During my visit to Tokyo last week, meeting my fellow blog friends who are based in the Land of the Rising Sun was high on my agenda. After all, we have this Blogkadahan network whose Filipino members are located not only in Asia but also the US, Europe and New Zealand. It has become a tradition for us to meet whenever a fellow Blogkada goes into town to visit, and the meeting comes complete with the exchange of little gifts, dinner and of course, loads of engaging conversation.
I was therefore filled with so much excitement to finally see Sachi, a Filipina whoâ€™s been living in Japan since 1984 and who is considered an expert on all things Japanese. It takes a visit to her wonderful blog to be thoroughly apprised of the uniqueness of the Japanese culture and what contemporary living in Japan is like. Prior to my visit, she advised me to keep in touch with another Pinay, Athina who is based in the heart of Tokyo with her Japanese husband, a photographer. Meeting Sachi and Athina for the first time upon arriving in my hotel that rainy Monday, I am once again reminded of the many good things that blogging has brought me and the most important of these are the genuine friendships Iâ€™ve struck with certain people who are as nice in real life as they are online.
Since we only had a few hours to spare, Sachi and Athina wasted no time in guiding me through the harried maze that was Tokyo, including teaching me how to buy tickets and ride the train. After a few stops, we landed in Harajuku, a trendy district which has all these quaint shops and is often frequented by young people. We had fun having our pictures taken in the â€œpurikura,â€ an automated do-it-yourself photo shop where you can select themes and put designs on your own pictures. Then they treated me to a nice dinner at Jonathanâ€™s, a Japanese diner where I had my lunch-dinner of chicken teriyaki. After a few hours of shopping (mostly at the 100 Yen shop), I had to convince them to have to a value meal at McDonaldâ€™s, which was equivalent to 250 pesos in the Philippines ~ whew! The teriyaki burger was good, and so was the following conversation with my fellow bloggers. As expected , Sachi had lots of interesting tidbits to share while Athina, who is well-read and well-travelled, was more quiet and introspective. Read more here.