Over the last few months I’d grown tiresome of the recognition of this milestone and the implied suggestions that it is something to be feared. ‘Twenties are over’ ‘now you’re a real grown up’, ‘it’s all downhill from here’. I still cannot comprehend the emphasis placed on this shift of a decade, I’ve been 30 for 2 and a half months and well, rather unsurprisingly nothing has changed.
On Monday morning we allowed ourselves a little bit of a lie in and chose not to have breakfast so that we could eat more throughout the day! Our first stop was Character Street at Tokyo Station. Check out what we did the previous day here. Character Street is cluster of shops each selling memorabilia related to popular characters and mascots including Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma, Moomin, Pokemon and many more. Each store is packed with goodies, from sweets to plush toys and home and lifestyle accessories. It is kawaii heaven!
On day five we woke up feeling fresh, despite many drinks the previous evening, and had a quick breakfast at our apartment. The plan for the day was to spend the morning in Tokyo, have a light lunch, and then go to Yokohama for the afternoon.
On day three we had slept in a little too late and ended up having an early night which shortened our time exploring so we set our alarms for 7:30am on day four to ensure we had a more productive morning. We first decided to visit Sky Carrot which is a free observation deck in a skyscraper in the Setagaya Ward. To get there we took the Yamanote line to Shibuya and then the Tokyu Denshi line to Sangenjaya Station, above which sits the skyscraper.
We woke up very late and some of us (Clare) were very hung over from our previous night out. So we had a long leisurely breakfast at the apartment before our first stop of the day which was Kameido. Kameido is a railway station and district in Koto Ward served by the JR Chuo-Sobu Line and the Tobu Kameido Line in the eastern suburbs of Tokyo.