We got up a bit later than the previous days. We wanted to rest up since our feet were hurting so much from yesterday. After breakfast, we took the train to Akihabara again but this time we went to an the arcade (Sega Club). There were 2 buildings for it. The first one we went to was a bit dirty and sketchy. Next to it, was the new one. It seemed more friendly. The lighting was a lot better. Arcades are organized very well in Japan – each floor is dedicated to a specific category of game. Crane games were all together on one floor, then another floor had shooting games, and another had fighting games. Each of those Sega Club buildings had 6 floors each. Gamer paradise 🙂 We did manage to play a few games. I played Street Fighter IV in the sketchy building. Daniel played some mecha game that never seemed to end. We both played Virtua Fighter 5 (verion C – whatever that means!). We also played Ghost Squad (shooting game) and Tanks Tanks Tanks together. Oh, and I played some Tetris game with huge joysticks (rofl). Photography was prohibited but I was able to ninja a few for your viewing pleasure. Of course, I don’t have any time to put them up now, but keep an eye out for them later when I post all of my pics up. Almost every arcade machine had a seat so you are comfortable and will stay and play.
After the arcade, we went to have a late lunch. There was a cart vendor (from Turkey?) selling beef and chicken kabob pitas. I thought it was decent, but the onion was overwhelming me.
After lunch, we took the train to Hamamatsucho station and went to Pokemon Center. It was packed with little kids and their parents! A couple kids from TKD wanted me to get them something from the store so we were on a hunt for their requested Pokemon plushes. We were able to find them. I also picked up a Wobbuffet plush and Daniel got me a Pikachu plush that when you turned it inside out, it became a pokeball 🙂 I also got a new keychain to replace the one Daniel got me on his trip from last year.
After the Pokemon craziness, we were tired so we headed back to the hotel. When we got to the Shimbashi station, we saw a book market outside the station so we decided to check it out. We actually didn’t really check it out – we kind of looked at it as we walked by it. We discovered a smaller version of Yodobashi Camera store (in Akibahara) so we went there instead. Surprisingly, one of the employees came and tried to make small talk with us. He asked where we were from and talked about the weather.
After exploring the 6 floor building and not buying anything, we decided it was really time to head back to the room. After the brief break, we went to a ramen shop in the Shiodome City Center building for dinner. I got edamame for an appetizer. It was a pleasant surprise when they brought it out; it was steaming hot! I’m not used to hot edamame. Normally at Minado’s, it’s cold and not too salty (like it should be). The ramen was decent but the pork that came with it was too fatty for me.
Eriko (my TKD friend that lives in Tokyo) had left me a message on Facebook saying she got us tickets to the Ghibli Museum for tomorrow (Thu afternoon). I called her later in the night on Skype to work out the details.