All About Japan

Exploring Japan: Part 2

| Video , Tokyo

Shibuya
Just one stop over from Harajuka on the Yamanote Line is Shibuya station, one of Tokyo’s busiest railways stations and gateway to the famous “Shibuya scramble”—when the lights change, hundreds of people cross this intersection at the same time and you’re swept up in the sea of humanity. The best way of seeing the crossing is from above, and you could spend all day testing out the many surrounding viewpoints。

And just so you know, we zig-zagged across the street like 20 times for fun before getting lost in the city and eventually ending up in the nearby Yoyogi Park. The park is one of Tokyo’s largest, and it’s a prime spot to hang out and people watch, especially during the cherry blossom season. We were there in March, so we were a little early, but luckily we still got a preview. We ended up spending the rest of the day walking around getting a taste of life in Japan and its cast of characters that come out to play on a beautiful and chilly Sunday afternoon. It was absolutely perfect.

Robot Restaurant
The Robot Restaurant is Tokyo’s over-the-top, seizure-inducing, totally ridiculous, sensory overloaded cabaret show with robots. "Go," they said. "You’ll have a great time," they said… but what they failed mention is that the place is located smack dab in the middle of Shinjuku’s red light district, which is a good place to be if you’re a single 20-something out for a night on the town, but not so much if you’re married, draped in camera gear and trying to film a travel documentary.

Once we shook that weirdness, we made our way over to the restaurant lobby to pick up our tickets. Ordering tickets online is a good way to save a little money if you do decide to come here. Oh, and you might want to bring earplugs, also not have epilepsy.

Karaoke
After 14 years of being together, I did what I do best when I want to get my way and have Noah to try new things: I... slowly… wear… him… down…