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springtime & hanami

Spring is just the best time in Tokyo! Blue sky, warm temperatures and everything is blooming. First the plum trees and now the cherry blossoms. I’m getting in really good mood by just walking a round and seeing all this fluffy white and pink trees. That is why also this year I would like to share some Tokyo springtime impressions with you all…. Hope you also catch some spring fever 🙂

pancakes! and cream!

Did it! Since 2,5 years now, I’m going by Eggs’n & Things close to Harajuku, famous for their pancakes. Usually the waiting queue is about 300m long, so I never even thought about getting some!
But by surprise this Saturday, valentines day, I walked by with some friends visiting from China and there was NO queue at all! So I had real Hawaiian pancakes this weekend for the for the first time.
Oishii –  yummy! But be aware about the huge amount of cream o.O –  I have to workout the whole week I guess…

Geschafft! Seit 2,5 Jahre komme ich immer wieder am Eggs’n & Things, in der Nähe von Harajuku vorbei. Der Laden ist  berühmt für Pancakes und normalerweise ist die Warteschlange mindestens 300m lang. Darum hab ich nie daran gedacht hier jemals zu essen!

Aber diesem Samstag, am Valentinstag (!) war es überraschenderweise anders!  Keine Schlange, keine Wartezeit?! Also gab’s Hawaiianische Pancakes am Samstag!
Oishii – Lecker! Aber bitte auf den Berg Sahne achten – das heisst: Sport, Sport, Sport!

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:

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….