Hey everyone, hope you all are doing well! So, since finals have been done here at Meiji Gakuin university I have been able to explore more parts of Tokyo. So far, I have been to Shinjuku, Akihabara, and the Imperial Palace. Each place was not only fun but unique in their own way. With that said each one has provided a very different experience from one another.

            So, I will start with Shinjuku. So, to get an idea of what Shinjuku is like, it is one of the biggest districts within Tokyo and has so much to do! For example, with in one block of each other there is four karaoke spots. There is also countless restaurants, cafés and shops. So, when I went there with one of my friends we narrowed it down to checking out a book store, a restaurant and a café. The store we went to was a store called book off. This store was so cool in that it had so many retro video games as well as so much manga I didn’t know where to start when trying to pick what to buy. We then went to eat dinner at this really interesting restaurant in which there was tables, but you had to stand to eat. The food was amazing, and I ended up eating deep fried squid. After dinner, we went to a Sega arcade and it was so much fun! After the Sega arcade we had some Japanese hot coco which was fantastic.

            A few days later I went to Akihabara. Akihabara is not only really cool, it is easily one of my favorite places ever! Akihabara is known as the anime capital of the world and also has a store called Radio Kaikan which is the largest anime store in the world, ten floors to be exact! I spent about 3 hours in this store because there were so many anime products. Also, Akihabara is home to a café in which it is entirely themed after the popular anime Gundam. Unfortunately, I didn’t go into this café because by the time I came out of Radio Kaikan, it was closed. But, I will definitely be going back to check it out.

            Yesterday, I finally got to go to the Imperial Palace. I knew the Imperial Palace was big, but the pictures that I took and the ones on the internet, do not do justice in showing the true size and beauty of the Imperial Palace. It was not only a nice sight to see, but it was a nice way to learn about Japanese history. Unfortunately, I was only able to see the East Gardens section of the Imperial Palace because the rest of it is currently under construction. Still though, it was so cool to visit, and I will definitely be going back when it warms up!

I will be uploading photos of Akihabara and the Imperial Palace to my Instagram @isaacxmaes soon. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read this blog and have a wonderful rest of your day. And remember to follow @unmstudyabroad on Instagram and Facebook