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Travel Diary: Harajuku, Shibuya & Ikebukuro

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In the morning we met my friend, Takahiro, at Harajuku station and headed to the park. We paid our respects and I wanted to hang up a wish plaque but couldn’t think of anything specific to write… Ended up just taking a touristy photo instead :D

Meiji Shrine Gate
Meiji Shrine Gate

At Meiji Shrine
At Meiji Shrine

Afterwards we went to Shibuya for some sushi! OMG, sushi was really inexpensive and the choice was vast. Takahiro took us to one which was self operated using an iPad. You select up to 3 dishes you’d like per order and when ready, the chef will ‘ship it’ to you via an automatic conveyor belt. It was so cool! There was even an option to play Jan Ken Pon (rock, paper, scissors) with the computer after spending over ¬•1080, winning allows you the choice of a 10% off voucher on your next visit or a free go at their gashapon. I opted for the gashapon and got myself a cute sushi keyring which I gave my little cousin!
Immi with Sushi
Immi with Sushi

Sushi Platter
Sushi Platter
My Kiddy Meal
My Kiddy Meal

Oh on another occasion, Stefan and I ordered a kids meal as we didn’t want to spend nor eat a lot that day and thought it would suffice. However what we didn’t realise is that we seriously confused the waitress because when the chef pinged for her to collect the food for me, she turned around instantly to confirm the table number. When she looks back at table 1, she sees me sitting there and replies to the chef that there’s no child at the table. The chef shoos her off and she warily walks over and asks me if this children’s meal was mine. Shyly, I replied yes and felt super bad for ordering a non-adult meal D: The others thought it was funny and laughed about it throughout our trip. Oh Japan, how you amused us so. Nevertheless, the kids meal was super yummy with fries, fried chicken, mini sushi pieces and a cake!

Polaroids at Harajuku
Polaroids at Harajuku
Cardcaptor Sakura merch!
Cardcaptor Sakura merch!

Harajuku is a small place with a huge sense of fashion. The world famous Takeashita Street is renowned for the hoards of people who gather to show off their fashion on the weekend. The times I went weren’t very busy and we were able to browse the stores¬†casually. I was very tempted to buy a maid outfit for my next expo as they were having a sale, but couldn’t decide on the colour or design at the time. My friend, Emi took us to her favourite shops, many which were lolita stalls and some quirky ones such as Doki Doki 6%. There was a really nice retro toy shop which we all ended up buying something each as souvenirs or for ourselves.

Takeshita Street
Takeshita Street

Takeshita Street
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In Harajuku
Immi and I kept coming back here to try out the crepes! We found out the hard way that cheese in Japan isn’t the same as cheese in England… Thus their cheesecake isn’t great and tastes really odd. Brownies are rather yummy on the other hand! Nevertheless we enjoyed our pretty crepes.

When you visit Harajuku you definitely must see the Dawson store here. It is huge! The selection is great and you’re bound to find a few souvenirs to bring home. I stocked up on some cute washi tapes and DIY keyring kits for my little cousins!

Dressing up for our purikura shoot
Dressing up for our purikura shoot

Onesies
Onesies for Purikura!

Purikura
One of the many Purikura photos :)

After a long day of shopping and eating, Emi took us to the purikura shop. Purikura is famous in Japan where you can take sticker photos with beauty x100 (exaggeration) plus enlarge dolly-like eyes. You’re also able to dress up for free and decorate your photos at the booth afterwards. I had a lot of fun and the photos came out great! (although we seriously don’t look like ourselves… Heh )

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

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  • Mmm…sushi…yum. And look at all those Cardcaptor Sakura stuff! WANT! Anyway, sounds like a lot of fun!

  • Kya

    Wow, that is so amazing. So much sushi it would be so hard to decide what to order! The plate for the kids menu is really cute. :D

    So many shops that look so awesome. Purikura sounds like a really fun place to try. :D

    I love that Japan has so much cute things and a lot of fun, playful activities that are available. I really want to go there one day.

    http://www.kya.nu

    • We pretty much went back the next day to try out the whole menu. Ate sooo much!

      It’s mad how the purikura machine can detect and smooth out everyone’s face. We all look like dolls!

      You should definitely go when you have the chance. It’s a great shopping haven!

  • Cat

    Ah! Shibuya! I did a cosplay photoshoot there, and it was amazing XD I love how sushi is inexpensive in Japan! We even went to a conveyor belt sushi one in Kyoto, and it was like 120 yen per plate. So good and so cheap! I think that’s funny that you confused the waitress with the kid’s meal, haha. The plate for it is so cute.

    I wish I went to Harajuku when I was in Tokyo. We just didn’t make time for it. I’d be so tempted to buy things there! I love your Purikura photos too :D That’s cool that you can dress up for them!

    • I think I saw some photos of that! Way really cool and I like how everyone isn’t phased that you’re cosplaying and taking photos. You won’t get the weird stares as it’s part of their culture :)

      Oh I miss the sushi! You could eat so much for so little! That’s such a good price for sushi! I really want to visit Kyoto next time I go back.

      Harajuku is so close to Shibuya! I’m surprised you missed the chance. I’m sure there’ll be a next time! ^^

  • You look like you had a great time! I would like to visit too.

    -M
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