(December 31st, 2014 - New Year’s Eve)
We had the day at our disposal. With the subway, we went to Shibuja again on our own, without a guide. That worked out well, we already know a little bit about the procedure - but still a somewhat queasy feeling of being alone in a foreign country remained. First we visited the famous crossing again and took a new photo in better weather.
Then we walked around Shibuya and when it got dark we took the subway back home.
In the evening we had a table reservtion for the New Year’s Eve celebration in the restaurant “Musashi” on the “Skytree”. The television tower is a landmark of Tokyo. It was opened on May 22, 2012 and is with a total height of 634m currently the highest television tower and the second highest building on earth after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. There are two viewing platforms. At an altitude of 350 metres, behind large windows, there is a restaurant, a café and shops. The highest platform is at 450 metres. We first went to the very top and had an incredible view over the gigantic metropolitan area with its nightly lights.
In the restaurant we ate very delicious French-Japanese food. The food was exquisite, here are some pictures:
The view over Tokyo is spectacular, unfortunately the restaurant does not rotate like in other TV-Towers. From up there, you can see all of the gigantic dimensions of the city. Tokyo stretches to the horizon and then merges seamlessly into the other cities of the metropolitan region. With 36.9 million inhabitants it is the biggest metropolitan region in the world.
Unfortunately, we could not stay until midnight. There are also no New Year’s Eve fireworks in Japan. The turn of the year is celebrated rather contemplatively. Japanese people usually go to a Shinto shrine at midnight to wait for the new year. After midnight they pray there for health, happiness and wealth for the New Year. So we were very kindly complimented out around 10:00 pm and took a taxi back to our hotel. There we met in a hotel room.
Our daughter had decorated the table with typical Japanese New Year’s Eve decorations (small figurines, animal of the year cards, chains). At the turn of the year we toasted with sparkling wine from paper cups, which we had previously bought in a Combini (a Japanese convenience store). That was a completely different experience. Around midnight we called home, which was received with astonishment by the people who stayed home, because there, at around 2 pm local time in the afternoon, the New Year’s Eve preparations there were still in full swing.