Welcome to my first travel post!
I decided to name the travel section of my blog “Where the fresh hell is Jamie? XXXX edition”. I’ll put on my travel blogger cap and do my best to document my trips around the world, hopefully as profound and exciting as I experience them.
I’m kicking off my travels with the exciting, electric, and eclectic city of Tokyo. I’ve spent the past three days here, and I’m writing this as I’m gearing up to head off to another part of Japan, just a sneak peek of my whirlwind Japanese tour. But I digress. Let’s get back to Tokyo.
I’m just going to put it out there. Tokyo is LIT.
It’s my second time here and it’s even more hustling and bustling than I remember. The food is amazing, the people are nice, the streets are busy, the shopping is ahead of the trend, and the city is gorgeous .
Tokyo is definitely a city of contrasts. During the day, the air is crisp and clean and it just feels so refreshing to be out here. At night, the city lights up and Tokyo gets turnt.
The one thing I’ve been doing more than anything else is eating. It’s going to be a hard series of spin classes to cancel it out when I get home. It’s worth it though because honestly, nothing can compare to fresh and authentic Japanese food. We don’t stress out about finding the perfect place to eat because any random place you come across on the street will still be excellent.
Please enjoy this photo of my first meal in Japan: the forever enjoyable bowl of Chirashi.
In contrast: a quirky plate of french fries with rainbow mystery sauces.
I’ve come to realize that there are two extremes in Japan, another contrast. The minimal and the extra. This becomes obvious when observing aesthetics and design, it’s really quite all or nothing with not much in between. As much as I enjoy the satisfying sleekness and minimalist themes, I also appreciate a good sparkly rainbow unicorn accent piece. In Tokyo, you’ll see plenty of both.
I love Japan for it’s ocd-esque and neutral toned atmospherics.
(yes I ate at a shake shack because i’m east coast trash and shake shack > life itself)
But I also love Japan for pulling off shit like this.
HOW DOPE IS THIS BATHROOM?
This was taken at a restaurant. Table for three please, right next to the acid trip carousel is fine. There was a dance show too, on the carousel. It was all good fun. Stay weird, Japan.
And now, an exciting moment: me beating the long-reigning crane game. This might be the happiest moment of my life.
I won a giant Shiba Inu. He’s wearing blush. We’re in love.
I leave for Sapporo tomorrow morning to go to their Winter Festival. Me, a tropical island girl who’s never seen snow in her life, and -23 degree weather and a snowboarding slope.
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