Turning 30 and why I wish the rest of the world would embrace a little bit of kawaii culture

Over the last few months I’d grown tiresome of the recognition of this milestone and the implied suggestions that it is something to be feared. ‘Twenties are over’ ‘now you’re a real grown up’, ‘it’s all downhill from here’. I still cannot comprehend the emphasis placed on this shift of a decade, I’ve been 30 for 2 and a half months and well, rather unsurprisingly nothing has changed.

Tokyo 2016 Day 6: Character Street, Scramble Crossing, Harajuku and a night out in Ikebukuro

On Monday morning we allowed ourselves a little bit of a lie in and chose not to have breakfast so that we could eat more throughout the day! Our first stop was Character Street at Tokyo Station. Check out what we did the previous day here. Character Street is cluster of shops each selling memorabilia related to popular characters and mascots including Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma, Moomin, Pokemon and many more. Each store is packed with goodies, from sweets to plush toys and home and lifestyle accessories. It is kawaii heaven!

Tokyo May 2016 Day 4: The Sky Carrot, Akabane, Ebisu and a Saturday night in Shimbashi

On day three we had slept in a little too late and ended up having an early night which shortened our time exploring so we set our alarms for 7:30am on day four to ensure we had a more productive morning. We first decided to visit Sky Carrot which is a free observation deck in a skyscraper in the Setagaya Ward. To get there we took the Yamanote line to Shibuya and then the Tokyu Denshi line to Sangenjaya Station, above which sits the skyscraper.

Tokyo May 2016 Day 3: Kameido, Meguro River and an evening in Shibuya

We woke up very late and some of us (Clare) were very hung over from our previous night out. So we had a long leisurely breakfast at the apartment before our first stop of the day which was Kameido. Kameido is a railway station and district in Koto Ward served by the JR Chuo-Sobu Line and the Tobu Kameido Line in the eastern suburbs of Tokyo.

Tokyo May 2016 Day 2: avoiding jet lag, The Yamathon, Shinjuku, Izakayas and a yard of beer!

The departure and arrival time is now our number one deciding factor when booking flights. For two reasons, one to maximize our time off of work and two to avoid the dreaded jet lag. I don’t want to brag too much but we have the latter pretty much down to a tee, well, when we fly to Asia anyway!