Aoyama May 2014

On my last day in Tokyo, before I headed to the airport, I decided to follow Gervin’s suggestion of going to Aoyama. Aoyama is known for a lot of things, but among fashionistas, this is *the* place to go to if you’re in the mood for some high-end local and international designer shopping.

It’s not too far from Harajuku and Omotesando, but I came from Shibuya so I took the Ginza line from Shibuya Station to get to Aoyama-Itchome Station.

Also, there are no photos of me in this post because no one was around to take my photo. #foreveralone Maybe you can spot my reflection, at least.

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Balenciaga. I covet.

Reflection #1.

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Issey Miyake Men.

Suddenly, it’s so peaceful and quiet. Nothing like Harajuku and Shibuya!

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You can’t skip the Comme store in Aoyama. They have most of the Comme des Garcons lines, including some of their collaborations with other brands.

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People sometimes just come to Aoyama for the famous Prada store! I won’t spoil how the building looks like (but you can spoil yourself by searching on Google, I guess) but it was designed by Swiss duo Herzog & de Meuron. If you don’t know who they are, they were the ones who were responsible the Beijing National Stadium / Bird’s Nest.

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Chloé flagship store in Japan.

Reflection #2.

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Trivia: Did you know that Steve Jobs’ signature black turtle necks were all by Issey Miyake?

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Tsumori Chisato. Bohemian style meets kawaii!

Reflection #3.

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The main store of Yoku Moku is also in Aoyama! You can spot their blue brick lounge from a mile away.

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I randomly chanced upon Blue Moon The Natural Bar while walking along one of Aoyama’s big streets! It’s a popular outdoor bar slash organic market that has a quirky, hipster vibe to it. I’ve only seen photos of it during nighttime so I didn’t expect that it looked like this in the morning!

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Handmade wood collectibles. TAKAIIIIIIIIIII

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Reflection #4.

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Beautiful temple in the middle of Aoyama.

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The FURLA Aoyama boutique is one interesting place. They have “FURLA yoga” on the 4th floor!

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SARARIMAN x STARBUCKS.

Also, reflection #5.

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Okamoto Taro Memorial Museum. His work reminds me of the angels in Evangelion.

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Red Valentino. Can I live here? Their Aoyama store looks like some sort of futuristic castle!

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MIU MIU!

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The lantern-shaped Marc Jacobs flagship store. At night, the top part is supposed to light up like a lantern too!

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Jil Sander Navy!

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Undercover. Couldn’t sneak a photo of the interiors, but on the ceiling are thousands of lightbulbs that move with the wind and make sounds!

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I was too early for Acne! The store was still closed when I went to visit. Some of the Aoyama stores open early, while some open after lunch or early afternoon.

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Like the Alexander Wang store. I’ve been eyeing a particular Wang bag recently, and just when I was so ready to go shopping, the store was still closed! I just took it as some sort of divine intervention. Japan, why must you always drain all my fundsss

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Oh well. Settled for pictures instead! I’d wear this outfit in a heartbeat!

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Yohji Yamamato! THE MASTER. I was so shocked when the Yohji Yamamoto display at Shibuya all contained super bright colors! I’ve always been so used to seeing just black and white from him, lol.

Trivia: Did you know that Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo (of Commes des Garcons fame) were once rumored to be in a relationship back in the ‘70s or ’80s? TOO MUCH PERFECTION~

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Last shot before I got on the train back to Shibuya to catch a bus to the airport. I have no idea if I missed anything important in Aoyama, but I’m determined to come back again one day! I’m so in love!

Early that morning, I passed by a school in Aoyama and they were dancing to Arashi. Enough said.