Day 31 – 28.04: No, Not The Curry!

I woke up early-ish with my throat feeling a lot worse than it had the evening prior. I got to procrastinating, stuck to it for a while, and at some point I received a message from Brendan; he was asking if I was up already. After answering positively, he got out of his capsule and said that we should go for breakfast. I agreed and stayed behind to finish up my business as he went to check out.

I followed after Brendan, but instead of checking out, I decided to stay for one more night – something that Brendan had suggested. I handed over my keys after paying and we were on our way to get something to eat.

We walked towards Akihabara (秋葉原), searching for a place to eat breakfast at as we went. We eventually ended up going to a cafe to get sandwiches and coffee at the Akihabara station (秋葉原駅). With our breakfast dealt with, we started wandering around and looking at things. In the end, we didn’t find anything too interesting and ended up heading to see the Tokyo Skytree.

After having walked a little while after getting out of the metro station, we found ourselves at the Skytree. We decided not to get on top, so we just walked some more and stopped by a street performer called Stephen.

His act was a mix of jokes and some actual tricks; everyone (especially the kids) watching his act seemed to enjoy it. After the show, Brendan and I gave the man some change for the act and talked a bit.  Stephen told us that he had worked with Disney in the past, and that he had been in Japan for a few decades. Brendan and I thanked the man and went on our way.

We walked in a straight line through the town for a good while until I decided that we should get lunch at a small soba place. We enjoyed some pork soba, and after we were done, I paid for both of us since Brendan had paid for the coffee and sandwiches.

A pachinko "parler" is there!

A pachinko “parler” is there!

With lunch done with, we headed back towards the station. Before going to the station itself, we walked a by the river next to the Skytree, enjoying the day. Eventually we started heading back to Akihabara (秋葉原).

The river flowing by the skytree

The river flowing by the skytree

Having reached Akihabara (秋葉原), we started wandering around again. I looked for souvenirs at every opportunity, but just couldn’t find anything. After having walked for a while and having reached the station again, Brendan decided that he should be heading home. I walked with him to the Tsukuba Express gate – during which we did really, really bad Christopher Walken impressions – and continued on with my search for souvenirs.

I walked around for an hour or so, hopping in to whatever interesting looking shops I found. In the end I didn’t too many interesting things, so I decided to buy a bunch of sweets for people to enjoy. With my purchases done and almost all of my cash gone, I headed back to the hostel.

After having arrived, I pretty much immediately went to take a shower. With that dealt with, I gathered all of my stuff from the floor of the locker and then I took a look at the receipts that I had and started counting the money and writing the diary entries from the past few days.

With the counting finished, I went to sleep; I had to wake up early the next day.

This is where the thirty first day ended.


Withdrew: 0,000

Spent: 5,843

Remaining cash: 1,397

So… since last calculation I’ve somehow lost 4,573 . I must’ve missed something.


VM – 0,100

Hostel – 2,140

Trains – 0,280

Metros – 0,340

Stephen the Performer – 0,250

Soba lunch – 1,200

McDonalds – 0,669

Souvernirs – 0,864

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