July 16th, 2015

TRAVEL PHOTO DIARY – TOKYO

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Combine madness and serenity, there, you’ll have Tokyo. Two weeks in Tokyo was beyond and top of anything that I have ever experienced in my life in every possible way. Even though I strongly believe that these photos will never do justice to the incredible sensory overload that I had ever experienced, I did my very best to capture what I had been up to, and will do my best to give you a glimpse of very strange yet beautiful world that is Tokyo. Here is the first part of my Travel Photo Diary of Tokyo that is covering Shinjuku, Harajuku, and Shibuya… 

Shinjuku – Kabukicho area is what everyone imagines of Tokyo- a mere overwhelming sensory overload; flashing lights, the crowd, the noise, the smell, the food… Also known as the Red Light District of Tokyo, but don’t be put off by this; it is super safe and it was certainly an experience even just to walk up and down… 
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Golden Gai
 is a lively area at night, where it used to be the area of brothels now it’s become the hip area to have some drinks in its tiny and cosy bars (they barely holds 6 people at once), and if you are lucky you can have a chat and laugh with locals.
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Before heading to Tokyo, I already knew that vending machines are a huge part of the daily life in Japan. These are not your regular soda vending machines, but anything you can image (and beyond) can be purchased on vending machines (bananas, drinks, ice cream, noodles, etc.) and you will find them in literally every 100 meters- efficiency is serious business in Japan!
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Peace and quiet in the middle of madness…
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Hanazo Shrine – Shinjuku 
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Sensory overload in Shinjuku
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Zaku Zaku at the metro…
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When you don’t (can’t) know almost 90% of the time what you might be about to eat, you have got to go with your guts… This, zaku zaku, is a desert that is freshly made and filled with custard, makes a great on-the-go snack (the smell was beyond my ability to resist, hence the everyday line in front of the shop that was so worth the wait!).
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Harajuku – taking my fair share of Monsoon rain…
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When in Harajuku, go for Harajuku crêpes, but these are NOT just your regular crêpes… These come with insane combinations, such as strawberry cheesecake with whipped cream topped with strawberries- insanity! 
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School girls lining up for their kawaii crêpes- an ordinary day in Harajuku… 
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Shopping in Harajuku 
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Harajuku street fashion consists (mostly) of anything crazy and out-of-anyone’s-comfort-zone pieces that are  thrown together to rock cute and girly girl looks! 
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Anything that is kawaii (cute) is born in Harajuku, such as this cute character called Pompompurin has its own café- because Hello Kitty is so 2000!
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Channeling my inner 5 year old self at Pompompurin Café– kawaii desu ne! 
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The not so well known side (calm) of Shibuya
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World’s most famous crossing- Shibuya crossing. If you want to experience an unforgettable crossing experience (lol) with possibly thousands of people at the same time, this is the place to be! 
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So, this does it for the first part of the Tokyo Travel Photo Diary, folks. Keep an eye out for the second and possibly for the third part.

So what do you think, is Tokyo as crazy as its portrayed? My answer is definitely YES! Two weeks was certainly enough to get hooked to that non-stop craziness of Tokyo, a city that is one of a kind! 


  • Ayre

    I honestly just want to travel so I can eat.. ;D

    Ayre

    • Japanese food is a-mazing! If I could, I would definitely go back just to feast again haha!

  • I visited Japan last month. We did Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima,… and it was such an amazing experience. I have a very hard time to tell people ‘how it was’. Tokyo was most definitely the coolest and most awesome city I’ve ever been. New York just felt small in comparison. Anyway, nice to see your photos and read how you felt about Tokyo. Shibuya and Ebisu were my favorite neighbourhoods btw:)

    • I’m so with you on not knowing what to tell people when asked how it was, mainly because of not knowing where to start and/or not able to find the words that do justice to what I’ve experienced in Tokyo. Tokyo is a city that is overwhelmingly mind-blowing (very least to say). I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the post, I find it always nice to go back to “that feeling” when I come across that reminds me of that time, hope this could give you the same as well! 🙂

  • KOMALIBXL

    I feel like I’m in a Haruki Murakami book when I see these pictures 🙂

    • I haven’t read any of his books, but that’s so lovely of you to say! Thank you! <3

  • SUper helpful posts! I know very little about what to expect when I go to Tokyo so I’m going to be all over your blog up until then!

    Milli



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