She was kind enough to let me stay at her place for one night before I headed back to America. She was pretty amped to show me more of her town and all the fun things to do. thankfully, it was a nicely overcast day where I wasn’t melting in the Tokyo heat for once!
As I mentioned before, Koenji is a great little place just 2 stops west of Shinjuku station on the JR Sobu line train. It’s calm and friendly, and sort of like not being in Tokyo at all!
Tavuchi helped me lug my heavy suitcase up her 3 flights of stairs to her apartment, and we prettied ourselves up a bit for a stroll through her hood. Tavuchi also blogged about our date day, too, so you can look at her post and pics there ❤
Our first stop wast to visit Tavuchi’s friend Toko (who I met on Day 3 in Japan), who runs the store Hikari in Koenji! Hikari is full of great vintage, remade, and original clothing from all over. It’s super quirky in there, I love it!
More of the day and pics after the jump!
On our way to our next destination, we got stopped on the street by a Street Snap guy who specializes in snaps of people in Koenji! His blog is called Kimoken! He was SUPER SUPER nervous when he walked up to us, and was sort of stammering and shaking, because he was a HUGE fan of Tavuchi’s and recognized her immediately as we walked down the street. Tavuchi is so goddamn famous, haha.
We grabbed a bite to eat after that semi traumatic experience at, I dare say it,the BEST BURGER I HAVE EVER HAD IN JAPAN. It was super yummy, and rivals that of the “gourmet” burger places here in LA, for realsies!
We hopped around to a bunch of other stores after eating…
At a tiny store called MOUSE, 2 crazy miracles happened.
The other little miracle that happened, that I don’t have a picture of currently (because Will has it on him, haha), was that I found a vintage pin on the counter there that said “I ❤ Michelle.” WHAT. THE. HELL. It was an amazing coincidence, and so I bought it. I think the button says “Made in Maine” or something like that on it haha.
After that, we stopped by the SPANK! store because Tavuchi left something there and had to talk to the staff about something or other. We meandered up the stairs to the store and I started playing with everything again, so Tavuchi started snapping photos haha. These next couple of photos are from her blog:
After that, we headed out to an awesome old-timesy izakaya! It was all old-fashioned-ey in there…