After I left yasukuni, I headed for shibuya since I was already part way there. Shibuya is an extremely busy shopping area. Again I wandered around, but this time aimlessly. To my dismay I found a huge bershka, one of my favourite clothes shops in England. I tried to resist its pull, but as I got closer I saw that fateful sign ‘sale’. I actually was quite pleased with myself I only bought one item of clothing and it was a bargain so highly justified!
I decided that I should punish my spending, by eating at McDonald’s. It wasn’t bad really. The food was cheap and the lettuce was crisp. They also don’t give you a cup of ice like they do in England when you have a drink. Happy days. A woman sat next to me whilst I was eating. A tiny little thing she was. Her tray had chicken nuggets, a burger, 3 large fries, a drink, and a bottle of iced coffee. And as if that wasn’t enough she also had her bag open on the side of the tray and was eating things out of it! Bread and what not! I was extremely surprised. She was eating like she hadn’t seen food in a year. Now on my right was a woman with just a large fries and she was eating slowly. Nice dichotomy I hear you say. I quite wanted to point them out to each other!
After I left McDonald’s a wonderful thing happened. Evian were holding a promotion! So I jumped in line. When you get to the front you push a button and a bottle of water shoots down a shoot into a bucket of water. Which you are then given. 3 seconds of excitement for a 10 minute wait. Even now and then fake snow showers down from the top of ‘the alps’. I do love the things the Japanese do for a promotion. I got given a little bottle holder and a leaflet at the front of the queue. I hope my picture gets put on their website. They had a photographer taking pictures. This was being held outside of a very famous shopping mall, 109.
I was a little tired after this, but I wanted to go to a huge 100 yen store. The biggest chain is called Daiso. I thought there was one where I was but alas I could not find it. So I did a quick google and found there was one in Harajuku. Shibuya station is the busiest station in Japan, and I can attest to that. There are swarms of people there. I’d hate to be lost in it! I decided my best bet was to keep using the underground rather than the trains even though it was slightly more expensive.
Once in Harajuku, I went in search of daiso. I found out it was on a pedestrian street called Takeshita dori. I walked down one road, and I spotted a promotion lorry that was blaring an artists latest single out on the street. Then after that the female robots from my yoyogi park went past! And two of their friends. As you would know from that post yoyogi and Harajuku are very close to each other. I stopped walking when I felt like I had gone too far from the station without discovering Takeshita dori. Then I went back and tried a different direction. I walked past a SoftBank and got a free packet of tissues. Look how cute they are!
When I got up the end of that street I panicked a little. So I ended up asking for directions in Japanese. A lovely girl helped me and told me to go down the next street and it would be near Starbucks. She was right!