While being invited to Tokyo for the 100Tokyo campaign launch as a Cool Japan ambassador was fun (got to meet new people and experience new things) and convenient (they provided an awesome itinerary for us to follow), I also put a lot of value in my personal time. I blame the introvert in me! Traveling alone has never made me feel lonely. I’m even the type of person who needs to recharge after constant socializing by spending the next few days alone, lol. Proudly #foreveralone by choice!
I had some time to go around Tokyo on my own, and here were some of the photos I took.
After taking the train from Narita and settling down at my hotel at Shinagawa, I grew hungry and got myself a whole pack of giant Amaou strawberries from Fukuoka!
Pine berries or white strawberries, as most Japanese prefer to call them. They look like strawberries but taste like pineapples. They look pretty but I prefer the taste of regular strawberries!
Shinagawa Station. One of my favorite stations for a number of reasons.
During my first ever trip to Tokyo, we stayed in Shinagawa and this was the first station that I was introduced to. The feels!
The space is also quite big so it doesn’t get as crazy as Shibuya Station.
As always, Shibuya was my first stop. Found these Honda Keisuke (本田 圭佑) for Mintia billboards! I don’t really know much about sports, but I do know that he’s part of the Japanese national football team.
Late afternoon Shibuya stroll.
A view that I can never get tired of. Spot Ohno for Kirin!
Herschel backpack. <3
After killing time and taking photos in Shibuya, I went back to Shinagawa because I had a 6AM call time for a shoot the next morning. I had to get my beauty sleep, of course. I’ll be blogging about that shoot soon! Will keep you guys posted!
After the shoot, Kumiko-san, Chinami-san and I headed to Cat Street for some sightseeing. While it wasn’t my first time in Cat Street, I failed to take proper pictures during my last visit. Let me redeem myself with this post!
Thanks to my friends for accompanying this little tourist to Cat Street!
Matching brown spring trenchcoats! I can hang out in Cat Street the whole day because the street style is always gorgeous.
More brown trenchcoats for spring!
Awesome-looking place! Wish I went inside The Roastery by Nozy Coffee.
Pretty in plaid. Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean that you should just wear floral prints all the time!
Pointy toes and giant bows.
Retro style has been so popular in Japan this spring!
My favorite place in Cat Street is Opening Ceremony.
ALL THE PROENZA BAGS. My paprika PS1 still remains to be my favorite and most functional bag of all time. Should I get a PS11 next? *sound of wallet crying*
We took a break at this hipster-looking cafe somewhere in the back streets of Harajuku. I had no idea how we were able to get here. Chinami-san and Kumiko-san were also surprised that this cafe existed!
More Arashi x Kirin! We wanted to go to Asoko in Harajuku, but as usual, there was a long line by the entrance.
Went shopping at EMODA instead! Would never say no to that!
EMODA’s current selection of shoes. I wanted to buy the white pair but they didn’t have my size anymore!
Sometimes it’s frustrating to have a super common shoe size!
muse muse is one brand in the ground floor of Shibuya 109 that I always check out.
Finally, dinner at Kaikaya. They ordered a set course. Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.
Ashley followed, and we all had a great time!
These were only about 15% of the whole set that we got. CRAY.
Food coma ensued shortly after taking this photo.
SAKURA ICE CREAM WITH MILK. THIS WAS SO GOOD. /dies
Matching oversized EMODA jackets with pretty Ashley. These were from the F/W 2013 collection! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for EMODA F/W 2014. I tend to splurge a lot more on F/W collections than S/S ones!
On my next free day, I went to Shinjuku to visit the Randa store. You can read about it here.
Nozo, Nozo, Nozomiii!
Spot One Direction!
One of my favorite places to shop is LUMINE EST in Shinjuku Station! You can’t miss it! I usually end up shopping more here than in Shibuya 109. There aren’t as many people, and the selection of stores are fit to my liking.
I randomly bumped into Teban of @asian_impressions! He has great street photography! He follows me on Instagram and when he found out that I was in Tokyo, he sent me a message asking if we could meet up.
He’s a great guy who knows a lot of Filipino words and phrases, lol. So cute! He was like, “Ikinagagalak kitang makilala!”, and I was like, nobody really uses that anymore, hahaha
He took pictures of my outfit like a true street style photographer!
Met up with the Tokyo crew (Ashley, Gervin and Kiko from my October 2013 post) and met new friends at Shimokitazawa (下北沢) or “Shimokita”. I’ve never been to Shimokita before, and I’m glad I finally got to visit after hearing so many good things about it!
Lots of unique places and used-clothing stores can be found here. It’s quite a hipster neighborhood!
DARWIN ROOM! Definitely a must-see in Shimokita. It’s a natural science bookstore that sells stuff like biology, zoology, etc. books as well as interesting science-related stuff that you wouldn’t easily find anywhere else. Like preserved animals!
Broken Doll is a band with a fashion brand of the same name. The band’s guitarist is the designer and the owner of the brand. So creative!
Viva Cute Candy is one of Tokyo’s funkiest hair salons! Can you tell by the name and this sign that they specialize in crazy hair colors?
We tried to fit 8 people in a Purikura booth made for 2 people. IT WAS A SUCCESS.
Next challenge: 10 people?
Mizuho and Gervin had fun playing Taiko: Drum Master (太鼓の達人)!
Vivid floral prints, lace and stripes for spring/summer.
With Japanese Lookbookers Junko and Mizuho.
Also met Singaporean designer Josiah Chua! Amazing how he interned for Yohji Yamamoto and how he is now a student at Bunka Gakuen (world famous fashion school in Tokyo). Watch out for him, world!
Kaila, Emika and Mizuho! You might recognize Kaila from her super popular blog, Rainbowholic! She was a Kawaii Leader at NHK World Kawaii International, and I dub her the kawaii ambassador of the Philippines!
Thank you so much to Ashley for bringing us all together again! Without you, this wouldn’t be possible. Much love, as always!
Next Tokyo post will come sooner than you think! I’ll be going again next week, and I have another 2+ weeks in the US. Need to rush everything before I leave!