I haven't been to Vancouver in about ten years and the wedding was a great opportunity for me to catch up with friends, family, and see some sights! There are a great many Japanese restaurants and places to buy Japanese goods in Vancouver - it was quite surprising as I hadn't researched it all that much. The flight out was pretty uneventful and there were some great views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains from the plane.
|Awesome Atmospheric Haze|
|Food Trucks at the Art Gallery|
|View of the Courthouse from the Art Gallery|
|Vancouver Central Public Library|
|Japadog on Robson|
|Lots of Pocky|
|Chirashi Sushi for lunch|
|Lion's Gate Bridge|
We then went to Richmond to visit Aberdeen Centre, a large 3 story Chinese mall. The traffic out was awful, but the mall met expectations and we easily spent three hours here shopping and eating at the food court (all Asian food from tonkatsu cutlets to beef brisket or Chinese BBQ on rice). There are all types of Japanese toy stores and candy stores here too. Best of all, there is a big Daiso (2 floors of $2 and up merchandise - pretty much like the 100 yen Daiso in Japan) and it was great! Bought lots of stuff from stationary, origami paper, decorations, various supplies, canned UCC coffee to Japanese snacks. I even managed to find a couple of nice big ramen bowls ($8 each) to replace one I broke while doing the dishes. There is also a nice Japanese pottery shop in the mall too where we picked up a very pretty plate that looks like the surface of a pond with goldfish swimming in it.
|Toy Store with Japanese Gashapon Machines!|
|Chinese Food Menu|