|Tokyo day 4: Harajuku, Akihabara, Shinjuku
||[Nov. 8th, 2017|09:29 am]
First stop of the day was BIC Camera, because I was on a mission to find StreetPan film, which I didn't succeed at in Yodobashi Camera the day before.
They didn't have it there either, but I did find batteries for my sonic screwdriver torch and some cute washi tape.
And I saw other film I liked, but I didn't want to lug it around all day. Not with BIC being pretty much around the corner from our hotel. I did buy the batteries, because they were much cheaper in Tokyo than here in Belgium, go figure.
I had wanted to go to Daiso ever since I had been there the first time, because I hadn't seen the other floors yet and I wanted more Halloween goodness. So we first went to Harajuku.
Of course, it didn't end at Daiso, and we had a look at several other stores too.
I ended up buying a blouse at Amavel.
The shop girls there were super sweet! And their outfits were so cute and pretty!
We visited the Disney Store and various other ones. In one I found this super cute Honey Marble blouse. It was dirt cheap too, less than €20!
We also popped by the infamous LaForêt, and I have to say that I had expected it to be hellishly busy, but it really wasn't. I suppose that during a weekday it's actually totally ok to shop in, because there weren't many people around at all.
Most stores won't allow photos, but the kind shopkeep of Oz on Japan was totally fine with me taking photos.
I also popped by Angelic Pretty, and I have to say that I really had to grid my teeth not to cave for the beautiful Halloween Treats JSK (jumperskirt, a type of lolita fashion dress).
I got the socks instead, because I also like those and I have no issue spending about €20 on socks, but I do have an issue with spending close to €300 on a dress.
I wish I had known about the brown and ivory colorway of the socks earlier, because by the time I found out they were sold out :(.
Would have loved to have those as well, but I'm super happy with just owning the ones I do so it's all good :).
The shop girls at Angelic Pretty were really friendly, but quite eager for a sale. Which is normal in that kind of shop I guess. But you know, the girl talking to me spoke good English and was legit friendly so it was all good. She was telling me what the Japanese word was for ghost (bōrei) so I taught her to say it in Dutch (spook) which she nailed on the first try. She thought it was a brilliant word and even wrote it down :).
Bert wanted to go back to KIDDY LAND to have a look through the entire store, which we did, and on the way back we stopped for crépes, because he _really_ wanted to try Japanese pancakes.
I had always been under the impression that Japanese crépes were the equivalent of toxic waste. Well, ok, that's a bit harsh, but I find that most Japanese sweets and desserts are overly sugary and I was absolutely convinced it would be the same with these.
Turns out I was right and Bert didn't much like them at all (there were several I told you so's from my side).
I loved the matcha ice cream on mine, and the tiny cheesecake was ok, but the strawberries had seen better days, I definitely had had better pancakes and there was just too much horribly fatty cream in there, so Bert had to eat most of mine as well.
On the way back to the station I found a super cute pet store on Takeshita Dori and whilst they didn't have something nice for Loa cat to wear, they did have treats, which he absolutely LOVES. He's run out by now, and he's still DISPLEASED about that, oops. Think I may have to find a way to import them O_o.
Click here to make the video of Loa going mad for treats play, because Flickr is rubbish when it comes to video sharing XD.
After Harajuku and Ometesando, we popped back on the JR and headed to Akihabara. We had only just arrived when it started to pour, and so we commenced our search for Adventure Time capsule toys in what was pretty much a downpour.
So that's why all my Akihabara photos are shit.
I did, finally, find StreetPan at the local Yodobashi store. The shop girl was MEGA RUDE though, she clearly hated tourists. And fine whatever, but there was really no reason to be mega rude like that.
The rest of the store was pretty ace though.
Sadly we didn't find any new Adventure Time gacha machines. If anyone comes across this Princess Bubblegum watch, please let me know because Bert would LOVE to own it. Willing to pay a fair price!
Having had enough of the rain, we decided to go back to Shinjuku for dinner. After wandering around a bit, checking out a few places, we settled on Hub, a chain of Japanese Irish pubs. The staff was super friendly, and the food was really affordable and good. Bert had a pizza Margherita and fried fish (salmon) and chips. And I also had fried salmon and chips but with fried octopus tentacles. Because you know, I have a hard time resisting tentacles.
But clearly, I was very shit at photographing food all trip long. Alas. Because there is so much cool food in Japan. Next time I will do better!
It really was too bad about all the rain, because I would have liked to have taken a lot more photos in Akihabara. But nothing can be done about that, sadly. At least I got to take a bunch of pictures in Harajuku I suppose :).
Previous day posts:
And the haul post is here.
All our Tokyo photos.