December 25 - 4th Tour in DOME

Knowing that I probably couldn’t use my DSLR, I only used my phone. However, in my excitement, I also forgot to take pictures with the only picture being the entrance and how close I was to the stage. 

December 24 - Christmas Eve

Spent the day with my dear friend. Had a wonderful home cooked meal and relaxed.

December 23 - Emperor’s Birthday

Today would be one of the only two dates in the year where I would be able to see the Japanese emperor in person giving his speech at his palace. Knowing that I would never get the chance like this ever again, I woke up somewhat early to see it. Afterwards, my friend and I went to the World War II memorial shrine to see the museum of all the triumphs and losses that Japan had suffered during the war. Spontaneously, we decided to both go to a maid cafe as we wanted to have that experience at least once in our lives. Our final stop for the day ended up in a park filled with Christmas lights strewn all over the trees, lawns, and fountains.

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December 22 - Tokyo Skytree

On a day with nothing planned, my friend took me to Skytree to check out what was actually there. Many souvenir and specialty shops littered the multiple floors, with an exhibit of fuzzy bears decorated for Christmas time. There were a large variety of interesting things sold, even an oddly packaged bag of potato chips…

fruitsclippers said: Did you buy the chips? What flavor were they?

I didn’t buy the chips, but the bag says “seaweed and salt.”

December 22 - Tokyo Skytree

On a day with nothing planned, my friend took me to Skytree to check out what was actually there. Many souvenir and specialty shops littered the multiple floors, with an exhibit of fuzzy bears decorated for Christmas time. There were a large variety of interesting things sold, even an oddly packaged bag of potato chips…

December 21 - Artnia

After a day of going around Tokyo, I decided to head to Square Enix’s cafe, Artnia. I arrived at around 7, however there was already quite a queue formed ahead of me. It wasn’t until about an hour later that I was finally seated, but not before I took some pictures of the wonderful merchandise that they had.

December 20 - Snowy Tsuru

I visited Tsuru to pick up some last minute things as well as see off a friend as she is about to leave back for America. I met the continuing rain while I was in Tokyo, but once I arrived in Tsuru, the rain started turning into snow. It caught me off guard, but luckily my umbrella kept me dry. I was glad that I had the chance to see snow falling, seeing the third of the four seasons in the town that I stayed the longest in. Snow littering the town I stayed the most in made a very interesting view. Once I got back into Tokyo, I went for a nice walk with my friend to see the Christmas lights decorating the city.

December 19 - Rainy Tokyo
The rain continued to fall all around Tokyo as I followed my friend to class today. Afterwards, we headed towards one of her favorite ramen restaurants to warm up in the cold winter rain.

December 19 - Rainy Tokyo

The rain continued to fall all around Tokyo as I followed my friend to class today. Afterwards, we headed towards one of her favorite ramen restaurants to warm up in the cold winter rain.

December 18 - Tokyo Disneyland

Because this was the only day that would be able to fit into our schedule and the only day that we would be able to go when it wouldn’t be so crowded, my friend took me to Tokyo Disneyland to show me how it was different from Tokyo Disney Sea and the Disneyland parks in California. Although on an off day, it was still fairly crowded, but we both managed to go onto all the rides that we wanted to. The only downside was that it had looked like rain the entire day and it eventually did rain once it started getting dark. Aside from that, Tokyo Disneyland was extremely fun, with food that was extremely delicious and exclusive to this park.

December 17 - Departure from Hokkaido

Today was also the last day my dear traveling buddy would be in Japan. As soon as we departed from Hokkaido, we decided to stop in Shinjuku for some fresh sushi before we split ways for the last time.