Spring in Tokyo (Part 2): Chiyoda

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Day 2

I woke up early and it was so cold. So while I was getting ready, I thought of taking a soak in the tiny ofuro because I was up so early. It was very shiok but I came out after a while and Yuxuan was like what were you doing? What T_T I thought you were still sleeping what T_T
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Combini breakfast from the 7-Eleven just below our apartment.
Hojicha and karaage and yakionigiri and I had to give Yuxuan the egg one because mid-eating I encountered a mass of mayonnaise 😦 Onigiri was yummy though, even the one I couldn’t eat.

Then we made our way to Tokyo station! 🙂
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Grand ceiling caught my eye the moment I stepped out. You have to see it in person because this picture is so cropped even at 18mm. Also only realised there was a netting when I zoomed in on my computer.
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building. Gorgeous!!!!!!!
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Bicycle lanes that the whole world ought to adopt.

So we were heading towards the Imperial Palace Plaza (皇居前広場). The map wasn’t of much help but there were signs guiding us along. The signs were huge too.
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Halfway through, the signs will disappear. But all you need to do is follow tourists (they are easy to spot).
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Somewhere around here on, I started to not know where exactly I was because everything and everywhere was so pretty.
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We weren’t even there yet but wow, anything could be the Imperial Palace.
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Sakura everywhere!
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A lot of backlight and I don’t know how to make it better without reflectors or anything 😦
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*starts building home under tree*
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Took a selfie, looked like a drag. Selfie workshop somebody please…
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If I lived in Japan, I’d probably jog too. But all of them were looking down at their phones. Jaded by sakura???
Then we moved on because I was spending too much time without having reached the destination.

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Thank god we moved on because I fell in love with one tree.
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I gazed so long in awe of such beauty.
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;___;
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Same tree. Can’t get enough.
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It’s a forbidden love. They had a fence around this garden just like a chastity belt.
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Don’t go sightseeing with me if you can’t stare at just one thing for long. Coming from someone with short attention span lol.
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Took a selfie. Petal on my chin.

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Ok I started walking again.
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Cute stuff! Want to study horticulture now.
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Don’t know where I am…
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This could be Nijubashi Bridge (二重橋) according to the map. Who knows? Google does. Let me Google it.
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Erm… Looks like half of it. Anyway, it was a dead end so we went to look for Otemon Gate (大手門).
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I gave up reading maps because I discovered I had no flair for it. I preferred asking people and letting them point while rapping in Japanese I only partially understand, then thank them and walk towards where they pointed.
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Otemon gate really means big hand.
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I want to wear kimono too!! But money!!!!!
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Here it is! From the inside… and construction works all around it.
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Not sure where I was, but it’s highly likely the Imperial Palace East Garden (東御苑). LOL touring or losting?
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I really wished I hadn’t planned the itinerary so ambitiously because I wanted to spend a full day on this patch of grass but we were already behind time -___-
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That suit guy is always in the frame. Photobomb goals!!!
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I’ve told some people that I hope that one day I can follow a family around a theme park and keep appearing in their photos with the same face. Not in the form of a ghost la. Also hope that they’d send me all their photos LOL 😀
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This was a stupid thing to do, especially with knit on. Yuxuan started saying omg Casia you become hay Casia T_T It was enjoyable while it lasted.
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Why can others do it without becoming hay 😦
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Can’t read this but all it leads to is just an elevated rest area.
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Very nice view but if you actually rested on the benches in the centre, you get to see sky is all.
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Drowning in sakura because they are everywhere.
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So pretty everywhere 🙂
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Don’t know what this is but the mosaic is ultra neat!!!
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Kita-Hanebashimon Gate (北桔橋門) was for exiting and ??? we thought we were lost ??? so we turned back around.
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Wanted to take a panda selfie amongst these bamboo but the area was sort of crowded and it would’ve been awkward.
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Then we realised that we weren’t lost and we were supposed to exit so we walked back there again. At least we got to see more pretty flowers 🙂
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#ootw #outfitonthewall because the wall looked really nice but unclimbable. Also check out my calf muscle (it was only day 2 T_T)! It was transitioning from a calf (leg) to a calf (cow). Can you not…

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Walking towards Kitanomaru Park (北の丸公園) and Chidorigafuchi (千鳥ヶ淵).
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We were very behind time – it was about noon and we had plans for Ueno and Asakusa on the same day!! So we chose to visit Chidorigafuchi out of the two adjacent places.
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Here we were rushing around (in a stroll) because our days in Tokyo were numbered and then there’s this man leisurely painting the scenery. I need to learn to paint too, to prepare for future awesome retirement.
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Climbed a hilly terrain of sorts with some difficulty because it’s steep and rooty. Also saw elderly walking around like it’s nothing.
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Why are we opposite Chidorigafuchi???
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Beautiful but far T_T
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Yuxuan was worried we wouldn’t have time for Ueno if we continued trudging without a guaranteed route so we turned back.
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Walked and asked for directions to the nearest station and took a train to Ueno from Takebashi station.

We were also rather hungry by then. Have I mentioned I constantly disregarded time and had to have Yuxuan remind me about lunch and dinner?? I know right. How unlikely when all people think of me is food.
Next post will be about Ueno. Can’t carry on here yet because I’ve not made any videos and I really want to put the LOL flamingoes in the same post 🙂 Will do soon!! Stay tuned 😀

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