Anyway, the view from Tokyo Tower was so lovely. It was a little smoggy, but not so bad. I swear, some of the photos I took look like postcards. I took them I swear! X-D It was also great to take candids of people there too. Everyone has a camera so I wasn't too out of place. :>
So I wasn't sure where I wanted to go next. I looked at the subway map and realized that Ginza was right there. So instead of going to Harajuku like I planed, I went to Ginza instead.
And boy, can I tell you this? That the Japanese know how to celebrate Christmas. None of that religious signifigance or some such, but pure unadulterated consumerism! X-D Anyway, at least that's the feeling I got walking through Ginza and all of those super expensive brand name stores. There were a few Japanese ones, but things like Prada, Tiffany's, etc. They were scary. I felt broke just walking down the street.
And what a street it is! It was just filled with people! I don't know if the streets are normally blocked off or not, but wow!
One of Sony's showcase building was in Ginza too, so I decided to take a look see. Yes, Sony, the company you love to hate. The love, being the PS2, PSP and the upcoming PS3. The hate being their absolutely stupidity in copy protected CDs and their MP3 players that don't actually play MP3s. :P But I went anyway. :)
It was mostly a mall, showcasing their high end flat panels and sound systems. They had a few Blue-Ray players playing on HD monitors. I also happened to be there when they were showing off their new Aibo like robot, but this time in human form. It was... uncanning on how human like they moved. Walking, moving their limbs around. Yes, I'm sure it was all motion captured, but the fact that they didn't fall over after taking some steps is pretty amazing. One was even doing a waltz.
So it was getting late and I was getting hungry. I've been walking around all day, but didn't feel like having high priced food at the Ginza. So I walked and happened to run into a Yoshinoya.
Mmmm.... Yoshinoya >3 I love that place. It's basically a fast food, rice bowl. So I sat down and ordered beef on rice. Yum!
After a while I started talking to the waitress. She was asking me where I was from and was amazed I was from the US, since I don't look American. I told her I was originally from Taiwan. It turns out she was from China, so we started talking in Mandarin. X-D I told her I was here mostly to sight see and take pictures. Then she told me that they were unveiling some new light show for Xmas just a block away. After eating my dinner and thanking her for the tip, I headed on over there to see what was up.
It was actually near the main Tokyo Train Station. Since the lights weren't on yet, I went inside to have a look and find my train back to Shinjuku. It turns out that there's this HUGE underground mall there! X-D
The absolutely best part of the place is the HUGE food court there. They had every type of food you can imagine, just the ones I saw where Chinese, Korean, Italian, pastries. I'm *so* going back there to have dinner sometime. X-D Maybe I should go back to the Yoshinoya to thank that waitress too. :D
Anyway, this is sort of why I love going it alone and not just taking a tour group. You run across surprising things, interesting sights and you get to talk to the locals a bit. Also the waitresses and people you talk to, don't have an agenda to sell you crap that you don't want. I would have never known about the light show.
Anyway, I still have yesterday to catch up on, but first I'm heading off to lunch and then Harajuku! :)