Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Tokyo - Day 3 ...Shibuya

Today we decided to 'finish off' the shopping thing, so we wanted to go and have an experience... we went to Shibuya, the area that most of the younger generations go to shop. It is quite close to Harajuku.We had a blast! and walked until we were exhausted. We decided that the Japanese are the biggest shoppers on the planet.

Happiness is a happy shopping experience! And most things are quite reasonably priced! The problem is that there is sooooo much variety, you need a ton of money..and several suitcases.

This crossing has 100's of people crossing every time the little green man says "go". A sight to be seen! A sea of raven haired people merge from all four directions and pass each other without incident.

Number 109
This whole building has about 300 or more small boutiques, each featuring a different 'style'. The whole 10 floors were packed with mostly young japanese girls in various styles of fashionable attire, so 'the apprentice' and I stood out, as we were NOT wearing large false eyelashes and perfectly 'coiffed' hair. And we looked exhausted, while they all looked like they had just stepped off a catwalk....
What fun! I'm so glad we experienced this mega shopping experience.. I think I'm still stunned...

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Tokyo - Day 2....Shopping

We decided to do the shopping 'Thing' today, as we leave for Sapporo on Saturday for some well deserved snow!!

We took the Tokyo Metro to Ginza, which is the more upmarket shopping area.
I found this most amazing bag by Issey Miyake. We also had a look through the food department of the Matsuya Department Store, as well as the Issey Miyake Section where I bought my wonderful bag.

We wondered through alot of Matsuya, and then moved on to
Ikebukuro, another shopping district with a lot of electronic stores and Seibu Department Store

Here is "The Apprentice" at one of the large crossings.

We saw all these people standing around near a crossing and noticed that it was the "smoking area"...

Japan - Day 1

We are finally Here!!
After a tedious flight on a tight squeeze and not eating much of the awful airline food (even though our airline is supposedly a great one) I was finger printed and photographed at the airport. Customs was a breeze compared to aussie customs, we were out with our bags in a matter of minutes!

Here was the difficult part: Our knowlegde of Japanese is limited!!
So we winged it with the help of non-english speaking Japanese (LOL)and purchase our Train tickets for the "Morning Liner" (an express train) from Narita Airport in to Tokyo, which is approx a 65km trip across the countryside.

We then got to our Station (Ueno)where we had to change to the subway. The only problem was that there are no Ticket Booths with people, just machines and they are in Kanji (japanese characters)but Lucky me!! "The apprentice" (my beautiful daughter) spotted the ENGLISH button, so then she figure out how much it would cost for us to get to our destination and which, out of the 50 buttons to press, was only Y160.

The hardest thing here is to try to figure out the addresses as the buildings do not run consecutively...
And just when you think you're getting a bit lost (in translation) someone pops up and really helps you..
Cute Traditional Houses

Sascha in the street where Our 'Ryokan' is. It's the green/blue glass building in the background.

This building won an architectural award. It's where we are staying. Andon Ryokan. I would definitely recommend this Guesthouse. Friendly atmosphere, quiet and has a modern/traditional feel. We are staying here for at least 6 nights. As we want to try a capsule hotel, we will UNFORTUNATELY have to leave this beautiful guesthouse in about a week. So we will definitely have to return here on our next visit to Tokyo.

( We wandered around the local area (Taito-ku) and found this litttle tiny restaurant that only serves Unagi
it was delicious!!

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Organizing our Trip To Japan.

Well, the time has flown by and it is only a week until we set off for Japan! The 'apprentice'(my beautiful daughter) is so excited to go, as we all adore japanese things/design, etc. She's getting ready for a snow boarding experience in Sapporo, if we can organize it.

And lucky us! Looks like it's going to be a cooooollllllld winter... just what we wanted! plenty of snow (haven't seen REAL snow in a few years, living in the land of OZ).
We are glad to be getting away from the scorching heat of Australian summer..

Bag is almost all packed as we are entering an opposite season... just have to put the make-up bag in and we're all set.

A few studio things to do; then put my etsy shop to sleep for couple of weeks... i will make an announcement that i am away but some things can still be ordered.

Back to work to finish off a couple of things. I will post on my blog almost nightly when we are in Japan - a bit of a travelogue....

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