Thursday, February 28, 2013

From Shinjuku to Harajuku

It was the around the end of January when I had to wake up early sending my mom off to the airport. Spent few hours afterwards at Starbucks while waiting for Vivi, my high school best friend to come.

My day was started with a cup of Grande Caramel Machiatto


Brought vivi to Kotegaeshi Okonomiyaki at Shinjuku. Besides Sushi and Ramen, a must have food for visitors in Japan is Okonomiyaki!

and this Okonomiyaki restaurant at Shinjuku is the best one I have found so far.

新宿 こてがえし
〒160-0022 東京都新宿区新宿3-21-9 ダッキープラザビル3F

The interior inside designed so Japanese with Edo themed wallpaper

four minutes and you have to flip your Okonomiyaki

Ready to be eaten!

This one is Monjayaki. If Okonomiyaki is Osaka's signature food, Monjaki is Tokyo's


Squeezed Rilakkuma inside UFO catcher!


Right after purikura, we took the Yamanote line from Shinjuku and got off at Harajuku.

In front of the famous Meiji Jingu

People's wishes

The balloon man who always makes balloons on that corner seat of Harajuku's Starbucks every weekend.

Crepes, the iconic food of Takeshita Street. There are probably around 6 or 7 shops around

The night view of Harajuku, from the 5th floor Tokyu Plaza.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

OOTD: Winter is Still Here

Today is extremely windy here in Tokyo and that makes the 7 degrees C temperature feels so much colder. I can't wait for spring to come, the winter has been long enough.

Despite the windy day, I already had plan with Nayun to go to this culinary school's festival (will be blogged in separate post soon) and I already asked her as well to take pictures of my outfit  for one of my job applications. Those pictures as well are perfect for the first official fashion post for this blog. And from now on I probably will try my best to take outfit pics often.

Talking about my fashion or what I like to wear, it has changes over the time, not only following the trend but also my age. For the past year, my all the time fave item is collared items. Varied from button down shirts, peter pan collar, scallop collar, collared dresses, etc.

studded button down denim: Bliss Point / Coat: Ehyphen World Gallery / Shoes: Keds x Lowrys Farm / Skirt : Pageboy

p.s: did u notice, I forgot to buttoned one of the buttons -.-


Saturday, February 23, 2013

The First Gokokuji of the Year

Few weeks before I move to my current place, I took a walk exploring the neighbourhood and found out a huge temple called Gokokuji.

I went back there again with my mom after I moved last January and picked an omikuji after praying for a good year ahead (known as hatsumode in Japanese). I got the regular fortune, a step down for last year but well, I believe it's enough for a great year!

A Buddha statue

My mom taking a tourist pic :D


the year of snake, 2013!

Just trying out my camera

My pretty mom

This is where people hang the bad luck omikuji, hoping that what's written there won't come true

This one is probably one of my fave photo taken so far!


Afterwards, we went to this steak and cafe called Kennedy at Higashi Ikebukuro. It was new and offering a great del of lunch set. Very cheap and I'm pretty much sure will come back there when I crave for some steak.

Address: 東京都豊島区東池袋4-5-1 エアライズタワー1F

Sirloin steak, salad, rice and a drink for just 1000 yen

My mom and her half eaten 500 yen lunch set


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hello and Harajuku

Hello, this is Amelia and welcome to my personal photo blog.

This blog is mostly going to be about my life in Tokyo, food review, travel, arts, random photos and fashion. All photos on these blogs are taken by me unless credited :)


It was on a sunny mid January, few days after a hard unusual snowfall in Tokyo when my mom and I went to Harajuku.

Harajuku is probably one of the most well known place in Japan. But it is not as extreme what it is portrayed in media abroad. I hardly can spot people wearing lolita or gothic fashion these days, yet gotta agree that this is one of the most creative place in the world. 

The old fashioned Harajuku JR Station

Meiji Jingu's entrance

A street artist, something usual in Harajuku


We decided to have gyoza for dinner at this place called Harajuku Gyoza Lou. Located at the backstreet of Harajuku/Omotesando.

What's good about this place is that it is really good yet affordable. It can get very busy at night and people are willing to line up to eat here but the line moves rather quickly. I probably only had to wait for around 5 minutes before getting to be seated that night. Plus, they have English menu!

Address : 6-2-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Bean sprouts with minced meat. Loved it!

We can watch the workers boiling or frying the gyoza from the counter seat

The Yaki Gyoza, this one is better than the boiled one and only for 290 yen!

The rice comes together with a bowl of soup


we walked around just for a while after dinner since all stores are closing pretty early. 

pretty shop display

me at the cat street

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