After exploring Harajuku and walking down Takeshita Street, I headed to Meiji Jingu, the shrine dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken.
Harajuku is the area in Shibuya ward near Harajuku Station known for several things: numerous high school girls, occasional cosplayers, and shopping on the crowded Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street).
Prior to my trip to Japan, while I was still planning and trying to figure out where to stay, I decided to try CouchSurfing. If you’re not familiar with the site…
Satoshi, one of the leaders of a Facebook and Meetup group called Japanize!, saw that I would be in Tokyo and invited me to their event, which was to take place on the first full day of my stay in Japan. There were two events that day they were hosting, the first of which was exploring the area of Tokyo called Akihabara, and going to a “maid cafe“. Akihabara, sometimes labeled the “electric city” on the train system in Japan, is the gaming, electronics, anime, and “otaku” sector of Tokyo. If you are interested in any of those things, Akihabara will be quite a sight for you. The other event that Japanize! was holding was going to a beer garden, another uniquely Japanese event which I will get into later. Continue reading “Exploring Akihabara and Visiting a Maid Cafe”
During the summer, the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History featured an exhibit on Ghengis Khan as the main attraction.
During the summer, the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History featured an exhibit on Ghengis Khan as the main attraction. It had a lot of interesting history that was not well known as well as various replicas of historic artifacts from various collectors. The other featured exhibit we saw was the Extreme Mammals exhibit, which is still being shown until early 2013. Unfortunately, photos were not allowed in these exhibits. I was even asked to put my cell phone away when I was just checking the time! There are many exhibits at the museum though and it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area. I would like to go back again, as I had a lot to see that day and wasn’t able to spend all day inside. Most of the photos I took were of the dinosaur skeletons, as I have had a long-time interest in dinosaurs and so they were definitely a main attraction for me. The other exhibit I particularly liked was the one on ancient Egypt. Photos were allowed, but due to the exhibit being dark, they weren’t worth taking. Enjoy what I do have below!
Here is the T-rex called Sue. It is the largest complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex currently discovered. Continue reading “Dinosaur Bones at the Chicago Field Museum”