We didn’t just stuff our faces with food during our summer holiday (though, from my past few posts, it probably seems that way!) We also did a whole lotta shopping in the cutest and kookiest places we could find, from Tokyo Station to Nakano Broadway and, of course, Harajuku, here are some of my favorite kawaii finds! 💖
While it seems like more and more vegan restaurants in Seoul are shutting down (Loving Hut Thien Dang, Achasan Loving Hut, Garobee, New Start Buffet, and Mimi & Kelly’s have all disappeared within the past couple of years,) Tokyo’s vegan and healthy-eating scene seems to be growing! When I was scoping out HappyCow prior to our Tokyo trip, I was so surprised by the amount of new restaurants and cafes which had popped up within the past year. That’s gotta be a good sign for sure! First things first, though: a trip to my all-time favorite veg-friendly hang-out, Pure Cafe in Aoyama! ♡
One of my favorite things about Japan is how easy it is to find tranquility within its urban metropolises. In Tokyo, it’s not hard to find ethereal shrines adjacent to winding highways and looming office blocks…
It feels like we were in Tokyo ages ago, even though it was only a couple of weeks ago. Summer Break, come back!
After four days of adventuring in Kyoto and Hiroshima, the time came to say goodbye to our super comfy and swanky hotel room, pack up our suitcases, and board the Shinkansen back to Tokyo.
But with Osaka sitting right in between Tokyo and Kyoto, we just had to swing by for a speedy shopping pit-stop!
On our final morning in Tokyo, we joined the New Year’s Day masses and headed out to Asakusa to join in the hatsumode festivities at Sensoji.
As 2013 drew to a close, we headed up to Tokyo Tower…
Last time we were in Tokyo, we spent our time in Harajuku on Takeshita Dori, not even realizing some of the best shops were hidden on down the road, on a winding side street parallel to Omote-sando.
Welcome to Cat Street – funky fresh Tokyo fashion at its best!
After our plans for visiting all the parks and museums we missed on our first Tokyo visit were scrapped due to the holiday closures, we decided to spend our time doing some serious shopping instead. Our first stop was the Shibuya scramble, which was still as busy as ever!
Howdy there! And Happy 2014! We rang in the New Year in Tokyo, and are still suffering from some serious Japan withdrawal.
New Year’s in Japan is a different experience from anywhere else in the world; it’s a sacred time, when most families group together and take a long break from work. Many shops and restaurants shut down over the entire period, and nearly all museums and public parks close. It was a bit of an inconvenience, and meant that we had to rethink our itinerary, but it was insightful to witness Tokyo during this quiet time.