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Nov
2010

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Travel & Life

By sue

tokyo snapshots

On 15, Nov 2010 | In Selected Posts, Travel & Life | By sue

Fortune-telling, scenic views, and mysterious nightlife.

View of Tokyo from the Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku (the twin observatories are on the 45th floor):
tokyo-night view

“Mysterious,” a “Neo Tokyo Fooding Bar.” Mysterious, indeed.
tokyo-fooding bar

Spy Girls Karaoke. Not sure exactly what’s going on here, but I like it.
tokyo-spy girls

Saw this statue on an awning near Sensoji Temple. Love how creepy/awesome it is:
tokyo-roof statue

At Sensoji Temple, you can get your fortune told (in English, natch)—you shake the metal canister until a stick with a number comes out, then you go to the drawer with that number and pull out a sheet of paper with the fortune on it.
tokyo-fortunes

My fortune:

No. 94 – Good Fortune
Be careful in what they say when they are drinking.
You had better get in touch with and associate with your superior, otherwise something bad will happen to you.
If you are obedient to your master, your wish will come true.
Gradually you will be happy with a wide aquaintance.

*Your wish will not be realized.
*The patient will not get well so soon, but escape death.
*The lost article will be found.
*The person you are waiting for will come soon.
*Building a new house or moving is not so good.
*It is no good to make a trip.
*Marriage and employment are not good.

…Awkward, especially that whole “employment = not good” thing.

At Meiji Shrine in Harajuku, there are detailed instructions for writing down your prayers. Especially love the “with reports duly made to the deities” wording:
tokyo-prayer2

Prayers fall into the following categories:
tokyo-prayer

There are tons of arcades filled with claw games (not sure what the technical term is). You can even win Pringles!
japan-prize machine

View of Mount Fuji on the train ride to Kyoto:
japan-train

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