Ok bucketlist moment. JAPAN. What an interesting place Tokyo is. I will never get tired of the food. I feel like I’ve done too little. 5 days is definitely too short.

Just let me say that I’m no Japan-crazy person, in that I don’t watch anime, I don’t draw anime (not that I’m saying Japan means only anime but yknow what I mean) but I love many things that just happen to be Japanese- their insanely yummy food, at times questionable fashion and the countless clever little gadgets and useless but kawaii things found everywhere. I also love their orderliness, the almost Nordic spartan-ness of the modern Japanese styles. And oh have I mentioned sushi? My idea of heavenly is a bowl of the freshest pinkest shake chirashidon everyday.

I’ve had The Bird and the Bee’s Love Letter to Japan in my playlist for a few months just before I got to visit Tokyo. I also happened to be listening to it during the 4-hr flight. [pullquote cite=”Love Letter to Japan by The Bird and the Bee” type=”right”]From the west to the east I have flown to be near you I have come all the way to be close to be here with you and now all my heart I will lay down precisely at your feet..[/pullquote] And okay so I didn’t really come all the way from the West.. more like from the south.. of Japan.. but how fitting.

I didn’t get to go to everywhere I wanted to but the ones I did get to go to were worth everything. On the night before leaving, I was already planning a trip back. Lol. I didn’t get to go to Tsukiji ok. And when I go back I’d love to experience Jiro’s 3 Michelin starred sushi place.

Anyway, about this trip..


We totally did the Shibuya Scramble.. well, after cliche tourist-gawking at everything.

Stayed at the Granbell Hotel in Shinjuku, and as you can see from just the reception desk, it’s pretty chic. The hotel has a young and trendy vibe. And as it was a very new hotel at the time- super clean.

The reviews on TripAdvisor were right, the rooms really are tiny, which is common for Tokyo, or so I heard. Our rooms had a bath that has a glass window looking into the bedroom so that was really LOL. We kind of freaked for a minute. Then we saw the curtain that can be drawn, breathed a sigh of relief and tinkered with the amazing Japanese toilet.

Everything was in Japanese though so I had to call for help to operate the AC control. All TV stations were in Japanese, too. But no one really minded. Love the toiletries and the shampoo that leaves you smelling like almonds.

  • This chic dog @ Granbell Hotel Shinjuku Tokyo Reception
    I LOVE dogs but this one.. I’m intimidated! Lol
  • Double Room Granbell Hotel Shinjuku Tokyo
    Double Room Granbell Hotel Shinjuku Tokyo
  • Bath that overlooks the bed (!!!) @ Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
    Bath that overlooks the bed (!!!) @ Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
  • Lobby  @ Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
    Lobby @ Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
  • Artsy walls from driveway @ Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
    Artsy walls from driveway @ Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
  • Restaurant G French & Italian @ Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
    Restaurant G French & Italian @ Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
  • Loved the japanese curry from the breakfast buffet @ Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
    Loved the japanese curry from the breakfast buffet @ Shinjuku Granbell Hotel

Roaming around on the first afternoon/night…

Onigiri at any Family Mart there

Why don’t we have this back home!

Point, insert yen and hope for the best!

Turned out to be a sort of curry chicken karaage. It was yummy! Yay!

Lower right: soft cheesecake something from heaven!

Found it. Now I can go home. (It’s called a dango)

Hotel X.. Hotel O? Please explain.

I know not a lick of Japanese or kanji.. I only know ramen, tempura, sushi and necessary words like that.

Beautiful Sakura everywhere even on random manholes. Those white specks, btw, consisted the first encounter we had with cherry blossoms so we pretty much freaked out and started picking the petals up while squealing just a bit.

The author: Crisel Eslao

Nose in book, bow in hair, pen in hand.