I was taking a walk around Ebisu and Daikanyama, a nice hip neighbourhood with a bit of a European street feel to it, lots of small French and Italian restaurants and nice little clothes shops, designer labels and vintage stores. It´s very close to Shibuya, but less the crowds. Very relaxing to walk around the streets. I spent hours at the T-Site, a complex housing a gallery, café, camera and bike shop and a dog salon, but the biggest store is the big bookstore Tsutaya, which is spread out and interlinks the three buildings. It´s really impressive, but the best thing is, that you can take your drinks from the downstrais starbucks and sit down to look through the books you brought to your table. It was rather crowded when I was there, so no free space, but still, browsing through the different book sections was nice, although most of the books are obviously in Japanese. I was astounded by the amount of international magazine´s they had, mostly the niche arty magazine´s. But they also had frankie magazine - luv!
This. deserves a separate post. The Standing Sushi Bar in Shibuya, a tiny little place just one block from my office. On the hunt for a cheap lunch, this was recommended to us by a work mate and it was really amazing sushi for a really good price. Freshly made in front of you, by quite nice and funny sushi chefs, I was told by my Japanese work mate, who went with me there.
I went on a big jet plane to go living and working in Tokyo, Japan for a few months. How exciting is that? yay.
Admired the taxi driver´s fancy uniform and look at the fancy seat covers. Class.
Had a warm welcome at the office.
Get used to working in crazy, buzzling Shibuya. The people, the music, the blinking lights... the excitement.
Was attending a fancy Japanese dinner with the most amazing food ever. So delish! And had coconut pudding with green tea jelly on top. The pic doesn´t do justice to the green the jelly was, it was more like a poisonous green in colour.
Just can´t get enough of "50% off after 5pm" sushi dinners! Nom nom.
Gazing at the skyline with Tokyo Tower from my balcony.
Stumbled upon this on my way to work. Ben unfortunately wasn´t working that day! ;-)
Came across amusing subway signage. LOL. And they do have women only rush hour carriages. I´m so glad for my 20 min Bus ride to work and not having to brave the enormous rush hour crazyness every morning. I will check it out once though. Just to tell the tale afterwards.
Had some excellent ramen in Harajuku yesterday with not so fancy ordering. Order at the machine, there is only one ramen to choose, but you can add onions, beef, noodle thickness as you like. And it was in English as well. yay. Then you enter and sit at a bar with little capsules with a little window in the front. The soup will be cooked freshly and handed to you through the window. And yes, real people do work there.