When my parents decided to come visit me here in Japan, I did not know what to expect. I mean I am already used to this place and for me the clean streets or the electric toilets and all the goodies the shops have to offer are things I see every day. But I was suprised that even I was caught of guard with things because not only did they see things through my eyes but I also through theirs.
SO! Two weeks of motherly and fatherly love and running all over Tokyo. How much fun that has been! I got to show off the place where I live and my speaking skills. Although when I had to and they looked at me I do kind of get shy and they might not notice me speaking sh*t but the Japanese people do.
So after picking them up from the airport and the introduction of the Japanese toilet for my dad (He fell in love right away) we made our way back to their appartment only to find out we are also pretty hungry and in need of some food. Now we have done alot of things and ate alot of things and meat is one of them. We are meat lovers and thats who we are. So the Yakiniku, Shabu Shabu and the steaks and all the other good stuff was perfect.
We did the usual Shibuya, Shinjuku, Odaiba, Asakusa, Roppongi, Harajuku, Yokohama (because of the Shinkansen experience) Imperial Palace Gardens and even Disney Sea for my moms Birthday!
So the first stop we did after resting and cuddling and all that was Shibuya. Now my parents weren’t that impressed with Shibuya but they did like the shops that were located within the station. We also went back to get some dinner there and I understand. Everyone has their own taste and I don’t mind! We had some starbucks and watched as people crossed the road and walked around for some shopping. We didn’t stay out all to long because my parents were still kind of tired.
Now I have to say that I didn’t make that many pictures and video’s because I enjoyed hanging out with them more then keeping the camera in my face the whole time so some things are missing here.
So on the third day we decided to go to Odaiba after paying my monthly rent in Shinjuku. We did alot of shopping and walking and visited the Mega Web Toyota City Showcase. This also because my dad likes cars and me and my mom like shopping so we have to do what everyone likes. (I didn’t mind the fun games) And last time I came here with my best friend we did some purikura and did some grabbing games and this time I forced my parents to do some as well and boy-oh-boy did I laugh my ass off. Dad with lipgloss and mom with big eyes. In the end they also did it together just because my dad enjoyed it so much.
Afterwards we went for some all you can eat in the deep fry way and for me it was also new. I will go back someday because it was not only fun but also very delicious! We still talk about the couple that sat next to us and were eating for a whole village.
Because of all the walking we did in the past days we decided to take it slow and take the bus. This was a perfect idea and a wish my parents had. My advice for you is to take the bus and just let it show you all the places. We got our inspiration for the next day this way. But beware! It is an open deck and if the sun is out and it’s 36 degrees celcius. It’s not that fun. Unless you’re in the wind.
Asakusa and Harajuku
I decided to do two places in one day and we started our day off in Asakusa before heading to Harajuku. They wanted to see an temple and when in the bus they saw this place and wished to visit it. We walked around the small stores and had some Kaki gori and some melon pan with icecream. There was also a creepy old guy who asked things in Japanese and wanted to make a wish with us. Now in Japan its hard to say no but after one small word he said I gave back his money and said a harsh NO. Now I stayed very calm and nice but my inner Dutch/Rotterdam person wanted to hit him. I’m just very thankfull my parents didn’t understand Japanese.
ANYWAYS. We moved to Harajuku and walked around some stores and made our way to my favorite Okonomiyaki place and had some Okonomiyaki. We walked back in a closed Takeshita street and called it quits.
I don’t have much on Ueno too say because its beautiful and WAY to hot. This was a day where people even died because of the heat so that explains alot. We walked around the pond and further into the park but after sitting in the shade and contemplating how dead we felt we walked to the two shopping streets, made a quick round and went home to cool down. It hit 38 degrees that day.
to escape the heat we also decided to stay indoors the next day to do some shopping. This day my parents found out about Time Sales and screaming Japanese girls. I have a link here to give you an impression!
So even before my parents came I decided to celebrate my moms birthday in Disneyland or Disney Sea, but the weather for that day wasn’t that nice so because we had some rest in the passed few days we decided to go to Disney Sea on the 5th. Now I get excited when going to places like these and my parents noticed that as I almost left them behind at the station as I speed walked to the entrance. I got called at and stopped for them. I’m sorry mom and dad, Disney makes my heart very happy! So as you may have known from a previous blog I already went to DisneySea so this was a great opportunity to go and enjoy to the max! (thats why I have so little pictures) I pulled mom into the Indiana jones ride, even though they say people with certain pills can’t ride. (I still got her to go with us, YOU GO MOM!) and we did all of the rides! Except for the Haunted Mansion 😦 Ah well it’s OK, its not that WOW. But the thing that did blew my mind was the Fireworks show because WOW that was… WOW. I have a small fragment of it in my vlog down below!
Another wish was fulfilled for my dad while in Japan! He wanted to take a shinkansen and it didn’t really matter where too aslong as he went in one. So we decided to go to Yokohama and do some walking around and some shopping and visit the biggest and first China town in Japan. We decided to walk INSIDE and not OUTSIDE because damnit Japan and their rainy season and hot weather!!!! But I didn’t mind because they had a Disney Store ;-). The China town in Yokohama is Gigaaantic! We walked around for a good hour or two and on every corner there is something else! They say alot of Chinese people don’t live there anymore but the Chinese vibe is still there.
Imperial Palace Gardens and Roppongi
At some point you just don’t know what to do anymore and Roppongi was still on my list and so my dad said “Why not the gardens and roppongi?”. And so we did. This day was as hot as all the others but we survived and walked around for a bit before heading to the Mori tower. The gardens looked beautifull but dry because it didn’t rain that much. (Speaking of rain, it now has started and it rains HARD) So looking for some coolness we headed to the tower and I don’t know if I mentioned it but my mom does not like hights. But the power woman she is she did go along with us and looked around. We even got a picture with Mount Fuji!!!! I didn’t see it last time but this time we were lucky to see it in the distance! (hence the romantic parents looking in each others eyes picture and me holding it ALMOST in my hands)
Too all good things comes an end
well for the coming months of course. Now in between we did alot of shopping and bonding and celebrating my moms birthday and hiding gifts from her. But yes all good things come to an end and I am so happy I could have this with them. You don’t just really go to Japan, atleast my parents wouldn’t. So I was a good reason to come, and after a few days they still talk about what happened here in Japan. I feel so lucky for having them as my parents and for what they did and still do for me. It was hard saying goodbye but it won’t be for long because I shall return! TUN-TUN TUUUNNN. Kidding.
I love you guys (yes i am talking to my parents) Thank you for being there for me and helping me make me for who I am today.
Yes some things are better in moving frames so enjoy!
Hasta la Noodle!