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Monday, March 4, 2013

Akihabara and Ginza (2/2/13)

Friday evening we met Chris' parents at Shinigawa station. By the time we got to the hotel it was little man's bedtime and the parents were tired from all the travel.

In our attempt to give them as great of a feel for Tokyo as we could in just 2 days we started with Akihabara. Akihabara is also known as electric town because it is a major shopping area for electronics. Though most high ticket items appear to be more expensive in Japan, electronics seem to be the exception. 

After playing with the 70-300mm Chris bought me for my birthday we decided that though it is a great lens it just wasn't practical for me when most of my picture taking is done indoors and of crafts, food, and baby. We did some research and in Akihabara settled on a 50mm 1.4f lens that was about $50 less here than The States. Chris' parents got an even better deal, they saved roughly $200 on their camera and lens combo!

We knew right away which lens we wanted but that didn't stop us from playing with other lens'.

Chris was the subject for my lens testing. I'd say I was pretty spoiled to have such a handsome model.

My mafia boys.

What do you think of the giant gerbil tunnels? Okay, they're actually escalators. 

Though it was rather sunny out, the wind funneled fiercely between the tall buildings so we only went on a short little walk around Akihabara and then made our way to Ginza.

Ginza is the upscale area of Tokyo known for its shopping departments. This is where you can find purses for the same price as a house down payment! Ginza is impressively known as one of the most luxurious shopping areas in the world! It can be sort of intimidating but fortunately the Japanese don't treat you as if you don't really belong and even though it's fairly obvious we aren't going to spend $100 on a Burberry bib (as tempting as it honestly was, BURBERRY!) we were welcomed just the same. We chose to eat at an Italian place on top of one of the malls that did indeed have decent pricing. I had a pizza that had wine braised chicken and what seemed to be maybe pomegranate seeds? Don't ask me what the purple/red twiggy hairs are on top, no idea but over all the pizza was very good! 

Gabriel continues to have impeccable timing with naps, just before lunch in Chris' arms.

After lunch we made our way back to the hotel to relax. I wanted to play with my lens a little bit and this was one of the first pictures I took of Gabriel in our low light room. I'm very happy with the purchase of our new lens! 

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