It was my dream to visit Japan since I was in primary education, my obsession started off with anime then manga, after that I just got sucked into it and I never did grew out of it since then.
To some people, the manga/ anime obsession might just be a phase that they go through in their life and then they grow out of it but well I am already a uni student and I am still stuck with the obsession. You might as well call me an おたく (otaku) [click to find out more].
|In the airplane while waiting for the captain to let us off the machine.|
|Waiting for our bus at the airport bus stop.|
|Long ride back to Keio Plaza Hotel|
|It was only 4p.m. (Japan time) in the evening.|
I went during the last week of May and it was the transition of Spring to Summer so it was hot during cooling at night but because of the scorching weather we have in Malaysia, it was not that hot for me during the day. But the amount of walking a tourist have to do, I turned pink and hot during the day.
|Too early for shopping, so we just use the opportunity to familiarise ourselves with the place.|
During my stay there I managed to visit a few places like Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Ginza, Tokyo Disneyland and sea in Urayasu, Chiba and Kidzania in Tokyo.
I stayed in a hotel in Shinjuku named Kei Plaza Hotel whereby the train station is a 5 minute walk away from the hotel and I can easily go to Harajuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro and Ginza via train. There are many types of train line in Japan but I am only familiar with the JR line and the Keio line.
Honestly I get cross-eyed by just looking at the map at the train station, it is super confusing.
|Walking through the underpass that leads to the train station.|
|Harajuku Station via JR line|
|Yes I siao already, even railway tracks I take also.|
Shops in Harajuku open during the mid-day until 10 p.m. at night (the latest) and well we were quite early so we just drown ourselves in the architecture around us. The following pictures are on shops along the streets and back alleyways.
|If you can spot 'Body Line', that's the name of my favourite shop :D|
This shop is on the other side of the road that we had to cross to get to Harajuku Street.
|I like the greenery on the building and Japan have quite a few shops like that.|
After going through Harajuku Street we came to the main road where there are bigger (and branded) shops on both side of the road and we have to cross the main road to get to the shops.
We had lunch here at the sushi bar, as my relatives had eaten here before and they like the food here. I really like the sashimi there because its really fresh!
While waiting for the line, we sat down at the side where there were benches for people to sit (super considerate for tired legs, lol.) My uncle and aunt allowed me to go off on exploring on my own so I went back to Harajuku Street to walk around and explore the small back roads.
|Oh goodness, cute things everywhere.|
|Did not get a chance to go into the use it was not open :(|
The people there are so nice, I asked this group of guys where is Shibuya while I was exploring on my own and they showed me the direction. After thanking them I turned a wrong corner twice (I have no sense of direction at all) and one of them ran after me twice and directed me towards the correct direction. Then I turned towards the direction that the restaurant was and the group of guys saw me and pointed in the opposite direction.
I felt really really bad and I still do feel bad now every time I think of it. (But they were so cute. Kyaaaaaa)
Well I thought my relatives wanted to go to Shibuya after lunch but we did not and to the guy that ran after me twice, I am sorry but thanks for your hard work. (feels guilty)
After lunch we went to this shop called Kiddy Land and it sold all things kiddy, there are 4 floors I think and each floor has a character as a theme like there is the Rilakkuma floor and there is the Hello Kitty floor and so on.
|The entrance of Kiddy Land|
After shopping for the children, we continue doing what tourists do best.
|All the shops are so nicely decorated and designed.|
|I fell in love with the shops over there.|
|Inside the brand Desigual shop.|
As it got later in the afternoon more people came out but mostly older people. The street was only crowded with young people in the evening.
|Met a really good cosplayer! My first!|
|I was lucky to have met them, I thought I was not going to meet any.|
My aunt and her family were tired and so they decided to go back to the hotel first, I wanted to stay and walk around more so they left ahead and I continued my shopping (YAYYYYY).
|These two were outside my favourite shop, and I was ecstatic that I got to snap them.|
|The locals going nuts for the crepes here, too many people so I decided not to get into the crepe war.|
|I finally got to see, smell and go into Liz Lisa and all their clothes are so nice and girly.|
|Crazily crowded during the evening|
And this is my first day in Japan (part 1) , there will be a part two after this. (: