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/ February 25, 2017 / No comments

Traveler's notebook:Snapshots of Tokyo

By Angie Haruta ||

Tokyo is definitely the city of contradictions where modernity meets tradition. Everything feels so different but at the same time so familiar. Looking at the city from above makes you believe that Tokyo is like all the other metropolis around the world. But, while walking around its city centre you realise how magical and unique is.


The first stop is the Cat post office which is one of my favourite shops in Kagurazaka. This little gem offers a great variety of things all related to cats. From books to ugly little cat statues. 


Shinjuku Gyoen National Park is a 'must see' attraction when visiting Tokyo for the first time. Especially, if you're a massive Japanese anime geek. In 2013, 'The Garden of Words', a Japanese anime drama film, was released which focuses on two strangers meeting at this garden on rainy days. Personally, I wasn't expecting to find any similarities between the real and anime version of the garden. But I was wrong, the anime version of the garden surprisingly captures the atmosphere and surroundings of Shinjuku Gyoen National Park, and for the first time in my life, I felt sad that it wasn't raining.

In your free time, do check 'The Garden of Words' and enjoy the amazing Shinjuku Gyoen National Park on a rainy day.


During the first days of the new year, visiting a local shrine or temple to pray for good fortune is a tradition in Japan. The prayers write on ema (えまーwooden plaques) their wishes and hang them at the shrine as an offer to the gods. Also, they purchase o-mikuji (おみくじ), a document which reveals randomly either a good or bad fortune. When the fortune is bad, the prayer folds the o-mikuji and attaches it to a stand of strings.


These last two pictures capture another side of the city. During night, everything seems so different again.  

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