07.01.2014 - 10.01.2014 6 °C
The final stop on the journey was Tokyo, here for three nights before heading home.
Over the course of the three days we managed to get to most of the key districts in the city, such as Shibuya, Ginza, Harajuku, Asakusa, Akihabara, Shinjuku, etc.
For me the highlights were wandering the old shopping streets of Asakusa, the Tsujiki Fish markets, and the buzz of Shibuya.
For the final morning before heading home, we were lucky enough to get ourselves on a tour to go watch sumo's train for a tournament next week. As far as unique cultural experiences go, this ranks right up there with one of the best I have been able to witness during my travels. Don't get me wrong, sitting in silence watching half naked chubby guys slam into each other and wrestle is not exactly excitement plus, however seeing the social order and rankings of a sumo stable along with the training techniques and customs play out was fascinating to see. One of them was even kind enough to take some photos with us afterwards, which was a nice touch. If you are in Tokyo, I highly recommend you try to get along to see this.
So we now start the journey home, 1 train ride, 3 flights and approximately 20 hours later we will be back in Launnie, hopefully greeted by some sunshine and warm weather.