Tokyo Photo Diary

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If you have been stalking me on Instagram (*wink wink), you'd know that I was in Tokyo last week with my high school bestie. The trip was planned spontaneously - it happened just one day we thought it would be nice just two of us travelling together so it actually happened. It was my first time to travel alone with another girl so I was really looking forward to the trip!

The preparation work for the trip was a bit hideous because there are so many places to visit in Tokyo area. I tried different apps to plan schedule and Evernote is probably by far my favourite. You can make a check-list, insert photos (or even draw stuffs on the photos), paste links and more, which are really helpful. Evernote is available on Google Play and Apple Store, click here to download. If you're in Japan, I strongly suggest you to download Ekitan and Tokyo Subway apps for planning routes (Ekitan is highly recommended, especially if you accidentally miss your train and need to find a new route instantly).

One thing to note that we spent half hour to look for our apartment (we booked it through Airbnb), because the Japanese address format is different  from what I know. We literally walked pass our stay 3-4 times and we didn't know..... oh well. A lot of my friends have asked me why I booked my stay through Airbnb, and if it is legit etc.  I have to say, their customer service is perfect. I didn't tell you guys this, but last year Larry and I had some problems with our Airbnb apartment in L.A.. The host wasn't allowed to sub-contract the unit, but she still did it without notifying us. It ended up that the building manager wanted us to leave the place immediately, so we called Airbnb to resolve the issue. The Airbnb representative was  very friendly and moved us to another accommodation the next day (without additional charges). Even though it was our first time to use Airbnb, we felt that they actually care about their customers and ensure everything goes smoothly. That's why this time I suggested my friend and I to use Airbnb again. 

The trip was amazing but I have to say my legs probably want to murder me... we walked a lot everyday, like non stop walking... I got very bad blisters on my feet on the first day, so I had to wrap tissue papers around my toes to ease out the pain. Despite all that, I enjoyed having delicious Japanese food (the matcha soft ice cream is really tasty!) and embracing their culture. The streets are extremely clean and people are so friendly and polite, even though half of the time I was trying to understand more Japanese. We visited a lot of places: Shinjuku, Shibuya, Kichijoji, Tsuikiji Market, Asakusa, Odaiba, Ueno, and Yokohama, to name a few.

Talking about polite, my friend and I made a silly mistake at a conveyor belt sushi bar in Kamakura; after we finished ordering sushi, we looked around and saw everything was just beside us - soy sauce, water, cups, plates and chopsticks. There was a little jar that contained green powder inside. I was like "hmm, interesting, is it a new way to eat wasabi?" My friend and I took some green powder and mixed together with soy sauce. When our sashimi came, we tried the food with the soy sauce mixture and were surprised that the wasabi didn't taste spicy at all. One of the waitresses came, handed us a plate of wasabi (we then realized something was wrong!) and took away our plates of mixture silently. We just stared at each other, knew what just happened and then burst out laughing (well, we did keep our volume down because it would be really rude to do that) because the green powder was actually matcha powder.... oh boy, I was glad that the sushi chef and waitress didn't laugh at us. I hope we weren't the first one that made such a mistake, ha. Well, well, well, good memory.

A week in Tokyo definitely wasn't enough to explore everything, but travelling shouldn't be all about destinations - it should be about how you embrace different cultures, appreciate small things and laugh away all the silly mistakes.

von vogue tokyo japan travel diary

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7 comments

  1. nice post! amazing pics!
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  2. Nice place :)

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  3. Oh tokyo looks amazing!!! I so wish i can visit someday! Definitely a bucket list city.
    Love your pictures so much!

    x Carina
    Running White Horses | Fashion + Travel

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  4. Amazing! May I know what camera & lens you using?

    Thanks

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    1. Hello Koey, it's Canon 6D with sigma 35mm lens ;)

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  5. looks like so much fun!

    xx nikki
    www.dream-in-neon.com

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  6. LOL at that Matcha powder incident! Knowing me I am almost sure that would have happened to me too! Your photos look incredible. I dream of someday going to Japan!
    Thanks for sharing this with us! (:
    x Tanaka

    www.swankxtar.com

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