Saturday, April 09, 2016

my trip to Japan 2015 (shopping in Tokyo)

I of course did a lot of other things than going to Disneyland on my trip to Japan last year. Mostly shopping, since that is one of my favourite things about Japan and Tokyo - the freedom of expression with fashion & the amazing shopping for people with any kind of style there is! Tokyo has it all. This post will be dedicated to some of the amazing places that I went to. 

The picture above is the TRUMP second hand shop, a shop that is connected to the famous nightclub TRUMP ROOM (not the same location as each other though). Both of them are in Shibuya and the nightclub is kind of a center for all the people who are "A-list celebrities" fashion-wise in Tokyo. They have all kinds of parties, and I'm kind of hoping to attend one in the future since they look very fun haha. The second hand shop was really overpriced though, things that should be like 4 $ were like 40 $, so... warning. But cool-looking shop and fairly easy to find.

Me and my best friend decided to go to the big and famous shopping center Shibuya 109. They have quite a lot of nice shops in there, but I'm more of a second hand shop kinda person. Quite loud, big and all that, but definitely worth a visit.

Of course, as the Japanese fashion lover I am, I visited the famous Takeshita Dori in Harajuku. It's a street in Harajuku, which is like a fashion center inside the "alternative" fashion center of Tokyo. A important visit if you're into crazy fashion. I found a second hand shop there called "We (heart) C", I think, which aesthetics I really liked. You will probably not want to go to Takeshita Street on a weekend, but it's crowded and loud all the time.

My favourite shop in Tokyo (& the world) so far is Kinji!!! It's a big second hand shop in Harajuku. It has so many fun things (at a fairly good price, 10-25$ seems to be the normal price) and it's easy to find.

Everything in the shop is divided into style-sections. They even have signs and pictures of information of Japanese fashion styles (there are quite a few special and popular ones) so if you like frilly stuff or mori stuff or hip hop or whatever, you will find an aisle dedicated to that style. I mostly photographed the pink and cute stuff since that was what I wanted to buy there.

I spent a long time checking out everything in this shop, since I have such a broad fashion style I wanted to look at everything. I really can't wait to go back!!!

Something that was special (& awkward) for me was meeting Ririan!!! She is one of my fashion inspirations that I have seen several times on for example and I also follow her on Instagram. From what I remember she thought it was really fun meeting me. She's not really a super famous Harajuku-celebrity like some others, so I think it was surprising to her that she has a fan all the way in Sweden! You can check out her instagram here!

Now, let's move from Harajuku and Shibuya to another amazing fashion center of Tokyo... Koenji! It's kind of a more hipster, quirky and less stereotypically "Harajuku"-styled place. Lots of second hand and indie shops.

It was a must for me to visit a few shops there, and one of them was "Spank!". It's a famous cutesy a la 80's second hand shop. Quite easy to find since it's like on a 'main street' in Koenji. I got a pair of vans shoes there that I love! Very nice (& famous) staff!!!

Another shop in Tokyo, has a rockabilly and vintage feel to it. Pretty nice but I didn't buy anything and the staff was rude... well, not really rude, they just ignored me. Usually that's the opposite of what Japanese shop staff does. Happy staff makes such a difference! But many probably feel uncomfortable or awkward around foreigners since they usually don't speak english well or at all. No worries, just smile at me and I'm happy!

Another nice shop. I visited a lot of GREAT vintage shops in Koenji. I did not take photos of them all since some of them are very small & you are the only customer in that tiny space with 1 staff person, so it's kind of awkward ha...

This shop had a lot of amazing things, as you can see.
Nice to walk around in a shop that isn't tiny!

One of my favourite shops in Koenji are KIKI & KIKI2 (they're on the same street). One is more child-ish & one is more for adults, I think. They're packed with old school and vintage toys (that you can buy) and other goodies. Also cute fashion, of course.

My look on one of the shopping days! I went all the way with this Disney look haha... why not, when you're in Harajuku you might as well? My Japanese friends and the "Baby, the stars shine bright" staff said I look very "Harajuku".

Even though I don't dress in lolita (yet!) I really love and appreciate the fashion.
It was fun to visit the Baby, the stars shine bright shop in Harajuku.

I got a pair of knee high socks at the shop!

I got a pair of socks and a hair clip at Bubbles 
(another famous shop in Japan).

I also got these socks on my trip. I'm a crazy sock lady,
so I was happy to find so many fun socks in Japan!

I hope you enjoyed this post of my fashion shopping in Japan. I of course got more clothes, visited more shops than this etc. but as I said I don't have nice pictures of all the stuff (I wish I had though), so showing them would result in a post more messy than this one.

Best wishes, Matilda.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

my trip to Japan 2015 (Tokyo Disneyland)

Since it's exactly one year ago I was in Japan I thought I would go down memory lane and share some pictures of my trip! Mostly for my own sake because I of course love looking at the pictures and thinking about the time I spent in Tokyo, Japan. Let's start with Disneyland!

I went to Tokyo to visit my best friend who was studying there. We went to Disneyland at the end of my around 1 week stay in Japan. It was in beginning of April so there was an Easter theme at the park. A big dream come true for me to go to Disneyland and I was so exited and happy! Next time I'm there I wish to go to DisneySea (?) too, another part of the Disneyland Resort.

I wore an Alice inspired outfit with a dress I have made myself and a Mickey Mouse jacket I got in Harajuku a few days earlier. It was quite gloomy weather but it was warm.

Minnie Mouse's house! We didn't enter anyone
else's house because of the long queues.

I really liked the "It's a small world"-ride.

I forgot to ride this one. They look so beautiful.

I was still eating meat at this time last year so I had the
Mickey burger. Very basic boring food, but at least it has
the shape of Mickey (& that was all I cared about haha).

I accidently captured these girls taking a photo while
I was photographing the castle and I thought it was cute!

One of the parades was cancelled due to rain I think (did it
even rain?) and we were generally confused about the parades
haha maybe we should've checked the schedule beforehand...

I was sad because there were no Disney characters walking
around the park!!! I wanted to meet some of them! :(

Chocolate waffle! Looks so much better than it tasted.

Here comes lots of pictures of the park in general. No pictures
of the other parts than the ones shown because either it was
dark by the time we got to them or we were distracted.

I hope you enjoyed this! I want to go there again so badly!

Best wishes, Matilda.