Our 3rd day in Japan started with a subway ride to an area in Tokyo called Harajuku. When we first got off the train, everything was fancy . . .
. . . but after walking around for a bit, we found a street (called “Omate Sando Dori,” I think) that looked like this:
As you can see, it was teeny-bopper central.
My mom and half-sister poked around a trinket store; I stood beside the lamppost and people-watched.
“Where are all the black people?” I thought. “Where are the minorities? How come there’s no ethnic variety?”
And then, as if on cue, I spotted a young Latino couple walking toward me. The man was tall and athletic-looking, and when he got a bit closer, I noticed that he was wearing large diamond earrings. His female companion was a foot shorter and slightly heavy. I tried to pull out my camera just to document the simple fact of seeing LATINO PEOPLE IN JAPAN, but I was too late — and then it hit me: I had just spotted Felix Hernandez! Here’s a picture of him (in the tan jacket) from behind:
That IS Felix Hernandez, right? (For anyone who ends up reading this entry years from now, know that the A’s and Mariners are in town for a two-game series at the Tokyo Dome.)
The street got more crowded . . .
. . . and then really REALLY crowded:
I was more interested in the graffiti than the shopping:
It was pretty cool to see graffiti in both English and Japanese. Here’s some more:
Of all the people that I saw throughout the day, these two were my favorite:
Lunch was a mini-adventure. I ordered some fried bally things with avocado and shrimp:
Seems harmless, right? Well, look what popped out when I bit into one of them:
See the purple thing with the suction cups? That would be octopus. Oy/ew/no.
At 12:45pm, I parted ways with my mom and half-sister and headed back into the subway:
I rode the Marunouchi line to the Korakuen stop, which you can see below on the map:
Then I headed toward the following sign . . .
. . . and was on my way to baseball bliss:
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