My husband and I had an opportunity to visit Japan and had the most amazing time. The people, food, shopping and sights were unlike anywhere else in the world. I fell in love with Tokyo and its over-the-top cuteness.
- Me and my crocheted mohawk hat are outside a Pachinko room. Its like a casino of slot machines that use silver balls instead of coins. Total visual overload!
- We stayed at the Tama Hotel, a traditional Japanese Inn located in Shinjuku. The room consisted of rice paper walls, and a tatami floor on which the inn keeper would roll out a traditional futon bed roll nightly.
- The busiest intersection in the world is Hachiko Crossing in Shibuya.
- My buddy…one of the crazy kids hanging out on the Harajuku bridge on a Sunday afternoon.
- A glimpse of a “sweet lolita” under an umbrella. Japan has so many niche styles!
- Hello Kitty is everywhere!!!
- Busy streets of one of the many Tokyo shopping districts.
- A delicious breakfast we had two days in a row. We weren’t entirely certain of what we were eating, we just pointed at what looked good. Most restaurants have plastic food displayed outside to entice passerby’s.
- Interactive holiday window display at Setan department store.
- A funky, free standing fashion display in Harajuku.
- Conveyor belt sushi was quick, fresh and inexpensive.
- A modern Xmas tree outside a huge mall in Shibuya.
- I love how cute this sign is, asking people to please get drunk at home and not on the subway.
- One of our favorite areas was The Golden Gai, a micro-bar district in Shinjuku. This bar had a rugby theme as the owner was a longtime player. The entire place is shown in this photo. Some bars in the Golden Gai seat as few as 4 people and only allow local regulars.
- We were lucky to have caught these traditionally dressed girls outside the entrance to the Meji Jingu Temple on their way to a wedding.
- Bikes are a very popular form of transportation!
- Shinjuku is beautiful at night with all the bright neon lights.
- We made friends with some Japanese businessmen at a stand up restaurant in Uneo. Although we didn’t speak the same language we had no difficulty having a good time. More often then not I found this to be the case. It made Tokyo super inviting and a pleasure to explore and left me wanting more!