November 2, 2009

ode to Tokyo

Want to see Tokyo style, as it is, this very second? Seriously, there is a new photo uploaded to the minute.


Design Site 21_21 - tomb like contemporary art museum, last installation I saw was on the history of language...AMAZING

Toto Superspace - so, you know the Japanese are famous for their high tech bathrooms. See the latest and greatest in bathroom technology - but that isn't the only reason to climb this 50 story building - the view is GORGEOUS and you can see all of Tokyo from their store. Breathtaking.

Shinjuku - if only to experience the Lost in Translation crosswalk. Must see Tokyu Hands, a large Japanese department store where you can buy all sorts of everyday Japanese items. They have a great pen and notebook section, if you are a dork and love a good notebook (like me!).

Harajuku...just for walking around and people watching and vintage clothing, the Japan most foreign ppl think of when they hear Japan. It is a train station in Tokyo on the JR Green Yamanote line called "Harajuku". Can't miss it, but do miss the crepes they sell on every street corner.

Daikanyama - Harajuku in its late 20's if it were a sophisticated young lady. I LOVE daikanyama, it has nice little cafes and beautiful walking streets and the Danish Embassy. Also, home to Bonjour Records, the chillest record shop I have found to date. Nice for a easy relaxing walk around, good shopping, but too expensive for the most part.

Asakusa - the more traditional side of Tokyo, you will see many foreigners. By the river with a huge temple. Really nice area.

National Film Center - the film museum of Tokyo, really really cool. Margie and I loved it and I think you guys might too. History of Japanese film from way back to present.

The Kite Museum - run by an older Japanese hippie who will gladly show you around and explain all his many kites to Japanese. It is more like a warehouse than a proper museum and you feel like you are entering someones private attic filled to the brim with delicate flying objects, ranging in size from the massive to teeny tiny.


Claska - the best hotel in tokyo, hands down. Rooms start at $120 a night, and believe me that is cheap in this town and worth every yen. I only stay here when I am ballin, but you have to see that my normal night is in a manga cafe...this place is amazing! Part art gallery, part hotel. A few select rooms are like art installations that change every few months buy different artists. Comes highly recommended.

Khaosan Hostel - snug little hostel located in Asakusa. Super friendly, clean, and they always seem to be watching Harry Potter on the tele. Free internet. Highly recommended and only $20 a night as of March 2006. ha

The best indian food in Tokyo - seriously. And they have real basmati rice, a rare gem on this island.

Crayon House - great great lunch. bypass the crying children on the 1st floor floor (it is a children's bookstore) and walk downstairs to the an outdoor courtyard bordered with lush greenery. Lunch specials there are delish. Harajuku area.

and as always, the best things are never put in writing///

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