Sunday, October 9, 2016

Japan XIV: Shimokitazawa and Akibahara

It's been a while since my last post, but here comes our last day in Japan: Shimokitazawa plus Akibahara.



On my research for Japan's trip I read somewhere that Shimokitazawa was one of the most arty neighborhoods in Tokyo. Actually, if you put hipster and Tokyo in google most of the results will be about this cute area of the city. It is not only one of the trendiest places of Tokyo, but of the world.

   I couldn't wait to walk along the streets of Shimo , so we arrive early in the morning....too early probably... Most of the shops and cafes were still closed and there were no people in the streets. We thought, what a nice place to live, this is a kind of paradise, everyone seems to wake up at 12 o'clock... hmm , not a bad life.
   The truth is that not many cities would be very alive in August at eight o clock in the morning... Still we loved Shimokitazawa streets and we both thought that this would be the neighborhood to live in Tokyo...

...specially after seeing this three floors Muji Store :)

Muji in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

Shimokitazawa Street, Tokyo, Japan

Shimokitazawa Street, Tokyo, Japan

Red bicycle in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

Shimokitazawa street, Tokyo

Shimokitazawa shop, Tokyo

Shimokitazawa , Tokyo

Shimokitazawa , Tokyo

Pretty shop in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

Umbrellas shop in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

Giant shoe , Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

Shimokitazawa Cafe in Tokyo

Shimokitazawa shop, Tokyo

Akibahara street, Tokyo


And after the quietness of Shimo, we went to the crazyness of Akibahara: the neighbourhood of technology stores, manga and maid cafes.

Akibahara street, Tokyo

Is it me, or someone seems to have problems with proportions in his drawing?

Akibahara advert, Tokyo

Akibahara street, Tokyo
Akibahara shop, Tokyo

And that was it. Our two weeks in Japan went so fast, and we had such a great time, it was so much fun being in a place where you can't read any of the signs, and have to be creative to communicate with just signs and pointing, but we were so blown away for the kindness of the Japanese. If I had to define Japan with a sentence I would say it is the mix of tradition with technology plus the touch of a crazy genius. Oh, and the food, don't forget about the food....

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Japan XIII: Tokyo 3 (Asakusa, Kappabashi street and Odaiba)

Our third day in Tokyo was great. We started walking through the Nakamise street, which is a good place to buy some souvenirs .We walked till Senso-ji Temple and enjoyed a lot the quiet atmosphere and the traditional vibe of the area.

Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo

Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo
We saw then a Don Quijote Store, which is like a one pound shop ,but a huge one, with several floors full of little and cheap treasures, so we had to get in.

Don Quijote Shop, Asakusa

And from there we walked to Kappabashi Street. 

We loved so much Kappabashi street. Have a look of this Chef's  big head decorating that building , and those tea-cup-shaped balconies, aren't they amazing? That will give you an idea of what this street is about...

Cup shaped balcony in Kappabashi Street, Tokyo

The Street is full of shops where you can find everything what is needed for a restaurant: from plates, wooden stickers, menus, fake food, everything you would need to open a restaurant, you can find it here. And we just couldn't stop watching bowls and decorated wooden stickers, we could have stayed there the whole day and I think that was one of our favourite moments in Tokyo.

And then we walked again trhough the quiet and lovely Asakusa streets...

Till we were ready for the opposite: Odaiba, the futuristic brand new area in Tokyo, which could be the setting for any sci-fi movie. That triangular building was our favourite: the Yokoso Rainbow Tower.

Yokoso Rainbow Tower, Tokyo

And once in Odaiba, we visited one of the most curious shopping centers I have ever seen: the Venus Fort shopping center. This shopping mall recreates an ancient italian city but for me the weird thing is the light, they painted it like it was the sunset time, so you get in on a shinny bright day and is dark, i just found it quite hilarious.

And, of course, a visit to the Gundam statue in Odaiba(18m) was compulsory. It is located just in front of the Diver City Tokyo Plaza, and it holds a little show with lights at 12pm, 15 pm and 17 pm.

And from a famous another. Isn't this lady quite familiar? Yep, Tokyo has its own replica of the Liberty statue in Odaiba, overlooking Tokyo Bay and Rainbow bridge. Pretty cool, huh?

Liberty Statue in Odaiba, Tokyo

Liberty Statue in Odaiba, Tokyo

Fuji Building, Odaiba, Tokyo

And that was our day. Stay tuned for our last day in Tokyo (snif). xxx!
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