Luckily, we were able to meet up with an old college friend of mine during our time in Japan, as well. We met Masayuki at the Kagurazaka Station, which is located in a charming, European feeling neighborhood. Kagurazaka is an area known for its French population and its sloping street lined with many cafes, shops and French eateries. Masayuki, a Tokyo native, took us to a lovely cafe for some tea. It was a very windy day again, but the cafe staff were nice enough to bring out blankets for everyone waiting outside in the chilly conditions. (Service — one thing I noticed the Japanese are very good at.)
From there, we headed over to Akihabara, popular for its diehard anime and manga fan culture, as well as its many electronic shops. We didn’t linger long, mainly just walked around a bit and explored an arcade full of video games and near-R-rated anime figurines and prizes.
Not far from the busy entertainment area, we came across the Kanda Myojin Shrine, a Shinto shrine with almost 1,300 years of history. Continue reading Tokyo Day 4: Kagurazaka, Akihabara, Kanda Myojin Shrine & sukiyaki