Daikanyama

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H&M coat, sweater, and pants, Zara boots, and Barneys New York backpack

Daikanyama

An outfit I wore while in Daikanyama in Tokyo. A hip neighborhood in Tokyo, I made sure to dress to impress while I was there. Charles and I walked from Shibuya (about 15 to 20 minutes) and ran into a cute coffee shop (Monkey Cafe – go, especially if you love design and architecture), hit up some shops (pet stores included), bookstores, and ate at a brewery. A very thorough blog post will be up soon but until then, hope you’re enjoying my outfit posts!

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Harajuku

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H&M turtleneck, dress from Harajuku, H&M coat, Zara boots, and Barneys New York bag

Harajuku

Sale season has been unkind to my bank account. Take for example this amazing camel coat I found in Tokyo for about $30. Not that I really needed another coat in my closet BUT how could I not resist it? The leather boots was actually an older find from when I was in LA last summer. The dress was from Harajuku at the time I was there. In fact, I found it for about $7. I wish I could say that was all that I bought but I’d be lying.

But the upside is, more clothes means more outfit posts for the blog (and on Instagram – which you can find me there more than on here, at least for now). Until then, I have tons of projects to work on with brands and can’t wait to share them with you! Happy Thursday (or Friday wherever you are)!

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Reissue

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Interior and Charles’ caramel latte

Reissue // Yelp

Tokyo is unlike any other city I’ve been to. Growing up, I’ve always pictured Japan to be super かわいい – which is kawaii in hiragana meaning ‘cute’ in Japanese (my level of Japanese is at toddler-level at most in speaking, reading, and writing). I’ve imagined everything would be cute: cute anime, cute dresses, and cute desserts. And since my first trip to Japan in 2015, I’ve found that every single time I go back, I look for something more かわいい than the last.

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My cafe mocha

Reissue wins in the cute category. You know how I feel about cute desserts right? Well Reissue is a must if you are in Harajuku and in need of some cute lattes. Located on the second floor somewhere near Harajuku (I included a link to their Yelp page which I hope you can link to your maps on your phone), it is a quaint spot with lovely interior. Charles and I ordered a caramel latte and a cafe mocha (respectively) and paid extra for crazy latte art. For Charles, he wanted a 2D latte art of my face on it. The barista took a photo of me using his phone and then asked me what I wanted. I decided to have a cafe mocha with a 3D foam art of Curry! I proceeded to show him a photo of Curry and he then took a photo of the photo for reference.

Although it took some time, we were eager to wait for the results. He worked on Charles’ first and when he placed Charles’ latte on the table, we both were ecstatic with the result! It is literally an anime version of me (and spot on if you ask me)! The barista then went to work on mine and let me tell you, when he was done, I was blown away by his talent. Next time around, I need to get his name! Overall, Charles and I found Reissue to be one of the highlights of our trip. Although it took some time for the barista to create his art and it costs quite a bit (we paid roughly $20 for both), I’d say it was worth every yen! Check it out if you’re in the area!

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Bikes of Japan

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Somewhere in Koenji

Bikes of Japan

There’s something so innocent about bikes in Japan. While Charles and I were exploring throughout Tokyo, he commented my frequent stops to take photos of bikes. Weirdly, I was drawn to them as they were photogenic on it’s own. Typically, I see bikes locked up in the United States but in Japan, they were standing on it’s own in pretty places and spaces as if the owners knew an unsuspecting photographer would find such art while passing by.

Wander Hour - Bikes in Japan

Wander Hour - Bikes in Japan

A bike in Shibuya and in Harajuku

Many times, I found myself drawn to a single bike against a graffitied wall. Other times, the simpler the wall, the better. Whether the bike had a basket or not wasn’t an issue but I found that those with baskets that were filled with whatever the owner had added character to the bike: whether it’s a sweater, a coat, or food.

Wander Hour - Bikes in Japan

Wander Hour - Bikes in Japan

A bike near Kappabashi-Dori and a bike in Koenji

At times, I photograph a single bike and other times, multiple bikes would suffice (given the entire composition of the photo met my aesthetic needs). When there were more than one bikes, it looked a bit cluttered but I guess it adds charm to the photo if I choose to see it that way (my perfection can hinder my work in more ways than one).

Wander Hour - Bikes in Japan

Wander Hour - Bike in Japan

Bikes in Daikanyama and Omotesando

And in between my quest of photographing bikes, I’ve noted the many individuals using their bikes while in transit: many were biking through the crowded crosswalk in Shibuya, mothers biking with their toddlers in the back, and people walking alongside their bike through busy sidewalks.

Wander Hour - Bikes in Japan

Wander Hour - Bikes in Japan

From top and clockwise: bikes in Asakusa and Harajuku

I found bikes everywhere: in the middle of the sidewalk, outside a store, and in alleys. There was no shortage of bikes in Tokyo and prior to ever visiting Japan two years ago, I gave no thought of bikes there. Maybe I was under the impression that everyone took the trains or walked. But each new visit to Japan, my eyes open wider than the time before.

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Bike in Kappabashi-dori

This season, I have been gravitating towards dusty rose/pink. Pink isn’t a color I find my myself gravitating towards to but this time around, the dusty pink bikes caught my eye. If ever I’m in a need for a bike, dusty pink would be the one I would buy thanks to the ones I saw in Japan.

I can not wait to share all of my photos that I’ve taken in the last few months. It’s been a crazy time for me and Japan was the last of a group of events that occurred over the same time period. I finally get the chance to breathe after all the holiday craziness and back-to-back projects.

Have a great week friends and I’ll see you all soon!

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Mr. Farmer

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Wander Hour - Mr. Farmer

Mr. Farmer // Yelp

セピア原宿1F, 4-5-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan

Mr. Farmer was a happy accident while I was in Tokyo. My family and I wanted to start our day off early with some coffee so we headed from our hotel room in Shibuya to Omotesando to try Omotesando Koffee (found in this post). As we got there, Omotesando Koffee actually opened a lot later than I expected. Faced with whether we should continue on without trying Omotesando Koffee and head to our next destination or stick it out for another hour, we decided on the latter.

Of course, I had to figure out how to spend the next hour before Omotesando Koffee opens. I quickly searched through Yelp and ended up finding Mr. Farmer which was a short distance away.

The decor of Mr. Farmer was cute (as with everything else about Tokyo) and serves American-based plates. If you’re looking for Japanese dishes (ramen, sushi, tebasaki, etc.), this isn’t the place for you but I enjoyed our breakfast here:

Drinks

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My brother and I started the day off with cold-pressed juices since I was already planning on getting coffee at Omotesando Koffee. I had taken a photo of what the ingredients were but those were lost when I reformatted the memory card. If I recall correctly, it was a citrus-y juice. My brother’s was more of a green juice. They were both pretty earthy in flavor if you know what I mean. Like I feel like I’m drinking whatever was in there.

My mother had just a plain cup of coffee.

Croque Monsieur

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This was pretty delicious. My brother ordered this as his entree.

Carrot and Ricotta Pancakes

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Mr. Farmer had a menu outside and I was sold on crab cake eggs benedicts since I absolutely love eggs benedict. Why not try one in Tokyo am I right? As soon as we sat down, I reviewed the menu again and decided on the carrot and ricotta pancakes. I’ve never heard of such pancakes before or at least not in Hawaii. Crab cake eggs benedict in Hawaii? Yes. Carrot and ricotta pancakes? No, so my mother and I decided to give it a taste. It was…. different. In a good way. It came with syrup and it was light in flavor. It came with a side of potatoes and salad. The potatoes had rosemary in it which I have been throwing rosemary ideas at Charles for the last couples months (since then, he’s been making rosemary and lemon potatoes which I love!)

Overall, I enjoyed our breakfast at Mr. Farmer!

Have a happy Wednesday friends! Tomorrow is my birthday and Charles is cooking chilaquiles for my breakfast brunch so I’m super excited about that. See you all on Friday!

For more Tokyo posts, please check out the following posts:

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Japan Photo Diary

Tokyo Disneyland

Haneda Airport

Harajuku

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