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21 juli 2015
A nice free day in Tokyo
Today, Tuesday 21 July 2015 was my free day in Tokyo, without meetings. I slept a bit longer and skipped the breakfast. And then I did some emails. I had intended to do the preparation of my lectures first before relaxing, but I didn’t feel like it because I have been quite busy since I am here in Tokyo, and I felt like I needed a day to get out, see something of Tokyo and reload. So I decided to do whatever I wanted. I decided to go to Harajuku, which is a district in central Tokyo which is famous for its alternative fashion. I wanted to see it, and I collected a metro map at the reception. It was just past noon when I got there. I just started walking when I got out of the metro, hoping to see some punky-style people. Soon I found Takeshita street, which is a street with many alternative fashion shops and many younger people, and also tourists who come to spot fashionable people. It was quite crowded and nice, it gave me the feeling of a festival market. I visited several very cool shops, resulting in spending money on 2 pairs of very cool shoes (I couldn’t choose) and a dress. The later it got, the more people with coloured hair I saw. I liked that. And they liked mine :). (It’s a pity that I cannot go there on Sunday, - I have a meeting then. Sunday seems to be the day that many people dress up and go there). The weather was again very hot today, 35 degrees, so I took it easy, making sure to drink enough. By the end of the afternoon I went back to the hotel, to drop my shopping bags. Then I decided to do my laundry, and I set the machine on washing and drying, knowing that I was taking a risk by putting my clothes in the drier, but I didn’t know how to dry them another way, because it won’t dry in the hotel room. So I took the risk. So today I had been stepping out of the patterns, by changing my plans and going outdoors instead of working, and buying 2 pairs of shoes instead of 1, and by using the drier although that was a risk. And then, it appeared logical to me, to complete my day by taking a ride in the rollercoaster the “Thunder Dolphin” that is directly in front of my hotel, at the entertainment area called Tokyo Dome city. It was already dark around 8 PM, and I thought it would be interesting to see Tokyo’s lighted skyline from big height (80 m) and many angles at a bizarre speed (130 km/h). It was really a pity that I had to take off my glasses and my sight was blurry, but it was also nice to not really see where the track was going. I loved the ride, it was very refreshing and freeing. I feel great. Maybe I will take a ride in the Big O (Ferris wheel) some other evening to enjoy the view over Tokyo’s lights. Anyway, after some more walking around, it appeared to be later than I thought, and I went back to my hotel room, thinking about how to fit everything in my suitcase… (oops!) and blogging. And now it is late again (1.30). Tomorrow I will have to work on my laptop to prepare the next presentations. It’s probably best to do that in my hotel room (with airco and not much distraction), but I won’t take all day I assume, and then afterwards I can go outdoors and enjoy Tokyo again. So that’s my plan. I had a very nice day today, and although I am tired, I feel energized :)