Monday, November 12, 2018

Nakamise Shopping Street

Taitō City/台東区
On a special request of my aunt we went to this specific area of Tokyo called Taito City. My aunt has a good eye on good things so we fully trust my aunt that this area wont disappoint us. But then again when you are in Tokyo already will it ever disappoints you?

Sensōji Temple
Sensōji/浅草寺 temple is also a Buddhist temple and apparently a popular temple too because the crowd was immense here and I`m sure Tokyo is loaded with temples. Anyways here a fun and interesting legend about this temple and it starts in the year 628 when two brothers fished a statue of Kannon - the Goddess of mercy from the Sumida River. The two brothers threw back the statue in the river but it always returned to them. Kind of creepy and because of this the Sensōji temple was built nearby for the goddess of Kannon. It is also the oldest temple of Tokyo.

Behind the temple you`ll find a 200 m long shopping street, also know the Nakamise Shopping street.
So what shall we buy/eat first?
Artisan rice crackers.
But first
A little refreshment! It was 40°C that day and extremely sunny.
⮝How to keep your food cool. Just place them on a huge ice block!

Anyway I got myself a bowl of shaved ice with matcha flavour. It was incredibly good!⮟
And I`m a creep
I`m a huge fan of the Japanese traditional clothing: the yukata and so I was admiring and taking photo`s of random people in yukata. #notacreep
What do you
want to buy?
pair of sandals?
flowers? Dishes? Or a bit of both?
I went a bit nuts and bought a good amount of wooden goodies here.

Ginza Brazil
Lunch time at a truly full on retro style Japanese pub for a good ol` Japanese pub food!

We`ve actually found this place by accident and even though the place looks outdated which I don`t mind because I really admire the retro charisma here. And most importantly the food here is pretty tasty!
our food
- ice tea & coffee
- classic spaghetti Bolognese
- sandwich `tonkatsu`
- sandwich `vegetarian`
my haul
Just the necessary souvenirs.
next stop!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Shopping in Tokyo

Buns (melon pan/メロンパン) as breakfast bought from my beloved 24/7 convenient stores that I miss so dearly. The coffee here in Japan I find somehow bland, watery and not aromatic for some reason. I don`t know what do you think?
Everyday metro riding is getting quite expensive actually.
And the everyday similar views outside my metro window never bores me.

Our first stop: Ueno. Ueno district is the home of the panda`s at the famed Ueno Zoo but we didn`t see them. Instead we went shopping. Like the rest of the busy districts of Tokyo Ueno is also home of the many shops and malls with the inevitable people crowd, making the day extra warm and humid than it already was - sigh. Luckily we hopped in a large 10 floored department store where they literally sell almost everything. We came here to check out the gadgets, devices and other cool electronics that Japan is famous for.
BIC CAMERA - ビックカメラ
For all gadgetlovers out there you can pour your heart out at this amazing department store. At least I did.
So even though Japan is well known for the design of nifty futuristic devices #fangirl I`ve also noticed that Japan holds dear to the past. The nostalgia vibe is quite big here in Japan. You can still buy cassette players and cd players with ease as I also know that selling physical music records such as the cd is still big over
Kawaii mini rice cookers!
And of course (miniature) toys.
Yep, the innerchild in me was definitely out.
Buns. Again.
Bread is life. A life without bread is just awful don`t you agree? So buns again, buns always!
Next stop: Shibuya/渋谷
Shibuya - a district often refers as the beating heart of Tokyo with malls, restaurants, big neon banners, energetic nightlife and of course the prominent intersection where the endless stream of people crossing over. I was there. Shibuya is also pretty much the birthplace of fashion and trends so nothing here is too crazy or bore you.
lets cross over!

Vintage or thrift, I was in heaven.
And a couple hours later...
Tokyo has amazing like really amazing vintage and thrift shops. I mean, it is everywhere and the shops I`ve been so far are neatly organised.
As a results I have bought a white lace dress, shorts and a yukata #worthit

Cat Street
Then I think I was in Harajuku/原宿 area here in the Cat Street. Cat Street is apparently a hipster street with trendy shops and despite the name, I didn`t spot a single cat here sadly. But still, I think Cat Street is one of my favorite streets I have wandered around in Tokyo.
One of my favorite Japanese clothing brand is Uniqlo and of course I have to visit an Uniqlo here in Tokyo as well. Here I have bought a t-shirt with the naughty Cookie Monster from Sesame Street on it.
Moving on to yukata fitting! And scoring one as well.
At the big yellow M
At the good ol` yellow M for the ebi burger (shrimp burger) with spicy fries that you need to add the spicy powder yourself along with the fries to give it a good shake in a paper bag. Then I have washed it down with overly sweet fruit punch. Normally I avoid Mcdonald`s but somehow the Asia Mcdonald`s are fascinating!
Beautiful fruit
Fruit is a serious business in Japan. It appears to be sweeter and looks amazing! And I can tell because I had melons, peaches (so good!), more melons, banana`s, apples and so on and so on.
Strolling around a supermarket at the fruit section is also fun too.
Not sure if I have mentioned it before but Japan is not very tolerant in the use of plastic and wrappers. It is pretty much everywhere and in everything. Yes, it looks beautiful and neat but definitely not Mother Nature best friend. Like this banana, like why?
Closes at 8.00 PM
Even the big shops but some stays open to 9 PM.
Ending my day in Tokyo at a place where I`ve started the day: 24/7 convenient store where I bought a little night snack. Goodnight!