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Postcards from Tokyo

So technically, I only had two days in Tokyo to go around since I arrived late afternoon during my first night and had to leave really early on my last day. Since my first day was spent in Nihonbashi and Harajuku, I wanted to go somewhere more ancient on my last day there. I’m so happy Camille and Tricia were also game! We planned the whole morning to ourselves. First on our list: Senso-ji Temple, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple. It’s Tokyo’s oldest temple located at Asakusa and it was definitely worth the visit.

After seeing Hanok Village in South Korea, whenever I’m in a new country, I always make sure to see their traditional venues because the feel is so different and the architecture is really unique. I feel like there are so much stories I’ve yet to learn about this place. Walking along Asakusa, I spotted this. It’s called jinrikisha (man-powered vehicle) and they can tour you around the city.

On our way to Senso-ji Temple, we passed by an area wherein all the shops looked really traditional. Super cool!!! I wish all the shops looked like these.

Before reaching the temple, you’ll pass by a lot of areas. This one is called Nakamise shopping street. It’s filled with stores on the side selling souvenirs and local items. One of their famous items are folding fans. If you’re there, you’re really bound to buy something! Good thing I stopped myself because once I shop, I can’t stop! Uyyy, rhyming.

At Nakamise with Tricia, Camille and our new friend who’s an Indonesian beauty blogger, Stella.

Yey! we’re near Senso-ji Temple! I must say, my parents must’ve loved all my temple Instagram photos because when they visited Japan after my trip, they went there too!

So many people!!! Since Senso-ji Temple is a very popular tourist place, a lot of people really go to take pictures, try the street food, shop, observe and pray here. I was just lucky to snap a photo while there weren’t a lot of people in front of me.

After visiting Asakusa, we dropped by Shinjuku Gyeon Park and I was determined to see a Sakura tree. I can just imagine how beautiful this park would be during spring.

Beautiful sakura.

I am in love with parks. I love walking around, checking out different kinds of trees. How perfect would it be if I can just have a picnic under a tree and just eat, drink, read a good book and spend time with loved ones here.

After visiting Shinjuku Gyeon Park, we went straight to Yoyogi National Gymnasium to attend Tokyo Runway. We did everything in one day: go to traditional Senso-ji Temple, visit Shinjuku Gyeon Park and embrace nature then go to Tokyo Runway to see their latest fashion trends! Yes, we’re versatile like that! Tokyo Runway is one of Tokyo’s biggest fashion shows and they always have tons of celebrities/influencers as guests for their show. So sad I wasn’t able to take photos during the actual fashion show, we weren’t allowed to take photos and I was beside a girl who happened to work there so walang takas!

After Tokyo Runway, we went to Shibuya. I’m not going to leave Japan without seeing this famous place! It’s known as one of the fashion centres of Japan, especially for young and hip people. I was able to see the statue of Hachiko, the dog who stayed in this exact spot to wait for his master until he passed away. If you’re a dog lover, I’m sure you know Hachiko.

Shibuya’s scramble crossing. It’s located in front of Shibuya Station Hachiko exit and is probably the busiest intersection ever! It stops vehicles in all directions so all the people can swamp the entire intersection. I don’t think this street ever gets empty.

And I can’t let the night pass without having a photo in the middle of the intersection. It seemed impossible at first, but after doing it over and over again, I managed to get some good shots! Woot! I think Cams took this photo when the lights turned red so there weren’t a lot of people walking anymore. Can I just add, there were also a topless guy on my left side making a music video while we were posing for this shot! Yes, Shibuya street is really wanted.

I also had to try Purikura photo booths- I heard they can make you look perfect! Seriously, these booths does wonders to your face! They can brighten it, soften it, make your eyes bigger, add eyeliner, make your cheeks blush, and more! We tried three photo booths but I loved “Beauty Addict 2” the most.

Making this blog post made me miss Tokyo even more. Thank you so much METI and Google Japan for inviting me to Tokyo so I can personally try project 100 Tokyo. Being a first timer in Japan, I know I have yet to see so many cool places and popular spots, but this will do for now. I had the time of my life and learned so much about Tokyo. I feel like I spent five days in Japan because I did so much in a span of two days. For those of you who are planning to go to Tokyo, check out 100 Tokyo so you don’t have to worry about where you’ll be going and what you’ll be trying. I’m actually planning to go back late this year or early next year, so I’ll definitely be checking their website to visit the other places I haven’t seen yet. Tokyo, I’ll be back for sure. BMS.

Sakura

Karl Alley cap

CK sunglasses

H&M top

Her Velvet Vase jacket

Proenza Schouler bag

Pinkaholic pants

Topshop boots

Lucky me! My first time in Tokyo and I already saw Sakura- well, one Sakura tree, but it's totally fine with me. I can't even explain to you what I felt when I saw cherry blossoms. We told our Cool Japan/ 100 Tokyo tour guides to find us Sakura since we came a few weeks in advance before their actual bloom.  Good thing we went to Shinjuku Gyoen Park and found a Sakura tree there- yes, only one tree but worth driving and seeing for. It's so pretty and pink and just absolutely worth staring for hours and hours (although I didn't do that because we had to go watch Tokyo Runway after lol). My parents went to Tokyo a week after my trip and it was at the perfect time. They were telling me how beautiful it is to see all the white/pink Sakura trees  together and that we should go there again next year as a family. Hmm, maybe we should. I can just imagine the feeling I felt when I saw one Sakura tree- but like 100x more awesome. BMS.

100 Tokyo

I’m all set for 100 Tokyo! I talked about the first night in Tokyo on my first Japan travel diary and this is the continuation of what we did the following day after our kimono dressing. We did a lot of things included in the “100 Tokyo” list and let me share with you my day journey.

For lunch, we ate at Hounenmanpuku in Nihonbashi and had the best japanese set meal ever. I just got out of the ER because of a stomach flu a few days before going to Tokyo and the doctor told me not to eat much so it won’t hurt again. Sorry doc, how can you say no to all these delicious food? I ate everything and was very satisfied!

Cafe crepes!!! I love crepes and waffles and felt like I went to heaven seeing this place. Can’t decide what to eat! Now I’m craving for something sweet!

Hello fellow asian bloggers Qiu Qiu, Cheesie and Xia Xue.

For our 100 Tokyo photo walk, we went to so many cute and quirky shops indoor and outdoor! Our first stop: Laforet Mall. They collaborated with Disney and had so many nice displays there. These dresses are from the Disney Girls Project (Laforet Collection). Look how the the comic prints are of this dainty dress!

A cute stall inside Laforet. Love the pictures above the clothes- makes it easier for people who want to buy their clothes visualize the merchandise more.

I love their mannequin displays!

Laduree make up. Yes, it’s not a real macaron so don’t eat it! I didn’t even know they had a make up line! I heard they only sell these in Japan.

All dolled up in pink and blue. They said they didn’t talk about their clothes! Well, I guess if you guys are really close friends you tend to think alike.

Filipino bloggers represent! Literal kami in Philippine flag colors lol. We didn’t plan this too!

My favourite shop inside Laforet. How cool are these Bart sweaters!!! I heard this mall is really for funky dressers. I think I belong!

After going around Laforet, we now went shopping outdoors in Harajuku.

Harajuku salesgirls inside 6% Doki. Kawaii! I heard that all the salesgirls in Harajuku are pretty and fashionable! They do represent the brand, so they make sure they look fantastic everyday.

Walking around the streets with these girls made the trip extra fun. We all had fun window shopping and experiencing Tokyo together.

I love their window display. Their fashion is so amazing! This is my favourite store because everything inside is just so bold and colorful- my type of clothing.

Print on print on print on print. Prints everywhere! I love this store!

After the photo walk, we went to Google Japan’s office for the after party and can I just say… WAAHHH!!!!!! I’ve actually stepped inside the Google office! Dream come true!

Time to relax, unwind and chat with people!

I’m so happy METI and Google Japan launched 100 Tokyo. To the people who are planning to go to Japan any time soon, this will be your most useful guide. Also, I’m sure a lot of Filipinos are going to be visiting Tokyo soon because you won’t need a visa to enter anymore starting June! If you haven’t read my first post about Cool Japan and 100 Tokyo, you can check it out HERE.

Traditional sake wood glasses! During their olden days, they used to drink sake in these wooden cups. I took one home as a souvenir.

100 Tokyo being launched that night. Congratulations Google Japan! Cheers to your new projectt. It’s relatively new so I’m sure they’ll be adding more content in the future. If you want to know more about this special project, visit their website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. BMS.

Somewhere in Harajuku

Jewelled Scarves scarf

Romwe metallic jacket

H&M top

Alexander Wang bag

Zara leggings

Topshop boots

There are just so many nice locations in Japan that wherever you're standing, it's bound to be picture perfect. Since we had a full day of touring for Cool Japan and 100 Tokyo, we decided to take a quick outfit shot in a small empty street somewhere in Harajuku street. Even from afar you can still see the flashing lights and busy street! It was around 10-12 degrees when we went to Tokyo so I made sure I was all covered up. I'm really lamigin (ibang level) so I have to be in complete gear when I go out- that means wearing thermals, a thick jacket, warm boots, sometimes a hat and a scarf. I wore this during out first tour day and since it's still an event tour, I wore chunky boots that's unbelievably comfier than some of my sneakers. Good thing I bought it the night before my trip! It's also always a hassle to be wearing a lot of accessories when you're traveling because you don't want your arms/ neck to feel heavy when you're walking around the whole day, so this scarf from Jewelled Scarves became my favorite travel accessory in an instant. It's a scarf that has embellishment so it looks like a necklace when worn. You can wear it in so many ways too! Scarf tucked under the beads, twisted around the necklace or use it like a normal scarf like how I did. With an all black ensemble, you'll look chic right away.

Ps. Jewelled Scarves is available in Rustan's Edsa Shang-rila Mall and Rustan's Our Very Own shop in Resorts World. 

Cool Japan

Hello Tokyo!!! I was so excited when I received an email from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in collaboration with Google Japan asking if I can go to Tokyo for their project called Cool Japan and 100 Tokyo. You’ll know in a bit why it’s really cool to go there but for now, I’ll tell you a bit more about this project. Honestly, there are so many things you can do in Japan, so this project is to just enhance and bring more excitement to their famous venues, food, mall, fashion, etc. When I got the email, I immediately said yes and even got more excited when I found out that I’ll be with Camille and Tricia. We arrived in Tokyo late afternoon and got to the hotel just in time to freshen up for a bit and then head straight to dinner.

We ate at Ginza Sushiko and I heard it’s one of the best restaurants in Tokyo. It’s located at Marunouchi. As a first-timer in Japan, I wanted to eat everything right away! All my friends who have been to Japan would always tell me everything’s delicious- and they’re right!

The chefs were very friendly and accommodating. I couldn’t understand them because they spoke Japanese but Miho (who’s part of METI) translated everything to us. Watching the chefs prepare our food is like watching a performance. They’re very particulate on how they make the sushis. Apparently, it takes years (yes, about 3-5 years) to be a sushi chef. You have to undergo years of training inside the kitchen or after working hours (you’re not allowed to serve to guests) and the master chefs judge your sushi creations. That’s what you call hard work!

It was my first time trying flounder sushi too. The chef took out a book and showed us how the perfect the fins are and that they don’t have flounder sushi everyday. I felt so lucky trying it! It was Miho’s idea we taste it because it’s her favorite dish. Can I just say- ang sarap niya!!!

Our Cool Japan/ 100 Tokyo group! I haven’t told you about this project yet but I will soon. We have bloggers from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc here and they’re all beautiful, handsome and friendly too. I love meeting new people!

After dinner, we went home to sleep and woke up early for our whole day tour. Woot! I think I’m the most excited out of everyone since it’s my first time. We met at the hotel lobby at around 8:30am, went to Nihonbashi Hunatsukiba (dock) and rode this boat limousine. I felt like a superstar inside this boat! It looks like it came from the future! We went around for about 20 minutes to see the beautiful sights. I got sad that it was drizzling when we toured around but I still enjoyed the tour.

They say Nihonbashi (literally meaning Japan Bridge) isn’t one of their famous tourist spots, and that’s exactly why were there. It’s just at the north of Ginza and northeast of Marunouchi and Tokyo Station. It’s the business district of Tokyo and is called the Venice of Japan. The bridge (where the district is named after) has been the marker for their national highway network since the Edo period.

After lunch, we visited a newly opened mall (and I mean it just launched that day) called Coredo and we got to try on kimonos the right way. Kimono means a thing to wear (ki is “wear” and mono is “thing”).

We got to choose our own kimono set and out of excitement, I just got whatever was there so I could get started right away! Here’s XiaXue posing for the camera.

Yes, it’s head-to-toe proper kimono dressing! We wore socks and their traditional sandals too.

It took them a long time to dress me up. I could just imagine how hard it must be in the old days wherein you have to do this everyday! They asked me to remove all my clothes (except underwear) then proceeded by letting me wear a lot of layers before putting on the actual kimono.

Tricia’s obi sash is just amazing. I love how it makes the entire look more girly and dainty.

If ever you’re planning to go to Japan, I highly suggest you try wearing a kimono too! It’s too cool not to try. Some people even put make up on, geisha style! I wish I took outfit shots wearing my kimono but we only had limited time and I couldn’t squeeze it in our schedule.

Everyone posing for the camera. And the best part? We went around the mall wearing our kimonos! Since the mall just newly opened, there were a lot of tv crew filming the place too. I hope I got to cameo hehehe.

We also got to visit a museum inside Coredo that’s all about Japanese culture. They have all these beautiful kimonos on display. These are some of my favourites. If I were to create my own kimono, do you think I can wear tribal print? Lol.

These walls are hand painted. Amazing, right?

We also got to see these sushi chefs prepare wonderful dishes!

Some items you can take home with you for pasalubong. They have a lot of stores that sell old school items that’s really nice for home displays.

This store really caught my attention. It’s like I’m in chopsticks wonderland. It’s one entire store that has different styles and prints of chopsticks.

After lunch, it was time for “100 Tokyo”. It’s one of the reasons why we flew here. “100 Tokyo” is a project by Google Japan where tourists like me can check out 100 best food/shopping/venues/products to try and do while you’re in Tokyo. For first timers like me, it’s so convenient to just google 100 Tokyo and see all the places/things worth visiting and seeing in Japan. As a tourist, it’ll really make your trip a breeze. Now, you don’t have to worry about what to do- instead, you’ll have a hard time deciding what to do first! Lol. We had a fun afternoon touring around the streets of Harajuku and seeing all the cool store they prepared for our photo walk. I’ll talk more about this though on my next Travel Diary post. Sorry if nakakabitin! More photos to come.

For more information about 100 Tokyo, visit their website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. BMS.