Okonomiyaki and the Ramen museum.

After Enoshima we had a really delicious Okonomiyaki at Yokohama station and headed to the Ramen museum. The ramen museum featured an old Japan, in 1958, when the instant noodles were invented. Besides the whole awesome scenario there were also famous ramen restaurants where you could have your bowl of goodness.

Okonomiyaki at the station.
Okonomiyaki at the station.
Ramen Museum at its best.
Ramen Museum at its best.

DSCF6041

There was a "police officer" there who kindly took our picture.
There was a “police officer” there who kindly took our picture.
everything was cleverly place.
everything was cleverly place.
Tuxedo kamen!
Tuxedo kamen!
public baths.
public baths.
You felt like you were in that age and time.
You felt like you were in that age and time.

DSCF6049

The old tv sets showed news featuring the newest air raids and you could hear explosions and planes.
The old tv sets showed news featuring the newest air raids and you could hear explosions and planes.
movies of the time.
movies of the time.
old barber.
old barber.

DSCF6054 DSCF6055

And a ramen shop with everything you need.
And a ramen shop with everything you need.

DSCF6067 DSCF6068

And back in our Harajuku neighbourhood.
And back in our Harajuku neighbourhood.

Definitely a place to visit if you have the time.

Have a nice evening!

Climbing Enoshima.

Before I start rambling about baby clothes and baby strollers and so on, let’s finish the photos from Japan, yeah? Yes.

After a wonderful day and an even better night at Robot Restaurant, we took the train and headed out to Enoshima. This is a veeery tiny island connected to the mainland through a bridge. It’s tiny and beautiful, full of mountains and restaurants serving delicious donburi and dried up octopus. It was quite a fun way to spend a slightly rainy day.

It wasn't cold at all.
It wasn’t cold at all.

DSCF5976 DSCF5977

Touristy place.
Touristy place.
look at those eyes!
look at those eyes!
From the top.
From the top.
Lining up for the temple.
Lining up for the temple.

DSCF5988 DSCF5989

From above.
From above.
From the lighthouse.
From the lighthouse.
This is a classic anime/manga scene. Can you tell?
This is a classic anime/manga scene. Can you tell?

DSCF5999

Just beautiful.
Just beautiful.
Guardians.
Guardians.
Beautiful scene.
Beautiful scene.

DSCF6007 DSCF6008

The love bell. Can you see the typical love umbrella with the names underneath??
The love bell. Can you see the typical love umbrella with the names underneath??
You should be able to see Mount Fuji somewhere... over... there... nope.
You should be able to see Mount Fuji somewhere… over… there… nope.
These were so disgusting...! We were supposed to go in a cave, literally inside the island, but these were ALL over the place — there was a freaking warning for it — so we decided against going.
These were so disgusting…! We were supposed to go in a cave, literally inside the island, but these were ALL over the place — there was a freaking warning for it — so we decided against going.
Hmmm.... octopus.
Hmmm…. octopus.

DSCF6027

Heading out.
Heading out.

And this was our happy stroll through Enoshima. How I miss that octopus. How I miss Japan…!

Have a nice evening!

Robot Restaurant.

This is the craziest most awesome place in the whole world I believe. It could only have come out as a product of Japanese minds.

I intend to let the pictures speak by itself, because there are really no words that can accurately describe what that place is. But I’ll try.

In the heart of Kabuki-cho lies Robot Restaurant. Is it a restaurant? Is it a strip club? Is it a mecha-thing-place? A game shop? It’s all that and maybe more. Except a restaurant.

You start lining up with everybody else at the very flashy entrance, that has the two giant robot ladies that we saw the very first time strolling around the streets in Shinjuku.

DSCF5877-2

The ones we see in the street.
The ones we see in the street.
Because robots also play guitars, okay?
Because robots also play guitars, okay?
Only a small sample of why we couldn't find the lift door.
Only a small sample of why we couldn’t find the lift door.

Once in, the flashiness is so intense that you loose it. It all kind of a blur of different colours, animals, mirrors, lights and whatnot. We were so confused that we got lost. We went down a flight of stairs that had pretty girls in princess-mononoke-like masks sitting on each step, and when the stairs where done and I face forward (I was hypnotised by the girls) I see a big bulky robot, that turned around to reveal his bright green eyes.

the robot!
the robot!

After the initial shock we realised that we were not supposed to be there (no one said anything to us) so we went up the stairs and found the elevador that we were supposed to go in.

Once the elevador opens its doors we find ourselves in a humongous room with sea-shells giant chairs and glass opulent tables, were a girl in a minimal cat suit sat us. On our table – surprise! – a robot dinosaur that – surprise! – reacts to our touch. It behaves like a pet. And it’s creepy. And adorable. And creepy.

The creepy-adorable pet. I couldn't stop petting it.
The creepy-adorable pet. I couldn’t stop petting it.
work attire.
work attire.

DSCF5888

many tourists around.
many tourists around.
Enjoying his birthday gift!
Enjoying his birthday gift!
mirrors on the ceiling.
mirrors on the ceiling.

We have a drink and then start to hear music, violins and pianos and all of the sort, are being played by some very professional musicians that are somehow dressed like silver power rangers. It’s awesome.

DSCF5896-2

She was very nice.
She was very nice.

DSCF5898

And then we are directed to the true thing. The moment we had been eagerly waiting! A room lined up with chairs on both sides and completely dark. But there’s about to be light.

I’m pretty sure the entire show has a storyline, but it’s just very confusing and difficult to follow with SO MUCH going on. You have girls in drums facing more girls in drums, and then a pterodactyl appears and the robots as well and there’s a fight between good and evil and out of the jungle comes the Kung Fu Panda to save the day, but it’s actually a spider that kills the evil queen that is going to be eaten by the giant snake.

let the show start!
let the show start!

DSCF5905

These were the girls we found on the stairs.
These were the girls we found on the stairs.

DSCF5909 DSCF5911 DSCF5916 DSCF5917 DSCF5922

yeah. Pretty jaw-dropping.
yeah. Pretty jaw-dropping.

DSCF5926

The evil queen.
The evil queen.
eaten by a giant snake.
eaten by a giant snake.

See what I mean? That’s not even half of it!

There isn’t much more I can say about the show, but even for some of you who are now thinking this is completely insane, yes, you are absolutely right. But it’s a right-kind of insane. You are absolutely engaged and in awe with every little detail you can get your eyes on. It’s an amazing and very unique experience, completely totally and utterly magnificent.

DSCF5959 DSCF5957 DSCF5961

Those bikes were real and amazing!
Those bikes were real and amazing!
The end of the show.
The end of the show.
too bad I didn't get her.
too bad I didn’t get her.

If you get a chance to go, don’t hesitate for even a second, go.

Asakusa and the Skytree.

Back in July, on the 18th was Keoshi’s birthday, so we knew we had to push it to the limit, even if being in Tokyo was already pretty much doing that.
We strolled around Asakusa, bought a crazy amount of stuff, ending up with our hands full of bags right at the beginning of the day and just walked to the skytree area.

flexibility, eh?
flexibility, eh?
Birthday boy!
Birthday boy!
This was deeeeeelicious.
This was deeeeeelicious.
The entrance to the wonderful Asakusa.
The entrance to the wonderful Asakusa.
Incense is good for our health.
Incense is good for our health.

DSCF5832

Beautiful.
Beautiful.

DSCF5835

Happy!
Happy!

DSCF5837

DSCF5838

DSCF5840

Besides the obvious places what I really love about Tokyo (and pretty much any city) is losing myself in it, and we know how to do that just right. The neighbourhoods we went through were amazing. Completely normal and average for Japan standards, but for us, totally awesome.

Don't have to read Japanese to know what that means.
Don’t have to read Japanese to know what that means.

DSCF5843

DSCF5844

DSCF5845

Arriving to Sumida.
Arriving to Sumida.
A couple! Very rare sight.
A couple! Very rare sight.
Isn't this awesome?
Isn’t this awesome?
This ice-cream was called Wicked in honor of the Wicked Witch of the West (the musical). While they served the ice cream, the shop crew would sing a song, specifically for you!
This ice-cream was called Wicked in honor of the Wicked Witch of the West (the musical). While they served the ice cream, the shop crew would sing a song, specifically for you!

When we got to the skytree we went up and we saw a never-ending city from above, and that drew us in even more — so much to see, so much to get lost in!

Infinity.
Infinity.

DSCF5863

scary?
scary?
Dinner.
Dinner.

DSCF5873

The day was awesome, but what was about to come was even better…

Hope you enjoyed!

back to Tokyo.

The first day back in Tokyo we headed out to try something very different — Ramen. Ah but not the usual kind of Ramen, a deconstructed Ramen.

The flavours were incredible, and I can still remember how decadent that fried chicken was, how it fell from the bone, how juicy and flavourful it was and so so crispy on the outside. The bowl of broth was also packed with deliciousness, but it was so fatty, that I could not finish it — it was the very first time I did not end a meal in Japan, I honestly felt a bit embarrassed, but I just couldn’t sip more of that thick broth.

that chicken and that egg......!
that chicken and that egg……!

The broth.
The broth.

It was definitely an awesome experience, and a new way of eating something so traditional in Japan. Definitely a place to go back to.

After a quick stroll around Akihabara, we went to Ueno, and back to Akihabara (yay for JR passes!).

Baseball is the national sport in Japan, so we went to spy on a batting center.
Baseball is the national sport in Japan, so we went to spy on a batting center.
Akihabara.
Akihabara.

DSCF5806

In Ueno we strolled around Ueno park trying to spot Shinobazu pound. It was tough to spot because it didn’t really look like a pound, due to the huuuuge water-lilies growing all over the water. It was so so beautiful.

We then went back to Akihabara, for another stroll.

Water lilies ftw.
Water lilies ftw.
Small flea market.
Small flea market.
Beautiful places.
Beautiful places.

DSCF5816

Super mario!
Super mario!

Hope you enjoyed!

Kiyomizu-dera.

Kiyomizu-dera was founded in the early Heian period (…) in 798, and its present buildings were constructed in 1633, ordered by the Tokugawa Iemitsu. There is not a single nail used in the entire structure. It takes its name from the waterfall within the complex, which runs off the nearby hills. Kiyomizu means clear water, or pure water.

Kiyomizu-dera is not only a buddhist temple, it’s a wonderful communion between men and nature, built on respect and admiration by the first to the latter. It’s a place for peace of mind and where one can simply awe, taking in the surroundings.

the entrance to kiyomizu-dera.
the entrance to kiyomizu-dera.

DSCF5778

love rock.
love rock.

DSCF5784

DSCF5787

DSCF5788

Ghibli store — just awesome.
Ghibli store — just awesome.

This was our last day in Kyoto. We took our bikes back and had time for a nice dinner before we headed to Tokyo. Kyoto is definitely deeply rooted in us, and we will not forget all those bike strolls around such a unique city.

Kyoto from the top of the train station.
Kyoto from the top of the train station.
delicious dinner.
delicious dinner.
map with tiny floaters.
map with tiny floaters.

Hope you enjoyed!

higashiyama.

Everything about Kyoto was incredibly special this time around. I don’t know what it was — maybe last time our expectations were just way too high? But the bikes played a very important role. It allowed us to see more, more of what Kyoto really is, and that felt so very exceptional, echoing deep within our hearts.

Here are a few more shots around higashiyama.
Enjoy!

scooters are a must to navigate fast through narrow streets.
scooters are a must to navigate fast through narrow streets.

DSCF5765

These ladies were amazing!
These ladies were amazing!
pagoda from below.
pagoda from below.

DSCF5771

keoshi strollin'.
keoshi strollin’.
school girls.
school girls.
tiny temple.
tiny temple.
obviously, I had to buy this. It's an incense burner — can you see the smoke coming out of its ears? how adorable is that?!
obviously, I had to buy this. It’s an incense burner — can you see the smoke coming out of its ears? how adorable is that?!

Nishiki Market.

Ah finally back to Japan’s photos!

Weeks have been flying by me lately. One minute I’m getting up from my slumber on a dreaded Monday and the next, it’s already Friday and I’ve got so much to do already for the next Monday! It’s crazy… but it’s crazy good.

But here I am again, back on track (well, sort of) and sharing some more photos from Japan.

delicious flakes.
delicious flakes.

Nishiki Market is a wonderful array of everything beautiful and delicious, that can be found in Kyoto. We strolled around for quite a bit, trying to get out of the rain outside, and that’s when you start paying attention to certain details.

so much to choose from...
so much to choose from…

How nice people are to each other and to you; how everything is just so simple and easy — like building tables out of empty fish boxes; how everyone goes about their daily life, happy and content.

Enjoy the photos and have a nice Sunday!

an array of possibilities.
an array of possibilities.
pickled plums — so delicious!
pickled plums — so delicious!
ready to savour.
ready to savour.
your visual menu.
your visual menu.
greenery.
greenery.
boxes as tables. yes.
boxes as tables. yes.
always adorable.
always adorable.

DSCF5762