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Travel in Asia Shinjuku City

Today is national holiday in Japan, because it is the emperor's birthday. So I spent the afternoon going to the Shinjuku district for doing some shopping.

As the photos in this post have been taken with my phone, I am testing some photo filters as well :)

My first contact with Japan in 2013 was here in Shinjuku where I spent my first nights in Tokyo. Now I look back and realize that I chose one of the most thrilling places in the city, but at that time I was completely unaware about it.

In Shinjuku, in addition to many skyscrapers and hundreds of shops, there are also some very interesting places, such as these small bars just next to the train station.

I needed to go to the Kinokuniya store to buy some books. The Shinjuku branch is the largest Kinokuniya store in Japan, which virtually guarantees you'll find any book you're looking for.

In addition to Japanese books, in this Kinokuniya store you can find foreign books, stationery and much more!

I am not yet studying for the Japanese JLPT N1 exam, which is the highest level. My level is still much lower (N4), but someday... who knows if I will need to buy some of these books for preparing for the N1 level!

Kimetsu no Yaiba artbooks. I think that artbooks are a fantastic choice when deciding on what to give as a present to someone.

No matter how many times you go to Shinjuku, there are always too many people, too many shops and too many things... :)

By the way, in this photo you can see Godzilla in the background.

This area of Shinjuku is very iconic because of its huge buildings full of shops and posters on the outside.

The bridge that goes under the Yamanote line train rails is very iconic as well.

When Japanese people think about Shinjuku, usually they are thinking about entertainment. And that usually means restaurants, bars and singing in the karaoke. Some karaoke businesses, like this one, are open 24 hours.

Yodobashi Camera is a huge store selling mostly electronic products. You can get lost for hours inside.

In addition to electronics, in Yodobashi of course you can buy goods for many hobbies as well.

Japanese people love gashapon machines. This machines take some coints and will give you a random plastic ball with a keychain/accessory/figurine inside. Sometimes there are so many gashapon machines that you can't see where they end up!

Super Mario is still one of the most popular heroes here in Japan.

Back to the home base, it's always interesting to see how people line up to get into the trains. In Japan, people usually follow many established procedures in order to make life more efficient and predictable.

I hope you liked today's photos with the new image filter. I haven't decided yet if I will continue to use it:)

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