Shop Till You Drop...Japanese Style
Where else would one eat in Japan but TGI Fridays??? Ha!
Amy getting her new haircut in Ginza (while I do more shopping!)...
This is the pizza place we were eating at when the earthquake hit!
This weekend I did more shopping then I have done in a looooong time. While other groups were out site seeing and visiting shrines\mesuems, I was shopping! My friend, Amy, and I hit all the major districts. However, Ginza was by far our favorite. So much so that we went on Saturday and Sunday! Ginza is like Beacon Street in Boston or Fifth Ave. in New York. Nothing but ritzy ritzy shops. We went into stores such as Louis Vuitton, Mikimoto (pearls, which are huge here) and Tiffany`s (where I might have bought something...ha! Something I could not afford...but, hey, when else are you in Tokyo!? Ask me to show you all when I return!).
Not only did we shop, but Amy got her haircut! What an adventure! I wanted to get my nails done but it cost 130 dollars for a manicure! I could not believe it. I wonder what the heck they do to your nails! Every place we went to was that much. It was crazy!
I have to admit that we also found a TGI Friday`s and ate at it! Ha! So much for always eating Japanese food! We needed a break. We did really really well on the subway and could find our way around after a short while (well, maybe there were some detours!)
The best part (or scariest) of the weekend was when we had an earthquake! It registered 5.1 on the scale! We were eating pizza (which was a good thing...if I was going to die, at least I was eating the food I love!). The resturant started to shake and all the glasses clattered. I thought it felt like you were on a raft in a swimming pool and someone started to make waves. The whole ground just started to move. I was about to dive under the table! I saw my life flash before me! ha! Everyone gasp but then when it was over, they just went back to eating like it was nothing. Amy and I took about an hour to recover. What an experience!
After a busy weekend, I will be heading to the prefecture Katsuyama tomorrow with 19 other teachers. We are taking a plane. A prefecture would be like a state in the U.S. We will be visiting schools there. I hope there are no more earthquakes! :)