Monthly Archives: November 2009

2008 Autumn Roadtrip – Part IX

autumn road trip part IX

If you want to know more about Amanohashidate, you can feel freeto read about it online , which is something we probably should have done ourselves instead of just rolling up at 6 AM and being like “sooo… uhh, where and umm, how do we see it?” – without even a clear idea of what exactly it was (it’s a long sand bar in a bay, by the way) let alone where to find the “entrance. ” We drove around for about 30 minutes until a kindly old man at McDonalds (hey, there aren’t a lot of food choices at 6AM in the middle of remote countryside Kyoto) who insisted on referring to Starbucks Girl as “himesama” (“Princess”) managed to point us in the correct direction.

A few from Tuesday

paul smith daikanyama

It was gorgeous autumn weather out last Tuesday, and there are few better places to take advantage of it than the myriad of cafes lining the winding streets between Shibuya and Daikanyama. Thus my spiffy new $14 puffar vest and I headed over to see how much caffeine I could cram down my throat. I managed 8 cups of espresso in various forms over the course of 12 hours, though I stopped being able to hold the camera steady long before that….It was, in every way, a wonderful day.

Ura-Harajuku Part I


But for now, something a little bit different. There are a lot of fun places to see in Tokyo (one of the reasons I like it so much) – some more familiar to Westerners than others. One of the neighborhoods that got a lot of attention back in the states a few years back (thanks to Gwen Steffani, I suppose) is Harajuku. I happen to like Harajuku quite a bit as it packs a lot of interesting stuff, but sometimes people only scratch the surface – i.e. the two main drags of Ometesando-dori and Takeshita-dori – of what it has to offer. Those places are quite nice in and of themselves and you could do worse than to spend some time (and money) walking down them. However, in my opinion, it’s the back streets of Harajuku – known as “Uraharajuku” (or “Urahara” for short) that are far more interesting than the more commonly visited Takeshita and Omotesando streets. In addition to countless hip clothing stores (a veritable paradise for a tragic fashion victim such as myself and a prime reason why I’m perpetually broke), this area also features some pretty great cafes, and is inhabited by some of the trendiest cats around, if you’re into people watching.