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The Imperial Palace

there's nothing to it.

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Today I made my way to the imperial palace to have a peek at, well, a lot of shrubbery. Unfortunately the palace itself is only open twice a year, and not during my stay. It's hard to tell if the place was impressive, as I only managed to scan the perimeter and saw nothing of it really. However, being a palace and all, I'm sure it's tops.

After a couple of hours scuffing gravel and scanning hedges I wondered into Ginza, the top end fashion label boutique area, with many expensive stores and some very odd-looking buildings.

Case in point. Awesome.

I'm continuously delighted by the Japanese sense of aesthetics. Damn they have style! Everything is saturated in colour and neon and crazy design, or minimal geometric or natural motifs. I've never been happier to just stare at stuff. Advertisements, vending machines, shop facades, everything. And the people, so many beautiful people and different faces to watch. My visual faculties have never been so stimulated. Time to eat.

Posted by kitschikat 04:23 Archived in Japan Tagged backpacking

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So what's the food like?

by m.j.p

The food is terrific. I've been eating non-stop since I arrived. There is so much to choose from and the Japanese are kings of snack food. The only thing that bothers me is the excessive packaging. They love to wrap shit up and bag it. There's a bakery franchise called Andersons from where I eat breakfast most mornings. You get your tray and tongs and select what you will, and when you get to the counter each item of a different variety is wrapped up separatly and shoved in a bag. This amounts to a lot of plastic. Everything you buy, no matter how small, is bagged. Lucky they maintain such a thorough sanitation system and people are, on the whole, very considerate of their refuse, otherwise the streets would be shambolic.

by kitschikat

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