Continued from Ueno Day 2.
Another night of waking up in the middle of the night. Went to bed at around 9pm and woke up, yet again at around 1:45am. Baby was up, so naturally all of us are up and about now.
Making another run to Lawson at 3am.
Love how everything is well stocked in the middle of the night.
The forecast today is rain, lots of rain. All that moisture from the West will be passing by Tokyo throughout the day. Our game plan is to only visit places that are close to the various subway exits that exist around Ueno.
6am, and the rain has started.
Forgot to take photos of the room when we first arrived. This is what $273 a night gets you at the height of Sakura season, right across from Ueno Park. I’d imagine that the prices we are paying this time is much higher than usual due to it being in the middle of sakura blooming season. The hotel does not have any cribs, but they did offer us a little tiny fence for the bed. Really, we use it more for containing RL in the bed than for containing baby in the bed.
Happy being bad little mutt.
The rain is starting to pour now. By the way, that dark gray windowless building right outside our window is a vertical parking garage. It’s one of those fancy automated parking structures where you just drive into a slot and your car gets stored away on a rotator. It’s just this really tall skinny building, not something you’d see in the States.
OK, time to brave the rain!! Well…actually, we didn’t even need to open our umbrellas. There’s a subway entrance literally 15 feet from the front door of our hotel.
Made it! Still dry!
This will take us under the JR train tracks and to the happening side of the tracks.
Our travel backpack/diaper bag has a built in rain cover. I’ve always scuffed at it having one, but for once it’s come in handy.
It’s only 10:30am and many lunch spots haven’t opened yet, so first, Taito Station!!!!
Oh, Taito Station, how we’ve missed you!!!
Our favorite, claw machines!!!
RL wants to give her luck a try.
I don’t know how to say this…but, for the first time in my life, I failed at every single claw machine. The machines here were set up pretty difficult, but still….sigh. Now that we are parents, we are unfit for gambling of any sort….
At the second floor of Taito Station, they have these booths that you can take your photo and apply digital makeup…at least that’s what we gathered these to be.
A machine to dispense candy, it’s even got its own AC unit to keep it cool. Hah.
Pouring rain, because we didn’t win anything at Taito Station.
The curry spot we wanted to try yesterday is finally open today.
No cashier, just this ticket machine. No English menu here, but they were happy to help us match up their display with the items on the ticket vending machine.
This place looks old school. I feel like it’s been here for decades.
Yum, Japanese curry! Beer, to drown my sorrow in about not winning anything at Taito Station.
Doesn’t care that daddy didn’t win anything at Taito Station. Fat little baby with double chin!
Hi-C in glass bottles. That’s fancy.
Still raining hard outside, so after lunch we decided to stroll around a department store just to look around.
Hey DH, isn’t this what you have?
Didn’t find anything of interest in the department store, so now we are back out in the rain. Heading to the JR station to see if they have any shops of interest there.
So many mangas in their bookstores.
Nothing of interest at the shops in the JR station, so now we are back at the shops under the rail tracks. RL wants some rotating sushi.
I love how the biggest sign at this sex shop is the fact that it’s TAXFREE!!!!
There’s another line of people waiting for some restaurant to open. Wonder what they are waiting for.
We decided to try the rotation sushi place next door to the one we had yesterday. Going for the more blue collar option today.
We are blue collar sushi people at heart. Yum!
Now, for some dessert after sushi.
This will do, this will do just fine!
Our dessert place is across another adult store of some sort. I’ve always wondered what they are like on the inside.
I got the cream filling, even better than the red bean filling I think.
Now that we’ve had lunch, we are getting tired and the baby is getting a little fussy. Time to get back to the hotel for a short nap, then we can head out again late afternoon.
A beer from the hotel vending machine before my nap. Doh, it wasn’t cold! I guess I’ll chill it in the room fridge. Time for nap.
Oh…what time is it?….it’s 11:30pm….Oops. Went to nap at around 2pm, and set my alarm for 5pm. Yeah…turned that alarm off and ignored it. In other news, it seems to have stopped raining.
Since we had slept through dinner, it’s time for a midnight family run to Lawson.
Let’s see what’s on Japanese TV while we eat our dinner from Lawson. RL noticed that under their adult section, there’s an option for General and Fetish.
Yum, katsudonburi from Lawson. They even separated the rice from the egg and tonkatsu so that it won’t make the rice soggy. Love Japanese packaging! It’s now 1am….nothing is open…what to do now…maybe I can take a nap?…
To be continued at Ueno Day 4.