Link to Japan! Part 1- Gold Coast + Jet Star Business Class
Japan! Part 2-Mission Tsukiji Tuna Auction and awesome sushi breakfast
Japan! Part 3- Harajuku Rabbits and Shibuya shopping times
Japan! Part 4- Ghibli museum, Inokashira Park and Kichijoji cats
Whoa, seriously, when will I ever finish writing the Japan post?!
On day 5, we went to Ueno zoo. Visiting zoo is a must for me: I plan to visit at least 1 zoo in every country I've been to. So far I've done Taipei Zoo, Oklahoma City Zoo and Australia Zoo. (and of course Singapore zoo but I practically grew up there so no count!)
Ueno zoo is located right next to the JR Ueno station (bonus points!), and there are a lot of maps and directions to get there. We purchased our tickets (600yen each, so cheap!) and enter the zoo with excitement.
I have a sort of 'zoo grading guide' I made up, to determined if the zoo was worth the time going, and if it's a nice zoo. True I based it a lot on the Singapore zoo, but hey, if you're going to compare, compare with the best =)
The criteria I look for
- Entry price must be reasonable
- Animals should be kept in a nice environment that simulates their natural habitats.
- Minimum blockage of view
- Animals not kept in cages unless necessary- I think this is really important. I feel bad to see them in cages, and it's always good to just make use of 'natural' barriers like water or slope
Glad to say that Ueno zoo met most of that =P
Of course, there is a lot more cute animals- but I'm not going to spam you with all 200+ pictures I took =P
I ran out of battery on my phone halfway through the zoo, and had to depend on the external charger to charge up and continue with the rest of the day.
We spent a good 3 hours there (because I insist on seeing everything) and had lunch there too.
We are very excited about Melon Fanta.. unfortunately it tasted horrible. Might be a machine issue rather than a fanta issue tho.. it's diluted.
Okay, its more like, breakfast instead of lunch.
Went to Akiba later to meet up with Clara, and had proper lunch of ramen~
Plus pudding for me, hehe
Went around Yorobashi Camera, to get some MTG stuff for people (like dice, sleeves and deck boxes) The main aim of coming to Akiba was to get MTG stuff for Minh, and maybe find me a Sheryl Wig.. and also to buy Levihan doujins for Skye, haha.
Minh had a good run around Akiba to search for cards. I unfortunately did not have that luck when it comes to wigs.. seems like Sheryl isn't a popular cosplay option any more, and you can't find wigs off the shelf for her (not where we looked anyway). Also did not find any Levihan stuff... I did manage to traumatised Clara when she helped me look through the Shingeki doujins (she say she will never look at Shingeki the same ever again, lol)
Went back to Shinjuku and got food from the basement of Isetan- and brought these 1000yen grapes.. OMG fruits are so exp in Japan! But we though we give it a try- just to say we had some fruits and not just eating fried food everyday.. These grapes are giant! Like, how?! Are they all generically modified or something? And you know how hi-chew grapes doesn't taste like grape at all? It's because they taste like these Japanese grapes! It took us a really long time before we finish eating all that grapes (looks like a small serve, but seems to be never ending!)