Saturday, December 29, 2012

Fleeting memories of my summer in Tokyo...

At the end of June 2012, I set flight to the land of the rising sun.
By the start of July 2012, I had arrived. An infinite sea of Japanese faces awaited me. A whole new city at my doorstep. And hence began my unforgettable month in Japan.

 Harajuku - Meiji Jingu Mae shrine

 Little wooden placards with far too much kanji for me to comprehend...

 The famous Takeshita Dori, a little piece of fashion heaven! I spent most of my alone time here since my school was located right in the center of Harajuku. I got to know it quite well, actually! I definitely recommend Takeshita Dori for shopping if you're on a tight budget: if you take your time and look around, you'll find some really good deals!

 A temple in Asakusa. I went to Asakusa once with my school group, but I wish I had had time to go back and try on a yukata or buy more traditional food!

 My...lovely.... bed

 Another little piece of heaven, Shibuya 109! That's right, nearly infinite levels of super fashionable clothing just for women. (There's also a men's version of this mall, but I couldn't be bothered going in)

 A tall, tall building in Shinjuku. I only went to Shinjuku alone once, and I got lost searching for the Marui 1! I tried to look at maps, but the maps are next to the smoking section and it's quite unpleasant standing there in the cigarette smoke. I suppose it's better than walking around in a perpetual cloud of cigarette smoke like in France, though....

 Gaiden sushi! Personally, I'm not a big sushi eater (I'm vegetarian) but I really wanted to try one of these! All I ended up eating was some omelette sushi, though

 Me in front of a pet shop in Shibuya 

 At the Zoo in Ueno! The day we went, a baby panda had just died, so there were a lot of cameramen everywhere....

 A Harajuku crepe! These are overwhelmingly sweet, even for a huge sweet tooth like me. 

A super cute ice cream sundae I had at a Maid Cafe! Unfortunately I couldn't take pictures of the maids (you had to pay 500 yen for a photo with one of the maids! I'm too cheap for that) The maid cafe is called "maid dreamin[g]", it's the biggest chain of maid cafes in Japan I believe. 

 With my lovely makeup artist after a photo shoot ;)


A life-size model Sephrioth! You can go admire his delicious abs at the Final Fantasy store in Shinjuku. The store is quite small, but there are two sections separated by a small staircase. As I was walking up to the second section, I realized I was stepping on something...I freaked out, and then realized it was Sephrioth, so I freaked out even more and started taking pictures like crazy (although I was quite sly about taking pictures because it's usually forbidden in shops)

 A gorgeous view of a traditional garden in Tokyo (forgot the name...)

 Akihabara at night! I didn't go to Akiba very often, it was too confusing for my terrible sense of orientation. I did go to the Don Quihote there though, I even bought a cute pair of shorts for only 500 yen!

 I crossed this little red temple on the way to the Ghibli museum in Mitaka. I believe it's a Shinto temple? I didn't see many red ones like this in Tokyo. 

 Outside the Ghibli museum. Photos weren't allowed inside, unfortunately! But definitely drop by this museum  if you're a fan of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, it's not very big but really lovely. There's even a giant stuffed Cat bus that you can climb in, if you're under the age of 8 ;D

Me in front of an old building in the courtyard of an international High School on the outskirts of Tokyo...

And finally, a quick snapshot of a big festival my last full day in Japan. It was a local festival, but there were sooooooo many people! I didn't realize this many people lived in the quiet little neighborhood I was staying in! 

Here is a video I posted on my youtube channel with footage from Takeshita Dori and Shibuya 109, if you're interested: 
I'm afraid it's quite wobbly, I kinda had to sneak my camera around to avoid looking like a stalker!

I hope you've enjoyed this quick, abridged version of my trip to Tokyo. More posts soon to come!

If you've got no place to go...

Needless to say, Christmas has come and gone, and here I am writing a new blog post after almost 2 years.
I've decided that one of my New Year's resolutions is not to neglect this blog anymore.
In the meantime, enjoy these pictures of the little Southern French town I'm living in all decked out in Christmas lights!
The streets of Grasse

A cute little robot bear thing in the window of Fragonard