Tokyo Part 1: Harajuku!


Tokyo 2011

Hello everyone! I'm back! I hope you all enjoyed my guest bloggers. I have so many photos to share with you all, I think I'll have to break it down into three or four posts. I took over 1000 photos, and narrowed the ones for here down to about 100 so i'll hopefully not bombard you all too much! Anyway, enough rambling - on to some photos!

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A wedding in Meiji Jingu Shrine.

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Meiji Jingu is so beautiful and it's completely massive. It's right beside Harajuku station and Yoyogi park so you can make a whole day of exploring this part of Tokyo.

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Obviously Harajuku is a favourite part of Tokyo for me because the fashion and shops are so cute. The girls in 6% Doki Doki were so gorgeous, I wanted to take photos! Almost every shop in Japan has a sign up saying no photos unfortunately.

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No trip to Japan is complete without a visit to Daiso. It's a chain of 100yen stores throughout Japan and there is a massive one on Takeshita Dori (the main street of cool shops in Harajuku). Daiso is full of Japanese oddtiies and cute gift items, basically anything you could want. I found Japan so expensive compared to last time I was there in 2007 as the exchange rate has changed so dramatically. Last time I came home with a suitcase full of keyrings, toys and notebooks and things because they were so cheap before but this time even keyrings and things were around £8 and it seemed silly to spend money on those things when there's so many cool things to do in Japan that I could be spending money on. Because of this, Daiso was a godsend for me!

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Daiso - everything for 100 (+5 for tax) yen, which is about 88p currently. Last time I was in Japan 100 yen was about 55p.

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A dog wearing shoes. The Japanese seem to go mad for dressing their pets in clothes.

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The streets of Tokyo are full of these little machines for toys and keyrings for about 200yen. You never know which one you're going to get so it's always fun!

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Kiddyland is an awesome, fun place to visit in Harajuku. It's a massive toy shop with themed floors, Hello Kitty and Studio Ghibli heaven! Usually it's 6 floors but the building has been demolished and is being rebuilt so this is the temporary one around the corner. Still massive, I couldn't believe this was just temporary! I bought a Kiki's Delivery Service purse (love that film!) and a fancy Llama for my skating helmet.

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We went to Harajuku twice on this trip, the first time we had amazing Tempura at a restaurant we found opposite LaForet, and the second time we went to Jangara Ramen which is often called the best ramen in Tokyo. It was delicious! It's at the very top of Omotesando on the left side walking from the station.

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Vegetable Tempura

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Jangara Ramen - amazing marinated pork in it!

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This is not Jangara in the 2 above photos, I don't know the name of the place but it's right beside our hotel (Sunroute Plaza) in Shinjuku. Good gyoza there as well!

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Another thing you will see all over Harajuku is crépe stands. They are not like French crépes, instead they are stuffed with fruit, chocolate sauce and lots and lots of sweet cream! The Tamagotchi shop (yep, you read that right!) also serves mini donuts. They looked so cute and yummy but I was already full.

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Well I have a lot, LOT more photos to share but this already seems like a lot for one post. Coming up, lots of cat café's (not like it sounds!), Akihabara (geek town) and plenty of stunning night views - so until next time darlings xo

22 comments:

  1. I've always wanted to visit Japan, but it always seemed to expensive. These photos are amazing! I think I'd go wild in the department store, I'm a Studio Ghibli junkie...

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  2. omg, I am so envious of your trip! I have been wanting to go to Japan forever! I, for sure, took notes on places I have to go to from your post! You've taken such gorgeous pictures-- great memorabilia for such a memorable trip! I would be in heaven if I could go to Kiddy Land!
    ♥ laura

    the blog of worldly delights

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  3. Eeek! Would love to go to Japan! I'm a Studio Ghibli junkie too as Amii said above....sat cuddling my totoro toy now actually....that purse is amazing! :) Can't wait to see the rest of your pictures :) x

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  4. This looks amazing! I'm so jealous of you, and of your Kiki's Delivery Service purse, Jiji is one of my favourite characters. :)

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  5. Looks like a fun trip!! :) looking forward to mOre photos :)

    Kc

    http://a-sparkley-silver-lining.blogspot.com/

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  6. that looks so fun! i love kiki's delivery service it is amazing! cant wait to see the rest of your photos you lucky girl!! xx

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  7. Oh gosh I'm so jealous Japan never fails to look amazing no doubt if I ever got the chance to visit I would go broke in a day due to all the cute Sanrio, Disney and Ghibli stuff!! xoxo

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  8. Oh, wow it looks incredible!

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  9. Omg I loveee this post! I want to go to Japan so bad. I remember looking at all your photos on flickr from your livejournal when you went to Japan in like 2007 & I wanted to get on a flight then and there! I can't wait to see all the little things you got. The Tamagothchi place looks amazing. xo

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  10. This has made me want to visit Japan so much more! I hope you had a fantastic time c: xx

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  11. The photo's are amazing! I've wanted to visit Japan for as long as I can remember, and hoping I can visit with my Son at some point in the future!

    Looking forward to seeing more pictures & hearing about the trip!

    Tess x

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  12. I want to go to Japan even more after seeing these photos! I think I'd go absolutely crazy in those Daiso stores... Looking forward to more posts about your trip! :) x

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  13. So nostalgic for Japan right now after seeing your gorgeous photos! I hope you had the best time (: xx

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  14. Ahh what a stunning post! Gorgeous pictures xo

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  15. more posts, more posts! i can't wait to see the rest of the pictures. it just looks so magical, its my dream to visit japan one day xx

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  16. Wow, Tokyo sounds like so much fun. Thank you so much for sharing pictures and I look forward to seeing more, I will not bat an eyelash at excessive amount of pictures (more pictures, please).

    I love all the outfits the girls are wearing in these pictures (including yours), everyone is so adorable.

    I doubt because of my pretty consistent money issues that I will ever be able to visit Tokyo myself but a girl can dream.

    Tempura, oh I love Tempura. That ramen looks quite delectable too. Glad you had a fun trip and made it safely back and look forward to more pictures.

    <3Honeysuckelle

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  17. Wow! This is only the first post, and it looks like you've had an amazing time! You went to so many places that are on my visit list when I go to Japan! (One day! Hopefully!)

    Ah! You bought the 6% Doki Doki unicorn earring! I have that too! *twins*

    Even if I was stuffed, I would still have to gulp down some tamagotchi donuts!!!

    I've always wanted to go to Kiddy Land just to see all the giant plushies and awesome toys! Ehehe!

    I can't wait to see the rest of your posts! ^o^

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  18. Looks Amazing! I've always wanted to visit! :)

    www.charchiccc.blogspot.com

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  19. This looks fantastic, I am definitely putting Tokyo down on my to visit list! Can't wait to see the rest of the photos :)

    Maria xxx

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  20. I loved going to Harajuku when I lived in Japan, your photos reminded me how much fun it was.

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  21. I haven't had much to get online at all (the internet in the condo here in Florida is non-existant so I can only get online when it decides to let me....and even at that it only lets me get online from the kitchen/dining room bit...urgh). However, I am really glad I got online tonight so I could see both of your posts so far on Japan...

    Amazing photos and things and stuff and things and stuff and food and people and stuff and Claire.

    I'm loving it and I can't wait to hear even more about it from you when I see you (soon hopefully). Wonderful photos....I'm loving it. More please!

    - SK
    www.sarahkaneblog.net

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  22. I'm so jealous, it looks incredible! I want to eat all of that food! x

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