Oasis in Omotesando

A while back, I heard about this really intriguing concept cafe in Omotesando. It was a cafe inside a flower shop, but it wasn’t just a few tables thrown in amongst buckets of cut flowers. It went a step further and I was eager to see it for myself. As soon as I laid eyes…

Tokyo in Bloom: Meguro River

I headed to Naka-meguro one evening last week. It was a spontaneous decision, and as I sat on the bus, half asleep after a long, tiring day at work, I wondered whether I really should have been pushing myself so much just to see some flowers. The thing is, these aren’t just any old flowers… they are cherry…

A to Z: 2016 Review

It’s a bit late but, Happy New Year! How is it already the end of January? For my 2016 review post, I thought I’d change it up again and sort my fave memories according to the letters of the alphabet. I love doing these yearly wrap up posts as I get to look back at all of…

Christmas Time in Tokyo

Sparkling lights and cool winter nights… Christmas in Japan is all about romance. It’s a day for going on a special date with your significant other. So, it’s no wonder winter illuminations are hugely popular. You can drink champagne beneath the lit-up trees and cuddle together for warmth. It’s the perfect date spot!  My top…

Tokyo Plaza

WPC – Mirror

Omotesando and Harajuku is an area that’s known to push the boundaries. In terms of fashion, basically anything and everything goes. People want to be noticed. Girls get scouted by modelling agencies. What’s seen on the streets here often turns into the next trend. Not only fashion, but the sleekest pieces of modern architecture are found…

WPC -Narrow

One of my favourite things about Japan are the narrow, atmospheric ‘yokochos’ filled with bars and restaurants. People wander these dimly-lit backstreets in search of a quiet (or loud) corner to drink and often stay til the wee hours of the morning. Some bars are so tiny that they can only seat 5 or 6…

WPC – Cherry On Top

It’s been a while since I joined in on the Weekly Photo Challenge, but I’ve been enjoying everyone else’s photos over the months. When I saw this week’s topic Cherry On Top, I thought of one thing: Mount Fuji. Besides the fact that it’s the symbol of Japan and a World Heritage Site, there’s something just so powerful…

A Taste of Oz in Tokyo

Living the expat life is fun and exciting. But living so far away from home is not without its challenges. I think it’s only natural to occasionally miss things you grew up knowing. Since moving to Japan in 2011, I’ve been home 4 times. Each time was like a trip down memory lane, and I was…

Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku’s French Garden

After years of walking past bare, brown hedges not even worth a second glance, I finally managed to visit Shinjuku Gyoen when the roses were actually in bloom. Hooray! The French Formal Garden is one of the three main areas within Shinjuku Gyoen – the others being a wide open English lawn, and a Japanese garden and pond. This section of…

Jiyugaoka

It’s Always Sunny in Jiyugaoka

A dash of luxury on a Sunday afternoon? Why not! Jiyugaoka is known for its chill but cool vibe – every day of the week – and is often referred to as one of Tokyo’s most desirable neighbourhoods to live. As I explored the streets around the train station, I couldn’t help but kick myself for not visiting this area sooner. It had taken…