Saturday, 21 October 2017

Tokyo Personal Diary | Day 3 : Visiting NALU Hair Salon (Number 76) In Omotesando, Harajuku, Shibuya & Tokyo Tower

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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


Talk to you guys again on my next post!


-Pinku-




1 comment:

  1. wow!! sis done your hair at Number76 in Japan seriously?? how wonderful!! I also wanna go Harajuku too!! <3

    Love,
    MissJasJas
    www.missjasjas.blogspot.com

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