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Japan 2016: Day 15 (Can we take some detours)

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The pain of attempting to wake up early is very real. Chen was very excited about visiting the Samurai Museum today and we needed to get there at opening, which thankfully wasn’t until 10:30 am. We arrived at Shinjuku just after 10 am and started walking in the general direction of the museum, stopping to look at any shops that were open along the way. We came across an arcade and I was told if there was Mario Kart inside Chen needed to play it. Lo, the second game in the arcade was Mario Kart.

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Very excited to Mario Kart

Luckily, we made it just as the Museum was opening. It was actually a pretty cool guided tour. Lots of explanations about the periods and the changes in samurai armour throughout history.

Samurai Museum | www.rubyyee.com

Big helmets make them look bigger.

Samurai Museum | www.rubyyee.com

Each helmet has a different design.

Samurai Museum | www.rubyyee.com

Very excited.

Samurai Museum | www.rubyyee.com

Fun in in the souvenir shop.

The whole experience only took about 40 minutes, so we were heading back to Shinjuku before 11:30 am and wandering around waiting for Dad to wake up. There’s been a lot of waiting for Parents to wake up on weekends this trip. Finally, it was after midday and Dad was awake and meeting us at Isetan to look for food.

丸亀製麺 新宿御苑前店 | www.rubyyee.com

丸亀製麺 新宿御苑前店

丸亀製麺 新宿御苑前店 | www.rubyyee.com

That’s totally fake food.

丸亀製麺 新宿御苑前店 | www.rubyyee.com

Marukame Udon – super fresh.

丸亀製麺 新宿御苑前店 | www.rubyyee.com

Inari!

I ordered a yam and egg udon even though I had no idea that slimy white stuff was yam at the time. Figured it out later. Wasn’t so bad.

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[¥410]

丸亀製麺 新宿御苑前店 | www.rubyyee.com

Chen ordered plan udon coz he basic [¥290]

丸亀製麺 新宿御苑前店 | www.rubyyee.com

Fancy radish udon [¥350]

Then Dad decided to take us to some far away land of the locals where apparently Mum Yee likes to hang out.

Jiyūgaoka | www.rubyyee.com

Jiyūgaoka

But that’s cool, because we walked past a super cute donut shop!

イクミママのどうぶつドーナツ | www.rubyyee.com

イクミママのどうぶつドーナツ | Ikumimama

イクミママのどうぶつドーナツ | www.rubyyee.com

No idea what the flavours were but these are cute. [¥280 ea]

Then after some more walking around it was time for some crepes. I’ve never had crepes in Japan and I’ve been disappointed with all the crepes I’ve ever had in my life…but dayumn if they all tasted this good, I’d eat them all the time.

Momi & Toy's Creperie | www.rubyyee.com

Momi & Toy’s Creperie

Momi & Toy's Creperie | www.rubyyee.com

Strawberry with whipped cream [¥480]

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Palm

And then I checked my Google map and nagged Dad to take me to this ice cream shop that was only a slight detour back up to Shinjuku in Ebisu.

Japanes Ice Ouca | www.rubyyee.com

Japanes Ice Ouca

Japanes Ice Ouca | www.rubyyee.com

Flavours: yomogi, soybean powder & brown sugar, milk [¥400] IC#24

The it was time to head back to pick up Mum Yee for dinner…but not before we picked up some cream puffs!

Hirota | www.rubyyee.com

Hirota at Shinjuku station

Hirota | www.rubyyee.com

Look how cute that cat cake is.

Hirota | www.rubyyee.com

Hokkaido cream puff [¥260]

Kuro Satsuma Dori | www.rubyyee.com

Kuro Satsuma Dori

Kuro Satsuma Dori | www.rubyyee.com

Damn cabbage and cucumbers taste awesome with the miso paste.

Kuro Satsuma Dori | www.rubyyee.com

It’s a chicken restaurant so…..eggs to begin with.

Kuro Satsuma Dori | www.rubyyee.com

Can’t go past the chicken sashimi.

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Black chicken – signature dish.

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Omelette

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Some more chicken

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Chicken ribs

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gyoza

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Cream cheese. They ran out but gave us a sample to try anyway.

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Parting dish.

Kuro Satsuma Dori | www.rubyyee.com

Amazing yuzu jelly.

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