Tokyo Skytree

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View from Tokyo Skytree and soft serve from the cafe inside

Tokyo Skytree

Whatever you do, if you’re in Tokyo, do yourself a favor and stop by Tokyo Skytree. It’s a bit of a train ride from Shibuya and there’s an admission fee but the views are amazing from the observation deck. Keep in mind that there are two observation decks. We opted to pay for one (the highest deck has an addition admission) and the views were outstanding.

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Tokyo Skytree’s shadow and a glimpse of Tokyo Tower

While we were at the observation deck, we grabbed coffee and soft serve. There is a little area you stay in to consume your cafe bites and drinks. Charles and I took our time as the views were as good as everywhere else on the deck.

After the Observation Deck

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Amazing view and food from Vie en France

As you leave the observation deck, Tokyo Skytree does the tricky thing by having different products on different floors. For example, I had bought postcards on one floor and as we went down to the next floor, that store had different postcards! As someone who is very mindful of how I spend money, I applaud Tokyo Skytree for their sneaky tactic to get my money!

As you exit, you come across lots of restaurants and shops (including anime shops!). Charles and I ended up eating at Vie en France and at that moment, we became obsessed with curry donuts. I love when the curry donuts are nice and crispy with the delicious curry inside. If you love Japanese curry, I highly recommend trying a curry donut in Japan. Instantly, it’s one of my favorite things to do eat in Japan (along with everything else; you really can’t wrong with it).

Between Skytree and Roppongi Hills, I really can not choose between the two as both are equally amazing. I will say that the food options at Skytree far exceeds Roppongi Hills in selection. Roppongi Hills has a rooftop observation deck that gives it an edge over Skytree but both have their own views that the other can not beat. If I had to choose though, Skytree would be it! Happy weekend!

For my more information on Skytree (such as admission), check out their website HERE

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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).

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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.

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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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