{Japan Life} Koenji (Part 2): A perfect evening exploring the hipster neighbourhood, Tokyo

{Japan Life} Koenji (Part 2): A perfect evening exploring the hipster neighbourhood, Tokyo

Koenji is a hipster neighbourhood only 15 minutes or so away from Shinjuku, and yet it’s still not too touristy, making it a perfect place to walk and explore on a lazy evening. I highlighted some shops in Koenji part 1 post, so for this second part, expect street view and shop fronts and just random awesomeness. Let’s start… This post will be photo heavy, so be prepared. It’s pretty though, if you like photographs of shop …

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{Japan Life} Koenji (Part 1): Finding random shops in this hipster neighbourhood, Tokyo

{Japan Life} Koenji (Part 1): Finding random shops in this hipster neighbourhood, Tokyo

I read somewhere that many young people would choose to live in Koenji. It is much quieter than its neighbour Nakano, which is the next stop on the train or you can even walk it. It is also less popular with the tourists than Kichijoji, the other hipster town on the same JR Chuo Line. In some ways, this makes Koenji a much better option for an afternoon / evening stroll… I took so many photos of …

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{Japan Life} The magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studio Japan, Osaka

{Japan Life} The magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studio Japan, Osaka

Okay, I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I’ve read the books, queued for half of them on the first day of release with other Potter geeks, watched the movies, re-watched them with my then-boyfriend now-hubby so that he could catch up with my obsession, did many random quizzes to find out where the sorting hat would sort me, and quoted the books on daily conversations. Not a crazy fan, but definitely worthy of being a …

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{Japan Life} Reflection: Living the dream in Tokyo

{Japan Life} Reflection: Living the dream in Tokyo

It has been one week since I arrived back in Tokyo after a 2-week “home” trip to Melbourne. In that time, I have reflected heaps (I mean, having 2x 10 hours flights do give you a whole lot of time to reflect on things). So please bear with me as I rainbow-barf all my thoughts out in this blog… Okay no rainbows, but there’s this pretty pastel-coloured sky I saw the other day in Enoshima. So, …

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{Japan Life} Queueing for the magic at Universal Studio Japan, Osaka

{Japan Life} Queueing for the magic at Universal Studio Japan, Osaka

Universal Studio Japan is one of the biggest theme parks in the land of the rising sun. Many tourists will make a trip to Disney Sea and/or Disneyland in Tokyo and then to the USJ in Osaka. So how was my experience at the USJ? Let’s take a look… We visited Universal Studio Japan in March this year. We arrived as early as we could (to be honest, we really wanted to be there when the park …

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{Japan Life} Green tea that’s worthy of a trip to Uji, Kyoto

{Japan Life} Green tea that’s worthy of a trip to Uji, Kyoto

Japan is famous for all-things green tea or matcha… and the most popular place to get your green tea fix is in Kyoto, but where in Kyoto? As a huge fan of green tea desserts, I decided to go for a matcha pilgrimage to a small city on the southern outskirts of Kyoto called Uji (宇治) during early March. Is it worth the trip? We started our day with a trip from Osaka to Uji without knowing what to expect. …

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{Japan Life} Hoot! Fukurou no Sato (Owl Village) Cafe in Harajuku, Tokyo

{Japan Life} Hoot! Fukurou no Sato (Owl Village) Cafe in Harajuku, Tokyo

We visited Owl Village / Fukurou no Sato (武蔵野カフェ&バー ふくろうの里) in Harajuku, Tokyo in March 2016. I’m sure many of you have heard of the popular cat cafes in Japan. But the new craze seems to be these owl cafes that are popping up everywhere around the big cities. Owl Village is literally a stone’s throw away from the iconic Harajuku Station. If you take the Takeshita exit from the station, just cross the road and turn …

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{Japan Life} Sakura petals & colourful lanterns at Kawagoe Spring Matsuri, Saitama

{Japan Life} Sakura petals & colourful lanterns at Kawagoe Spring Matsuri, Saitama

Last weekend, I visited one last sakura spot with a friend of mine before all the pink turn to green, just so we could take pictures and stuff. Because if a sakura petal falls in the middle of the forest and no one is around to take a photo of it, does it really happen? Ha. We visited Kawagoe, a small town in Saitama that’s only about 1 hour away from Shinjuku. It is a nice old town with …

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{Japan Life} What’s life actually like living in Tokyo?

{Japan Life} What’s life actually like living in Tokyo?

Can’t believe it, but I have now “lived” in Japan for 40 days. FORTY DAYS!!! Not sure if I’d call that an achievement, but it sure feels like I’ve now been here long enough to not call this a holiday. And time sure flies. So before I forget to stop and smell the roses, thought I’ll share a few thoughts on my Japan experience so far with you guys, in case anyone is interested to do the …

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{Japan Life} Pretty in pink & pretty crowded at Inokashira-koen, Kichijoji

{Japan Life} Pretty in pink & pretty crowded at Inokashira-koen, Kichijoji

My memory of my first visit to Inokashira-koen would be of Ghibli Museum and of getting lost inside this large park filled with beautiful autumn colours. Now that I’m living in Japan, I have actually been visiting the Kichijoji area every Sunday for church… And suddenly, the park is becoming our Sunday walking spot. So of course today, while it’s still sakura season, we visited Inokashira-koen for a nice walk along the cherry blossom and nature. …

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