Today was the first day of the study tour. I arrived in the Shiba district a bit early, so I had a look around Shiba Park and ran into Daniel. We met up with the rest of the group at the hotel at 12, where Paul discussed the arrangements and guidelines for the rest of the week. Afterwards, we all went as a group to the district of Harajuku. There we visited the Meiji shrine, followed by a walk through the busy Takeshita Street. It was the most crowded area I’ve seen so far, but there were some fun shops to see. Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel.
It was an enjoyable first day, getting to meet up with the rest of the group and explore another area of Tokyo. Tomorrow, the real work begins.
Today I left Hamamatsu. That was definitely a sad moment. But, it also marked the start of a new journey.
After a few hours on the Shinkansen I made it to Tokyo and then found my way to Shiba Park Hotel for our initial tour meeting. I was greeted there by my old Japanese friend Natsumi which after 7 years it was good to catch up again.
Today consisted of a trip down to Harajuku shopping district and the Meiji Shrine. Both of these in direct contrast to each other. The insane pace and bustle of the shops compared the slow and tranquil walk through the temple grounds was such an intriguing moment.
It was nice to visit Meiji again. After 5 years it is still exactly how I remember it.
Harajuku’s shopping district was incredibly busy. We happened to get caught up in the middle of a protest (what they were protesting about is still unknown) which definitely gave some loud excitement to the area.
Now it is is time to just relax and get rested up before an incredibly busy week begins
Happy Australia Day 🙂