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Cosmic Times with the Odakyu Boys : Tokyo Pt1

I have learned the meaning of real friendship from observing Hiro and his mates over the past 6 years. They are a real beacon of what friendship ought to be.

Although Hiro left Japan when he was but a tender age, his friends have never lost touch with him and that is remarkable as their friendship started when they were all knee high to grasshopper. What they share today is a friendship spanning over 20 years.

I myself feel favoured to be able to call them my friends too now. Yes Hiro consider some of yer mates officially Jacked!

No visit to Tokyo is complete without them.

I think it's funny how seeing this place in Shimokita made them fink of me!
(I took this photo for my Somalian Pirate - wooooo hooo!)

In general we prefer shopping in the back streets. There are some brilliant men's boutiques in Shibuya look out for Neighborhood and Ice cream & Billionaire Boys Club

Note!
The smoking ban hasn't found itself in Japan yet.
People here smoke far too much.


If I cannot see you - You cannot see me?

The thing with shopping is that it really does work up an appetite.
We went to a great gyoza place in Shibuya, I think it is called Gyoza Yatai, where among the things we gobbled down were:
We ordered a veritable selection of yaki-gyoza;
Veg, garlic, shiso & cheese, prawn and pork.


Sansho aubergine and potatoes:
Have you ever tried sansho? It does weird things to your tongue and taste buds....like trippy shit!

sunset over Shibuya:
A wonderful sight.

The next day we had some time to pop into Shinjuku for some general junk shopping a la Worship Blues:
Tokyu Hands is a must visit place for me. Being a self confessed craft junky this is heaven and such a convenient place to find a heap of bits and bobs that I need all in one place.

Naturally, I just had to stop and stare at the cute stuff:
Essential for the kawaii arsonist!


While there Hiro stocked up on sensible stuff and I turned into a kid and bought.......

JUNK!


Aren't these transfers sooooo me?
Well soooo Worship Blues!


I also found these cutesy fairy tale inspired letter sets.

I just won't grow up!

Room for more grub?

We headed for a
Tori-Testu in Shimokita and got our teeth into some skewered delightfulness!

The food here, especially the wings really tasty and reasonable.

The chili version:

The black miso version:


Shisho Tsukune I love this stuff!
juicy cooked to perfection yumminess.

Delicious all sorts:
Which included: Chicken livers, Quail eggs and Ginnan


We stuffed ourselves ..... AGAIN!




As we were in Tokyo during firework season, I welcomed the chance to see some Japanese fireworks (according to Hiro these are REAL fireworks).

Those that have tried will know how difficult it is to take photos of fireworks. Bravo Hiro for taking these!

Resembles a cosmic nebula type thing don't you think?
Wonderful colours.


Wheels of light.
I had such a brilliant time and was so touched that Hiro's friends went to such efforts to celebrate our wedding with us.


23 comments:

  1. So this is what you were talking about!
    Hahah would've totally made me think of you too my dear Masai xD
    Happy that you took that photo just for me!
    Those skewers look yummies! did u smuggle any back?

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  2. i have heard good things about Tokyu Hands but as i have never visited Japan I shall have to wait to experience it first hand :D
    you had so much yummy food too!! jealous! x

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  3. Arrrgh!
    have i ever told you it's pretty much my lifes ambition to visit Japan...well i'm telling you now! i'm fascinated by it and this is just make my feet itch with the travel bug... more more!!

    xxx

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  4. The food looks delicious.
    It's amazing that Tokyu Hands sells such a variety of things.
    I like the transfers you picked out.

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  5. the gyoza looks sooooooooooooooo good!

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  6. Ooo Tori-tetsu is our go-to izakaya in Akasaka where I live. Our neighbourhood is dead on Sunday and it's one of the few izakayas open. Yummy food, indeed. Happy belated bday and lol re Justin Bieber!

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  7. The Sunset is really beautiful! I haven't seen any sunset that beautiful in such a long time.
    The food looks too yummy~

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  8. All that delicious looking food is maikng my stomach grumblings grow louder.
    Tokyo is an amazing city. I never get enough of it.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog.

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  9. More Tokyo pics please miss...
    The fireworks are amazing!
    Nina

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  10. OMG...Those matches look awesome,if I had them I probably would never use them,too cute too use. :D

    And those fireworks look pretty,well done to Hiro!

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  11. @M.A.C.nunu

    Haha I knew you would get it! I wish I could have brought some back to send to you.

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  12. I love all the random little boutiques in Tokyo - its a nice change from seeing mostly chain-stores here in Canada (mind you we only found a lot of them as we were constantly lost and wandering in large circles, but it worked out well).

    I actually completely missed Tokyu Hands when I was there :( I kick myself for missing an opportunity to buy more paper crafting stuff. It's probably a sign though, I already had massive amounts of crap and knick-knacks to bring home (but not nearly enough stickers or pens XD).

    Is there a fried version of Tori-tetsu? We went for something similar with friends in Osaka - I liked everything, except for what, thinking back, was probably fried tripe. :S I kept it down though!

    The fireworks pictures are fantastic! Can't wait to see more posts!

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  13. Hey lovely, Great post. Please what ever you do keep young. I love the junk you have bought. Those stickers are so House of Blues. The matches are so cute. Well done to Hiro for the fireworks - they are very hard to shoot. You are funny in your hiding shot, you big kid ;-) Xxxx

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  14. I can't really see what the panda stuff is... IS it matches?! XD Too cute to be used!
    And such pretty pretty lettersets! Cinderella -sigh- memories!

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  15. aww...that sunset over Shibuya photo is amazing!! i love the mixture colors of the clouds in the background..its soo beautiful! also, i agree it is difficult to take photos of fire works...i know...i tried it once and fail to do hahaha. anyway, Hiro did a wonderful job taking it *two thumbs up*

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  16. Love the pictures especially the fireworks! Hiro is lucky to have kept in touch with his friends for so long! I find its hard sometimes once you've all grown up and have your own lives.

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  17. i'm glad i packed a lunch today - looking at all those food pics is making me hungry :) that's wonderful that Hiro's been able to keep in touch with his friends after all this time, and that you're now part of the gang :)

    those little decals are totally Worship-worthy!

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  18. omgomg i love those sticker things they are soo you! but i want them tooo and all black ones too its so me too haha xx

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  19. Clicked through to your blog from Catty's #FF and yay! So glad I did - been nosing around and love it - you're making me miss Tokyo (just left last year) and also Tutuanna shops, yes. I think I may have financed the building of at least one of them. I mean a girl needs 40,000 pairs of leggings and socks, right? Right?!

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  20. Ohhh the foooood.......

    I'm glad that you and Hiro had a great trip! And I think it's awesome that even after being apart all those years, he & his mates are still as close as can be. Now that is true friendship! :)

    MISSYOU!!

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  21. Clicked through to your blog from Catty's #FF and yay! So glad I did - been nosing around and love it - you're making me miss Tokyo (just left last year) and also Tutuanna shops, yes. I think I may have financed the building of at least one of them. I mean a girl needs 40,000 pairs of leggings and socks, right? Right?!

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  22. Arrrgh!
    have i ever told you it's pretty much my lifes ambition to visit Japan...well i'm telling you now! i'm fascinated by it and this is just make my feet itch with the travel bug... more more!!

    xxx

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