Friday, 22 December 2017


Hey guys!

Few weeks back I was invited by the Quill City Mall KL for their UnBULLlievable Christmas Grand Launch, it was really fun, I haven’t been there for quite a while so I had to share this jolly moment with you guys and oh, it would be a big surprise to know what they have there at the mall until this January 1st 2018 so keep on reading to know more!


In partnership with Twentieth Century Fox, Quill City Mall is honored to present the unBULLievable Christmas at Quill City Mall KL by integrating the most anticipated movie FERDINAND concept with the Christmas celebration this year.

Photo by Quill City Mall KL

FERDINAND is the movie by Twentieth Century Fox. FERDINAND tells a story about a giant bull with a big heart. Different than a usual bull, FERDINAND fond of flowers more than bull fighting. After being mistaken for a harmful beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, FERDINAND proves that you can’t judge a bull by just its appearance. 

Photo by Quill City Mall KL

This Christmas, Quill City Mall has transformed its Main Atrium into the mesmerizing Andalusia Spanish Village with floral theme of Christmas inspired from the scene in the movie FERDINAND, showering the shoppers with an unforgettable experience taken out from the movie scene. There is also Sunflower farm with 3D FERDINAND set up for the shoppers to experience, and a gigantic of 40-feet tall LED Christmas tree with FERDINAND inspired element as decoration. This will leave a momentous experience of photo clickers and visitors to be absorbed into the exact scene from the movie in the Main Atrium.

Photo by Quill City Mall KL

The Grand Launch officiated by YB Dato’ Sri Rohani Abdul Karim, Minister of Women, Family & Community Development (KPWKM) and accompanied by Dato’ Ar. Michael Ong, Group Executive Director of Quill Group of Companies, Ms. Moo Hon Mei, Marketing Director of Twentieth Century Fox, Mr. Ng Chee Kheong, COO of Quill Group of Companies, Mr. Alan Cheong, Centre Manager of Quill City Mall Kuala Lumpur and Mr. Joseph Teo, Vice President, Marketing of Quill City Mall Kuala Lumpur. 

Photo by Quill City Mall KL

The launch began with the opening performance by the UnBULLievable Cheerleading, a group of talented and energetic youngsters that captured the attention of the audience followed by the beautiful Christmas Song “Feliz Navidad” sang by Amelia Lee, youngest fashion designer. 

This is so Christmasy in feel! 

The Main Atrium is thronged with people. 

There is a long legged Santa walking around the mall giving out candies to the visitors and kids.

Santa & Santarina!

Love this set up so much, it feels as though as this is not in Malaysia lol

Cempaka Sari Florist, one of the Quill City Mall tenants.

In order to create a jolly vibe throughout this Christmas, Quill City Mall KL also collaborated with one of their tenants, Cempaka Sari Florist to have an UnBULLievable Quotes Campaign where shoppers can redeem a Sunflower by snapping and sharing an image of positive quotes at Sunflower filled Main Entrance Foyer.

I had a great time watching the joyful performances and strolling around this Main Atrium with a Christmas ambience!

Interesting Christmas redemptions of Limited Edition Ferdinand Christmas Premiums such as Ferdinand Stationeries Set, Ferdinand Plush Keychain, Ferdinand Pillow and Ferdinand backpack, with a minimum spend of RM50 in a maximum of two accumulated receipts awaits you at Quill City Mall KL. Parents can get a Ferdinand token for your kids by obtaining a free Christmas booklet comprising a lot of interesting things including attractive postcards from our Concierge counter, ground floor. Shoppers can come here to get the beautiful Christmas gifts for your family and friends. Free gift wrapping service is available at the Concierge counter, ground floor with T&C applies.

 The launch ended with a release of tonnes of balloons contained with AirAsia BIG Points to grab. I only got 40 points lol

In Partnership with AirAsia BIG Loyalty, the official mall loyalty partner, shoppers can also participate in the UnBULLievable Big Giveaways through a minimum spend of RM40 in a single receipt at any outlet in Quill City Mall KL for an opportunity to grab away a pair of return flights to Melbourne, Sydney or Gold Coast and earn Big Points. Contest period is until 25th December 2017. In addition, shoppers get to redeem 2 BIG Points for every RM1 spent on weekdays and 1 BIG Point for every RM1 spent on weekends at any outlet in the mall. Members can accumulate points in exchange for air tickets, starting from 500 BIG Points with T&C applies.

Every weekend until January 1st 2018, Quill City Mall KL has delightful activities and spellbinding performances such as Ferdinand Kids Drawing Competition, Ferdinand's Bull Horn Headband Making Workshop, Floral Garland Headband Making Workshop, Football Juggling Performance, Santa & Santarina Walkabout, UnBULLievable Modern Dance, Spanish Themed Ballet and UnBULLievable Christmas Caroling.

Celebrate this festive season with wonderfully by dropping by Quill City Mall KL to discover the activities and performances that they have there, featuring the movie FERDINAND. The Main Atrium will be all set up with Christmas elements from now until January 1st 2018, most of their activities will run from 10.00 AM until 5.00 PM.


I wish all of you Merry Christmas & may you have a merry and jolly one!
Talk to you guys again on my next post!


-Pinku-




Friday, 10 November 2017


Hey guys!

I finally have the time again to continue rendering the post for my days in Tokyo again hahaha, I'm so sorry for the cliffhanger at the day 3, but I've been struggling a bit for my finals. Actually, after walking around alone the whole day on the day 3, I thought of staying home for the whole day on the next day but I can't afford to waste my time just to be home given that I only came to Tokyo for a week. A friend, Atsushi-san suddenly said that he would love to show me around Asakusa and ofc, how can I decline such a kind offer from my Japanese friend. 

If the day before was spent to look around and be inspired by Japanese pop cultures and fashion sight, today is totally different as we're understanding about the human's nature spiritually and their belief towards the other realm of intangible. 


DAY 4


Senso-ji filled with people from every corners. 

The area of Tokyo where you’ll find the most vivid reminders of Edo’s Shitamachi and the popular culture it spawned is Asakusa (浅草), it’s best known as the site of Tokyo’s most venerable Buddhist temple, Senso-ji, whose towering worship hall is filled with a continual throng of petitioners and tourists. Stalls before the temple cater to the crowds, peddling trinkets and keepsakes as they have done for centuries, while all around is the inevitable array of restaurants, drinking places and fast-food stands. This infectious, carnival atmosphere changes abruptly just to the west of the temple, where the Rokku district has long been a byword for sleaze and vice. Asakusa is also best known to be a king of festivals. 


ASAKUSA


Asakusa Station

I took the direct subway of Tobu-line from Kitasenju to Asakusa together with Atsushi san, it was really smooth and as fast as less than 20 mins from Kitasenju.

True that you can access to Asakusa easily by Subway but if you are from Azuma-bashi, which is south east from Asakusa, you can experience getting there by ferry along the Sumida-gawa (Sumida River) that I went on the next day (except I did not tried the ferry, what a shame coz I was after my boarding time). 


SENSO-JI


Walking west from the river or Asakusa station, you can't miss the solid red-lacquer Kaminari-mon gate, with its enormous paper lantern, that marks the southern entrance to Senso-ji. This magnificent temple, also known as Asakusa Kannon, was founded in the mid-seventh century to enshrine a tiny golden image of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, which had turned up in the nets of two local fishermen. 

Most of the present buildings are postwar concrete reconstructions, and recent renovation work has seen the roof of the main structure completely covered in titanium tiles, to improve earthquake resistance.

Nakamise-dori and Senso-ji with its giant "chochin"

*The chōchin (提灯) are Japanese lanterns that have been crafted in Japan as far back as 1085. They are traditionally made with a bamboo frame covered in silk or paper. Remarkably, traditional chochin can be folded flat for storage.


THE MAIN HALL


Beyond Hozo-mon there's a constant crowd clustered around a large, bronze incense bowl where people waft the pungent smoke over themselves as it is considered as the breath of the gods, it is supposed to have curative powers. There's nothing much to see inside the temple itself, since the little Kannon, said to be just 7.5cm tall, it is a hibutsu or hidden image, considered too holy to be put on view. The hall, however full of life, incense smoke and the constant bustle of people coming to pray, buy charms and fortune papers or to attend a service. Three times a day at 6.30 AM, 10.00 AM and 2.00 PM drums echo through the hall into the courtyard as priests chant sutras beneath the altar's gilded canopy.

*Hibutsu (秘仏 ; "hidden Buddhas") are Japanese Buddhist icons or statues concealed from public view.

Still engulfed in this magnificent architecture.

Large incense burner.

It's customary to wave the smoke towards you to purify yourself. The extra incense can be purchased and lit here if you'd like to contribute to the smokiness.


HOZO-MON


A double-stroreyed treasure gate, Hozo-mon (宝蔵門) stands astride the entrance to the main temple complex. The treasures themselves, fourteenth-century Chinese sutras, are locked away on the upper floor. The gate's two protective Nio (仁王), the traditional guardians of Buddhist temples are even more imposing than those at Kaminari-mon. Look out for their enormous rice-straw sandals slung on the gate's tear wall.

Entrance of the main temple complex viewed from north, Hozo-mon.

Giant rice-straw sandals hung at both sides of gate's tear wall.

The lanterns hung overhead above the stalls.


ASAKUSA-JINJA


Like many Buddhist temples, Senso-ji accomodates Shinto shrines in its grounds, the most significant being Asakusa-jinja, dedicated to the two fishermen brothers who netted the Kannon image, and their overlord. The shrine was founded in the mid -seventeenth century by Tokugawa Iemitsu and the original building still survives, though it's hard to tell under all the restocked paintwork. More popularly known as Sanja-sama, "Shrine of the Three Guardians", this is the focus of the tumultuous Sanja-Matsuri.

"Sanja Matsuri is Tokyo's biggest festival that takes place annually on the third weekend in May and centered on Asakusa, attracting up to 2 million spectators. The climax comes on the second day, when over one hundred mikoshi (portable shrines) are paraded through the seething crowds, among them the three mikoshi of Asakusa-jinja, each weighing around 1000kg and carried by at least seventy men" 


Omikuji (fortune telling paper strip) at Senso-ji.

Coz there were a lot of people we had to use the back alley from Hozo-mon to go to the Nakamise-dori lol!

I have faith in what they call "aesthetic" so this what I found at the back alley to represent it, Japanese and bicycles is inseparable!


NAKAMISE SHOPPING STREET (KAMINARI-MON)


The main temple approach starts under Kaminari-mon (雷門 ; "Thunder Gate"), which shelters statues of the guardian gods of Thunder and Wind (named Raijin and Fujin), and proceeds along Nakamise-dori, a colorful parade of small shops packed with gaudy souvenirs, tiny traditional dolls, kimono accessories and sweet scented piles of sembei rice crackers.

Once you pass under Kaminari-mon, you’ll see the two statues on the other side. On the right hand side, there is the statue of the goddess Kinryu (Golden Dragon), while the left-hand side you can see the statue of the god Tenryu (Heavenly Dragon). They are Placed in a symmetrical way to Fujin and Raijin on the other side, they are also protectors of the Temple and of the Buddhist religion. 

Kaminari-mon is actually not the official name of this gate. Its official, full name is Fujin Raijinmon, meaning “The Gate of the Gods of Wind and Thunder”. Fujin refers to “The God of Thunder”, while Raijin means “The God of Thunder”. The gate is popularly referred to as Kaminari-mon because “Kaminari” is the Japanese word for “thunder”

Souvenirs and touristy goods sold at Nakamise-dori.

Nakamise-dori, flooded with people of all sorts.

For the first time in Japan I felt it is getting hot, the weather was very warm and nice that day, provided every corner of Nakamise-dori was packed with people so carbon dioxide well supplied to kept me warm lol! I need to thank Atsushi san for always explaining things to me too, I feel like I've been quite a troublesome tourist to him lol gomen Atsushi-san.

Cute chihuahua! The owner said he didn't feel well that day, awwww

The rest of the day was spent going to and back around the Senso-ji ground, Hozo-mon and Kaminari-mon. I felt a bit tired from walking and circling the place so Atsushi suggested us to sit somewhere first and have something to eat or drink.

They are not a real sakura, yet it gave me bliss just by looking at their healthy pink shade!

Tokyo Skytree from afar, while sitting around Senso-ji area coz it's in the area after all.

Senso-ji is a popular viewpoint to see Tokyo Skytree. The temple is less than 2 kilometers from the tower. Sensoji with Skytree in the background is a popular photographic theme.

A seller selling grilled squids & fishes at his stall in front of Senso-ji.

It's almost Kodomo no hi so they put this koinobori up!

Kodomo no Hi (子供の日; "Children's Day") or traditionally called Tango no sekku (端午の節句) is a Japanese national holiday which takes place annually on May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month, and is the final celebration in Golden Week. Children are celebrated by flying carp-shaped banners called koinobori (鯉のぼり; "carp streamer") which are carp-shaped wind socks.

Choco banana! I really really have an allergies towards bananas but this is so forgiving!

What a kind person, after we sat down Atsushi excused himself for few minutes before showing up with this on my face, lmao. To be really honest I can't really consume bananas, but I am sure that my body will really forgive me on this lol! He said that this is vastly sold on matsuri so he wanted me to try on what Japanese people eat on matsuri. I am so touched!

Whenever I saw flowers, it reminds me of my mom. A stiff woman that loves flower lol.

Mizuame! It's so good and cute!

*Mizuame (水飴) is a sweetener from Japan which is translated literally to "water candy A clear, thick, sticky liquid, it is made by converting starch to sugars. Mizuame is added to wagashi to give them a sheen, eaten in ways similar to honey, and can be a main ingredient in sweets.


Now we're entering the Shin Nakamise famous shopping street.

Shin Nakamise.

Just a lil bit history about Asakusa that I find interesting. When Kabuki and bunraku were banished from central Edo in 1840s, they settled in the area known as "Rokku" ("Sixth District"), between Senso-ji and today's Kokusai-dori. Over the next century almost every fad and fashion in Japanese popular entertainment started life here, from cinema to cabaret and striptease. Today a handful of the old venues survive, most famously Rock-za, with its daily strip show, and there are loads of cinemas, pachinko parlours, gambling halls and drinking dives. It's not all lowbrow, though several small theathres in the area such as Asakusa Engei  Hall, still stage rakugo, a centuries old form of comic monologue in which familiar jokes and stories are mixed with modern satire.

Behind the Rox Department Store, the rather grandly named Rokku Broadway leads past betting shops and strip joints north into Hisago-dori, a covered shopping street with a few interesting traditional stores.

*Bunraku (文楽), also known as Ningyō jōruri (人形浄瑠璃), is a form of traditional Japanese puppet theatre, founded in Osaka in the beginning of 17th century. Three kinds of performers take part in a bunraku performance: the Ningyōtsukai or Ningyōzukai (puppeteers), the Tayū (chanters) and shamisen musicians.

*Pachinko (パチンコ) is a type of mechanical game originating in Japan and is used as both a form of recreational arcade game and much more frequently as a gambling device, filling a Japanese gambling niche comparable to that of the slot machine in Western gaming. the machine resembles a vertical pinball machine, but is different from Western pinball.

A cute girl playing kingyo sukui at Shin Nakamise.

Kingyo Sukui (金魚すくい; Goldfish scooping) is a traditional Japanese game in which a player scoops goldfish with a special scooper (made from paper). It is also called, "Scooping Goldfish", "Dipping for Goldfish" or "Snatching Goldfish". "Kingyo" means goldfish and "sukui" means scooping. Sometimes bouncy balls are used instead of goldfish.

Exit of the long Shin Nakamise shopping street.

Exiting the Shin Nakamise. After exploring the Senso-ji and areas of vicinity, both of us decided to just walk around to kill the rest of the time we still have within the day. I just followed to where Atsushi brought me, it is really really helpful to have someone who speaks both Japanese and English well or else I won't be exploring much coz I hardly understand a thing.

Still around Asakusa.

What a nice weather.

Dempoin-dori, Asakusa.

Writing down my buddies' names on paper while I'm standing in Dempoin street, Asakusa.

They said if you write down someone's name on a piece of paper to where you're standing and send the photo of it to them, they will someday land their feet at the place you're standing too, so I did it for the request from my friends. They were all so touched when I agreed coz I seldom take the request on haha omg were I so bad.

Spotted a Spanish street dancer performing while we were walking to Don Quixote.

Saw Don Qui from few meters away. (Japanese loves to shorten it to "Don Qui"/ pronounced as "Don Key" instead of calling it full lol)

Don Quixote in Asakusa.

I didn't took some photos of what Don Quixote has (I'm not sure but I thought it was rude to take photos of goods in Japanese's stores) but it reminds me of Daiso, except the store has a lot more to offer and nowhere as cheap as Daiso (for some small goods it's comparable). What I bought? nothing this time haha, I just wanted to enjoy the view and history of this place more. It was one of the most memorable days I had in Tokyo, praise my Lord for always sending me a kind people to help me getting around although I barely know anyone here to begin with. Now I miss Asakusa. It's a really long post but thank you if you've read it till here lol, I'll continue with my visit on the day 5 next, which was my last day there on the next post.

Feel free to click the links below to read for the other days too.

Tokyo Personal Diary | Day 1 : Arrival, Ueno Koen & Ameyokocho Local Market
Tokyo Personal Diary | Day 2 : Kanda Myojin & Yushima Seido In Akihabara & Night In Nishiarai
Tokyo Personal Diary | Day 3 : Visiting NALU Hair Salon (Number 76) In Omotesando, Harajuku, Shibuya & Tokyo Tower


Talk to you guys again on my next post!


-Pinku-




Saturday, 21 October 2017


Hey lovely crepes!

One of the most productive days I had while visiting Tokyo within the whole of that Golden Week was on the third day, coz I visited one of my fave places listed on my wishlist since forevah! I did not came with anyone and was trying to explore these places alone but it was still very exciting.

*Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク; Goruden Wiku or Goruden Uiku) (or GW) is a week from the 29th of April to early May containing a number of Japanese holidays.


DAY 3


In front of Tokyo Plaza, Omotesando. Humans flocking in and out from all over directions.

Talking about exploring this whole big area, I had no idea from where to actually start. Shibuya and Omotesando are a neighboring areas to one another. Harajuku is located just around 600 meters, less than 1 KM walk from Omotesando Station towards the Northwest direction. Given that, Aoyama is just around 400 meters Southeast from Omotesando. I skipped Aoyama that day (nvm, another strong reason to come back again later) since I was rushing for my appointment for Nalu Hair Salon in Omotesando.

I dropped at the Shibuya Station although Omotesando Station can be a lot more hassle free since it was the most easiest access from Takenotsuka using Tobu line which only needs one interchange from Oshiage Station transferring to Hanzomon line.


OMOTESANDO


Walking in Omotesando in the ultimate quest of finding that Nalu hair Salon which is not available on Google Maps.

The trendsetting trio of Harajuku, Aoyama and Shibuya showcase contemporary Japanese fashion, style and architecture. Consumer culture reigns supreme in these streets, which are packed with smart cafes, designer boutiques and hip young spenders. Youthful and creative, Harajuku and Shibuya both cater to the funky, adventurous fashionista, while those with gilt-edged credit cards will feel more at home among the antique shops of Aoyama and the big brand boutiques along Omotesando, the area's key tree-lined boulevard, often referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysées.

Kōhī (Coffee in Japanese) to start my day! This is my fave coffee. Back in Malaysia this is only so far available in Family Mart but this can be seen everywhere from beverage vending machines here.

I went home so late last night and only able to sleep around 4-5 AM in the morning, thus I definitely need the aid from caffeine to give me an ability to stay focus (as usual) lol. Still, I had no idea why I got lost for around 3 hours again trying to find that Salon. Set my appointment at 12 PM. I only arrived later than that around 3 PM. Felt so bad, but it really can't be helped. I can't find the location on Google Maps. Asking around didn't made much changes, a lot of people around even the shop owners themselves had no idea where is this Nalu Hair Salon provided it's just one of those hundreds of the hair salons around that large Elysianish-looking area. Must thank the effort of this one Number 76's staff in which I have always keeping in touch with coz she provided me with a lot of info for the directions and gave me some maps to route down to the location. Can't lie it was one of the most tiresome and exhausted days that my calf got cramp afterwards from walking too much.

So remember, no heels as a tourist coz you'll never know when fate decided to let you lose your way for hours before getting onto the right track again hahaha

The alley I walked through while finding the salon.

The same alley I've been pasing by back and forth earlier without realizing that this is almost getting there.
Pinku, this will be a lesson to start saving whatever you see around so you won't ever get lost again lol.

3 hours of walking, asking and hoping lmao. Finally I found the way, really need to say my gratitude to Sue, Number 76's staff I've been interacted to since I've started becoming a regular visitor to Number 76 Hair Salon in Publika, Malaysia. She helped me a lot for hours while I tried to find this lovely, small and a bit hidden Salon in Omotesando.

Oh if you haven't read about my post talking about this lovely Hair Salon that comes with few other branches in Kuala Lumpur and even Singapore with top notch hair services you can go to these links below to find out more about them :

[Review] Number 76 Hair Salon Publika : KÉRASTASE Hair & Scalp Treatment (ヘアトリートメント)
Ash Green Hair With Pink Highlights By Number 76 Salon


A random lovely boutique located just next to the Nalu Hair Salon.

I was showered in excitements the moment I reached the Salon, I've always wanted to try doing some hair services here at least once. Thanks Number 76 for a year of numerous great hair services before and for letting me tried doing a hair treatment at the Tokyo branch!


76 CAFE & NALU HAIR SALON


76 Cafe, upstairs is a Nalu Hair Salon, the Tokyo branch owed by the Number 76 Hair Salon.

The Nalu hair salon is upstairs, after you've done the good hair services you can just chill at the 76 Cafe downstairs. I really love the environment inside the cafe, it looked urbanly antique, and a bit of hipster feel.

76 Cafe with their menu in front of the door.

Walking Upstairs to their Hair Salon.

Despite of being super late, Ijima-san and his assistant hairstylist still greeted me warmly and instantly tend to me. I faced a language barrier once again with both of them but they were definitely such a lovely and friendly people. I could speak and converse in Japanese just that not really that fluent and good, Osawa-san asked me where did I learned some Japanese (in Nihongo) and I said from my University. He was very quiet at first, only after I asked him his name and few other questions he seemed so delighted that I could talk even a lil bit in Japanese and we had a good conversation although there were times we struggled into understanding each others.

It was a lot more smaller that I expected, I think their branches in Malaysia are a lot more spacious. However then the exclusiveness feel was still there.

Me waiting my hair while it's being prepped.

I did their signature ultrasonic hair treatment again, I haven't washed my hair since I touched down in Tokyo because of the cold weather that made me into quite of a goat lel. I did had a shower at least twice a day but didn't had the courage to wash my hair, they sure do have the water heater but I still don't like how the wet hair feels like after going out from the bathroom, even if they do have the hair dryer as well (I really really hate to experience even a lil bit of coldness). It felt so good to let your hair being washed and dried at once, my head felt a lot more lighter and it smelled great! Again, this is indeed one of the great hair salons to have your hair done. Thanks to both Ijima-san and Osawa-san for the great service! You can visit the Ijima-san's Instagram to see his awesome works on numerous of hair he's touched on his Instagram page here.

The hair services and their prices.

If you guys perhaps are keen to try out their hair services or to give a visit, you can make a booking prior through their website and be sure to check out their Instagram pages to find out about their latest services and promotional period or other discounts.


Below are the rest of the view of Omotesando before I made my way towards Harajuku.

Another small but attractive in vibe nail salon that I found while walking out from Omotesando.

I love how these salons displayed the services they run together with the prices on the board, written so creatively next to their premises.

One of the center of attractions in Omotesando, the wall of graffiti where all the young hipster teenagers and fashionistas flash some poses for pictures around in the middle of the vehicle-less road.

Omotesando is indeed a shopping district of paradise. You can find almost every iconic Japanese famous and branded fashion brands here like 6% Dokidoki, Issey Miyake and many more to list.

This random Jingu Garden flower shop reminds me a lot of Shirayuki from Akagami no Shirayukihime lol


HARAJUKU


Crammed with places to eat, drink and shop, the Harajuku area is bisected by Omotesando (表参道), an elegant, ginkgo-tree-lined boulevard shich leads from the main entrance to Meiji-Jingu to the cluster of contemporary designer boutiques on the other side of Aoyama-dori. On either side are dense networks of streets, packed with funky lilttle boutiques, restaurants and bars.

* "Dori" means Street in Japanese.

I came from the other side since I was from Omotesando, so instead of Entrance, this the other end of Takeshita-dori (connected to Meiji-dori) lol
It doesn't really matter though, as long as I am here at the Takeshita Dori, Harajuku.

The hungry mouth of the Takeshita-dori (竹下通り) shopping alley gobbles up teenage fashion victims as they swarm out of the north exit of Harajuku Station, and spits them out the other end on Meiji-dori, minus their cash. Selling every kind of tat imaginable, the shops here are hugely enjoyable to root around in and provide an intriguing window on Japanese teen fashions.

At weekends, the crush of bodies on Takeshita-dori is akin to that on the Yamanote line at rush hour. To escape, duck into nearby Togo-jinja (東郷神社 Togo Shrine), a relatively peaceful shrine dedicated to Admiral Togo Heihachiro, who led the victorious Japanese fleet against Russians in the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-1905.

Entering the Takeshita-dori from Meiji-dori (Takeshita-dori' Exit)

Saw a crepe shop, need to instantly drop by and buyyy

So many toppings to choose from!

For a crepe that is full of whipped cream and topping rich, this is very affordable!

Berries and love!

I really lost count to how many crepe shops I saw along the Takeshita-dori. If you're coming to Harajuku, having the taste of Harajuku's crepes is a must I tell you!

Look! Liz Lisa store building!

If you love some vintage-y with a frilly and princessy look, Liz Lisa is definitely for you. Back then it was a lot more harder to shop on Japanese clothing brands in Malaysia, but now Liz Lisa and some other Japanese clothing brands like KOKOkim (by Kimura U) are available in Isetan The Garden in Kuala Lumpur, they were all brought in here by Japacolle!

One of the store that stands out the most in Takeshita. Most of these clothing or accessory shops sell the most trendiest and funky fashions market to the young and edgy generation.

Aimerfeel, one of the most outstanding brands for ladies inner wear and lingerie, I always saw the articles about them in iFeel Magazine in Malaysia. There is one Aimerfeel store in Malaysia located in Petaling Jaya so you can check them out later if you like.

Shiba Inu ahhhhhhhh

The shiba inu was so friendly! I tried to take a photo with him and he tried to lick my cheek (dodged anw lol), so kawaii! If I own a house someday I definitely will keep one, I really love how derpy and cute they are!

Now look at this kawaii poodle!

What a packed place the Takeshita Street is.

The socks were so cheap like only 100JPY each I regret for not bulk buying so I can resell them here muahaha
Plus they came in a lot of designs and looked so cute too

Maid Cafe anyone? lol
I didn't entered anyway but they looked so cute although apparently more people focusing on the clothing shops than visiting the cafe, unlike Akihabara which is a more strategic place for a Meido Cafe (Maid Cafe)/

Another Harajuku style that caught my attention.


I can't remember passing by just how many crepe shops before and this is one of them.

And a famous Daiso, this time it's the original Daiso that is originated from Japan lol

Saw a Purikura shop (this time not just a booth) down a small alley!

And not to mention there were countless of Japanese cosmetic shops scattered around on the Takeshita land.

One of my top fave brands from Tsubasa Masuwaka, Koji Dollywink!

A Takeshita Entrance where I supposed to enter earlier lol, ahead (as you can see) where a billboards of Manga were  placed is Harajuku Station. My entrance and exit was changed into the other way around lmao but who cares.
Above all I was disappointed that I didn't took the photo of the Takeshita-dori Entrance's Gate ><


SHIBUYA


As a mind blowing introduction to contemporary Tokyo, it's hard to beat Shibuya, birthplace of a million-and-one consumer crazes, and best visited at night when the neon signs of restaurants, bars and cinemas battle it out with five-storey TV screens around the Plaza on the west side of Shibuya Station, where you'll also find one of the most pedestrian crossings (Shibuya Crossing) in the world outside London's Abbey Road. Its stock only rose further following its depiction in the film Lost in Translation. A perch from which to view the crowds of people swarming across is the bridge corridor linking to JR station with Shibuya Mark City complex. 

This space has been put to excellent use as the gallery for Okamoto Taro's fourteen-panel painting Myth of Tomorrow (Asu no Shinwa), a 30m long mural depicting the moment the atomic bomb exploded in Hiroshima. Originally created in 1969 for a luxury hotel in Mexico, then lost for decades, this powerful work seldom seems to stop the rushing commuters in their tracks.

A lil bit inspired by this elegant looking Chocolatier not too far away from that Entrance of Takeshita.

Lil did I realized after walking that much, the day has ended and the night started to take it. And a coldness began to creeps into the surround. This time I learned from yesterday and had prepared a windbreaker in my bag and just took it out when I felt the coldness.

A cold night, walking around in Shibuya to go to the famous Shibuya Crossing.

Shibuya at night, now I really wished I had a DSLR with me so I could take more photos of this lively Shibuya at night.

Finally, a Shibuya Crossing! Everyone trying to get crammed into the middle of the crossing for photos once the pedestrian light turned green.

East of Shibuya Station you'll spy the tall Shibuya Hikarie building, while immediately west of the crossing, the 109 Building stands at the apex of Bunkamura-dori and Dogenzaka  (道玄坂). The latter leading up to Dogenzaka, one of Tokyo's most famous love hotel districts. This area is named after Owada Dogen, a thirteenth century highwayman who robbed travelers on their way through the then isolated valley. Running parallel to the north of Bunkamura-dori is the pedestrianized Center Gai (センター街), always packed with trend obsessed Tokyoites gathering to create or spot the latest look.

I have wasted quite some times by finding ways and being lost, so I had to skip for a Hachiko (a bronze statue outside Shibuya Station marks the waiting spot of Hachiko (1923-35), an Akita dog who would greet his master everyday as he returned from work - a practice that continued for almost a decade even after the Professor's death). Time to come back later for the things I missed coz really, I missed a lot of good things since I was always running along with time, getting lost here and there and being tired from asking some locals to go here and there. I did used Google Maps, but sometimes it didn't helped much when you really really don't know the point where you're standing at and going to since everything looks very unfamiliar to you I tell you. It is still best to have a native Japanese friends to help you in getting around.


AKABANEBOSHI : TOKYO TOWER


You definitely can't missed Tokyo Tower, a distinctive red and white structure rising high above the Roppongi area. Built during an era when Japan was becoming famous for producing cheap copies of foreign goods, this 333m high replica of the Eiffel Tower, opened in 1958, manages to top its Parisian role model by several metres. At the tower's base a plethora of the usual souvenir shops, restaurants and other minor attractions, most incurring additional fees and none really worth seeing in their own right, have been added over the years. There are good views of Tokyo Bay from the uppermost observation deck but at 250m, it's no longer the city's highest viewpoint.

Around 9.30 PM, most shops in the vicinity were already closed  and my phone died right after I clicked on this photo no kidding haha
A breathtaking view anyway, worth on my died phone - My powerbank ran out of power supply as well I can't help it.

To be frank, I went to Shinjuku first before headed to Akabaneboshi for Tokyo Tower but I got lost somewhere in Shinjuku before I got back to the right way (there was an endless lost and found stories from me but rather unnecessary to tell but yeah, I'm a very clueless person tbw thus getting lost too much is not a new thing for me lel). Being all alone, thing I was afraid the most was the unability to catch the last train and got stranded in the city (plus it was cold!). I didn't explored much in Shinjuku and did not even took a single photo of the place. When I was still in Shibuya there was a group of kind highschool boys who helped me to go to Shinjuku coz earlier I misheard somewhere that Tokyo Tower is around Shinjuku (well that is actually a Shinjuku Park Tower, another different tower and is not where Tokyo Tower is located). Only after that I managed to go to Akabaneboshi after being assisted by a young Japanese couple who could speak in English.

Fuh, day 3 well spent. Went home happy anyways coz it was a smooth journey from Takenotsuka station to home without getting lost somewhere in the coldness again.

The things I bought besides some clothings in Shibuya, Harajuku and Akihabara (yesterday).
Some damages done. 

Feel free to click the links below to read for the other days too.

Tokyo Personal Diary | Day 1 : Arrival, Ueno Koen & Ameyokocho Local Market
Tokyo Personal Diary | Day 2 : Kanda Myojin & Yushima Seido In Akihabara & Night In Nishiarai
Tokyo Personal Diary | Day 4 : Exploring Asakusa, Senso-ji & Tokyo Skytree 


Talk to you guys again on my next post!


-Pinku-




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