Japan’17 – day 4

On the fourth day in Tokyo, we had decided to go and see Mount Fuji. It was supposed to be a day trip but we ended up staying around for the day.

The views around Fujikawaguchiko are breathtakingly beautiful and I’m sure I did not capture that with the camera.

The ryokan we stayed in had great views for the lake, and it was wonderful to relax after so many hours inside trains, and being squashed by tourists. I wanted to take the opportunity of staying at a ryokan with an onsen to try it out, but unfortunately, tattoos were forbidden, which was a shame. I guess I have to save that for another time, for another onsen.

It’s thursday already! Weeks are flying by and I can’t wait for July.

Japan’17 – day 3

This last weekend was… overwhelming. Everything happened.

On our third day in Japan, we had a rough night with L. She was throwing up every couple of hours throughout the night, and it was quite overpowering. We didn’t know what to do except try to make her feel comfortable, as best as possible, to the best of our ability, and it was also a bit scary. However, the next day she was back to herself.
We stuck to the neighbourhood, just in case.








While exploring around, aimlessly, we encountered a suburban Tokyo that we didn’t know before. It felt a little bit different, calm, relaxed and almost familiar, in a way.









Have a great week!

Japan’17 – day 1 & 2

On the 12th of April we flew back to Japan.

Travelling by plane with a 1 year old is no easy task, but travelling by plane for 11 straight hours, is daunting. However, the kid is a champ, and everything went smoothly, despite the lack of proper sleep.

As we were on the train to Tokyo, I could already see the cherry blossoms all around, and it was such a beautiful view — we were arriving in Tokyo by the end of the cherry blossom season, so we thought that we were not going to be able to see a lot of them.

Everything was a bit overwhelming that day/night. There were so many emotions flowing around. And we were back in Harajuku, our neighbourhood. Our Airbnb was super close to the station, and that was extremely convenient, specially this time around.

After leaving our stuff at home, we walked around Takeshita street and the neighbourhood for a bit, determined to enjoy every single second of this trip.

After a good night sleep, without any agenda, we walked around the city. We went to Shinjuku Gyoen National Park, which was still full of cherry blossoms and so so beautiful.

It felt like a dream to be there.

It’s no secret that Japanese try to perfect everything they do, so I expected to see a lot of decor, allusive to the cherry blossoms, but I was completely mesmerised by the way they celebrate it. Even our airplane had sakura related stickers all over on the inside! And the displays of shops and restaurants everywhere were so well decorated with branches of sakura trees or stickers, everything beautifully arranged… It was such a sight.

I’m so lucky to have been able to see all this.

Hope you have a great week!

Back in Harajuku.

Last time I was in Tokyo, leaving the city, I had a gut feeling that we wouldn’t be back by ourselves… and here we are, with a baby in the stroller, back in Harajuku. 

It’s been amazing to be back and seeing the cherry blossoms. For such a long time I watched anime and wondered how beautiful all those sakura’s petals falling like snow all around would look like. 

The cherry blossoms’ season is gone, that’s why it’s so beautiful and special, but there are still a lot of cherry trees around that have flowers, and it’s just gorgeous! 

We don’t have a lot of time, so we’re trying to enjoy it the best possible way.

Have fun! 

Tokyo Tower.

My Japan pics are nearly finishing — just one more day to go — but luckily, keoshi just started with his batches, so don’t forget to take a look, because it’s well worth it!

In Shimbashi, we visited the famous Nagakin Capsule Tower. This unique capsule hotel was built in the 70s, as a postwar hotel. The design is absolutely amazing and it’s quite a shame to see it a bit degraded.

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Back to Ginza.

Thank you all for the get well wishes and the suggestions! Really appreciate it!

After all the excitement at the Koshien we embarked on one of the first Shinkansen back to Tokyo, where we picked up our luggages at our wonderful Airbnb place and went to Mitsui Garden Hotel, where we had been before. The feeling of going back to Ginza only deepened the certainty that the trip was coming to an end, and it was bittersweet.

In Ginza we explored the neighbourhood and discovered even more wonderful places.

Unmade bed in Osaka.
Unmade bed in Osaka.
Still in Osaka.
Still in Osaka.

Continue reading “Back to Ginza.”

Shibuya and Harajuku.

After being in Tokyo for a while we wanted to enjoy just being in the city, without any sort of agenda, so after trying to get tickets to the Ghibli Museum and failing miserably — we should have gotten it ages in advance (we *will* go back) — we decided to enjoy ourselves walking around Shibuya. We had ramen at the same place we had ramen for the very first time, we strolled around the neighbourhood a bit and settled on a bowling game — it was awesome.

 

Harajuku
Harajuku
Bought both of these in Japan; the converse in Kyoto, and the Nikes in Harajuku, and I have to say that the nikes are without a shadow of a doubt *the best* shoes I have ever had. I'm actually thinking about buying another pair.
Bought both of these in Japan; the converse in Kyoto, and the Nikes in Harajuku, and I have to say that the nikes are without a shadow of a doubt *the best* shoes I have ever had. I’m actually thinking about buying another pair.

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Futons in the sun.
Futons in the sun.

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delicious ramen.
delicious ramen.

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Shinjuku.
Shinjuku.
Super mario in Shinjuku!
Super mario in Shinjuku!
Playing some bowling!
Playing some bowling!

We then headed to our own neighbourhood, Harajuku. We thought we had explored it pretty well last year but, alas, we found new very impressive venues. In just seconds, however, it started to pour down Japan-style (=very heavily) and we headed home. In just seconds everything went away and we went out for dinner at an izakaya that specialised in yakitori.

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Back to Harajuku.
Back to Harajuku.

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Beautiful little corners everywhere.
Beautiful little corners everywhere.

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Awesome Harajuku style.
Awesome Harajuku style.

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Delicious everything.
Delicious everything.

Everything was especially delicious that evening. Mainly because we decided (against previous plans) that we would head to Osaka a day before planned to go to the Universal Studios — The Wizarding World of Harry Potter had opened up just a few days before our arrival in Japan, and there are only two HP parks in the world (the other one is in Orlando), so we decided we should grab that opportunity and go — which meant we were only going to go back to our place in Harajuku two days after this evening, to pick up our bags and move to our hotel in Ginza. So it would be our last night in Harajuku (how I miss this place…!), which became a very special place for us, just like a second home.

Hope you enjoyed this one.