Be warned: This is a very long post.
We got up in the morning to catch a train to Tokyo. Before that all of us camwhored a bit in front of Reza’s apartment.
Before catching the train, we went shopping for souvenirs. The thing about Japan’s train stations is that they are linked to departmental stores and shopping malls. Just like Melbourne Central Station. We got our families cookies from Yamanashi.
Notice the black van? If you’ve been watching the drama Change, you’d notice it’s similar to the ones they use to disseminate political messages. Like Malaysia’s “paper lama” men, only that they’re spreading messages instead of buying old newspaper.
I took the picture for the sake of remembering the experience, BUT, upon seeing this, Reza later told me that the black van is owned by a movement which wants to halau or get rid of gaijin (foreigners) away from Japan (read: us Malaysians). Yikes! And there I was, a gaijin, taking pictures of the van, while that man was probably cursing at me.
Also, I don’t have the picture to show, but I saw working men dressed for meeting smoking at one area near the Shinjuku station. The government does not allow people to smoke wherever they wish (I saw a poster in Kyoto banning smoking in certain roads to protect children from being victims of smoke and cigarette butts), so these men, being Japanese, were abiding the law and smoking at the designated area.
This is Shinjuku. The business district. Filled with high-rise offices. I loved walking there. It’s so serene and clean! I’d wake up early to go to work if my workplace needed me to walk through this daily.
Our first destination? The LOVE sculpture!
I was amazed. I saw this on Youtube and there I was! We camwhored like nobody’s business around the sculpture. 15 minutes after, we walked again to our next destination.
It’s the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building!
The building has two observation decks for visitors. One from each tower. Anybody can view Tokyo’s skyline for free- and that’s why we were heading there. The observation deck was quite big (probably bigger than Umeda Sky Building’s) and they were shops inside, selling different kinds of things.
Asna was obsessed with this. I didn’t get it for her because it was pretty expensive. RM70 each!
This is Takeshita Dori. We went out of the Harajuku stations a bit shocked. In Shinjuku, everyone was dressed seriously. In suits and work attires. In Harajuku, it was the opposite! The first thing I saw was a group of girls with colorful hair and really thick makeup.
Harajuku is a place that one should really go to experience the craziness of Japanese fashion. I read that if we hang out there on Sundays, we’ll get the chance to see teenagers in Cosplays, dressing up like these.
I was too hungry, I had to get Fillet ‘O Fish. I thought it was halal, but Oiyour later told me that it’s not, because they don’t use pure vegetable oil (I think). Bummer!
We walked until the end of the road and walked toward Omotesando– the district of high end fashion.
Along the way, I saw H&M, Forever 21 and Topshop.
We then visited Kiddyland. Land of toys. Toys for all ages! I still wish I bought a set of fat and glittery headphones that I saw! A must visit if you’re looking for a place to purchase something very fun, unique and Japanese.
And look another store I found, Omotesando’s Louis Vuitton! It’s a three-storey (or was it five? girls, please correct me) store.