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Meiji Jingu, Part 3

November 25th, 2007

OK, the remains of the images from our walk through Meiji Jingu and Harajuku.

This guy was very much into his dance routine. He had attracted a crowd of onlookers, and either he didn’t care or he was too into his routine to notice. It did not seem to be a performance for the crowd, as he was facing his vehicle the whole time. Kinda creepy, actually.

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The “Free Hugs” people were also there, as they often are. Don’t know what their total deal is–whether they’re religious, lonely, or just feel that more hugs will make a better world.

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This is Takeshita Street. Many visitors to Harajuku only walk the main street, Omote-Sando; this street is a few blocks to the north, parallel to Omote-Sando. And crowded as hell. Lots of hip designer shops and everything.

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One of the shops on a back street near Takeshita. No way of telling whether they intended to describe a piece of furniture, a sexy body part, a double entendre, or if this is just another case of Engrish.

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Here’s some definite Engrish from a menu at Lion’s Beer Hall:

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I’ve heard people say that the Chef’s Special is great!

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The sauce, apparently, did not achieve total saucehood. I opted for the “quasi-sauce” under the “peckish” section of the menu.

During our walk back from Rikugien yesterday, we spotted a blimp and had trouble identifying it. We saw the same blimp today several times. Apparently it makes daily runs over Tokyo; if you live in the area, you may have seen it.

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Sachi and I were curious as to how much it would cost to ride the thing. I went to their web site and checked it out. There are nine seats on board, and cruises run from 90 minutes to two hours. The cost, per person, is ¥126,000 to ¥147,000 (about $1150 to $1400). Flying round trip between Japan and the U.S. is cheaper. So, we’ll likely pass on that one.

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