On day two we made our way to Tokyo! We spent the majority of the morning in train and subway stations. We walked into the train station first thing that morning and probably looked like quite a crew, five girls with two bags each. Next time we will remember to pack lighter. Anyway, thankfully our Nutrition professor also happened to be in the station and ended up helping us buy our tickets and walking us to our gate. He had his 9 year old grandson with him that I am pretty sure knew how to handle a train station better than we did, oops! As soon as the train pulled up I thought there was no way we would all fit but believe it or not we packing in like sardines for a twenty five minute train ride to Tokyo. With as many people as were on this train, I expected screaming and hundreds of different conversations, I could not have been more wrong. Silence. Not a word came from a single Japanese person. Even when I was breathing I felt like I was being too loud. It didn’t help that we couldn’t control our laughter about this new discovery.We attempted to go to the Imperial Palace as soon as we got off of the train but it was closed. We did manage to get some nice pictures of the gate…cool. After a quick lunch at a French bakery, yes French food in Japan, we decided it was time to make our way to the Ace Inn and ditch our bags. We planned on staying one night in a Capsule hotel, which is a hostel with little cubby beds built into the walls. A little sketch, so even though we all paid for a bed we ended up sleeping together. As soon as we got to the hostel and realized we had wifi we went crazy! I finally got to see my parents, brother and puppies. I needed my fix of them to get me through for a few days!
After relieving ourselves from the pain of carrying all our belongings we ventured out to the Harajuku District where we met up with Tori. It was like a whole new atmosphere from the rest of Japan we had witnessed. Music was blaring, teenage girls and boys everywhere, people screaming about the sales in their stores; stores full of Japanese fashion trends. It is common for Japanese girls to dress in what would look like a Halloween costume to us and wear wigs. It’s a fashion statement. This district reminded me of the streets during any festival, chaotic and loud. After we explored we went back to the capsule hotel to get ready for dinner and a night out with other SAS students! We went to a Sushi restaurant for dinner, followed up by a karaoke bar! At this karaoke bar you could rent out rooms and then choose costumes to wear while you sang, it was quite the experience. We ended our night with a little late night Japanese McDonald’s!