Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
First stop outside the Narita Airport waiting for the Airport Limo (it's really just a bus) to the hotel in Shinjuku.
My first lunch was a really simple and cheap affair, duck udon.
My first nite's dinner on the other hand, was a much more expensive affair. Udon hot-pot kinda thing in a fancy restaurant.
Celebrating Girl's Day or Doll Festival in Tokyo or rather in my hotel lobby.
One of the few days when it was bright and sunny, outside Shinjuku's station, the world's busiest station!
Here's another vending machine shot for the collection.
The expensive part of Harajuku. Lots of luxury, branded stuff. No need to go to Ginza for that.
Yup, even the desserts on display look fancier than these. Don't you think so?
Lots of new games and other electronic stuff at Akihabara. Remember, shop around to get the best deals, there don't seem to be any fixed prices.
Breakfast at one of the cafes, near the hotel.
Spring is coming! First sign of it along the streets....
And to welcome spring, here's a neat little spring flower arrangement exhibition in the hotel.
Another shot of a depachika, just can't live without them!
That's Takashimaya Times Square, houses Taka (of cos), Tokyu Hands, HMV and Kinokuniya. I can spend an entire day there or rather, I have spent entire days there. Really.
Another shop I always visit whenever I'm there, the Yodabashi video game shop in Shinjuku. Those huge posters are of video game releases, and I always take a pix of them. Kinda like movie posters.
And here's (part of ) the top floor of the Yodabashi shop, yah, its all gashapon now BUT BUT BUT years ago, it was all PORN! Saw them all during my earlier trips. Then I remember going up all the way to the top on one of my later trips and was so crushed when I found out that the porn's all gone! Hah!
Same part of Shinjuku at nite, right after my yakitori dinner.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Some shopping tips for anyone shopping for figures, gadgets, etc.. Shop around! Far as I know or can see, there is no fixed price on most of the stuff unless it's a brand new just-released-today thing. Spotted at least a thousand yen difference on the new PSP in different small shops. So shop around, don't buy it at the first place you see it. Enjoy the sights, explore the smaller shops and hidden corners.
And there's always time for food even if it's just a snack. This here's from the Akihabara branch of the famous local donut chain Mister Donut. Unfortunately I think they ran out of their new moshi donuts. Got their signature lumpy one instead. Very light yet chewy, I like it! And you know how most donut places smell of all that oil and stuff? Well, there's hardly any of that here.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Found a couple and finaly settled on one. Yah, I know, didn’t take down the name again. One surprising little fact. In Japan, I guess when they say ‘yakitori’, they really mean ‘chicken’ and just chicken. Almost all the meat-on-the-stick on the menu is chicken. Very nice chicken, esp the chicken patty one. No asparagus maki but another one of my fav is the bacon-wrapped-round-mushroom-stem. The mushroom stem was really juicy. Don’t think I have ever seen anything like it back home before.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
As you can see, I took way more dessert pix than the regular food. Heh, there were lots of sweet goodies maybe cos its White Day this Saturday, 14th March.