A Saturday in #Tokyo: Part 1

Yesterday was a busy day…

I started off in Shibuya where I had a private lesson and then I wandered around a bit while I waited for M to meet me.  Shibuya is great.  I love it.  But it gets super crowded on the weekends.  It started to rain after a while, so the crowds weren’t as bad as normal.  Shopping in this area is super, but the only shopping I did was at the 100 yen store!


There are so many amazing sweets at the convenience stores here.  Yes those are take-away macarons!


Daft Punk truck…


This guy is awesome…



Then we walked from Shibuya to Yoyogi Koen for the Earth Day Festival…




This thing was huge…there was no way to cover it all in the bit of time we had and I believe it is every month or so in the Spring and Summer.  It was great…


They freaking love MJ here.  Last weekend we saw a whole store just dedicated to MJ memorabilia and now the Earth Day Festival had a whole tent with MJ impersonators (which we missed) and an MJ choir!


This is a shit photo, but I just wanted to show where we ate lunch. Loving Hut is an international chain of vegetarian restaurants overseen by the religious/spiritual dogma of some weird lady.  I dunno about all that, but their food is great, usually! We had veggie meat skewers and Vegan Ramen! At this point it started to rain harder so we figured we had better leave if we still wanted to get to the Wisteria Festival which was another train ride away.  I should rephrase that to “if *I* still wanted to get to the Wisteria Festival….M was just humouring me and coming along for company.  He was such a trooper in the freezing cold rain when I’m sure he would have done many other things than gone to see some flowers half way across the city.  


The flowers were at a very old shrine first commemorated in the 1600’s.  Some of the trees are said to be around 300 years old.  Despite the rain, the scene was beautiful…











Rainy Sky Tree Tower…this was not yet built when we lived here before.  It’s kind of an eyesore but looks better at night…


A lovely Saturday despite the rain!


Expat Tip: Yoyomarket Delivers Costco Stuff to Your Door so You Don’t Have to Carry 100 Pounds of Food on the Local Train

Yay! I love this.

Tokyo Desu

by Mike Oakland


When Costco came to Japan, it was big news for foreigners, especially on learning that Japan locations would stock more or less the exact same things as their American counterparts, which meant expats could finally get their hands on 10 gallons of Chunky Monkey ice cream and a 5 pound bag of Cheetos (to chow down on while watching The Wire on Hulu America, which, being the clever TokyoDesu regular you are, you have region unlocked).

Just one problem: every single Costco location is located as far away as possible from just about everything, meaning you either need a car, taxi (likely to run you a couple hundred bucks), or Chris Redfield arms and comfy walking shoes to transport your 100+ pounds of bulk goods you’re sure to buy.


Yoyomarket saves you the trouble by delivering Costco goods (plus other stuff available on their site) directly…

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A trip to the old hood…


Today we went a few train stations away to visit the old neighbourhood that we lived in the first time we came to Tokyo.  We walked to our old guesthouse, which, while old and dark, is in a beautiful park like setting with bamboo and purple flowers in bloom.  There is the final type of sakura blooming now, which happens to be my favourite because it’s layered and ruffled.  Most of the cherry blossoms are now done and the other flowers, such as tulips and lilacs are starting.  I am going to a Wisteria Festival next weekend and hope to have lots of beautiful photos.  

Vintage Mugshots from the 1920s [30 Photos]

These photos are beautiful.


William Stanley Moore – Photograph by The Sydney Justice & Police Museum


The Sifter recently stumbled upon an incredible collection of vintage mugshots housed by the Historic Houses Trust. Many of these intriguing photographs are also accompanied by a description of the person and the crime(s) they have committed. For example, the image above of Mr. William Stanley Moore was taken May 1st, 1925. The caption describes him as: an opium dealer operating with large quantities of faked opium and cocaine. Also a wharf labourer and associates with water front thieves and drug traders.

The images themselves are of excellent quality, beautifully composed and in many cases, quite artistic. Please enjoy this curated selection of 30 photographs along with brief descriptions of each when available.


2. Albert Stewart Warnkin and Adolf Gustave Beutler
18 October 1920



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