Japan: Odaiba & Roppongi Hills (Tokyo)

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Life-size Gundam Statue

For our second to last day, Koen and I explored Odaiba, an artificial island in southern Tokyo. We had beautiful weather and enjoyed walking along the water. Turns out there was a dance competition while we were there, so we bought some street food and watched the show!

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View of Tokyo

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Childrens’ cycling Asian championship

 

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Ikayaki for a snack!

 

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Ikayaki – fried squid with mayonnaise and ikayaki sauce

 

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My soba dipping noodles and tempura for lunch!

 

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Koen’s soba dipping noodles and egg chicken

 

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Our view during lunch

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Walking along the beach after lunch

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Everyone playing Pokemon Go – Odaiba is a hotspot for the game!

 

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Statue of Liberty on Odaiba

 

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Food festival and dance competition!

 

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Flame of Liberty

 

For dinner we headed to Roppongi Hills, a city within a city located in the neighborhood of Roppongi. To quote the Wikipedia:

Constructed by building tycoon Minoru Mori, the mega-complex incorporates office space, apartments, shops, restaurants, cafés, movie theatres, a museum, a hotel, a major TV studio, an outdoor amphitheatre, and a few parks. The centerpiece is the 54-story Mori Tower. Mori’s stated vision was to build an integrated development where high-rise inner-urban communities allow people to live, work, play, and shop in proximity to eliminate commuting time. He argued that this would increase leisure time, quality of life, and benefit Japan’s national competitiveness. Seventeen years after the design’s initial conception, the complex opened to the public on April 25, 2003.

 

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The Mori Tower

 

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Roku Roku Plaza outside the Mori Tower

 

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Spider at Roku Roku Plaza: Maman by French artist Louise Bourgeois

 

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View of Tokyo Tower from Roppongi Hills

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