Hullo again from Japan! I thought I’d share a few pictures from my first day of exploring.

This is the area where I’m staying.

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On my first full day (Wednesday) I decided to catch the subway into the main city area. The subway was surprisingly easy to navigate! I got off here, on the hunt for something in particular…

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It was a cat cafe!! If you aren’t already aware, Japan has a number of these amazing things. It’s basically a room full of cats and cat things where you can have tea and coffee and play with cats. Pretty much the best.

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This one, Moka, has bad allergies so she has to wear clothes all the time.

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After I managed to tear myself away from the cats, I wandered down an interesting looking street and found an amazing network of alleys and arcades. This shop was particularly incredible. It was paper goods and art supplies. There was an entire wall of brushes!

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And all the cards, envelopes, papers, notebooks you could ever possibly want.

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There was also a lot of shrines which had their gates right in the arcades.

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After more wandering I found the river. A man was flying this beautiful kite in the evening light.

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I also saw this fantastic specimen. Maybe it’s from watching too much anime, but I always associate this kind of wire pole mess with Japan.

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More adventures soon!

– Em