One of the most incredible experiences we had the opportunity to take part in was an optional visit to Disneyland Tokyo! Christin, a handful of Technos students, and I boarded the train after returning from Green Village and spent the next 90 minutes changing trains and trying to not fall over when no seats were available. When we finally arrived both of us started to squeal because, let’s be honest, there’s not a whole lot that is better than Disneyland. Because we arrived at the park after 6:00pm (4:00am home time) the tickets were half price, and we also got great spots to watch the parade of lights while eating our Mickey Mouse shaped sandwiches. After the parade, the park was almost completely empty and we were able to get on 6 rides in less than 2 hours. Disney was all ours!! Several hours later the park was closing, and we once again boarded the train for a long ride back. Regardless of the monotonous public transit the night was splendid and pretty close to perfect.
On Saturday morning, June 14th, Dr. Diuguid, Christin, a large portion of the International students, and myself spent two hours on the train to the baseball game! This specific game was special because it was between two teams from different leagues, so they rarely ever see playing time together. Because the game was between the Lions and Tigers the running joke was “Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, oh my!” (strictly for the Americans because apparently no one else had seen The Wizard of Oz, which made me surprisingly sad). I had a chance to try a Japanese hot dog, and I was not disappointed especially because it was paired with french fries. In the end, the game was excellent and the Lions won 3-2. That evening Christin and I attempted to eat at a local sushi restaurant, but we found out that the wait was two hours, so we made alternative plans. We ended up at a small place called Gustos that actually served American food, which was an excellent choice and I do not regret it for a moment. We both left as very happy girls!
Sunday June 15th came and we had to rise early to, again, board the train to attend a Kabuki Theatre show. This particular showing was called The Old Couple and in short it was a tear-jerker. After the show we decided to head to Harajuku (a town similar to New York City but smaller) to visit the flea market. The three of us and a few companions ventured around for a few hours seeing the goods from Japan, India, Pakistan, Mexico, and Hawaii. That night for dinner Christin and I set our minds to eating sushi NO MATTER WHAT. So we waited 2 1/2 hours at the same place around the corner and it was worth it! What was interesting about this specific dive was that you placed your order directly on a computer screen at the table and then the rolls are delivered on a conveyer belt! Neat, right? We each declared that we were not leaving until we were completely full because we had waited so long, and it was SO worth it.
So, as you can tell, there is no shortage of food, fun, and new experiences!