I’ve been getting some nice feedback on these posts I’ve been making 🙂 Thanks to everyone who’s reading! Hang in there for quite a few more days of posts keke..
Some people were asking, but normally you are NOT allowed to take photos in stores at all. The only reason I was allowed to take photos was because all of the shop staff were either friends of the people we were with, they knew of me somehow (I blame Tavuchi’s blog, haha), or we asked them very nicely and explained it was for blog coverage or industry research. So don’t be a jerk when you go to Japan and just start snapping photos. Always ask permission! Anywhoo, on to the next day’s activities!
The next day, Caro and I headed to Harajuku to work on some projects (Can’t really talk about what exactly they were though, yet) and got a nice walk about Harajuku with friends.
We had a quick yakiniku lunch meeting in this Hawaiian-themed restaurant that overlooks Omotesando crossing. Quite the view!
We headed over to Takeshita Dori, also known as Cat Street, to do some location scouting kinda things, and took some fun pics. A bunch of our friends somehow or another showed up to play so it was actually really fun!
More photos, and the rest of the day after the jump!
We started our tour de force by popping into Faline, a very pink store that ironically only sells upscale foreign brands.
We meandered over to the DOG Harajuku store (you may remember from my previous post that there is also a DOG in Koenji) to do some worky things, and took pics of all the awesome clothing. Lady Gaga’s former stylist was so so right to pull form here. Kickass stuff.
After we were done playing around in DOG and causing a ruckus (don’t worry, we had permission to take all these photos,too! We are industry professionals, yo!), we ended up at 6%DOKIDOKI again and had tea with our friends there. After the “meeting” we realized most of us were still hungry so we set off for some real food in Shibuya. By this time we had amassed quite the fun little party of kickass people.
Can I just say that Tim and Molly are just some of the nicest people ever? Shout out to my homies. Some of the coolest gaijin in Tokyo, for sure ❤
We set off for a pleasant walk to Shibuya to go to lunch. On the way we saw this little gem on the side of the road, outside of an art school:
Dinner was super relaxed and I had fun making new friends and having chill bonding time. I will say this over and over again, but despite appearances, I really do prefer intimate hang out times with friends to huge parties. I LOVE going to big glamorous events, and throwing them too, but I always make sure I have spend equal amounts of time really getting to know someone> Bumping into people at events and talking for 10 minutes in a crowded area doesn’t really count as becoming real friends 😉
After a nice diner and a few beers, Caro and I had to jet and say goodbye! We hoofed it over to Shinjuku where we were to meet Tavuchi and have a neat nighttime adventure in Shinjuku’s famous Golden Gai bar district.
This area, having survived the 1980’s fires that burned down other buildings in the vicinity (the yakuza were apparently setting fires to buildings so developers could purchase the land), is comprised of a few dimly lit alleyways with buildings stacked almost on top of each other. Bars in this area usually can seat 10 people max, and are intimate enough that you can really get to know your neighbor. Architecturally and historically this area is super interesting, and I suggest you guys research it a bit if you ever plan on going to Tokyo.
We got to check out one of the bars with Tavuchi, because Shojono Tomo was helping out at a bar there part time. TOO COOL, TOMO 😉
And that concludes the end of Day 4 in Japan! I think I got a little tispy because I only have a vague recollection of walking home after this, haha. It was a fun relaxed day, and the people we were with really made a huge difference. Thanks again to Caro for introducing me to her awesome friends and for everyone I met for being super nice to me ❤
The adventure continues tomorrow so stay tuned!
Again, all photos here and waaay more can be found on my Flickr set here!