Every morning, we walk from our hotel to our “home station” – Hamamatsucho on the Yamanote Line.
On the way down to Takeshita Street (dori) from Harajuku Station, I was absolutely thrilled to see this ganguro girl. OMG! I didn’t know they still exisited. Lucky me, I saw one in real life!! Love the Pikachu onesie and the Doraemon mask.
One of my “must-do” items for Harajuku was crepes. IDK why, but for some reason, crepes are synonymous with this area. They aren’t French style AT ALL. Crepes are their own thing in Japan – and they are delicious! There are many places to buy one, but the “originals” are Marion and Angel Heart, which are right beside each other.
After Takeshita dori, we moved on to the more upscale Omotesando.
Sembikiya is a famous shop, selling gourmet fruit. It was featured in a ‘learn Japanese’ audio tape I had as a young teenager – my first exposure to Japanese language. It’s cool that it’s still popular.
We left Harajuku and headed over to Shinjuku. I was so tired and therefore emotional so we didn’t stay long or see much.
NOTE: We actually walked through Takeshita twice. I tried to buy some cute shirts I saw but everything was sized as medium. (But I think that is a lie. Very small.) And I made a note saying “irasshaimaseeeeeee” (I guess it was all very over-annunciated?) I only ended up buying some socks.
Hubby bought a pair of Nike Shoxx in Ometosando and I got 2 shirts at Gap.
Also in my notes is “3rd ramen” but I can’t remember where that might have been from. The same place again in Hamamatsucho?
I remember getting somewhat lost on the way home from the station one night. It must have been the first or second night… but we stopped off in a 7-11 and were surprised because the lady that worked there (like the age of our moms) spoke nearly perfect English.
(originally posted to Japan – Here I Come!)