Tempting our Taste Buds

I've been meaning to post this, so let's rest for a while about our Japan trip. On a Sunday, we first grabbed lunch at Super Bowl of China and I did a bit of shopping at Me & U (a couple-themed shop) before going to St. Marc Café located at SM Megamall's Mega Fashion Hall. St. Marc Café is a newly opened patisserie and coffee shop from Japan. We just had Matcha Latte large (P170), Strawberry Smoothie small (P160) and another beverage that I forgot. We also tried one of their most popular Japanese parfait desserts - the Kyoto Delight (P250). It's a matcha ice cream with an array of toppings which is best shared by two. Next time, we'll try their well-known signature product - the  Chocokro.

On a spur of the moment decision we agreed to have our dinner at Gloria Maris Sharks Fin Restaurant. Without a moment to spare we jumped into the car heading to Grennhills Shopping Complex. Gloria Maris offers authentic and delish Chinese cuisine. The selection is outstanding. We opted to have a Crispy Fried Chicken 1/2 (P505), Mapo Tofu (P378), Fish Fillet with Garlic (P 430), Salted Fish Fried Rice (P280) and Beef Rice Roll (P175). Obviously lots of Chinese patrons were dining, which is a good sign. This place is huge with several function rooms on the upper floor. Nice venue for birthday parties, anniversary celebrations and other social events.
St. Marc Cafe at SM Magamall
Japanese style parfaits, breads, sandwiches, desserts and coffees on display at St. Marc Cafe

Gloria Maris food
Aquarium wall at Gloria Maris
Till next time... toodles,
June

Akihabara: Electronic, Anime and Manga Town

We took the train from Tokyo Skytree Station to Ueno Station and set out on foot to explore Akihabara. Akihabara is a district in central Tokyo that is well-known for its numerous electronic shops and establishments devoted to anime and manga, video games, figurines, card games and other collectibles. We strolled along taking random photos and just visited a few shops along the way.

Here you will also find many young women wearing frilly French maid costume handing out brochures or just roaming around the street. They are maid cafe waitresses trying to entice customers into their cafe shops. I saw a cute Akiba maid with pink ribbon in her hair and carries a tiny teddy bear bag. I got so excited I instantly took a photo of her but she shielded her face from the camera. I just noticed the "no photo/no video" sign she was holding while I was editing this picture. Gomennasai!




Akky specializes in tax free goods and sells a variety of electronic items



JR Akihabara Station
Labi Akihabara just across of JR Akihabara station specializing in personal computers, pc accessories and household electronics
far right is the Laox main store - the largest comprehensive duty-free store

Related Posts:
Part I: Konnichiwa Japan
Part II: Konnichiwa Japan (Getting There)
Part III: Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae
Part IV: Japanese Food
Till next time... toodles,
June

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree is a television broadcasting and observation tower in the Sumida District of Tokyo. With a height of 634 meters, it is the tallest building in Japan and the second tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa (829.8 meters). There are two enclosed observation decks of Tokyo Skytree - Tembo Deck (350 meters) and Tembo Gallery (450 meters).

Tokyo Skytree Tower
outdoor terrace
Admission tickets can be purchased from the Skytree Ticket Lobby on the 4th floor. When we arrived, we were greeted with insanely LONG queues and it took us an hour to finally get to purchase our ticket (2,060 Yen) for the Tembo Deck only. 

what you see here is just 10% of the people queuing up for tickets

When we got into Tembo Deck Floor 350, it is covered in huge 5 meter-high glass. We had our first 360-degree view of the Sumida River and the city. We could see all around Tokyo for miles. They are stunning!



If you want your memories captured on film with the Tokyo Skytree miniature statue, a photo service can be found here.



There are 3 floors of Tembo Deck. Aside from the top floor observation deck that I've mentioned, there's the middle floor which has a souvenir shop and the Musashi Sky Restaurant, while the lowest floor features some glass panels on the ground from where you can look all the way down to the base of the tower.


Around the base of Tokyo Skytree lies Tokyo Solamachi, a shopping and entertainment complex with over 300 shops and restaurants. While walking nowhere in particular, we stumbled upon these cute shops such as Hello Kitty Japan, Meneki-Neko (Lucky Cat), MediCom Toy and Rilakkuma store.





I would suggest coming here at Tokyo Skytree as early as possible or right when they open. If you decide to go to the Tembo Galleria, tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Counter located on the Tembo Deck.

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Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo Disney Resort has two theme parks - Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. We decided that the latter would be more fun to go to since it's the only one DisneySea in the world. Tokyo Disney Sea is a 176-acre theme park designed with a nautical and maritime theme that opened on September 4, 2001.

We knew it was going to be jam-packed on weekends so we just wandered along the park. Basically taking countless pictures of ourselves and of course for my blog, and just soaking up the views and ambiance.



DisneySea AquaSphere is one of the icons of Tokyo DisneySea located at Disney Sea Plaza


It is made up of seven themed areas: Mediterranean Harbor, Mystery Island, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery and American Waterfront. Park shows and rides are more suitable for adults.

Mount Prometheus is another icon of Tokyo DisneySea
Southern European port building at Mediterranean Harbor
Mediterranean Harbor
one of the shops at the park
at the American Waterfront
Toy Story Mania at American Waterfront where you can board a tram and play some carnival games with Woody Buzz and pals
SS Columbia Ship at New York Harbor

Hotel High Tower also known as Tower of Terror, an old hotel where you can explore its treasures and mysteries
Lobster Fishing at American Waterfront
Aquatopia, a boat ride that uses LPS tracking at Port Discovery
C-3PO plane at the Lost River Delta
Stalls selling fruits and instruments at Saludos Amigos! Greeting Dock in Lost River Delta
steam boat ride
Raging Spirits, a roller coaster with a 360-degree loop at Lost River Delta
Sinbad's Storybook Voyage at Arabian Coast
a sailing adventure at Arabian Coast
Caravan Carousel, a two-level carousel at Arabian Coast
Mysterious Island where you can aboard a unique subterranean vehicle and research submarines
We'd been going around the theme park and suddenly it started to rain so we were not able to take pictures of Mermaid Lagoon area.

This park is huge so be physically prepared to avoid an arduous long walks. Admission ticket is 5,000 Yen per person. Tokyo Disney resort is located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan just outside of Tokyo.

Related Posts:
Part I: Konnichiwa Japan
Part II: Konnichiwa Japan (Getting There)
Part III: Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae
Part IV: Japanese Food
Till next time... toodles,
June