It seems like being stuck at home for two months has made me start longing for the times I could easily travel. For the past few days I have been rummaging around my camera reel, staring at the millions of photos we took from our trip around Asia in 2019.
Last year around this time in Spring, we were travelling around in Japan. It was my first time in Japan and as someone who has lived in metropolises such as London, Paris and Kuala Lumpur, I thought I knew what to expect when it comes to Tokyo. But boy, was I wrong.
The capital city of Japan is a blend of technicolour modern with nostalgic old. Turn into a small corner from the blinding pink brilliance of Shibuya and you’ll find yourself in a narrow alley neatly lined with small izakayas and shrines that dates back to hundreds of years ago. After the first few hours of walking around Tokyo, I decided to abandon all my previous ideas of Japan and just absorb it all in with a blank slate.
Looking at these photos, all the memories of the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes just flooded my mind like the smell of my mother’s cooking wafting gently around the house. Since they say a picture paints a thousand words, I would love to share some of my memories from Tokyo with you today. Here is my photo story on my postcards from Tokyo, Spring of 2019.
One of my absolute favourite Japanese street food is takoyaki. This delicious ball of goodness is comprised of a wheat flour-based batter, cooked in a special mold pan. The filling is usually minced or diced octopus, tempura scraps, pickled ginger, and green onion. Mmmm.
Discover my tips on how to eat for cheap in Japan.
My husband introduced me to Ghibli movies and the soundtracks are a permanent playlist in the background when I work now. Not to mention, how cute are the characters? Pictured here with friends from My Neighbour Totoro.
Lunch in the subway mall. I tried to figure out how to order ramen from these machines and it was definitely a hilarious experience with the lights flashing at me every second and trying to figure out what the instructions are when the automated voice is speaking in Japanese. We only found out later that there were clear instructions in English displayed on the wall right behind us.
We walked for a bit until we were completely lost, and when we turn the corner, we found the cutest little coffee shop nestled in the middle of a residential area. The café owner was actually playing with a kendama outside and he invited us to cozy up inside with a cup of hot coffee.
He showed us his collection of kendama displayed proudly around his café and we chatted for a bit. One year later and I still dream about this pretty little caffeine gem in Tokyo.
Another favourite souvenir from Tokyo: Discovering this extremely affordable gyoza joint in the middle of Shibuya. A plate of crispy grilled dumplings for 2.50€? Count me in.
Something else I love about Japan: their convenience stores! Or konbini, as the locals lovingly calls them. Whether it’s Lawson, 7-Eleven, or Family Mart, you can’t go to Japan and not try all that their konbini has to offer. It’s an amazing place to not only find really affordable yummy meals, you can also pay your bills, make your bank transactions, buy household goods, top up your mobile credit, or just sit with a cup of coffee and chill. Deserving of the name “convenience”, if you ask me.
Not ashamed to say I ate onigiris every morning for breakfast when we were in Tokyo.
If you’re curious about the wonders of konbini and what exactly is on the menu, then you can read about my experience of eating for a whole day at a konbini HERE.
I really loved taking this lovely trip down memory land and I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I loved creating it. Allow me to end this photo story with some of my favourite (almost all) meals from Tokyo.
Take care and until next time!