Japan Trip 2 – Shopping in Shibuya and Omotesando

Not a very exciting day today I’m afraid, as I decided to spend it shopping, and was feeling pretty knackered. I had a bit of a lie in, and headed to Shibuya – home to the famous road crossing which always looks really manic, but like everything else Japanese is actually really well organised.

I had a coffee and half a salad wrap for breakfast in the Starbucks which overlooks the crossing, and then headed to the main Loft store to do some last minute gift getting. Most of the stuff I’ve bought on my trip has been gifts really, I haven’t bought that much for myself (only a shirt from APC and a graphics tablet). I did pick up some good gifts in Loft, but can’t say anymore here as I’ll be giving the game away for the recipients. If you’re ever in Tokyo, you’ve got to visit this shop – it’s the best store in Japan I think!

After that I headed into Muji to pick up a present for my nephew, and then walked fifteen minutes to Omotesando. It’s also home to the Harajuku area, which is famous for girls dressed “lolita style”, but seeing as it wasn’t the weekend, there weren’t many about. I did see this man who literally had a bag of cats:

And this girl wearing very high heeled shoes…

…but that was about the maximum craziness I saw. For lunch, I headed to Bill Granger’s Tokyo restaurant – honestly I could eat at one of his places every day, and be perfectly happy. I had the burger, but it was strange being there solo when last year, I’d sat in the same venue with my .

Then I headed to Kiddyland, which is the ultimate store in Tokyo for character goods, and picked up some more gifts.

Finally, I headed off in search of a United Arrows store – I wanted a new Jack Spade bag, to replace my existing one which smells of tuna after a leaked lunch. I eventually found the right branch of the store and picked up a bag which is tuna smell free. For now anyway.

By this point, I was beginning to feel pretty knackered, so I decided to call it a day and head back to the hotel. Quick shower there, a couple of glasses of wine in the bar while I wrote my blog, and before I knew it, it was time for bed. I had one last full day in Japan before heading home.