Today. Today, we reached our goal – MITSUKOSHI in EBISU! This is the department store that inspired our blog name – Momiji (Autumn leaves we were hoping to see in Hokkaido at the beginning of our trip) to Mitsukoshi (in Ebisu – our favourite shop last time we were here). So, we made it. Officially, we went to Mitsukoshi in Shinjuku on Sunday but the one in Ebisu was our first love and today it was like meeting up with an old friend.
Useful things we could have bought at Mitsukoshi
For a lazy $700 – this rock with a zipper and English loose change inside it
(never know when you might need one!)
We were actually on our way to Yokohama to meet up with a girl who had been an intern at the school Peter used to teach Japanese at. That was about eight years ago and she really wanted to catch up. We met at Sakuragicho, had dinner and coffee with her and then said goodbye to head back to Ikebukero.
Yokohama was amazing. Peter hasn’t been there before and was very surprised to see what a huge and happening city it is. We took a trip to the top of the Landmark Tower to the Sky Garden (the highest observatory in Japan!) – a mere 69 floors above sea level (750 metres). What an astounding view! In Japan there are many astounding views, as you may have gathered, but this was the tallest building we have ever been up (but not as high as the mountains).
There may have been a slight glitch in Peter’s Japanese – I asked him to get me an icecream and this is what he came back with!!
Queens Square – a couple of the shops!
So, again today, despite starting our day with brunch (yes, late again), we managed to fit in a good amount of sight seeing and are back in our room, trying to keep up with friends, family and sock washing!
Tomorrow is another day – that’s all I can say. I don’t even want to think about what day that is!