One of the reasons I love living in Tokyo is it’s full of people who love to push the envelope to create new and unique things… especially when it comes to the whole ‘cute culture’. We all know in fashion, anything goes. You only have to head to Harajuku to see all the crazy trends happening. And in recent years, this concept has extended to coffee. Continue reading “Uncovering the Most Creative Cups of Coffee in Tokyo”
It’s the last weekend of August but summer isn’t over yet! And more importantly, there is still a handful of festivals left on Tokyo’s summer events calendar, like the Harajuku Omotesando Genki Festival Super Yosakoi. This lively two-day festival takes place on August 25-26 (2018) and showcases a Japanese dance called the yosakoi. Continue reading “The Super Fun Harajuku Yosakoi”
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 here. Some of the most famous buildings are Hugo Boss’ hourglass-shaped store, the Audi Forum “iceberg”, Prada’s bubble glass building, the Sunny Hills wooden lattice building, and my personal favourite, Tokyu Plaza’s 3-storey high entrance made with hundreds of tilted, triangular mirrors.
Tokyu Plaza is a shopping complex which was unveiled in 2012 and raised the bar for all future architects. Riding the escalator at the entrance is like being inside a life-size kaleidoscope. Every person is reflected half a dozen times, sometimes walking upside down, sometimes sideways, and appearing and disappearing like magic. It’s mesmerising. Designed by Hiroshi Nakamura, it was created to be an art experience that is forever changing depending on the people around it, the season, weather and time.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror
Either grab your umbrella, or jump under someone else’s, because the rains are here! After a HOT and HUMID couple of weeks, the rainy season officially started yesterday (June 5). And by the looks of it, we won’t be seeing the sun for a loooong time. The wet season lasts for a month or so, and although it technically isn’t supposed to rain every day, the current forecast says otherwise…
One thing synonymous with the rainy season in Japan are hydrangea flowers. They bloom around June and have no problem toughing it out against the winds and rains. Their beautiful shades of blue, purple, and pink give colour to an otherwise grey and gloomy world. I think this is why they’re so popular here. Although, the Japanese go crazy over any and every flower really! If you’re in the country now, you’ll see many ajisai matsuri (hydrangea festivals) wherever you go!