Train station|
|Monkeys, the mascots of Nikko|
Many of the carvings are very intricately done. Interestingly enough, you aren't allowed to take pictures inside temples, shrines and palaces. And again, you may need to remove your shoes before entering.
|Passing under a Torii|
In any case, the desserts were these big mochi-like patties with different fillings, such as red bean, white bean and black sesame. They were quite good, if a bit sweet.
We saw a shop selling these on our way back, but we have no idea what they are. Possibly stone/sand-grilled fish?
I tried an iced green tea latte, and it was absolutely delicious. I still dream about it to this day. It was smooth, silky and creamy, and it even came with tiny little ice cubes in the cup! I know we have instant coffee machines here too, but they have so many more options here, and you can get iced coffees and hot coffees from one machine. Colour me impressed.
We also got to see droves of salarymen pass by (some with some really interesting sweat stains... on their butt?), as well as a jarring moment of seeing a white guy dressed in a typical salaryman fashion.
Afterwards, we headed over to Ginza. We ended up in a small restaurant underneath a department store. Yet again, I wasn't able to read the name, so I have no idea what it was called.
|Cold potato vermicelli|
After dinner, we passed by a tea shop called 'The Darjeeling' that had some really cute-looking desserts on display. We decided to get two to go.
|Mango and Black tea cup|
|Peach and guava cup|
The second cup, peach and guava, was a little too perfume-y and artificial-tasting, in my opinion. My friend says that that's what guava tastes like. I did like the layer of mousse at the bottom of the cup, though.
So we enjoyed these little dessert cups in our hotel room while watching the anime 'Kuroko no Basket' (The basketball which Kuroko plays) on TV. We saw a commercial for it on the train, and were determined to watch this odd, odd show. Needless to say, we understood absolutely nothing. And apparently there's a live-action Rurouni Kenshin movie out in Japan?
Speaking of anime... Onto the next day, where we tackle Akihabara, geek paradise!