After four years living in Tokyo I never ever got tired of standing in the middle of Shibuya crossing and feeling the rush of people coming from every direction. It’s like nowhere else in the world and was one of my favourite places to take visitors on one of their first days in Tokyo just to throw them into the deep end and immerse them in all things Japanese. The neon signs, electronic billboards, loud music, endless foot traffic (fun fact: up to 2,500 people use the crossing at every light change) are a sight to behold and if you haven’t been yet, add it to your bucketlist.
The Japanese and Koreans are like nail art/manicure Einstein level geniuses and I was completely spoilt when it came to them catering to every nail fantasy my imagination would conjure up. Alas! My Tokyo chapter came to a tearful close at the end of January this year, and I say it was tearful partially due to the fact I am going to miss the incredible beauty/fashion/foodie experiences I became accustomed to.
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Having flown into Seoul from NZ the previous night we decided to have a lazy sight seeing Saturday and go check out the famous Dongdaemun Design Plaza which I’d discovered had been designed by arguably the world’s most famous female architect, London based Zaha Hadid.
The pictures that kept popping up on my screen everytime I searched for info on the Design Plaza, coupled with the fact that I was feeling an odd sense of pride that this magnificent architectural masterpiece was designed by a woman (girl power and all that) had me pretty excited. Armed with our “his & hers” Canon DSLRs, we were ready to capture the architectural visual delights that previous online reviews had promised. (more…)
On a recent late night shopping trip to Chadstone mall in Melbourne I was on the hunt for a great pair of black ankle boots. Well, like many of my well intentioned shopping excursions, I got sidetracked and I never found the boots BUT what I did find totally made up for it. I discovered the perfect, most comfortable pair of athleisure tights/leggings/yoga pants – whatever you want to call them is beside the point, because what matters is the fact that they fit like a dream!
I wasn’t prepared for how utterly enchanting Kyoto would be in the spring time, nor was I prepared for how bitterly cold the weather would be. Kyoto was a very (I mean VERY) last minute day trip destination pitstop, on our way back to Tokyo, after a couple of nights spent in Hiroshima/Miyajima Island, but boy was it worth it!
There are moments when I get a little cocky and feel like I have explored my fair share of Tokyo city, but those moments are especially fleeting when I decide to venture out on a sunny weekend like this one. This city is vast and so jam packed full of surprises and hidden gems that it’s impossible (and inexcusable) to ever allow boredom to set in. (more…)