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30-09-2013
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I meant Shibuya - not Shinjuku- in my previous post.

Also, it should say Mina Perhonen and Suzuki Takayuki.
Gomenasai for the error!
You guys are great!
Thank you Melisande and vetements ...


I did pass by Tower Records. I remember because I was surprised to see it there in Shibuya. I thought they had closed everywhere. I will most likely be going by there again. If I do, are there any recommendations for some Japanese music CD's?

And I do like Margaret Howell so I will see if I can go there along with some of your other suggestions.

Melisande- and suggestions for good beauty supplies at the drugstores ? Can be a specific product or just a brand you think has good stuff.

I still need I find Beams and Lift and Isetan and the outlets. And I passéd by a Muji store that had all rustic things- different to the regular Muji .i def want to go back and check it.

Does anyone recommend the Ghibli Museum?

Is there a preferred place to see some art?

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Japanese Music:

Sakamoto Ryuichi. I love all his stuff going back to the Yellow Magic Orchestra, but his acoustic compilation 1996 is a long-time favorite on my iPod.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcViKKfb9S8

Beauty supplies at drugstores:
-People go crazy and buy bunches of black Fiberwig mascara when they come to Japan; try one and see if you like its silky slick consistency that doesn't clump or give you panda-eyes yet washes off easily. I usually like this and a Maybelline.

-If you use false eyelashes on photoshoots, stock up on the soft supple types at the 100 yen store! Fantastic and cheap!

-If you are a sunscreen person, like I am, they have amazing, cheap high SPF sunscreens which don't go white and melt into your skin. The Nivea one is great.

-Nov concealer is popular

-a must-have for me are the long toothbrushes with small heads, I stock up on Dentor Systema, lol.

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01-10-2013
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doitashimashi-te softgrey

there used to be suzuki takayuki store in shibuya parco. but it's no more unfortunatelly.
about ikkuna, you can see it at kagure omotesando.


kagure.jp



don't forget to check test (the store we were talking about in the hat thread) for hats from takayuki, harnden, etc.
and haberdashery too for wim neels, aseedoncloud...if you are interested.


studio-sympathique.co.jp





when you back to shibuya again,
the space for the regulation popup shop in parco will turn into "Y's neutral" this friday.

if you liked tokyu hands, you might like to try getting lost in loft as well.
stationery etc...
http://www.sunnypages.jp/travel_guid...t+Shibuya/1957





as for books and maps, if you visit seibu ikebukuro, there is a big bookstore building named junkudo located nearby.
http://www.sunnypages.jp/travel_guid...Ikebukuro/1443

btw, from october 3, on the 7th floor of seibu ikebukuro, they are going to hold hokkaido gourmet fair.
definitely look in!

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ghibli museum might be fun.
but nezu museum should be the easiest access.



or do you like this ?




if so, you can see it here at this moment.

more info
http://www.momat.go.jp/english/






another sakamoto that might sound familiar


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Sorry for not sticking to the topic but if you have time, you can also try the revamped areas in Tokyo Station:
Malls with original shops selling unique products from clothes to soaps to omiyage (Japanese souvenirs that are not tacky)

Beams, united arrows, tomorrowland, journal standard, ships are 'select shops' that can all be found near the margaret howell, tower records shibuya area ( across the road, up a small hill).
But they are also aplenty everywhere, esp harajuku, where chrome hearts is also sold in the united arrows store.
These select shops are like a mish mesh of clothes, lifestyle, restaurant, sometimes furniture ( think Colette in Paris) and usually have several permutations like js homestead (journal standard), ships jet blue (ships)..with tastes and offerings slightly tweaked.

Generally if you have covered harajuku (aoyama), shinjuku, shibuya, it's already quite enough, maybe for a bit of luxe, throw in ginza for in-your-face wealth... I personally suggest to cover in depth to really experience and understand the Japanese psyche and aesthetics...

Sorry thoughts are scattered because I am running a fever..but hope you have fun.

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oh boy oh boy oh boy!!!

this is all sudeki!
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runner- i definitely would like to go to both museums...the current exhibits look really lovely...thanks so much!
artigato gosaimasu
and vetements- i take your point about going slowly in order to absorb everything.
runner has advised the same thing and i really agree...
i can only do this when i am walking around alone...
when i am with friends, they are showing me what they want to share and then we are rushing to the next thing...
i get the feeling i am missing things...
we cover a lot of ground but it's only on the surface

yesterday was the first day a had a bit of a wander about on my own---
just slowly...i got something from a vending machine and smoked a cigarette and just watched people for a bit...
then i went to found muji- very sweet...
and spent a good amount of time at the drugstore!!!

melisande- thanks so much for the girly beauty tips!!!


i got a few toothbrushes to try and found the mascara as well~!
plus i got soooo many other random things that just seem interested and fun to try...
your tips were a good starting point and gave me the courage to really explore...
it was completely awesome~!
i also got some little snacky things to try, etc...

my friend had told me about Loft- so I will definitely try to get there when i go back to shibuya---along with all those special shops...i want to find lift and beams and isetan and

runner- i guess i will go to seibu ikebukuro on friday when that food fair starts and also say hello to ms. ashida at yohji yamamoto...

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^^that message was supposed to be posted yesterday!...
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i forgot to press the post button...
silly me...

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So glad you are having fun and that my tips helped!

Yes I totally recommend Loft, you are going to love it. Lots of Japanese-style things there too.

Two fantastic totally random things all my Japanese girlfriends and I buy in Japan that you can't get elsewhere are cling film and thermoses.

Japanese cling-film ROCKS. Just try the Seran wrap or Kure-wrap and you'll see what I mean...many Japanese I know refuse to use anything else and even travel with them!

And the small thermoses you can get at the Loft kitchen supply floor (I know you love cooking, you'll go crazy there, like me) are plain awesome, they are light, durable, easy to clean and to open (no cups or extra pouring parts) and don't spill and stay scalding hot/cold for 8 hours... Mine is the Thermos brand but made in Japan, and an inseparable part of me all day every day.

OK I'll stop with the advice, and make myself scarce now.

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So funny Melisande !
I totally noticed about the cling wrap on the first day in my friend's kitchen. And they have those kinds of thermoses for their kids as well, so I get what you mean.

I didn't know loft also has kitchen stuff, so thanks for letting me know.
Another random and cool thing is the mosquito coil incense burners. We have something like this but in terrible containers and they smell like poison I am now obsessed with this stuff.
And Japanese kitchen sponges are also the best.

I think I'd like to find some iPhone cases for my IPhone4 as well. I don't switch bags often but it's easy to switch a case so I think it would be cool if I could find some fun and cool options.
I went to Asakusa yesterday and saw all the souvenir places. That was a bit overwhelming!
I will go back next week whe I go to kappabashi.

I spent some time in the food area of the Asakusa train station. I also followed a man in a kimono through the back corridors of the station. Lots of little tiny restaurants and definitely older and in disrepair.
I feel like I got a glimpse beneath the shiny surface of Tokyo. A peek behind the facade. This sort of thing interests me a great deal. I hope to get a full picture of life here and not just all of the pretty, happy, shiny things.

Vetements- I hope you're feeling better. Thank you for taking the time to write!

Runner- is that song in the video from Pina? I know it's from some film. So good!

I've gone into full tourist mode now, since I have no chance of really blending in, and have started to just take loads and loads of pics. Lol. I love it!

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it's originally from the last emperor from the late 80's.
of course it should have been used later elsewhere in the background many times.

if you find asakusa interesting, you might also like to explore ueno which jean colonna used to love. asakusa was one of altieri's faves btw.



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That is so funny that Jean Colonna liked Ueno...
I wonder which parts!

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he is a motorcycle guy and ueno used to be a vast heaven for those people.
that element is only a little part of the city now. lots of charming landmarks are gone too and porn posters in showa style has become almost extinct on the surface of the city. as it is getting clean, which is good though, it is losing what used to make ueno ueno that is perhaps what he loved.
but some of it remains there, like nothing has drastically changed about the appearances around okachimachi station for over 40 years as far as I know.

it's great that in asakusa the hanayashiki still exists while we have many huge stable amusement parks such as disneysea.



azabujuuban, ccp's favorite, just for reference lol. try taiyaki there only if you happen to think somehow you should get used to bean jam captain.

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i saw an amazing motorcycle shop in ueno...
incredible vintage bikes!
now i understand what that was about...

i really liked it around there...

i guess the hanayashiki is the amusement park>?
i was wondering about that...
it reminded me a bit of coney island in new york...
the old style of amusement parks...
very cool...


i have been trying things with bean jam...
it's definitely better when it's fresh...
i think i could definitely get used to it!...


runner- remember those rice cakes with the powdered stuff on them?...sort of a yellow or beige color...
what was that called again?
i had something with that...
it was a small ball of sticky rice with bean jam in the center and that powdered stuff all around...
very good!

also...tatsuya in daikanyama is incredible!......

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It's roasted soy bean powder ...
Kinaku- is that right?

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kinako!

Yum.
The thing you had sounds like ohagi?

Runner, hmm, that sounds great, I should really get to know Ueno again.
It's far from my home near Shibuya so I only ever go to the Ueno Bunka Kaikan and the museums and park and back to the station.

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