It was my first time to the city of lights, the city of love – the one and only Paris. It was the middle of winter, and it was so cold the city’s fountains were full of icicles and no matter how many layers I put on I was still freezing. I’d made plans with some new friends from the hostel I was staying at to have lunch at a nice restaurant. Continue reading “From Paris with Love: Benoit Tokyo”
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”
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. Continue reading “Oasis in Omotesando”
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.
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