Exploring Tokyo: Roppongi

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So begins our adventures into the complex city of Tokyo! We start with Roppongi, a famous and active area of Tokyo that is most well known for its nightlife. Since it is fairly close to the TUJ campus, a few friends and I decided to take the walk to see the neighborhood.

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Roppongi is a corporate wonderland, loaded with entertainment venues and restaurants.

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The neighborhood is a playground, with countless stores. The most incredible location was a pet store that housed some of the most adorable little baby puppies and kittens I’ve ever seen!

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It was another day of beautiful weather, clear and cool.

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My favorite scene was the temporary display of Louise Bourgeois’ “Maman” (1999), a huge, beautiful sculpture of a spider that loomed over the shopping center.

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A sudden shift from our contemplative mood, we entered the infamous discount store “Don Quijote” (ドン・キホーテ). It is 7 floors of cheap, random items; an absolute madhouse of retail.

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After giggling up and down the many floors of the strange store, we left the building and wandered a bit more, finding a lovely view of the Tokyo Tower.

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Night fell and the true life of Roppongi was revealed, neon and bustling.

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We stopped in a restaurant for a quick snack before heading home.

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We found the Tokyo Tower once again, this time through a very different composition. It is a beautiful sight either way.

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