There is no doubt that Tokyo DisneySea is unique to Tokyo and a absolutely not to miss Disney experience. The girls and I had not been to a Disney for many years and so we were super excited as we queued with 1,000’s of others and then joined the organised mass as we rushed into Tokyo DisneySea upon opening – I say organised mass because the pilotless and structure of the Japanese in such a situation is outstanding…everyone obeys rules and everyone moves without pushing.
This trip was designed to be a family trip with the Hobson’s to celebrate Frank’s 13th. Unfortunately we were missing Kerrie as she had just started a new job but in a late surprise we discovered that the McPherson’s were also in Tokyo and they joined us for this first day at DisneySea…a huge surprise to have 3 families of old ADFA mates together some 30 years later!!!
DisneySea, as expected, was spectacular with huge scene setting lands to explore. More posts to come but I have put a selection of photos below that show the lands of DisneySea.
Meiji Shrine or Meji Jinu Temple is dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife. The Shrine is located in a forest that covers an area of 170 acres in Shibuya, Tokyo.
At out time of visiting it is under restoration for the centennial anniversary in 2020 of its establishment and so parts were not accessible.
Otorii (The Grand Shrine Gate) is the biggest wooden “torii” of the Myojin Style in Japan. It was rebuilt in 1975 modelled in size and shape of the original gate from 1920. The material is Japanese Cypress which is 1,500 years old from Mt. Tandai-San, Taiwan. Height is 12m with length of cross piece being 17m and the diameter of each pillar 1.2m
We entered from the main gate at Harajuku Station and exited at the opposite end near Sangubashi Station. A refreshing ice cream break at the Family Mart opposite the station while waiting for our train was needed after the hot walk through the shrine.
A stop into Harry Hedgehog & Bunny Cafe on our first day in Tokyo did not satisfy our hunger as the only food served was meal worms for the little hedgehogs.
The little guys were very spikey to hold as they wriggled around trying to escape but the trick was to rub their tummy and they curl up into a ball. Molly was OK without gloves but Em was a bit of wimp.
For about 2,000 yen you get a table to sit down an feed the hedgehogs for 30 minutes. We were able to walk straight in at around midday on a Monday but we noticed queues building as we were leaving and some large queues other times we passed later in the week.
A quiet one last Friday for EM’s 17th with just 4 of her friends, Moo and myself out at a trendy Fitzroy Café called the Grub Food Van (Kerrie is over in UK).
The décor at the Grub was a sort of eclectic retro look and gave a relaxed casual vibe to just chill and talk.
The food was awesome…we basically got the whole menu to share…the serving sizes just got around all 7 of us if we took a small portion each…prices were mid level as they were on par with the quality of the food but maybe more than you expect as you turn up to a place called the Grub Food Van!!!
For teenagers they had a great collection of mocktails that you could get by the jug…these were very trendy and also awesome.
The evening was finished off with a short walk to Gelato Messina in Smith Street for ice cream!!!
This is the sixth instalment for Emily and follows her at the age of five through to her sixth birthday. The #1 Single when she turned four was “Don’t Cha” by The Pussycat Dolls from her “PCD” album. Unfortunately due to copyright the version of the video I have uploaded does not have the single playing, instead I have kept the original video sound in place.
We were well settled into Heysen Street in Canberra by this time and so much of the video is Em playing in and around the house or doing different activities in Canberra. Her imagination is mainly on show as she role plays, dances and plays games.
Her Baby Born Pram is on show early. She received this from her Nana for Christmas and it gave many years of enjoyment.
Many family friends make appearances with Frank, the Glassocks, the Finley’s, her godmother Jane taking her for a pony ride and her uncle Cookie helping her learn to ride a bicycle.
Her sporting career also started with her first season on Minkey Hockey and her roller blading.
From memory she did not have a big party that year just the Ice Cream Cake as mum and dad’s.
Em, Moo and me arrived 6am Monday morning in Tokyo and so had almost a whole day to kill before we met up with the Hobson’s later that night at Disney.
As such one of our early stops on the Monday of our arrival was Tokyu Foodshow in Shibuya. In the basement level of the Tokyu Department Store right under Shibuya Station, this place immediately opens your eyes to the creative arts of Japanese cuisine.
It was a hive of activity and it was fascinating to watch cooks in action especially watching the skill and speed of these ladies forming Takoyaki at the Tokyu Foodshow in Shibuya. Takoyaki is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special moulded pan. It is typically filled with minced or diced octopus, tempura scraps, pickled ginger, and green onion.
The setup is such that you can buy small portions of whatever you would like to try and then there are standing benches for you to eat at.
We had a lot of fun here with a few snacks as an early lunch before heading back up top to explore Shibuya.
It will take me the next few months but I will gradually start to get my blog entries up for our recent week (August 7th to 13th) in Tokyo, Japan, for Frank Hobson’s early 13th celebrations. A jammed pack week with the Hobson’s starting at Japan Disney and then into Tokyo for further fun and sightseeing.
By sheer co-incidence the McPherson’s were also in Japan that week which gave all three families a day together at Disney. Would never have thought that some 30 years after ADFA that I would be in Tokyo with our families on holiday. The only disappointment for the week was that Kerrie was not able to make it as she had just started her new job back in Australia.