Sunday, November 28, 2010

Harajuku to Shibuya

Wow, I have been way too busy. The Japanese Language Proficiency Test is coming up next weekend, so a lot of my free time has been spent studying for the test. I'm not sure how I'll do though...

Anyway, I spent last Saturday (November 20) at home relaxing. Sunday (November 21) I met up with Natsumi and we met up at Harajuku.
Naturally we went shopping at the famous Takeshita Street, known for its cheap stores and stylish customers.

We went in and out of a bunch of stores, mainly in search of a hat that looks decent on me.

Boy, finding a hat that you like is a lot harder than it seems. I guess my head is a lot smaller and maybe a different shape? Hats like berets didn't fit me very well, and I didn't really like how a lot of the more "poofier" hats looked like they were swallowing my head. A lot are just plain too big. Unfortunately, I didn't find a hat I liked, so we started heading for Shibuya. Not by train though, mind you. Come to find out, Shibuya and Harajuku are actually pretty close to one another. So close, in fact, that you can walk from one to the other~

However, we did find one store I liked that I will definitely want to check out in the future when I get the chance. It was like a cheaper version of Liz Lisa.
We saw a temple along the road. I was a bit surprised, especially since it appears to be just a parking lot.
There wasn't much there as you can see in the above photos, but we did spot these little Buddhas just inside the gate. They looked so cute with their little ponchos! I wish I knew why they were wearing them. I'm guessing that Buddha statues need to keep warm too.

Since neither of us had anything to eat, we got hungry and stopped at a McDonalds. It looked a lot more hi-tech inside than most McDonalds do, and even had electronic scrolling text on the walls. I ordered chicken nuggets, some French fries, and a large size milk shake. It's surprising that they actually had medium let alone a large size for a milk shake. At most McDonalds, they give you no choice and all you can get is a small size.

Shortly after we sat down, something rare happened: The woman who sat down next to us started talking to me. People in Tokyo rarely just start up a conversation with a complete stranger. She told us about how I think she had studied abroad in America and used to know some English but now her English sucks and it was so nice to talk to two girls since she has two sons our age. She actually wasn't a Tokyo woman at all though; she and her husband were here from Yokohama (I think it was). Before she and her husband left after getting their drinks, she was even nice enough to give us some candy.

After we left McDonalds, we headed to Shibuya 109 where I continued the search for a hat. The difficultness of my search continued, and we ended up going through several more stores.
Eventually I settled on this one from SpRay.
I also bought this leopard print cardigan too. I've really, really been wanting one of these. It's so comfy and cute! So glad I managed to get one for half the price I would have been expecting to pay for one at a different store.

My feet were starting to hurt pretty bad (I was wearing my boots), so after we left 109 we looked for a place to sit down for a bit before deciding what to do next. We ended up sitting down at Burger King, which incidentally was the first time Natsumi had ever eaten at a Burger King! I only got a melon soda since I was still stuffed from the milk shake and food from McDonalds, but Natsumi ordered some snacks.

Originally we were going to go to a school festival, but by that time it had already ended and my feet were hurting and I had homework to do so we decided to take purikura and head home.
I really need to get me one of those purikura albums so I can start pasting mine in.


  1. @Shanis Navas: I'll probably miss it a lot too when my year is over. For now I can't get enough of it. :)

  2. The other girl in the purikura looks so unenthusiastic lol haha

  3. @queennepy: Haha, I think we were both pretty clueless on what poses to do. :x