OH TOKYO

This is not the first time I’ve been to Japan. My first time was for an I-Witness documentary shoot in Sakai and Kyoto in 2010, but it is my first Solo Travel here in Tokyo. So on my first day, I went to Ikebukuro. I successfully took the train from my hostel (Kuramae) to here (pat on the back). And what I saw was what I envision Tokyo to be. JK ikebukuro 7

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Screaming logos and colourful fonts on billboards and signs.

Men in their business suits (salary men) walking in a huff to their next destination.

Being here and just watching them, made me smile. I feel like I’m in a Japanese movie.

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I noticed a lot of Japanese wearing surgical masks, I’m not sure if there’s a virus going around, or perhaps they are allergic to pollen. And since the cherry blossoms are in full bloom now, a lot of its pollen must be floating in the air. Well, that’s just my guess. Will ask my japanese friends about this when I see them for hanami.

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I found a Kinokuniya bookstore and got myself a magazine with free bunny bags, super kawaii 😀 I actually bought it for the bags 😉

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We don’t have this kind of freebies in our magazines. The best they can do is insert a free sample of a product in between the pages. Hehe. Here, the freebies are just awesome 😉

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There were no english translation but everything looks so good. I asked them what it was and I ended up ordering a set meal of tofu dish with veggies, glazed chicken, and another cup of veggies with beets i believe. It was all delicious.

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I continued to explore the busy streets of Ikebukuro and stumbled upon this small park with beautiful cherry blossoms. It really looks so lovely especially in daytime. I can just gaze at it forever. Le Sigh.

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I like that there are pockets of serenity in the frenetic streets of Tokyo.

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I wish I can take a tree home and have my own cherry blossoms right outside my atelier 😉 Or better yet, have an atelier here in Tokyo! I can just imagine myself, sipping tea and looking out my window – Oh, what do i see, poetry as lovely as this cherry blossom tree. Hahaha, excuse me for romanticizing, being surrounded by sakura is making me feel all this.

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I try to believe that I find silence in the chaos, and Tokyo is like that for me now.

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