Friday, November 09, 2007

Japan Day 12: Still More Tokyo

Friday the 12th was our final day of Tokyo and we started it by going to Kabuki-za to get single act tickets.

Our guide book--or something we'd read, anyway--said that Kabuki was the most accessible of traditional Japanese theater and it wasn't necessary to understand the language to follow the story. So we were all, ok, we'll experience it the way it's meant to be experienced and not rent the English language guides. Yeah, so, around the time the actors spent 30 minutes sitting and talking we realized that had been a definite mistake. Still, it was interesting to see the stylized movement and acting. A girl who did have the guide later filled us in on the story; it was quite the melodrama.

From Kabuki-za we grabbed the subway to Roppongi and looked at the giant mall that is Roppongi Hills. Roppongi, according to our guidebook, is the area for nightclubs at such. No surprise then that it wasn't particularly happening at 1 in the afternoon. From there we took a long walk up to Shibuya, doing some gift shopping along the way. And then it was time to head back to Tokyo Station so we could make sure we didn't miss the Shinkansen back to Osaka.

Funny, as fun and interesting as Tokyo was, I'm glad the city I spent the most time in was Osaka. It's so much calmer feeling and made me less anxious and overwhelmed.

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