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omotesando: more than shopping

One of my favourite places in Tokyo is (still) Omotesando. Reason for that is NOT the long shopping mile with all the fancy big labels, but the small side roads. For example the narrow alley from Shibuya to Harajuku, or as well on opposite side. Here you will find second hand stores, small labels, Cafés and Bars to sit outside. Easy to spend a day! Every time I go there, I find a new place and add a new star on my Map 🙂

Especially since January the outdoor event / beer garden area re-opened! This year it’s called commune246 and its a collection of small bars, trailers, a stage and several snack bars. To avoid frosty fingers you can sit beneath the heater during wintertime or enjoy the Tokyo heat during summer time while drinking all sort of cocktails or beers! And if you live here in Tokyo you know how rare it is to have such outdoor places. In this year you can even have a sleep over in a caravan, if you had too many drinks 🙂
Further Tips for those who do not won’t to stick to the standard Omotesando course:

drunken business men #2

Eventuell erinnert ihr euch noch an einen etwas älteren Post zu den betrunkenen Anzugträgern in der Tokyo Metro? Hier ist Teil 2!

Remember my post about drunken business men at the Metro stations in Tokyo? Here is part #2! And and al least Thursday, Friday and Saturday night it’s quite common to experience this kind of scene! Luckily the train conductors seem to be really trained…

funny food

Zu Beginn habe ich ja immer mal wieder auch Essensbilder geteilt! Zeit wird’s mal wieder für eine Serie “lustiges Essen” in Japan!

At the beginning of my stay in Japan I shared a lot of food pics. Over the last weeks I could again collect a number of funny food & meals which I only saw in Japan. sometimes I still wonder who comes up with this ideas…

tokyo tip: ochanomizu

If you stay in Japan for longer than a holiday, you might get into the situation of searching something specific but not finding it in this huge city! Here is one tip for those, who are looking for:

a) All kind of Guitars & Violins
b) Snowboards, Skis and clothes as well as Bikes

Ochanomizu (so called Tee-water-street), close to Akihabara, might be your solution! Not far from the station you find a street where you can ONLY buy guitars!
Going further you end up on Yasukuni Dori, where one wintersports-shop is followed by the next! Floor by floor stuffed with skis, snowboard and everything else you need to survive the winter.
Be sure you have time when going there….

1,5 years in Japan

Over 1,5 years in Japan! Time for another video. Some scenes are already from last year, so I hope you don’t mind o.O!
I just recognized, I don’t show Tokyo any more…. So next video should be more about Tokyo I guess 🙂

Tokyo, Shibuya // Okinawa, Ishigaki // Nikko, MTB // Niseko, Skiing // Shimoda, MTB // Mt Yufu, Hiking // Kyushu, Waterfall

obon 2014 | #1 roadtrip to the south

In march we already travelled to Kyushu. Unluckily it was raining almost all of the time. So we decided: let’s try again this Obon week (Summer holiday in Japan)
Reasons? Even with rain Kyushu was beautiful and we wanted to spend some more time outside of the van, as well we wanted to check out another Camper van in Fukuoka (VW – yeahhh!), to add to our “collection”.

We started our trip by driving to Lake Biwa, close to Kyoto, Japan’ largest freshwater lake. Around Moriyama, there are some nice, stony beaches with barbecue areas, where you can spend your day.
After spending a night on a hidden parking area close to the Okayama port (not a good idea – because I got noisy due to the fisher boats at 5:00), we travelled one day to Naoshima island, to visit the Art projects. If you are somehow interested in Art I would recommend to go there! We brought our own bikes, but you can also rent bikes at the port and do the whole tour of roughly 14km by bike.
And Naoshima Bath house (I♥湯) looks a little bit weird, but Is a nice contrast to other typical Japanese onsen.

Sooooo cute!

I thought I saw it all: dogs in clothes, with sunglasses, fancy hairstyles carried around in baby wagons. But this – it’s just so cute 🙂 it was a couple carrying around their baby dog at Omotesando. I just had to ask for a picture!!

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