Sleeveless in Tokyo

The flight was a little too short to be considered international compared to others… It’s like flying to San Fran from LAX! I feel so blessed to have easier access to other countries now that I live in Seoul. Anyhow, somewhat positively lightheaded, the arrival process at Narita wasn’t all that eventful, but don’t be disappointed just yet because what we didn’t know is that when you try to be frugal in this city, you are literally exchanging time for it. By trying to save a few yen (maybe not a few but a whole bunch), we had to wait an hour on the platform for a train because we refused to spend 3000 yen on an express train which ended up being another 2 hour long ride. We were pretty much spent by the time we found our way to the hotel as you can imagine though we still managed to feed ourselves…

Yoshinoya in Tokyo is a completely different story. Their beef bowl used to be one of my fav fast food options when I lived in LA. Now that I learned that they serve Unagi bowl at the locations in Tokyo, I love them even more.

How can we talk about Japan without mentioning Sushi? So we ended up not going to Tsukiji Market as planned because I’m a lazy butt; however a standing sushi bar near our hotel in Ikebukuro turned out to be wonderful, and I mean like better than all the sushi places I’ve been to in California, New York, and Seoul, and it was half the price. Omg. so fresh. so Japanese. So awesome.

Ikebukuro where our hotel was located. Convenient location where the main JR Yamanote line is located that takes you to all the cool spots including Shibuya, Harajuku, etc.
K-pop fan encounter. There was actually a K-Pop store in Harajuku where they had everything from stationary to Korean snack with Super Junior and Big Bangs’ faces printed on them.  It was mind boggling to actually see “Han-Ryu” in Japan for myself. 10 years ago, it was the other way around where Koreans wanted everything Japanese.

Omotesando Hills where a huge whale lives. As usual, we walked everywhere until we felt like we were going to die of heat stroke. Not a good idea when it’s 90 degrees out.
Found this tiny little hole in the wall place where they sell croquets. See that vending machine in the back? That’s how you order. So frikkin’ cute I almost bought something though I was still full.
Nabeyaki udon, the authentic way.

Fell in love with Japanese architecture. and almost fell on my face looking at them
Shinjuku where we got lost big time and also got into a big fight.

Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. Didn’t want to bore you with all the usual temple pics, pretty sure there are thousands online already.

Actually brought more clothes than I needed though my luggage was still half empty but ended up wearing these pieces almost everyday: Rockstar Tiedye Shorts c/c Foreus, H&M plaid shirt (sleeves cut off DIY style), Shredded sweater with sleeves cut off (again), Red leather bracelet from Seattle, Melody ring from a street vendor in Paris, Fennec iPhone case, Nixon watch
Japanese ramen which needs to be in my life on a daily basis.

I ripped the sleeves off this shredded sweater thing I got in Korea last year. Looks a lot better. Like.

 A guy in heels- just another typical day in Harajuku.
An unexpected reunion with our favorite gelato since Italy last year. Best.

In Ameyoko wearing a slip underneath the DIY sweater vest because it was too hot to wear real clothes. Sneakers: Jeffrey Campbell Flava High Top

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  3 comments for “Sleeveless in Tokyo

  1. August 10, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Love this post! The food looks amazing! All the food i would eat if i were there, adding katsu curry & tempura. Even if it’s 100+ degrees there, cannot deny the yumtacular udon and ramen.
    The risks ppl take in tokyo in terms of fashion Is always cool to see, and you totally fit right in? Not that seoul’s mire demure fashion scene has stopped you from being more adventurous and bold.
    Cool post once again!
    Reminds me that i MUST pay a visit next time i’m in korea. The vending machine restos, i find the most intriguing.
    And fanrastic jc kicks!
    Xoxoo
    Diana

  2. August 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Thanks, hon. yes, their FOOD was the MOST favorite part of the trip. also brought a whole bunch of Kit Kats in rare flavors, perhaps I should do a post on them? So delicious, I may just go back for a few hours to grab them from the airport!

  3. August 23, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Oh I have major food envy, the food looks awesome and I have relatives that always bring me Japanese Kit Kat’s from their business travels whenever I see them! The flavours are so fun! Japan is definitely high on my places to visit.

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