It was drizzling this morning (Ben's fault- last night he hoped it would "bucket down" and last night it did. It then continued as light rain until about lunch time today.) and we decided to go straight to Harajuku for breakfast. The shops didn't open until 11 (it is Sunday, afterall) so we had a bit of wandering before a quick coffee stop and people watching.
All of the high end shops are lining the main street- D&G, Chanel, Dior, Bvlgari and both sides have beautiful big green trees. There are lots of little off streets where we found creperies and smaller boutique shops.
When things started to open we stopped at a sushi train on the main strip. Walking in the door the three chefs and each waitress yell out good morning in unison to you. Confused by the sudden yelling and the waitress instructing us how to use a machine that wraps your wet umbrella in a sheath of plastic to keep it from dripping, Ben proceeded to place our umbrella in what turned out to be the bin. We didn't realise until we'd sat down and it was far too late to get up and take it out. At some point a waitress took it out for us. Haha
We stopped in at KiddyLand (think bright colours, children singing Beatles covers and Hello Kitty), Zara and a great vintage clothes store on the way up to the big park in Harajuku that holds the Meiji Jingu Shrine - a Shinto Shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shokem.
|My hair styled by: the wind and a low voltage Japanese hairdryer. Not even straightners would touch those bad boys on this day!|
After our parks visit we had a drink (a mojito, Mum, and not a bad one either!) and a fried pizza - apparently a must try in Japan. Not especially mind blowing, just a fairly tasteless bolognese samosa.
Also couldn't resist a spot of post dinner shopping at UniQlo- it hasn't seen the end of us.
Sorry for length of posts, I usually hand write a travel journal but figured this would do the trick instead. I'm making sure I'm thorough for memories sake!! Actually, I'm not sorry.