Spring in Tokyo (Part 7): Harajuku & Odaiba

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Day 4

We were going to Yoyogi Park and with my very bad map-reading, I suggested we start from Shibuya station! 🙂 Asked a stranger for directions because my map and the city map were both not very useful for a bad navigator. He pointed towards the street we walked every day -___- while uttering a bunch of Japanese that went unheard. So I thanked him and walked towards where he pointed. Of course, we were lost again. So I asked someone else and she, too, started rapping and pointing. But I roughly got it, so we made our way down. Passing where our apartment was. We wasted so much time!! 😦
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Saw the NHK Broadcasting Center (NHK放送センター) so I know we were on the right track. The directions she gave (and I interpreted) was wrong?? But we just anyhow walked (as usual).

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Outside Yoyogi National Gymnasium (国立代々木競技場) we saw lots of colourful cars and tents around.
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It was Outdoor Day!
Suddenly Yuxuan was like “eh Casia! Dippin Dots!” then I’m like !!!!!!!
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So I bought a rainbow one 😀 even though it was so cold brrrrrrrrrrr anything for childhood!
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The vendor commented that I was also rainbow!! Hahahaha!!! 😀
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Saw some really good-looking kebab! But I came here for Japanese food!!!! So I passed :/
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I want!!!!
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It was crazy steep why would anyone dare to test drive this on a small little ramp??
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Nice view of the suspension roof on a bridge. On the bridge, Yuxuan’s empty cup flew down onto some tent and the vendors below were all very shocked by what seemed like an imbecile tourist. Said imbecile tourist ran down and apologised but the nice locals offered to discard it for her. Japanese are awesome 😀
Wasted a lot of strolling time at this distraction of a fair!!! 😦

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We found Yoyogi Park (代々木公園)!!! With lots of street foods!!!!! 😀
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Omgosh look at this mass of chicken skin :/
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It was already so crowded!! We also wanted to picnic but had no food and no mat -___-.
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Found more stalls along the way and quickly went to get some food for breakfast lol.
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Decided on an okonomiyaki although we had to wait around 10 minutes for it T_T
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This is obviously not ours. Because of me.
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Also got yakisoba while waiting for the pancake to be ready.
Our initial plan was to buy bento but Shibuya has none???? Especially early in the morning??? T_T
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Tried to look for an unoccupied bench to no avail. It’s the weekends after all 😦
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Found this beautiful ulu sakura petal-lined pathway!!!! ^____^
Being so ulu, we sat on a tree’s root and started our weird botak-view picnic…
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Plastic bags were our makeshift leisure sheets, only enough for the food. Even so, we dropped so many bits on the dirt. We picked them up when we were done eating ok!!!
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Oishii!!!!!! 😀 Between the two I preferred yakisoba because okonomiyaki has a very complex taste lol. But they’re both yummy! 😀
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After eating, we propped up her phone and connected my remote shutter and started taking silly shots in the forest. Benefits of uluness 🙂
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I swapped my brogues out for my trainers because my toes were busted from walking so much the day before. I also wore toe socks thinking it could prevent my blistered toes from further rubbing against each other. It really felt so much better with toe socks on!!!!!! 😀 I bought a lot more later, so I could wear them all for the remaining days 🙂
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AIYA.
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Wore my earrings out that day since I brought them. So not used to having earrings in my piercings for years, my ears bled and became crusty. Gross. No wonder it was so painful the whole day T__T
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鱼xuan can swim anywhere.
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So many selfie sticks on the floor LOOOOLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!
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YOU SHALL NOT PASS.
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Bird me.
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Bird them. The crows in Japan are really big!!! They contrast with the sakura a lot but it makes for a nice photo 🙂
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The flowers in Japan are all so beautiful!!!! Would be so motivated to go jogging if Singapore had flowers like these and a temperature that doesn’t threaten heatstroke…
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No time to sit and admire flowers ;___;
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Found our way out! Asked strangers for directions like an illiterate but they actually could speak English -___- They were so nice, going out of their way to help us! But… they gave us the wrong direction -___- Luckily we discovered a map that was easy to read lol…

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Meiji Shrine (明治神宮)!!!!!!!!!!
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It looks really grand and mesmerising in person but it dulls in comparison in pictures :/
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Really like this gate a lot. Don’t know why lol…
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I like this place!!! 😀
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She never tried to tell me how bad buttoning my cardigan looks… It was really cold at Yoyogi Park ok??
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Please forget about my cardigan.
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You may keep this in your memory instead…
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Why is everything so beautiful???
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This led to Kiyomasa’s Well. We didn’t go in.
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Well… (that’s my well face) (please get it or GET OUT LOL) it costed 500 yen to enter…
Immediate revenge cos I got dirt on my trousers from kneeling for this photo -____- Sorry Kiyomasa I bet your well is great… So if any of you can fork out the 500 yen, please go in and improve your luck. Maybe then your pants will remain clean 🙂
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Sake barrels looking so cute and what they’re doing there explained.
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!!!! Spy a cutie pie !!!!!!
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That guy was just sitting there, blinking, breathing and,
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being the unfortunate subject of every tourist’s attention.
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Oh, and the little hearts in their roof wood are just so cute!!!!
Was buying some omamori and suddenly it grew really silent around us…
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BAM! Wedding!
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So beautiful!!!
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The topiaries ^___^
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Wedding photoshoot! I’m not the only kaypoh ok!!!!!! There were about 15 other people crowded around. I was just looking at the kimono!!!
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Eh???? I took photo of the obi stuff at the back… Don’t tell me I deleted the photo to make space??? 😦
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Then I ran away from this area.
Also didn’t know where Yuxuan was… So, I just ran away silently because !!!!!!
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OMG!!!
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If you noticed from the pictures above, they all came separately???
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So pretty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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She was so sian and cheeky and superrrrrrrrrr cute!!!!!
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It looks like Shichi-Go-San Festival?? But it’s nowhere near November!!
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Sooooo cute!!!!!
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The little one was making everyone crowding around laugh. Me included 😀
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She was really restless but sooooo adorable 😀 😀 😀
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Hahahaha I couldn’t delete any photos because it’s too cute! And my photos weren’t blurry at all!!!
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Distracted by another wedding…
Then I found Yuxuan again!!
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Kimonos are amazing!! Look at the swaddle man!!!
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The toilets in Meiji Shrine are darn amazing!!!!!! Their cubicles were round and the door slides into the cubicle. Space optimising, gorgeous and futuristic layout!!!!!! And not to mention, spotless!!! Would’ve taken a picture of the interior but there were people inside and that’d be quite rude…

Walked to Harajuku to look for lunch and shopping!! 😀
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Gindaco is a popular takoyaki chain and I wanted to eat takoyaki so… this I had for lunch! 😀
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Best damn takoyaki I have ever had!!!!! Huge chunk of octopus within the crunchy soft batter that came piping hot ;___; Sweet Jesus ;____;
Can’t wait to have them again from the Singapore branch; it probably wouldn’t taste as good but definitely better than whatever else I’ve been having!
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Aimlessly wandered onto Takeshita Street 😀
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They have 2 popular crêpe stalls adjacent to each other!!! How to choose when you only want one???
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So I walked around looking at which wrappers more people were holding… cannot count T___T
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Yuxuan said Angels Hearts had more wrappers so ok…
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Strawberry cheesecake is usually my choice of crêpe lol…
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Dayum!!!! 😀 Very delicious ^___^
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Wrapper is so cute too!! I hope I visit Japan soon again and get to try Marion Crêpes (and stuff myself with lots of food that I did not eat this time)!!
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Purikura centres are abundant and really cheap!!!!!! 😀 400 yen per machine!
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The good thing is they print individual copies so you don’t have to cut up the sheet into tiny photos you can hardly see! But not knowing what they’re saying while there’s a time limit is so stressful! That’s why the first one came out it a wrong format -___-
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Look at Yuxuan!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA 😀
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Tried to swag but the machine tried to cute me back. I lost the battle. PS I don’t pose like that (left image) ok!! I was just copying the example because I didn’t know what to do…
I liked shopping in Harajuku. I was skeptical at first because I thought it would be very Bugis Street and I have difficulty liking anything there. Takeshita Street had very nice and unique clothes (not just the Harajuku girls sort) and I bought a crazy awesome scarf thing for $50 with hardly any hesitation LOL.
Browsing stores offer comedy too, because of the slogan tee trend and their use of random English words that are seemingly cool.
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Out notice put. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
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Tear?????
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I’m discover! 😀 HAHAHAHAHAHA 😀

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Strolled around Omotesando for a bit, but rushed off because we’re always behind time on the itinerary…
Took a train to Tochōmae station, hoping to go to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (東京都庁) and visit the South Observatory before night fell for a good view. The South Observatory closes at 6pm and we were just a little too late .___.
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Walked to Shinjuku station without the difficulty we faced the day before. Still really pissed about that…
Went to Muji, thought of having dinner at the café but decided against it. Went on and played at the arcade for a bit because I’m a sucker for UFO catchers. I really have badly influenced Yuxuan.
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Hehehehehe ^___^ Should’ve stopped at Kirimi-chan because I caught it with less than 500 yen. Gambling addiction? T_T
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Bought a Pasmo because I was running out of value in my Suica and I wanted to keep the cards lol .__.

Headed to Odaiba, and the ride on the Yurikamome line was very pleasant because the scenery was so night-vibrant!
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Odaiba is so bloody far we reached there around 9.30pm -___-
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Alighted beside Palette Town because we wanted to go on the Daikanransha (大観覧車)!!!!
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It’s so pretty! I’m still bothered by how dark Japan gets when the sun goes down and early.
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Had dinner at First Kitchen first. Even its name told us to eat there first before riding the ferris wheel! Thank god because it was 10pm when we had this and they were about to close as we were finishing. If we’d miss it, that’d be no dinner till midnight???
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Nuggets were yummy!
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A slab of chicken, kinda fat, so-so…
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Butter shoyu potato! Sounded so promising but tasted ok only…
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Transparent car duh!!! 900 yen each 🙂
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Yay! Check out the reflection of the ferris wheel on the building!
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I was standing most of the time and it got frightening halfway through because it was kinda shaky?
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The heart!!
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Tokyo Tower?
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Beautiful circuit!
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So difficult to capture it not over-exposed nor under-exposed.
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I tried…
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Oh ya, can I just express my disappointment in the Rainbow Bridge? The whole time I saw it it was Green Bridge.
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There’s also a bridge with a random stick poking out of nowhere and at first glance I didn’t know it was a bridge until she told me.
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I think Odaiba is a place you have to spend at least half a day at, because there are so many areas I had hope to visit but we only made it to Daikanransha -____-
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I’m a Hatsune Miku who can’t sing lol. Anyway, spent so much time in the arcade again… I had terrible luck and spent 2,500 yen on capsules and catching one small shiba inu. Thing about UFO catchers is, if you don’t catch anything, you lose! So you have no choice but to leave with at least one thing.
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Then we left because it was 11pm zzz -___- normally at this timing we’re heading back to the apartment or heading out to look for supper -____-
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Goodbye disappointing Green Bridge.
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You can also see here that Yuxuan uses her phone a lot. 很有钱 man.

It was late but the day(/night) didn’t end when we reached Shibuya past midnight lol. Will continue in the next post!! 🙂

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