However, I can definitely say that this was probably the most spontaneous trip I have ever taken in my life. My Japanese VISA got approved just 4 hours before the flight! Being the expert procrastinator that I am, I didn’t pack for the trip just yet (mostly because I wasn’t sure it was pushing through). I was watching the Les Miserables show at Solaire that night when I got a text from Airlite saying I was granted a Japanese VISA and that the flight is at 5:30am. It was 12 midnight, my girlfriend was laughing at me because I was panicking. I gave myself an hour to drive back home, pack for 30 minutes (an impossible task for most fashion bloggers lol) then head to the airport.
We arrived in Narita at 11 in the morning. Camie and I immediately rented a pocket wifi which cost around 1,290 Yen (around 580 Pesos) per day. Not bad at all! We met the 50+ other people who were part of the trip by Airlite Int’l Travels and Tours. Yes, you see those people traveling in big groups with the tour guide waving a stick with a flag (sometimes a stuff toy lol). Yup, I’m on those group tours. Haha! I was excited to focus on the sightseeing, learning from our tour guide Kenny, take my time snapping and taking everything in. No need to worry about getting lost, looking for the right train station, or finding the best place to eat authentic Japanese food. Scroll along to see Japan through my eyes. Stay tuned as I have a few more blog posts waiting for you guys!
Shinjuku is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. It is a major commercial and administrative centre, housing the busiest railway station in the world. It also offers a wide array of quaint coffee shops, massive shopping stores, the best sake (mmm), rock bars, popular shrines and the best views of the city. Our tour guide Kenny told us that you could live in Tokyo for years and still not discover everything it offers! It was the perfect first stop for our trip.
One of the many things I admire about the Japan is their Japanese school uniform! The first thing that comes to mind when I see the locals wearing these are (a) sailor moon (b) Japanese horror movies. Haha! Nevertheless, they look so chic! Also, did you know that some schools in Japan don’t require school uniforms but since this style is such a big part of their culture, some of them wear fake uniforms (or “nanchatte” uniform as they call it). A lot of local brands offer this type of clothing!
It is impossible to remain indifferent to Japanese culture. It is a different civilisation where all you have learnt must be forgotten. It is a great intellectual challenge and a gorgeous sensual experience. -Alain Ducasse