Shibuya and Ebisu

やっと今学期のリポートが全部終わって、出かけようと思いました。最初に渋谷に行って、セールがたくさんあっても、買い物を遠慮しました。とても寒かったし、いつものように混んでいたし、渋谷に何回も行ってから東京の中で一番好きなところではないと言えます。渋谷は世界の中での一番忙しい交差点に知られ、東京のイメージに大切ですけれど、人が多すぎて、時々イヤな感じがあると思います。さらに、渋谷109という流行っている女子のファッションのデパートも人気があり、中では店員さんがずっと大声で「いらっしゃいませー」と叫んで、耳が大変痛くなり、もっと静かなところのほうがいいと思います。I finally finished all my papers for this semester so I treated myself to going out. I first went to Shibuya and although there were a lot of sales, I refrained from buying anything. It was super cold and crowded and actually I can say now after going many times that it is not my favorite place in Tokyo. Shibuya is very iconic for Tokyo because of its shopping and “scramble crossing,” but there are just too many people and craziness everywhere. Shibuya 109, the popular department store for girl’s fashion, is also just so loud because the shopkeepers scream constantly to get your attention. I prefer a more relaxed place. 

しかし、渋谷109の小さいカフェで食べてしまい、パンケーキが大変食べたくなったので、チョコバナナパンケーキを食べることにしました。あまり健康的じゃないのにね…I did eat at a small cafe in Shibuya 109 though. I have been craving pancakes, so I decided to have some chocolate banana pancakes for dinner. Not the healthiest, but just once is okay.

さらに、好きな渋谷ヒカリエというデパートで買い物をしたかったけれど、全部のものは予算を上回って、残念です。クリスマスシーズンなので、ディズニープリンセスのクリスマスツリーが色々ありました。I also tried to do some shopping at my favorite department store in Shibuya, Shibuya Hikarie, but everything is still out of my budget. They did have pretty Disney princess Christmas trees up for the holiday season. 

その後、恵比寿ガーデンプレイスのイルミネーションを見に行きました。行ったことがなくて、寒かったのに歩くのは楽しかったです。立派な場所で、クリスマスのようなものが買えます。周りの方々が中年生以上に見え、ご両親と一緒に訪問するところを考えてしまうし、好きです。Afterwards I went to see some more illuminations in Yebisu Garden Place. I had never been there before, and it was such a delight walking through there, despite the freezing cold. It is such a classy place where you can buy holiday themed items. The crowd is noticeably a bit older, but maybe the place reminds me of somewhere I would go with my parents so that’s why I liked it.

小さい邸宅に見える高級なレストランがあって、とてもきれいです!一般コースは13,800円ぐらいで、お金持ちになればいいですよね。There’s this really fancy restaurant that looks like a mini mansion there that’s so pretty! I saw that a whole course of food was about $138, so I will need to get rich before I eat there.

ウェスティンホテルも通りの向こうにありますので、少し見てみました。来年の夏にはホテルでインターンシップをする予定で、日本ではのホテルの雰囲気を比較しました。そのホテルのクリスマスツリーはアメリカの映画にあるように見えますね!The Westin Hotel is also across the street, so I checked it out. I will most likely intern at a hotel next summer, so I wanted to compare hotel atmospheres within Japan. Their Christmas tree looks like something straight out of an American Christmas movie!

This week is my last week in the program–time flies fast!

December 11


7 thoughts on “Shibuya and Ebisu

  1. I love Japan. Your pictures brought back a lot of good memories. I lived in Japan for a year after college and really found a connection to the people and the country. Thanks for nice reminder of my time there…

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