Bills

Bills
If you want to eat here, be prepared to wait…..at least 1.5 hours. But the up side is that you can just leave you name with the counter and they would tell you to come back to wait in the line again at a specified time. Then you can go walk around Omotesando/Harajuku if you want. We spent half of our 2 hours wait at the Starbucks 1 level down.

Bills
Reputed to be one of the best Aussie brunch places in Tokyo.

Bills
We don’t have much brunch choices in Tokyo usually and they are usually more leaned towards pancakes.

Bills
It is nice to have a menu that have meats and eggs though.

Bills
My favorite corner at Bills. the whole place set up is very bright and spacious.

Bills
We went on the week when there was a huge snow storm affecting most of Japan so there was a lot of items unavailable due to no supply of ingredients. SO we could only order whatever was available and din get to try their scrambled eggs which was known to be heavenly.

Bills
Pork salad.

Bills
The chicken is really yummy though.

Bills
Panckes with banana.

Bills
Blythe models for Bottega Veneta at Omotesando.

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Calbee +

Calbee +
A popular pitstop if you are in Tokyo Station. Not only can you get tons of limited edition flavors of Calbee products…..

Calbee +
You also can buy freshly made potato chips made right in front of you.

Calbee +
Lots of flavors to choose from too. They also sell beer to go with it.

Calbee +
Fresly made potato chips are just so yummy! Worth the 20 minutes wait.

WE always eat the prawn flavored one in red packet, since it is PINK season. We have strawberry chocolate coated prawn crackers too. I loved it….sweet and sour on the outside and salty in the inside….

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Cherrykoko 2014
After hiatus of 9 months, finally bought more stuff from Cherrykoko. Been a long time so this time around, I did 2 sprees which one package was shipped directly to Tokyo and one to Singapore.

Cherrykoko 2014
1 of my favorite piece which was not too expensive either at 19000KRW. The 2 rows of flower decoration make it looks like a overall piece.

Cherrykoko 2014
Perfect Spring wear with this translucent top.

Cherrykoko 2014
Rarely there is long dress on sale at Cherrykoko so I grabbed this piece even if it was a little pricey but I think it looks quite girly for Spring. (Of course, my dress review is not as pretty like the Korean model but I think the dress is close to what was shown on the site in terms of quality)

* Shout out – I am still providing custom purchase order requests (for a nominal fee) for anyone who needs help to order or don’t want to deal with refunds through store credit. Just drop me a comment or email. **

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[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park (国営昭和記念公園)

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
40 minutes west of from Shinjuku is a very big and pretty park with lots of nature. They have all types of plants, flowers and trees. Currently, they have the Spring Flower festival currently.

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
Upon walking in, we see a large open space which we thought was already the entrance to the park but it isn’t.

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
To get to the park entrance, it was another 15 minutes walk away. But it was a beautiful sight as we crossed the bridge with pink sakura trees beneath us.

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
The trees are still bald.

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
Seniors sitting around enjoying the warm Spring weather

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
Met a super hyper dog that kept on standing on his hind legs. Almost seem that he is dancing away.

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
Entering the park via the Tachikawa Park entrance.

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
A small and pretty fountain at entrance.

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
Though the stream is dry but we see a huge color array of pink, yellow and greens.

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
Boats are for rental at the lake.

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
Bicycles for rental too for you to go around their cycling tracks.

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
Don’t this tree remind you of the Big Fish movie?

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
The sakuras in bloom here.

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
The sakuras here bloom about 1 week later than the ones in Tokyo city.

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
Besides the usual hanami and dog walking, people were playing with bubbles.

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
Walking to the different flower patches to take photo.

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
Couples were there for a date too.

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
Enjoying their hanami.

Video of the day with music.

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
Sakuras are very pretty in full bloom but there is another beauty when the petals fall in mass into the river. Covering the river with pink petals.

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
Almost like a blanket of pink that I won’t believe that it is actually a stream.

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
Pretty Pretty!

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park

[Sakura 2014] Showa Kinen Park
Flowers from the flower festival but probably need a few more days for it to bloom fully.

[Sakura 2014] Kogaya Park (幸ヶ谷公園)

Sakura 2014 幸ヶ谷公園
Finally a sunny day last Saturday so I joined my friends in Yokohama to have a small hanami party in a small park

Sakura 2014 幸ヶ谷公園
No matter if the park size is big or small, people are all out to enjoy this last weekend of hanami

Sakura 2014 幸ヶ谷公園
It started raining a little before we were returned with some blue sky!

Sakura 2014 幸ヶ谷公園
Time to say good bye, till next year

Sakura 2014 幸ヶ谷公園
It was a fun day of eating, drinking, chatting and group photos

[Sakura 2014] Yaesu Sakura Dori (八重洲さくら通り)

Sakura 2014 Yaesu Sakura Dori
At Yaesu North Exit at Tokyo Station towards the direction of Takashimaya, there is this stretch of road planted with Sakura trees.

Sakura 2014 Yaesu Sakura Dori
Just 2 streets, really pretty to walk under it and definitely a quick walk for those who don’t have time to hunt for sakuras.

Sakura 2014 Yaesu Sakura Dori

Sakura 2014 Yaesu Sakura Dori
Sakura falling …sakura falling

Sakura 2014 Yaesu Sakura Dori
Tokyo people usually walk really fast, like always rushing for time. This is the season where you would get to see people stopping in their tracks, pausing a little to breathe in this waft of pink or snapping a photo or two before resuming in their hectic pace.

[Sakura 2014] Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社)/Chidorigafuchi Ryukudo (千鳥ケ淵緑道)/

Sakura 2104 Yasukuni Shrine
By this time, most of the sakura have already started “snowing” petals due to the rain and winds from these 2 days.

Sakura 2104 Yasukuni Shrine
This year’s sakura season just felt tooooooo short. Yasukuni Shrine’s Sakura was already falling like mad when I was there on Wednesday.

Sakura 2104 Yasukuni Shrine
The notice informing the public of the sakura blooming in Tokyo.

Sakura 2104 Yasukuni Shrine
Really crowded for a weekday.

Sakura 2104 Yasukuni Shrine
The official tree that is the indicator for Sakura blooming in Tokyo.

Sakura 2104 Yasukuni Shrine
Every evening, there are performances under these trees during the Sakura festival.

Sakura 2104 Yasukuni Shrine

Sakura 2104 Yasukuni Shrine
My favorite stop after my stroll. FOOD stores! As the wind blasted by, the petals fall like mad…Super romantic.

Sakura 2104 Yasukuni Shrine
Natural thawing in the cool weather with bright sunshine.

Sakura 2104 Yasukuni Shrine
Huge Sweet potato fries and some fried chicken (yeah, they were thawed under the sun).

Sakura 2014 Chidorigafuchi Ryukudo
Just near by would the top spot for sakura viewing in Tokyo – The Chidorigafuchi

Sakura 2014 Chidorigafuchi Ryukudo
Famous for their night illuminations too.

Enjoy this short video that I made.

Sakura 2014 Chidorigafuchi Ryukudo
Popular way to view some sakura and work your muscles.

Sakura 2014 Chidorigafuchi Ryukudo
Orderly walking even if it was crowded. Ongoing traffic is near to the sakura and the other side is for those who have had viewed their sakura from the other side of the river.

Sakura 2014 Chidorigafuchi Ryukudo
Though some time I do bitch about living in Japan but sometimes these orderly lifestyle do help in crowd control and making the whole event more enjoyable in a crowded place.

Sakura 2014 Chidorigafuchi Ryukudo
So do you know why this spot is so popular? Cos this angle is just so pretty!

Sakura 2014 Chidorigafuchi Ryukudo
Long line for the boats but people are willing to wait….

Sakura 2014 Chidorigafuchi Ryukudo
I am glad I decided to come here again even though I was here last year too. It is just so pretty and I now do fully understand why 4 seasons in a country do make the different events in life more memorable.

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