I’m pretty selective with the countries I book trips for.
Well, okay – I’ve been to most places I’ve dreamed of (except New York and Greece, top of mind), and I also have my default favorite, Singapore (where I’m bound for today!).
But nothing will ever compare to Tokyo, I realize. There’s a certain Japanese environment that I constantly find happiness in – from the bustling crowd of commuters walking past me, to the organized systems for human activity, A+ food everywhere, quiet neighborhoods, vibrant cities, tourist-filled temples – and so on. I’ve been to Japan four times – north, south, central, you name it – but this particular trip to Tokyo was different, because I had all the time to pick out the places I wanted to visit, learn the ropes of the Japanese transportation system, and of course, spend my 6 day vacation with Kaila.
(It’s actually 3AM that I’m typing this but I have been itching to share a photo diary for the longest time, so here I am sitting it out.)
Photo diary below the cut. Enjoy!
Daily grind. For some reason, I find so much fascination in waiting for train arrivals, especially early in the morning with the sun shining this bright. (Okay, I’m weird, I know)First stop, Ueno.Tummy filling Katsu curry for late lunch.Welcome treat from Kaila: Nana’s Green Tea. Delicious is an understatement.Takeouts for breakfast!
Disneyland day! Check out the cute ice pop I had after lunch.Typography + branding on point.
Obligatory tourist photo with the castle, because it never gets old.
Special thanks to JapanLover Me Store for my comfy pair of Onitsukas! These babies kept me walking during my trip.
JapanLover Me Store helps ship out Japanese goods from Japan to anywhere in the world. If you’re looking for toys, clothing, and basically anything in Japan, they ship worldwide. Service is pretty efficient (of course! <3) and fast. You can like them on Facebook or follow on Instagram for updates on their product and service offerings.
*tears*Bookstore haul. More on my art store recommendations here.
Favorite store in Harajuku: Momo. Got myself a few Mori girl inspired basics for my wardrobe here.
Kawaii <3Crepe display in Harajuku. Too pretty to eat. (But then again, everything in Harajuku is pretty.)
Twinning with Kaila for two days! You guys, I have channeled the inner kawaii girl in me. Only in Japan, LOL.
Schoolgirl getup.Thanks Kaila for lending me your bow!
First stop in Shimokitazawa: Totoro Cafe. TOO CUTE TO BE EATEN!
Shimokitazawa was my favourite place. You’ll see why with the photos below.
Small streets lined with cafes, thrift shops, and quaint shops. How can you not love this place?! I love how everything was full of life.
WEGO was a default favorite. 90% or my purchases are from this store! I love, love, love their style, even if some are too outrageous and some are far from the clothes I wear. But I did manage to tailor fit a few pieces (more plaid stuff, actually). I also got a “Dreamer” bag, which I’ve yet to use!
We would wait for the train to cross before we’d go to the railroads and have our photos taken –case in point. Lol. #priorities
Met up with Jessie on my last full day! We visited Asakusa, where she was staying at the time.Jessie, Kaila and I had legit okonomiyaki at this place (which I forgot what it was called). But look at that exterior – lovely.
Flower-filled bikes along Asakusa.
For some reason, I like the busy-ness of Asakusa. It’s a crazy crowd, though!
Photographer duties for Kaila. :)Shibuya for my last night in Tokyo. Sneaker buying duties for the siblings!
Oh, in case you missed it, Kaila made a video of our trip. Check it out below:
You can also check out Kaila’s posts about ABC x Rainbowholic here. :)
Hope you enjoyed browsing through!