One of the first places I went was Takeshita Street in Harajuku, a mecca for youth fashion and everything cute. A lot has changed since I was there last, fashions have obviously changed, I spotted a lot more cat unicorn hoodies and less heart shaped sunglasses on this first wander and I saw plenty of the heart window backpacks that have been popping up on the Tokyo fashion social media accounts I follow for a while now. There are also a whole lot more crepe places now that the whole Harajuku crepe trend is an internationally known phenomenon. There's also an unofficial mascot now and I loooove her!
Another thing that's new since I was last in Japan is that Starbucks now have a vegan doughnut! I'd actually never been to Starbucks until I came to Tokyo for the first time, I obviously hate their business practices but what can I say, I'm weak and the soy milk situation here is very dairy-ful. Without speaking the language a dairy free latte is not easy to come by.As they've upped their vegan game with this cake doughnut (ask for the cakey doughnut) I'm giving up on feeling guilty about capitalism for a sec' and embracing the deliciousness. Best enjoyed alongside a matcha soy latte!
T's Tan Tan was another obvious spot to revisit and Nick and I made it there yesterday. Located on Keiyo Street inside Tokyo Station this can be a challenging spot to find given the maze like nature of the station. Purchasing a platform ticket and just following signs for Keiyo Steet will get you there though, just keep walking. This is their new pork-style ramen which comes with pickles and dumplings. It was one of the best things I've eaten recently and I'll be going back again soon.
Whilst Nick and I were adventuring late last night we stumbled upon a parade of PomPomPurins in Shinjuku station! They're there to celebrate the pup's 20th birthday and I was SO EXCITED to see them! I love PomPomPurin!
So far being back in Japan just feels right, I mean where else in the world can you stumble across plushy life sized characters to cuddle in a place where everyone just waits for each other to take pictures before jumping in?! I kinda feel at home here which is weird given that I've probably spent 11 days here ever and that I can't even join a gym because I'm tattooed! I'm looking forward to seeing whether this feeling intensifies or changes completely over the next month.
Nick and I were lucky enough to snag a somewhat affordable Air B&B in the Koenji area of Tokyo, it's a cute area that's much more residential than where we stayed last time but that still has fun looking bars, 24 hour convenience stores, veggie restaurants and interesting second hand shops. This is our little kitchen, the one-burner no-oven thing is normal for Japan and the fridge, microwave and toaster oven are just the other side of the curtain in the lounge area. There are no work surfaces so I smooshed my tofu in a bowl the sink before whipping up a tofu scramble this morning.
It's been raining all day today so we spent the morning shopping for hair dye (me!), headphones (Nick!) and chocolate (to share!) and then grabbed some onigiri and inari tofu from the convenience store for lunch before spending the afternoon cuddled up on the sofa re-watching Lost in Translation for the millionth time and scoffing the majority of the chocolate.
If you enjoy white chocolate and haven't tried the iChoc White Vanilla bar yet you need to get on it ASAP. I don't know what I've been waiting for, it's on the Food Empowerment Project's "Yay list" (as I call it) and it's by far the best vegan white chocolate I've ever tried. It's seriously so good! I'm also excited about fiiiiinally getting to fix my hair, my roots are a disaster and my pink is super faded. It's so much to be reunited with fun cruelty free hair stuff. I also made a little trip to LUSH yesterday because the prices in Hong Kong were pretty extortionate. I picked up a tub of their herbalism cleanser which I'm hoping will sort out the spot sitch' going on on my face, my skin's been breaking out all over the place recently which is strange given that I've never been prone to them before. I think it's the combo of constant climate changes, sun cream and the fact that I'm the worst and maybe remember to wash my face once a week! I know. I'm gross! I'll be back with some Tokyo food pic's, Hong Kong info and updates on my travels around Taiwan soon but for now I'll just be here enjoying my favourite place in the world.