Tokyo

Day 193- Tsukiji Market, Calligraphy Class, and Tokyo Tower

Today we started at theTsukiji Fish Market, and boy did we see some interesting fish! We also saw some very yummy looking fish that I wish I could bring home and eat! 

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Nearby the fish market, we also stopped by the river! 

Then we walked to a shop where Alexander was able to get a Senjafuda! It is a piece of wood where you can carve your name and wear it around for good luck! His is carved in a light colored piece of ebony and he is going to keep it on his work bag! 

Then we walked to a shop where Alexander was able to get a Senjafuda! It is a piece of wood where you can carve your name and wear it around for good luck! His is carved in a light colored piece of ebony and he is going to keep it on his work bag! 

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After, we went to a small fast food place for lunch so that we would have time to make it to our calligraphy lesson! Once we ate, it was about a 40 minute walk to our class. 

We took our 2.5 hour Shodo (the way of Japanese calligraphy) lesson from a Shodo master, who has been teaching for over 40 years! He actually teaches this class for free- 100% of the fee for this class goes to support children in Northern Vietnam! He goes there every year bringing them basic supplies and scholarships!  

During our lesson, we learned the very basics of Japanese calligraphy- we started at the same level as the Japanese third graders when they begin learning Shodo! 

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We had our lesson with one other woman from England! Together, we followed templates that our teacher made to draw different basic characters! 

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The orange writing is by the teacher and the black is from us. The orange is a teacher’s correction color. The little swirly/flower symbol on top of Alexander’s work is the equivalent of an A+! Our teacher took a photo of us each time one of us got one! 

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Our teacher also gave each of us a small board with our names in beautiful calligraphy!  

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Here we are with our teacher and our work! The characters were drew mean person and heart.  

After our class, we stopped to see the Tokyo Tower before heading back!  

After our class, we stopped to see the Tokyo Tower before heading back!  

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We are now packing up our bags for the LAST TIME. Tomorrow we are flying home! Be sure to stay tuned and see tomorrow’s VIDEO diary post! We will include some never-before-seen video clips from our entire trip!! 

Below is a small collection of origami I made while in Japan! I have to leave them here since they’ll get crushed in my bag, but I have plenty of paper to make more at home! 

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Day 192- Harajuku, Yoyogi Park, and Meiji Jingu

Today was a pretty chill, sunny day!  

We started at the Apple Store so Alexander could take some photos! 

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Then, we went to a nearby mall to have lunch at a cute cafe! From there, we walked over to the Meiji Jingu shrine which is in Yoyogi Park! 

There we found a pair of trees that apparently are husband and wife trees! Apparently making a wish underneath them will bring you good fortune in your marriage! 

There we found a pair of trees that apparently are husband and wife trees! Apparently making a wish underneath them will bring you good fortune in your marriage! 

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We then hiked around the park for the rest of the afternoon since it was a lovely, cool day! 

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