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This was my first day in Tokyo and I had my own guide. Mr. Satoshi is an old friend of mine. He had the whole day planned, a full day. I love full days! That means that I will be nice and tired when the day is finally over and makes great stories for later. After breakfast he took me to a fish market. Personally I’m not the biggest fish fan. I like salmon and I can eat other fish but still not what I would choose for dinner. On the other hand I love sea food, like crab, squid and that was something there was a lot of in the market. I know, a fish marked doesn’t sound like the most exiting thing to do. But it helped to have the most  awesome little Japanese guy taking us around. One thing that really amazed me was the smell. A fish marked should smell like fish, right, but this place didn’t smell at all! It was fresh clean air everywhere.

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It was all really nice but the biggest surprise came back at the meeting room, when we went for a toilet break. The toilet seats was warm. Not cold and hard like back home, but warm and nice to sit down on. Why don´t we do this here too! It’s genius! Well after the fish market we tried out some nice fresh sushi, yum yum, and after that we went to all kids’ paradise – The Pokemon store. My childhood dream. Who don’t like Pokemon? So I had to make up time to visit the biggest store during my first time in Japan! And it was awesome! Filled with every Pokemon in the book. Also filled with kids, but ain’t we all kids deep inside?

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When you are in Tokyo you must visit a park. They are beautiful peaceful places all over the city. Nice to relax in after a day of walking. Its something real Japanese and so is shrines. You can’t walk anywhere without seeing a shrine and one of the most amazing and beautiful once was just around the corner from our hostel. Luck or what!

We finished it all with a nice dinner at a local pub. The local once is always the best!

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