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Japan: A Blog (from 2005) part 19 of 912

Tokyo: Day 2

Today we decided to see the sights, how ever unsightly they may seem.

We started off taking a sub-way-train-a-ma-jig to the Imperial Palace. This is where the Grand Master Poobah of Japan lives. Not the prime minister, but the emperor.

So, we tooled around there for awhile. It's situated in the middle of this HUGE ass park and it takes like 10 minutes to walk from the nearest street to the entrance of the place. The Palace is the Emperor's home and the park is his estate.

It's gotta be a bitch to go get the morning paper...

Entrance to the Imperial Palace. The public is allowed in one day a year to drop off birthday presents for the Emperor on Dec 23rd.

The structure on the right is the Emporer's actual home, no one from the general public is allowed in the residence.

Next from there we headed down towards Ginza and Shimbashi stations.

We stopped by the Tokyo Tower. Tours are $15. Meh. It's cooler looking from down below, and it's freer.

Another Godzilla-free day in Tokyo

And then we went over to NHK. NHK is the primary national broadcaster for Japan. Think PBS meets Discovery Channel meets Cinemax. Or not.

Anyway, a local celebrity calls NHK home.

Senor Domo-kun, chillin' with his homies

Yes, Domo-kun was here. Between rounds of killing kittens for your fappage, he kicks it at NHK, doing promotional spots on things like taking your shoes off when you go in a house, or how to watch anime and not have your eyes bleed.

The NHK museum was neat, since we got to see all our modern technology we use today scaled back to the originals. Record amazements like the first Japanese radio broadcast with original microphone.

Or the first Japanese Television signal which is still being broadcast to this day on a private signal.

It's just the one symbol representing "one". Captivating isn't it?

After wards, we moved onto Odaiba.

If there's any place in Tokyo you need to visit, it's Odaiba. Why? Because other than Akihabara's nerd shopping, this is the fun place to go see shit in Tokyo. It's two malls next door to each other, a Toys R Us, a Sega Joyopolis, FujiTV Headquarters, and The Statue of Liberty.

This sits in the harbor next to Odaiba island. No, really. Except it's only 30 feet high.

Fuji TV. Home of all your favorite animes.

We didn't get time to tour FujiTV. This will be updated when I come back.

Instead we went in the malls and Toys R Us.

Episode 3 had JUST come out in Tokyo about 3 weeks prior to my arrival, so there were requisite Star Wars toys for sale.

And Toys R Us there, has a Gundam Aisle, much like we have a barbie aisle.

OOPS! What's he doing here?!

Afterward, we inadvertently found the 20th anniversary museum of Dragonball.

I had no idea. 20 years of over 9000-ing.

BTW, my testicles grant wishes if any over 18 year old young lady should want to collect them and rub them really hard...

Get your picture taken with Goku, Bulma, Master Roshi, or the kid with dots on his head, whoever the fuck he is...YAY!

After this, we packed up and headed back to the hotel. We went out again to that night to go check out Shinjuku, but that story is for another blog...

Next time on: Japan: A Blog (from 2005): "Inappropriate touching in Shinjuku"
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About BluDesignone of us since 11:49 AM on 11.10.2006

I own a FamPuter, which is a 100% fake Famicom. And I do own Super Mario Bros. and Rockman 2 for it, which you don't. :P

I'm a 34 year old gamer. I cannot hang out with most of you, and you should not contact me to buy you cheap wine or cigarettes. I do not like jail. Seriously, I own all three consoles and I don't discriminate. Gaming is for fun, not for sissy slapfights. If you consider yourself partial to a particular console, I don't care why you don't own other consoles, I don't want to hear about it. If you're going to bitch about something, you'd better bring some hard evidence of why you're complaining if you want to cry on my shoulder.

Enjoy this wonderful picture of 2 generations coming together at last...

PS - I eat trolls.

PPS - I've been to Japan. Maybe you've heard about it? If not, read up here:

Part 1: Introductions
Part 2: Yamagata's Hanagasa Festival
Part 3: Harajuku Girls and the lack thereof
Part 4: You're not in Kansas anymore, Niero (TGS07)
Part 5: Fresh from the farm to your mouth
Part 6: Going to Japan is hard
Part 7: 30 days takes forever
Part 8: Rape, Rocks, and Alliteration
Part 9: Small Town Nightlife
Part 10: Bling Bling, Hundred Thousand Yen Bill Ya'll
Part 10 Part 2: Mount Yamadera
Part 11: The Japanese Wal-Mart
Part 12: Goin' Down to Tokyo Town
Part 13: Ghiblit Gravy
Part 14: Air Sex
Part 15: Ganguros of New Tokyo
Part 16: The Contest Announcement
Part 17: The Contest
Part 18: The Trip Itinerary
Part 19: Tokyo Day 2
Part 20: Tokyo Day 2 Part 2 (of 2)
Part 21 is no longer there, but it wasn't all that great anyway, so you're not missing out.
Part 22: Happy Picture Montage Time!
Part 23: I have arrived.
Part 24: I have returned.
Part 25: The Case for the American Cheeseburger
Part 26: Random pictures are random
Part 27: A Free Gift for Those Who've Been Paying Attention
Part 28: Nintendo, no seriously, NINTENDO
Part 29: Racists in Japan, Discriminating against the handicapped
Special Report from Cheapy D at CAG
Part 30: The Secret Truth About Japan
Part 31: Oz-Matsuri
Part 32: The Japanese Don't Have Antiperspirant Deodorant

Part 33: There's this Disney character named Stitch in Japan...
Part 34: Trainspotting: Live From Kyoto
Part 35: Kyoto for Beginners
Part 36: Kyoto Smash: Advance Lesson in Fun Time
Part 37: Some Japanese people are alcoholics
Part 38: Hardcore Otaku know where the real action is
Part 40: My attempt at getting the Oscar for Best Japanese Picture
Part 41: What heaven is like.
Part 42: I sneak into a movie studio to pitch my movie
Part 41: What heaven is like.
Part 43: My film idea is shot down in favor of yet another Power Rangers TV show
Part 44: Excessive Male Nudity in Japan
Part 45: The Japanese grocery store has no deli counter
Part 46: How the Japanese language is worked into Japan's society
Part 47: Izukayas and you: How the Japanese drink in public
Part 48: All you really need to know about the Tokyo Auto Show
Part 49: Gyudon Rocks.
Part 50: Tendo is the coolest place in all of Japan
Part 51: I really did poop immediately after that shot
Part 52: A Beginner's Guide to Tokyo Disney Sea
Part 53: There is no comparison. Cheeseburgers win.
Part 55: You've never had Tonkatsu, so you wouldn't understand
Part 56: Japanese iTunes for the Mac addict
Part 57: The other kind of Curry
Part 58: Popular Pop and "Lock" music in Japan
Part 59: I sing like how cats have sex
Part 60: The Iron Penis Festival
Part 61: A sad bit about racism in Japan
Part 9001: Electro Lemon's whirlwind visit to Tokyo
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