Postcards from Tokyo

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View from Shimbashi station I think? One of the things I'm proud of achieving this year is finally taking the subway alone in Tokyo. Its total madness there but I survived. Super long post up ahead..oops! Guess this took forever to even begin…but here goes!

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I knew I was in the right place the first thing I landed when I saw this..

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Lobby of The Fujiya Hotel in Hakone- whats really special about this place is the many celebrities and dignitaries it has played host too, including John Lennon and the Japanese emperor and empress…and maybe some Swedish prince I couldn't quite get the name of. So much history in one place! From how it was rebuilt twice to the black and white portraits of its guests on the creeky hallways. Its extremely expensive for locals to stay here, costing up to 20,000 yen per head to stay for a night. I think we paid 3 times less for 2 rooms (4 people! compared to 20,000 for 1!) because tourists get a special package. So it was definitely worthwhile to visit, and so beautiful too.

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One last one from Hakone.

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Upon arrival in back in the city, we headed straight to Ginza. Always love it when the roads close up during the weekends so it becomes like a blown up set in Universal Studios. Wearing a H&M shirt, Zara dress and coat from Korea (Thanks Jack!)

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After which, runnng to Ippudo's for supper. I think the gyozas are my favourite.

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Christmas lights near our hotel

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Home at the Conrad.

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View from the lobby on the 28th floor which soon felt like familarity.

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Pretty pimped up kiddos.

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We seem to always spend Sundays at Harajuku before heading down to Asakusa for lunch. On the way I spotted these ramen people!

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Best tempura I've ever tasted in my LIFE. !!!!!!!!!!! (100 exclaimation marks wouldn't do it enough justice)

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Shinn-san finally making his debut on the blog! He has been bringing us around for some of the best food in Tokyo and is the most stylish businessman I know. I guess thats partly because we share one thing in common: our love for shoes. But this dude is crazy, he owns 200 pairs he buys all over Europe and Japan. (Not including the 8 pairs lying in his office!) And he understands the importance of a perfect fit before anything else.

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So in Tokyo I photograph lots of random stuff…..

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And buy them too..

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Learn a trick or two at Japanese home cooking whenever Miyuki invites us for dinner.

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Always so well-fed by Shinn and Miyuki, I look kinda chubbs.. no idea how Miyuki and Koji-san stay so fit, they're the perfect couple. One's a marathon runner and the other's a surfer dude.

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They brought us for japanese pancakes at the Marunouchi the next day…loved being able to feel like I could 'whip' something up onto my plate.

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Such a pretty place..and always with great company.

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So it took me 3 trips to Japan to finally visit the famous Tsukiji fish market.

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But it soon became a pretty gruesome sight as you can see why….. couldn't really handle it.

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Back at the Asakusa shrine, I went to get a lot for fun…and got a good one!

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Of course you need touristy pics at a touristy place..wearing a leather jacket from Hong Kong and vest from Taobao.com with an American Aparel skirt.

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On early nights, I play dress-up as a detective and head down to the local amusement discount stores which sell everything from groceries to home furnishing appliances and even vintage Chanel. Wearing a Burberry trench with my trusty Dolce Vitas and a Monki hat.

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On the way to our after-christmas party to stuff ourselves silly because we had 30,000 yen to bomb on champange and food!

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So I ate alot. Like 3 bowls of chicken wings for myself and tons of pizza.

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Shopping at Shinjuku.

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And finally, en route home. Awaiting my flight at the ANA lounge. So nice to be able to take a shower at one of the most impressive lounges I've ever stepped into, and enjoy a piping hot bowl of udon before my flight. Check out my Tokyo Banana stash…

I guess thats it! One beautiful week in Tokyo and I can't wait to be back. Definitely need to start planning…anyway hope you enjoyed! Are you ready for more photo diaries from LA?