Posted Apr 6, 2010 in Travel | 0 Comments

Tremendous Tokyo

As you can guess by the title I went to Japan, which was the ONE country I’ve always wanted to visit since I was a little boy. I could probably write eight posts on how amazing Tokyo and the people really are. I had the highest expectations going there and it lived up to everything plus so much more. I only had three days, so I did major research and had lists of what to accomplish on each day.

I was staying in Shinjuku, which is filled with arcades and unbelievable shopping including world-renowned Isetan and Uniqlo. I took the Metro/Subway/Train EVERYWHERE, it can be very confusing at first but after my first day I was transferring like a pro. Make sure to get a map, so you can plan in advance where you need to go because you cannot stand around in the stations people are moving way too fast to concentrate.

On my first full day I took full advantage and woke up at 4:30 am to take the metro to world famous Tsukiij Fish market to catch the live tuna auctions at 5:45 am followed by a TWO-hour wait for the freshest sushi in the world at Sushi Dai (order the chefs selection). By 10 am l hoped over to Ginza, which is the most expensive area filled with Japanese chain stores Eight Million, United Arrows and Beams (All can be found throughout and are must shops for men and women).

Shibuya/Harajuku is THE MUST SEE area notorious for the best/most outlandish dressed people you will ever see. Many American stores have opened up in this area including Ron Herman, Kitson, Forever 21 and Opening Ceremony (a 7 floor museum… quite possibly the nicest store I’ve been to with a must eat basement restaurant called Potluck).  Try walking down Takeshita St. and you will be astonished with the amount of kids but try and make your way to the 100 Yen store, which is the Japanese dollar store for some of the funniest products.

Oddly enough, I didn’t purchase very much as some of the clothes were either too expensive or not North American appropriate meaning many of the clothes would get quite the stares, and this is coming for the king of harem pants. Next week I will cover some of the Japanese menswear trends.

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