I managed to kill two birds with one stone and accomplish visit two of my bucket list destinations South Korea and Japan and neither disappointed. I only spent a weekend in Tokyo but it made a lifelong impression. It is definitely one of the most unique and quirky laces on the planet. Like South Korea it has the perfect mix of cultural and heritage sites vs modern architecture and lots of randomness. People like to dress up- I only went to the infamous Yoyogi park at night so I didn’t see the crowds of people casually dressed up as Anime cartoon characters but I did see my fair share of Harajuku / lolita girls. I was also equally fascinated with the fashionistas with a style similar to us here in London but with their own take and also the breathtakingly beautiful Geisha girl costumes which I thought were only worn in Kyoto. It was truly a fashion Paradise although a bit pricey. There were also several equally fascinating sights and scenes that I will definitely have to rediscover some day!
Green tea Mr Whippy!
The first thing I saw when I stepped out Mejiro station where I stayed (very central on the Yamanote line in a (cheap house share from air bnb) was this amazing dance show!
Me in a vintage blazer from a store in South Korea (cheaper than the Japanese vintage shops)
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and views from the top
Park outside the government building with random friendly guy who asked to be in my pic.
Sensoji Temple and market in Asakusa
The coolest family dressed up for a day at the shrine and the lovely mother insisted I took a pic with her adorable children!
More people dressed up for the visit to the shrine
Birthdeath Vintage store and stylish staff
Cool reggae inspired record and sportswear store
Yoyogi park at night
Main street in Harajuku
Artwork in Comme Des Garcons store
Poodle in Lee Jeans- they take doggy fashion very seriously
Harajuku / Lolita / Punk style
On my way back to rainy London I did a 24 hr stop in Dubai- which was very different to my main trip but I loved it too!
Aquarium in The Dubai Mall
Souk style section of the mall
After writing these posts I’m desperate to start planning my next trip especially as the gail force winds blow outside my window – we have stormy weather here in the UK. If any of you guys are travelling- happy travels and would love to hear about your trips!