Tokyo October 2013 Part 2

Crying deep inside because this will be the last of my Japan posts this year, and I won’t be spending Christmas in Fukuoka. I got used to it already – I could totally use some warm Ippudo and Christmas lights at Hakata Station. /tears

The good thing about it is that I can finally do the whole Christmas Eve with relatives thing again, a tradition that I also miss very much! And I’ll still be traveling with my family during the holiday break. We decided to fly to a place we haven’t visited together in 5 years – Taiwan. I’m pretty excited about it because I can’t remember much the last time I went there. I’ll make sure to properly document it this time.

Anyhow, I spent my last day in Tokyo with some Filipino bloggers who are based in Japan. They are an amazing bunch, and I wish they could adopt me so I can join their Japanese fashion escapades regularly! Even if I only met them for the first time, I felt like I knew them already because we shared so many similar interests. They made me feel like I belonged.

Harajuku

Harajuku sun. Don’t be fooled – the weather was horribly bipolar the time I was there. It was right in the middle of summer and autumn, and I suffered so badly from the drastic weather changes and developed a bad cold, aggravated some more by lack of sleep and the adrenaline rush from my EMODA activities. 

Harajuku

After my touristy morning at Meiji Shrine, I met up with fellow Filipinos Ashley, Gervin, and Kiko somewhere in Harajuku. They brought their pretty friend Junko along, and it was all so wonderful and kawaii kawaii doki doki hajimemashite lol you get the point. Junko is a popular Japanese blogger, and you might recognize her if you follow some active Japanese Lookbookers! She was so sweet to drop by and meet me even if she had a lot of activities that day! Can I swap faces with her? She is absolutely gorgeous.

Ashley contacted me when I tweeted about going to Tokyo, and I’m really happy that she did because I wouldn’t have had as much fun during this trip if it weren’t for this meet-up!

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Legit Harajuku street style snap with Junko and Ashley! Red hair, blonde hair and brown hair! I’m wearing a top and necklace from EMODA F/W 2013.

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Junko had to leave early but was kind enough to snap a photo of the 4 of us! Here I am with my new friends Kiko, Gervin and Ashley. Sorely missing them while I type this entry out. I now have more reasons to go back to Tokyo. 

I love how we all sort of had matching outfits. Red is totally the color of the season.

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We had a fun, spontaneous field trip to Koenji which is located in West Tokyo. I haven’t finished reading 1Q84 yet (I’m only a few pages in) but it’s apparently set here. As is Dare mo shiranai/Nobody Knows, a heart-wrenching movie I was able to watch in Japanese Film class back in college. Don’t watch it if you don’t want to be depressed, huhu I am scarred for life because of that movie

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We got lost for a while because it was everyone’s first time here. This couple was lost too. I love the girl’s Chun-Li hair!

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We stopped somewhere to check out Google Maps and to camwhore a little because we knew our time together was limited huhu

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I changed to flat shoes because of all the walking we had to do! Slip-ons also from EMODA.

Koenji

Koenji

Shopping area near the Koenji station.

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The cutest neko drawing.

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The stores in the area were very quaint! Koenji is supposed to be popular for this kind of fashion, as well as for selling very good used clothing. I wasn’t able to do any shopping but it was nice to just browse through all the pretty.

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Old shoes that were glued to the ground.

Koenji

Koenji

Kiko and Gervin (who changed to his sporty ninja-inspired look). Somewhere in this area, we found an owl cafe! Ashley was game to try it out but the rest of us were like HUU~ THEY LOOK SCARY!

Now I’m like, why was I afraid of a bird

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Bike props. Of course, they have to be kawaii.

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The most adorable pink bike.

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Not quite summer, not quite fall.

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I love the light in Japan. Achieving this quality doesn’t require any effort. Soft, natural lighting wins forever.

Floresta Nature Doughnuts

Floresta Nature Doughnuts. So cute it would be a shame to eat them.

Koenji

The donut is looking at our lattes and secretly judging us.

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With teacher Ashley! She teaches elementary school kids for work! If I had a teacher like her, no question she would be my instant fave. 

Koenji

Families passed by as we had our little coffee break in a corner. Noticed a lot of kids in this community.

Harajuku

Back in Harajuku before dinner time! My condition was so bad at this point I couldn’t think straight anymore and just wanted to go to bed and sleep. Which I did. The walk back to my hotel felt painfully longer than usual.

I wish I could go back and have more adventures with Kiko, Gervin and Ashley when I’m not sick anymore! Universe, let’s make it happen soon.

Shibuya

I love that all-pink outfit!

Shibuya

Grabbed something to eat in Shibuya before heading back to my hotel. I settled for something quick, and McDonalds was selling McPepper. I couldn’t resist. Way to make myself feel better. With fast food. 

I also dropped by the BIC Camera in Shibuya to buy a gift to myself for finishing my book – a new camera! My friend Edric talked me into converting to Fujifilm.

One of the best decisions I made this year. I am so in love with my X Pro 1. It also helped that the salespeople at BIC Camera were kind enough to give me a quick tutorial, as well as tourist discounts on top of the existing promotions that they had.

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The next day, I had a few hours to kill early morning before my flight back to Manila.

Ginza

I went to Ginza, which is a very upscale area in Tokyo that is known for high-end shopping and luxurious everything. 

Uniqlo

The Uniqlo there is amazing!

Ginza

The iconic Ginza Wako. There has always been a clock tower in this building since the late 1800s.

Ginza

I went so early in the morning! There weren’t a lot of people yet.

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Would’ve shopped here for my grandma if I only had enough time! She would totally love it in Ginza.

Shortly after this, I had to get my luggage back at the hotel and head to the airport. The best way to go to Haneda Airport from the city is by bus/airport limousine. I took the one in Shibuya Mark City as it was nearest to my hotel. 

Sushi

Last sushi meal in Japan. 

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Took photos in the bus because I was already missing Japan even if I haven’t left yet.

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Wonder if I got included in his photo.

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Gloomy day in Shibuya.

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A view I can never get tired of.

Shibuya Hikarie

To Shibuya Hikarie.

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Tokyo Sky Tree

Tokyo Sky Tree from afar. I haven’t had time to visit it yet, but hopefully next year I can come back and check it out! Another place I should visit is Shimokitazawa. I’ve heard great things about it. 

Must make good use of my multiple-entry visaaa. In an ideal world, I would fly to Japan 4 times a year. Once every season.

Tricia Gosingtian

Watched Shingeki no Kyojin episode 1 and 2 again on the plane. Day made. See you again soon, Tokyo!