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Shinjuku Neon Lights are one of the must-experience things to do when you are visiting Tokyo, Japan. The incredible district is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo and it is also a major commercial and administrative center, housing the busiest train station in the world which is the Shinjuku Station. Can you imagine two million people use the station daily and at least 12 different lines pass through here. One could easily get lost inside the station. Anyone and everyone that visits Tokyo will at least make a stop at this unique part of Japan and as for me, my last visit here was back in 1990. You can only imagine how it was back then. On my last visit here in February 2011, it seemed like nothing had changed. Below are pictures I took while I explored this place on foot. Please click on the pictures to see in full size. Walking around at night is probably the best way to experience Shinjuku, especially along the main roads at Kabukicho where you can get a good view of the neon lights that tantalize your eyes. Every nook and cranny was almost covered with all sorts of neon. Even walking pass lanes, you could see lights leading all the way deep into the lanes.Overall, if you like the vibrant nightlife, Shinjuku is one of the places worth exploring as they offer all kinds of shopping and entertainment. Luxury brand stores are also found around here. There are some excellent places with great Japanese food while specialty coffee cafes can be seen here too. Be careful of street promoters that approach and offer you good deals to special clubs and bars as once you are committed, you would most likely end up paying exorbitant prices. Note that various subway lines stop here but the train service stops at midnight so if you plan to stay late, you need to take a taxi back. Some of the best clubs in Tokyo are found here too.
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Tokyo would be incomplete without its temples. Dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, this 19th century Shinto shrine is a perfect example of the Japanese austerity and modesty. It isn't grand like many other Asian temples, but has a quiet appeal of its own. As you enter through the 40 foot high gate into the 200 acre park, it feels like another dimension. In a way, it doesn't feel like you are in Tokyo anymore. You need to wash your hands and face at a communal tank before you offer prayers. There is a prayer wall where you can write your wishes on a piece of paper and stick it there. A touch of Japanese culture and if you are lucky you might just encounter a wedding procession here!
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
n the Shinjuku Government Building, we go to - I don’t know, this is maybe - around 75 floor. Here, we can see the view below us, and it’s so beautiful. Maybe it has the similar view as Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Tower (because I didn’t go there, I only have a photostop there), but of course, they have higher view than this. But Shinjuku Government Building is free of entrance fee ! ;)
From Nissan, we stop by the Waseda University. Waseda University is the A list university in Japan. We go into a room that already full of Waseda University Students, and two of the representatives from Waseda explain us about Japan, specifically about Waseda, and two of the representative from IBM Petra Christian University explain a bit about Indonesia, especially about IBM. After the boring part ended, we played a little game with the Waseda University students. It’s really exciting and they are all very kind. They speak English well too ! Unfortunately, because the time given is only for 3 hours in total, we didn’t get enough time to know each other well. I just hope that we can have more time with them
So, NHK Studio Park is like a broadcasting studio that is open for public. A lot of kids go here, because there’s so many interactive games, all about broadcasting, that you can use here. NHK Studio Park is really big, and there are so many things that you can look at. FYI, everything inside NHK Studio Park is all CUTE !!
When we arrived at Asahi Shimbun, we must wait for a while before we can go into the - a kind of - hall / meeting room. Asahi Shimbun is the biggest newspaper company here in Japan. The tour around Asahi Shimbun is quite fun ! We look at the office condition and how the people work. The most interesting thing about Asahi Shimbun is that in the office, they have like 60 watches on the wall, so that they can always remember their deadlines. Time is the most important thing for them, because they need to deliver a fresh and reliable news every morning and evening. So they always need to watch their time in order to stick with the schedule. Before entering to the printing room, the employee tell us a brief history about their printing method. The very beginning technique that they use is a metal plate, and the newest one is this high speed printing machine. If I’m not mistaken, it can print out 25 set of newspaper in just 1 seconds! I’m really amazed when I look at how the machine works. At the end of the visitation, each of us got a little souvenirs from Asahi Shimbun, including our picture that is printed on the newspaper!
We go to the Cat Cafe named “Neko Jalala” near Akihabara. In cat cafe, you can have a cup of tea or some drinks while you’re playing with the cat, or you can take photos with the cat. Well, honestly I can say that it’s actually cute, but the cat inside is not playful at all. The cats are really arrogant, and if you didn’t bring any food or you’re not the shop keeper, they won’t come to you. Even some of the cats is sleeping . . . The worst thing is that, I can’t even hold the cat because it’s always jumping when I hold her