Japan · 4 Days · 41 Moments · July 2018

Tokyo blues


2 August 2018

Harajuku
Yanaka ward and a book swapping stand in the metro station
Strolling along peaceful Yanaka, my favorite area in Tokyo
Snack time: fried pork cutlets with ham covered in soya sauce
Taito-ku, the cat street in Yanaka ward.
Daily life in Tokyo on a hot summer morning
I forgot the name of this beautiful little temple in Yanaka, however I clearly remember the feeling of walking through its torii while enjoying the silence and stillness around. The day was so hot that nobody ventured outside, especially to visit a not-so-famous temple far from the sparkling Shibuya and Shinjuku, so it was just me and a few residents.

1 August 2018

Lunchtime with Udon in raw eggs. So simple, so delicious.
At the Mori museum
The Mori building on Roppongi Hills, with a view of the Tokyo Tower
Hipster vibes and minimalistic architecture in Omotesando
It turned out that the Desigual store I was desperately looking for doesn't sell the brand's new Japanese collection cause "in Japan it won't work"
The rare sight of an empty escalator inside the metro.

31 July 2018

Standing 333 meters high in the center of the city, the Tokyo Tower is an iconic building and one of the best-known towers in the world. In a cityscape of thousands of skyscrapers, its color and shape make it instantly recognizable. On a clear day, one can see as far as Mt Fuji. What I liked most, however, was looking at the busy streets of Tokyo at dusk, and see them lit up one after the other.
Roppongi and the Mori building
The Tokyo train station, and a snack on the go.
A visit to the Muji store, where, of course, kimonos are on sale, and the stunning architecture of the Tokyo International Forum, a convention and art center made of glass, wood and steel.
A public toilet inside a metro station. I doubt my bathroom to be as clean as this.
Plastic food and the cool neighborhood of Shimokitazawa.
"Shutter art" in Shimokitazawa
"shimokita" is a neighborhood in Setagaya well known for the density of small independent fashion retailers, hipster cafes, vintage and organic shops, theaters, bars and live music venues.
Shimokitazawa, or Shimokita for short, is a bohemian heaven a few stops from Shibuya and Shinjuku.
I like the quietness of these narrow streets, the attention to details, the bright colors mixed with old simple materials like wood and bamboo. I like the art displayed on the shops' shutters, the tiny Shinto temples scattered around, the vintage boutique and second hands shops.

30 July 2018

Love love love Tokyo
Old ladies taking good care of the public Shinjuku park, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Building in the background.