hanami + urahara


How’s it going? I’m in a pretty good mood today! Today was supposed to be my back-to-work day, so I got up and headed to school as usual only to be told to go home and come back Wednesday. Actually I thought things were taking a downturn when I got to the door and realised I had forgotten my key, but I managed to climb through a window (I wonder if any of my neighbours saw) and things were fine, lol.

Finally did some hanami on Saturday! I haven’t done a proper hanami in a couple of years, since last year I wasn’t feelin’ so hot and had to go home after about half an hour.


Yoyogi-koen. Soooo many people. It’s crazy. When you’re walking through the trees you can just hear the decibels rising with every step. We had a lot of fun drinking in the trees, though.

One thing, however, I really wanted to do while I was in the area is take some pictures of my favorite shops. I have a plan to try drawing and watercoloring these later.

I’ll put them here.


〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 4 Chome−28-28 Lucessimo1F-B

Popped in here to buy a really cute necklace, actually.


〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, 神宮前4丁目28-29


Romantic Standard
〒150-0001 Tokyo, 渋谷区Jingumae, 4−25−35 渡辺ビル


〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区 神宮前 3丁目21−10 フィールドワンビル101

Actually I never shop here, but the store front in so interesting to me.


〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前4-28-7 RDMビル B1F

I’ve never been in here, either, but I have an ancient picture of me in high school standing next to their sign just because of the name.


Moena Cafe
東京都 渋谷区 神宮前 4-27-2

Another place I’ve never been, but I love these stairs.

I almost never go to actual Takeshita-doori because of the crowds. The last time I tried going there was a Wednesday, so I thought it would be OK, but no. Takeshita-doori is perpetually unmanageable now. And all my favorite shops have packed up and left. :/

Urahara is the best, though. Maybe one of my happy places.

Also popped in for a delicious burrito bowl at Guzman y Gomez.


Guzman y Gomez
〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 1 Chome−11−6, ラフォーレ原宿 Laforet Harajuku


Anyway, it was a good day. I’ll let you know how the paintings go.

Off to the night job now. Later. 🙂

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asakusa in december


Hey there. I can’t believe it’s already the Ides of March. /lame

I’ve been so busy these days I completely lost track of time. More than past time for an update.

It’s been a few months since then, but before leaving for my trip home to the US in December last year, I spent an afternoon in Asakusa to shop for some small trinkets and gifts to take home to my family over the holidays.

I love Asakusa. Everytime I go there I get this great sense of nostalgia for my first 4 months in Japan back in 2006 when I was living with a host family there. The family and I had a rough relationship, but as a newbie to the country, this town and my time with them strongly shaped the Japan I love.

As a tourist spot though, there’s not much reason for me to go there these days, so I hardly do. This recent visit was the first time in years for me to visit, actually. But the Nakamise-dori and Sensouji are still the beautiful places I remember them to be from back in the day.

Anyway, I took some pictures wondering about and thought I would like to post them here.




Kaminarimon is always covered by people. And this time, so many selfie-sticks. (I finally have one now, get ready for some obnoxiously awesome photos, haha.)


Once through here you can see the temple, but it was swarming with people so I just went to buy a fortune for my dad’s work and wonder around the gardens.




They say that if you tie it here, it might get a little better. Of course I would get “regular”.







That dango was pretty much the most delicious I’ve ever had.

It was still warm and just melted in my mouth. D:

After my snack I headed over to Tokyo Sky Tree to meet up with Emily. We decided to spontaneously grab dinner and go up the Sky Tree for the first time ever.





The people pushed us into the fast line just for being foreign, which was weird but kind of cool, I guess. There was also a Star Wars event going on on the highest deck, so we decided to go all the way up.





Kylo Ren of course.

Probably the coolest part of the Sky Tree display was the huge projection mapping performance that happened outside of Solamachi.








After that we actually headed to Akabane to a strange izakaya where the waiter randomly gave me his business card. Uh, thanks? 😀 Anyway, it was a pretty awesome day. A good reminder that I need to get out of my routine every now and then and do something new.

Well, I’m off to prepare some things for work tomorrow. Catch you later.

Sweet dreams and good mornings!