Japan Day 2
Feeling slightly more energised than the previous day , we set off from the hotel to visit the Meiji Shinto shrine. Our guide explained to us how Shinto shrines were for happy occasions such as weddings and other celebrations.
As we walked through, we encountered a group of Japanese school children on a trip to the shrine. They were very friendly and we took plenty of photos together! In addition, we learned how to make a wish and ‘cleanse’ ourselves with water!
On our way to lunch, we had a brief visit to the famous Takashite street which is very popular with the youth of Tokyo due to its brightly coloured storefronts & uplifting atmosphere. To many parent’s delight, we were running behind schedule, so did not spend much money!
We had an amazing lunch Sakura-Tei and got to make our own Ononomiyaki ( a sort of omelette)
It was delicious!
Soon afterwards, we headed to the train station to travel to Hakone in the romancecar train . Our hotel is a traditional Japanese house and at dinner we wore kimonos and learned how to cook meat in the shabu shabu style. We then went back to our rooms to enjoy a relaxing cup of green tea and write this blog. Arigato!
Konnichiwa! Welcome to our first blog about the exciting adventures we will have in Japan.
You probably thought our day started off normally where we are all energised and ready to go. Wrong! Half of us were waking up at 2:00 am because of jet lag, and trying to fall asleep. However, the day quickly turned into one filled with new experiences.
After a lovely breakfast of some traditional Japanese food, we took a train to the Outer Imperial Palace, home to the 125th Emperor and Empress of Japan. We admired the natural beauty of the stunning area (and took lots of pictures, of course!)
Our adventure continued as we walked to our Sushi making Class. We improved our sushi making skills (if we had any in the first place) as we were taught by a professional sushi chef. A lady taught us about the history of Sushi. Did you know: After a devastating earthquake in Tokyo, sushi chefs migrated to other parts of Japan, which is how it became popular all over the country.
For lunch, we gladly devoured our handmade sushi, although some of the shapes of our sushi were questionable!
After our delicious meal, we visited Tokyo National Museum, which is home to many culturally important artefacts. From armour to artwork, the museum had a lot of interesting information.
Lastly, we visited Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple. As we approached, our tour guide showed us a place in which we could get our fortunes. To do this, you shake a tin and make a wish. You pull a stick out of the tin with a number on it. Each number corresponds to a shelf with a fortune inside of it. If the odds are in a favour, you get a good fortune which you can keep. If you receive a bad fortune, you can tie it to a railing to leave the bad fortune behind. It was very amusing to see what people got, and for some people their fortune also can true!
Exhausted but nevertheless excited, we wondered down Nakamise shopping street, in the hopes of finding presents for our loved ones. But we still have many opportunities to do some shopping! Returning to our rooms, we seek the bliss of our beds, before remembering that we have an enticing dinner to look forward to, which is enough to raise our energy levels!
After dinner, we will try to have an early night so we are ready for another jam-packed day!
Easy flight. We are in awe of the toilets in the airport already!
We have just landed in Paris following a flight on a propeller plane! Quick pit stop and refresh before we head to Tokyo at 16:05.
Everyone is very excited! 🇯🇵
This is where the Japan trip team will be posting updates about our various activities for parents to see. We will ask each of you to write some of the blog daily to let parents know what we have been doing. Take photos and ask permission before you do! PS. students are not allowed phones at all in the school visit, but we will take a photo that you can have.