Siree here! My gawd I know you all have been waiting for this dreadfully overdue travelogue! I. am. in. shame! OTZ
So let me rewind my brain 6 months ago and dig into the black holes of my memory hotspots to find something to remember here…
What can I say about Japan? It’s funny, I don’t think there has ever been another culture that has demanded my attention so much to consistently learn more about the country while tickling my creative side than Japan has. I find it incredibly interesting!
Though I feel a bit like a traveler novice as I’ve only been to Asia mostly, it’s not without good reason. In retrospect, it takes roughly 5 hours to fly to a close exotic place like Bail from Sydney, 9-10 hours to fly to China, Korea or Japan, and a long 20-something plus hour ride to Europe or the Americas. That’s why people in Australia take a 4 week holiday people! Don’t be jelly, we need time to get from place to place. So while the rest of the world can wait for now, Japan is forever and my fixation for the city with the larger than life persona: Tokyo.
I was super stoked to have my best girl M who was living over there for a year join me on my high jinx, buy all the amazing clothes, take me to all the trendy-local hangouts, eat all the ramen/mentaiko/cake/yuzu/everything delicious food coma of a trip. She became my o-share big sister, teaching me the ways of being “styrish” in the mega city… while attacking me with a frozen bottle of Malibu and rolling me into a sushi blanket if I didn’t wake up. ⊙０⊙ She has even started her own blog, which I am obligated to blog pimp here: Tapered Trousers which you should check out!
Once again I didn’t take as many photos in Tokyo with the intention to do a post later on so this entry is a bit scatter brained and in some ways, it’s a bit of a blessing. Looking a bit touristy whipping out the phone or the camera at every moment makes you kind of miss out on just having fun and experiencing things upfront especially since it’s been 9 years since I visited.
If I was to chronicle what I did on my travels, it will probably be a photo essay of bookshops… and what magazines I skimmed through in said bookshop because Japan has really made me appreciate publishing – which is ironic seeing as I hated reading as a teenager. They publish everything, from teaching kids how to draw animals properly (It’s a life skill. You don’t half ass that shit son!) to dedicating an issue to something offbeat like a collection of favorite things across various products that are even bi-monthly. Bi-monthly!! Do you know who much work goes into just one issue and envisioning that one issue to then go and produce another 11 more for the year? Hint: a lot of effort and foresight. I probably could just fill a suitcase with my wonderful treasure finds but that would mean sacrificing my precious suitcase real estate so, no! I will behave. Japan can really eat your pocket with their damn cool stuff ╥﹏╥
These are just a few things that make up my love for this country. There are many other things that pop into mind like the people I spontaneously met and tried to practice my crap Japanese skills on, the gentle (yasashii) nature of doing and approaching things and the customer service is on another level. In fact, I made a sappy photo essay to describe what my moments in Japan were like.
Omuraisu Breakfast in a cute zakka cafe.
Bar Zingaro in Nakano Broadway
Ink Injected Taxidermy at Nakano Broadway.
And always share a Dorayaki with your best pal.
View from the Park Hyatt Bar (Lost in Translation).
And since I like lists, I’ve made a short 5 things list of what I learnt:
1. My favourite place
The Ura-harajuku area is bliss. Also, Daikanyama T-Site was pretty awesome.
2. I ate everyday…
Yuzu flavour EVERYTHING.
3. Most embarrassing thing
I got lost on the subway for 2 hours finding Shinjuku…
4. The current trend was…
Hands down: the shoe cream puff シュークリーム which is like a cross between a profiterole and an eclair with many different flavours like sweet potato, custard, chocolate and chestnut flavour everything!
5. Where I want to go next?
Ikebukuro for the anime fangirl in me and Roppongi Hills.