Day 3 in Japan – Part 3

After Kiddy Land, we decided to go to Shibuya for dinner. We arrived at Shibuya station and wanted to see the famous Hachiko statue first. Hachiko is a dog and the story became famous in Western countries because of the movie with Richard GereHachiko – A dog’s story“. It was great seeing the statue in person.

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Alan and Hachiko the dog

After that we went to the most famous crossway in Tokyo which is just HUGE! There are so many people crossing the street at once, it is just amazing to stand there in the middle of the crowd and watching them.

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famous crossway in Shibuya, Tokyo

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Shibuya has lots of restaurants, it was hard to choose one

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many restaurants present their dishes in front of the restaurant, the dishes are made in plastic

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to order those noodles, you need to choose your meal in front of the restaurant at the vending machine and pay right there. Then you go inside and get your order. Apparently Wentworth Miller from Prison Break visited this place before as his picture eating their noodles hang in the window display.

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while looking for dinner we saw my favorite car, a white Lamborghini :-)


 
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we chose a cozy Japanese restaurant serving different BBQ dishes

After dinner, we had to go to LOFT, which I heard a lot of before and was nearby anyway. LOFT is a huge shop, total 7 floors, with lots and lots of stationery and anything else you can imagine related to office, school, hobby, toys, home and more. We took lots of pictures inside, have a look:

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rows and rows of stickers

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we found some of our DIY clay sets there as well

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lots of cute chops

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notebooks and memo pads

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cute greeting cards

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cute bento boxes

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and more bentos, chopsticks, cutlery and more

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all kinds of cute kitchen ware

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it wasn't too busy there, was quite nice walking around inside

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Alan with a huge yellow Mameshiba

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they even had Lolita dresses and other costumes

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the stationery floor

Day 3 in Japan – Part 2

When you are in Harajuku, visiting Harajuku Daiso is a MUST! Almost everything costs only 100 Yen, which is about 0,82 Euro or US$1.07. Even big things like bento boxes are so cheap there. They have almost anything you can imagine: kitchen ware, stationery, DIY stuff, candy, cleaning supplies, plants and much more.

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Harajuku Daiso

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Entrance of Daiso, the security tried to stop us taking photos, but we were faster ;-)

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one floor full with stationery

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everything was really cheap

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lots of candy and kitchen ware

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even cleaning supplies have cute characters on them

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Daiso is a huge attraction for tourists, we saw lots of them there

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cute felt iron-ons

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we had those 6pcs eraser set before but it is sold out now

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lots of kawaii letter sets


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we bought a basket full of goodies for you guys! We plan some contests/lucky draws and more for you!


Next, we went to Kiddy Land which was just amazing to see! This shop is the BEST SHOP we have been during our whole trip! 7 floors filled up with toys, plushies, stationery, licensed products and anything else you can think of. I think, I just better show you some pictures (but don’t be mad at me if you want to go to Tokyo immediately after seeing them):


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one floor full with Hello Kitty stuff

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another floor for San-X characters

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would you be able to choose any of those pencils? It would take hours to just check them out!

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we saw this crazy lady inside the shop ;-)

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just one of many sticker shelves

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and more Hello Kitty items


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lots of hairclips to choose from

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We got up early again because we wanted to see so many things again ;-) First we went to the Meiji Jingu Shrine near Harajuku. This park and shrine is famous for it’s Sunday’s traditional Japanese wedding ceremonies, tea ceremonies and other ceremonies. As it was a Sunday, we had to go there.

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on the way to the subway station

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me in front of the entrance to the Meiji Jingu park

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inside the park

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traditional hand washing before entering the shrine

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Me in front of the shrine. It was a weird because it felt like you are in a Japanese martial arts movie, the scene was so typical for this kind of movies.

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and finally we spotted the first wedding ceremony

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another wedding couple. It took about 5mins + 5 people

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traditional Japanese wedding couple. It was really hard to guess the women's age because they wore so much make up.

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they have special cars which can lift the roof for the bride. It took quite long to get her in the car ;-)

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Alan and me in front of the shrine

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we went to a restaurant in the park to get some refreshments and found this ice cream vending machine.

After that we went to Harajuku, the most famous shopping district in Tokyo. We were very excited to see this place because we heard so much about it and we were also planning to search for some new products and inspirations for our shop.

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on the left Harajuku station and on the right the shopping district

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entrance to the craziest shopping street in the world (I dare say)

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in front of every shop girls are promoting products

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we saw this funny guy dressed as Little Red Riding Hood

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the streets were super crowded

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and of course cute products everywhere, this shop even had a pink plane inside

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and then we surprisingly found this pretty quiet park in the middle of Harajuku

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there were some really pretty blooming trees

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typical Japanese garden with pond; and another wedding couple (they even got a red carpet rolled out for them)

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I actually planned to check out Forever 21, but look at those crowds, there was no chance I could find or try on anything.

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people, people and more people

Day 2 in Japan

Our planned schedule for today was very busy and our day started very early in the morning. We had to get up at 5am to visit the famous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. When we left the hotel we were surprised by ice, snow and heavy wind. We were used to warm spring weather and were surprised by this sudden change. First we went to the subway station to buy our tickets and we found this:

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subway map for Tokyo, can it be any more confusing?

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Tsukiji fish market

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super fresh sushi at the restaurant next to the fish market. This is a MUST DO! Soooo yummy!

Next, we went to fabric town in Nippori to check out all the fabric shops. I heard lots of good things about those shops and I expected a lot and I was not disappointed ;-)

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Nippori fabric town

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Nippori was really pretty, we saw some beautiful blooming treees there.

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we went to Lemon first, they have lots of cute stuff for kids

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some super cute children t-shirts

And then we went to THE fabric shop: Tomato! Have a look at those pictures:

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fabric shop Tomato

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5 floors crammed with fabrics

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lots of cute fat quarters

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they had lots of licensed fabrics from Sanrio and San-X

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cute patterns to iron on clothes

After that, we went to Akihabara, THE shopping district for all the geeks in Tokyo! ;-) To be honest, I didn’t enjoy it that much, too many guys (geeks) who are playing TV games all day long (you can see that), but I guess it is heaven for any guy.

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shopping mall in Akihabara

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guys trading cards (aren't they too old for that?)

After that, we went back to Shinjuku to go to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. They have 2 very tall towers with an observation deck. We wanted to see Tokyo at night from above. Here are some gorgeous pictures we took:

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

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view from the observation deck

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Shinjuku from above

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Tokyo tower from far away

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at the end of the day we went to Starbucks to get a coffee and check out the Japanese menue ;-)

Trip to Japan – Day 1

Today we left for Tokyo, Japan in the morning and arrived there in the afternoon. We booked a hotel near the main train station Shinjuku. The reason why we chose this hotel was that we wanted to have a very convenient located hotel so we could explore Tokyo easily. It was our first trip to Japan and we were very excited. I don’t want to write too much, but show you our trip in pictures:

our hotel room in Shinjuku. The hotel was really nice, but hotel rooms in Tokyo are very small.

our hotel room in Shinjuku. The hotel was really nice, but hotel rooms in Tokyo are very small.

after our arrival we went to the nearby shopping mall Takashimaya Times Square

after our arrival we went to the nearby shopping mall Takashimaya Times Square

First we checked out Tokyu Hands which we heard a lot about before

First we checked out Tokyu Hands which we heard a lot about before

Tokyu Hands had some really cute bento boxes

Tokyu Hands had some really cute bento boxes

they also had a huge collection of cute stamps

they also had a huge collection of cute stamps

after our shopping we went to have our first Tokyo sushi dinner. We love eating sushi in Hong Kong.

after our shopping we went to have our first Tokyo sushi dinner. We love eating sushi in Hong Kong.

the sushi was SO good, we were surprised that it could be so much better than Hong Kong. I even like sea urchin (the yellow thing in the left corner of the box)

the sushi was SOOO good, we were surprised that it could be so much better than Hong Kong. I even like sea urchin (the yellow thing in the left corner of the box)

our sushi chef, he made us some really delicious sushi and we were even more excited to be in Tokyo.

our sushi chef, he made us some really delicious sushi and we were even more excited to be in Tokyo.

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