Tokyo May 2014

Dumping all my photos from my short stay in Tokyo last May in this post, because I already posted a separate entry for Akihabara, and I’ll be posting another separate entry for Aoyama!

Japan temporarily gives me an infinite source of energy. It’s unreal how much I’m able to do in such a short span of time. When I’m here in Manila, all it takes is one blink for the whole afternoon to pass!

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Safely arrived in Shibuya! I usually stay in Shinagawa because I like going home to a more peaceful station. This time, however, I had to book a hotel in Shibuya for convenience.

It’s not that I dislike Shibuya! It’s just that the station and the areas around the station get really chaotic at times, and I have crowd phobia (i.e. just looking at Laboracay photos makes me sick – what more if I go there?).

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When I say everything in Japan is kawaii, I mean everything.

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I posted this on my Instagram and people really thought it was GD. I doubt GD would be able to freely roam around the streets of Shibuya without being mobbed by fans. 

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From the airport, I took the train to Shibuya, immediately dropped my stuff off at the hotel, and took the train to Shinjuku, where I was scheduled to visit Esperanza and RANDA

Literally had no time to breathe, but it was all good because I never seem to get tired in Japan!

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The elevator at Shinjuku LUMINE EST was so pretty.

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Dropped by the Laduree at Shinjuku to buy myself some macarons.

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Hair envy.

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My new favorite place to shop for accessories and iPhone cases is Me% in Shinjuku! You can also find this store in Shibuya 109.

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Spotted at Bic Camera Shinjuku. If this were not so expensive (4,100 yen is a little too much, I think), would you get it?

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That evening, I had an important meeting with some important people! They took me to a fancy restaurant in Shibuya where we had the most awesome dinner!

Their project just got approved by the Japanese government, and I can’t wait to share it with you once all the nitty gritty preparations are done! Keeping it a secret for now!

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I usually don’t like anything with red bean, but this was glorious.

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My view every night I go back to my hotel.

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My second day was my only free day, so I went to Akihabara to meet up with friends! Wrote about it here.

Here’s a photo of a rainy Shibuya crossing, taken as I went down the elevator in my hotel.

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With Ashley and Emika in the middle of Shibuya! You can tell that Ashley and I were in total spring mode, lol.

Emika rocks black all year round! Made me miss my all-black style circa 2010/2011 (?)

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We queued at the new Kiki & Lala Cafe, found on the 7th floor of Shibuya Parco. It only took us less than an hour, and I say “only” because on weekends, people line up for 2-3 hours! Crazy!

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The cafe also sells official Kiki & Lala merchandise! Japan, just take all my money.

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Even the menu is irresistibly adorable! We wanted to order everything!

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Emika’s camera!

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Kiko and I got Kiki & Lala lattes that come with star-shaped sugar wands.

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Ashley and Emika got Kiki & Lala sodas topped with ice cream.

I heard the reason why people don’t mind lining up for this place is because it’s only going to be open for a limited time. Kind of like a pop-up cafe! 

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Later that night, I met up with my friend Kumiko-san at Cheese Table, also found in Shibuya Parco. 

Yes, almost everything in this restaurant has cheese in it, omg! I opened the portal to the cheese dimension, and I just wanted to stay there forever.

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We had fondue (not in photo because we were too excited to eat it) and pizza. Nom!

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After Tokyo Anime Center, Animate, maid cafe and cosplay purikura with Kiko, Izumi and Emika at Akihabara, Kiki & Lala cafe with Ashley,  and Cheese Table with Kumiko-san at Shibuya, I spent the rest of the night with one of my favorite people in the world – Gervin! We talked for hours at the Starbucks in Shibuya (the one that’s visible from the scramble crossing).

I ended up going back to the hotel past midnight already. I told you – Japan gives me super powers. Super extroverted powers.

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The next morning, with barely 5 hours of sleep, I met up with the lovely Ogawa couple (Sachie-san from CANMAKE Philippines, and her husband Tomo-san who owns a clothing store in Shinjuku) for breakfast. They took me to this popular french cafe in Shibuya where they served different kinds of bread and jam.

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I swear we didn’t plan our matching outfits!

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Wore some of my new purchases from EMODA Shibuya 109. Blogged about the store here.

Speaking of EMODA, their global webstore currently has sale going on! Up to 70% off! I’m so torn whether or not to splurge again because I already bought so much stuff in Tokyo last May, huhu. SHOULD I STILL…?!

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Went back to my hotel to change! On this day alone, I changed outfits 3 times – once for breakfast with Sachie-san and Tomo-san, once for dazzlin touchMe show, and once for MURUA touchMe show.

Or 4 times, if you count my nighttime pajamas. 

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Super ladylike style for dazzlin! I was obsessive enough to match my outfits according to the brands’ concepts. I blogged about the dazzlin A/W 2014 touchMe Collection here.

After the dazzlin show, Shogo (who gave me his extra ticket to dazzlin) and I went back to Shibuya Station, where he took a cab to another work meeting, and I went back to my hotel to change outfit one last time. Then I waited for Ashley (I gave her my extra ticket to MURUA) at the station before heading back to belle salle for another show.

PHEW.

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After the MURUA show, Ashley and I wanted to try out the Alice-themed cafe in Shibuya. I feel like you can never run out of places to go to in Tokyo alone!

I can’t remember where it was exactly, but I think it’s in the same building as Bershka.

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Alice coasters! 

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There was a giant merry-go-round kind of structure in the middle of the restaurant. Wish we had similar themed restaurants in Manila too! I can already imagine all the pretty photoshoots. 

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The menu. CAN I TAKE IT HOME?

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We ordered drinks just because they made them sound and look so interesting in the menu, but TBH I’d stay away from them next time! They tasted quite funky, though they were definitely Instagrammable. 

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Alice cosplay. As expected from Japan.

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While the drinks were disappointing, the food definitely delivered! Ashley and I loved this avocado and shrimp dish! It was shaped like a caterpillar too, so we couldn’t help but squeal (at the cuteness) when we first saw it.

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Rabbit-themed pasta. This tasted good too! I’d totally come back to this cafe for this dish.

Apparently, this was part of a monthly special offer, so they gave us a free Alice gashapon at the end of our meal. YAY TOYS

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My last night in Tokyo, and of course, some purikura had to be taken. <3 

After this, I just have two more Japan posts (MURUA touchMe show, and quick Aoyama tour) before I start bombarding everyone with my US travel diaries! Please stay tuned!