Today was such an exciting day for me because we were finally going to be able to meet up with my friend from college, Asuka! She grew up in Japan and I met her in college while she was doing the exchange program for one year in Boston.
There was one request that I asked if we could do before doing what she normally does with her friends. I wanted to go to an owl cafe! I’ve heard of cat cafes where you grab coffee or tea and you sit with cats walking all around you and you can pet them. I wanted this, but with owls! As we were walking to the cafe we ran into an unexpecting one that said Owl and Parrot Cafe… We thought, why not both!?
It felt like we were never going to be able to leave because more and more would land on you wherever there was room… It started to get pretty overwhelming and so we had to try to shake them off of us just so we could get out of that room and go see the owls!
Once we left the cafe (that doesn’t actually serve any food or coffee… Misleading) we went to get some ramen. Now we were going to do what my friend Asuka loves to do with her friends. We ordered chicken noodle with pork, so yummy!
Then we left the Asakusa part of the city and went into Akihabara. The location is famous for its many stores full of anime, electronics and arcades. The cosplay scene is very popular in this location.
One of the next things on the list was to go to a Japanese photo booth. No guys, this is not like the photo booths in America… It’s way better. You can even put on cosplay outfits, take a bunch of photos and then afterwards you go into another booth where you edit the photos to make your eyes bigger, cheeks pinker, and whatever else you could think of!
After the fun in the photo booth we walked through stores that had anime, computer gadgets, boy love magazines (look it up), tentacle erotica (look it up if you dare…) and anime costumes. It was “weird” in all senses of the word, but a blast to experience.
Later, we worked up our appetite and got some Japanese BBQ that Asuka said is one of her favorite things to eat beside ramen. She helped to order for us in Japanese and we got to cook up our own mystery meats (of which all were delicious).
Then to top the night off she took us to karaoke! Japanese people love karaoke and you can reserve your own private room and order drinks and sing for as long as you want to pay for it! It was somehow way better than any karaoke you would go to at a bar in America.
*Below is a short video of our day••• enjoy!*
~ M + H