Day 2 in Pudong + 1st night in Tokyo

After our short exploration in Shanghai, we crashed at our very run down hotel that we stayed at and woke up very early in the morning for a quick, street food breakfast and then explored the area.

Being outside the city center, we just so happened to be staying next to an extremely poor neighborhood. Definitely a side of China that isn't openly spoken about, but what quite an experience photographing. From street food that costs only a mere 1 yuan (15 cents), stray dogs, chickens, ducks, and many other interesting sights. 

 Selfie.

Selfie.

 Random outdoor gym.

Random outdoor gym.

 This puppy definitely caught us off guard. He was the only playful and friendly one out of the handful we saw, and he even followed us for a little bit, begging us to take him home.

This puppy definitely caught us off guard. He was the only playful and friendly one out of the handful we saw, and he even followed us for a little bit, begging us to take him home.

 15 cent onion pancakes.

15 cent onion pancakes.

 A father getting his daughter ready for school.

A father getting his daughter ready for school.

After a long morning of walking around and shooting, we headed back to Pudong Airport and boarded our flight to Japan. After landing, I realized that getting into Japan is just as difficult to getting into the states when you're a non-citizen. About four different forms of paperwork later, passport control and customs, we finally got out, claimed our rail passes, and got to our Airbnb.

We were immediately blown away by the cleanliness, efficiency, architecture, lights, and most of all polite and kind people of Japan. I was in a fantasy world; Japan was everything I imagined to me and better. I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

 Tonkotsu with curry and karaage on the side.

Tonkotsu with curry and karaage on the side.

 The vending machines have EVERYTHING.

The vending machines have EVERYTHING.

 Gyoza Izakaya. Super bomb

Gyoza Izakaya. Super bomb

 Random passerby that made the photo even better.

Random passerby that made the photo even better.

 Late night arcade.

Late night arcade.

 Metro runs late too.

Metro runs late too.

 Walking home from a long day of errands.

Walking home from a long day of errands.

 Telephone booth aesthetic.

Telephone booth aesthetic.

 Long exposure to end the night.

Long exposure to end the night.