I wouldn’t say I have seen everything I wanted to see in Japan, but today I took a little break from sightseeing and met up with a friend I met in Germany who now lives in Yokohama just to hang around for some time.
We were looking for some souveniers for my family so we took of to the fashionable district of Ginza and strolled through some of the huge department stores which are located around one avenue there. It was rather interesting to see that most of them were comparable to what we have in Europe, but then again the amount of designer stuff was a lot higher than at your average german department store. I didn’t find anything which fitted my needs so we went to Ueno first to grab something to eat. At a tempura store we sat down and had a delicious meal. After this we headed for Asakusa again. I have to admit that the place in front of the Sensoji temple is just a tourist rip off spot but there you had all the typical things tourists would bring home at one place so it was rather convenient to buy stuff there. I found a few things which might work and we sat down at a Starbucks store for the rest of the evening.
Arriving back at the house I got a very delicous dinner and again lots of beer and right now I’m preparing for my last day of the stay in Japan. Tomorrow my host’s family wants to take me to a sushi store to give me one last insight on a typical japanese lifestyle experience. I’m really ooking forward to it but before that I will meet up with the friend who picked me up at the airport one more time to hang around at some places I haven’t been to. It’S gonna be fun.