Thursday, 13 March 2008

Jimmy In Kiddy Land

Today on my day off I went to Aki.., NO, not there, Harajuku!

It's been a while since the last time, and I had a few things to do. Checking out my trip on Google Earth, it actually looks closer than Akihabara so it should take less effort. Going there by myself means that I actually take notice where I am and get to know Tokyo better.

Harajuku was packed with people. I walked slowly through Takeshita St and made my way to Kiddyland.

I could spend all day there. I started at the top floor with the Gundams, and made my way down each floor (yes, Hello Kitty, Moomin, Ghibli, and Gachapin levels).

From there I walked to the nearby MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) Store. This is the gf's favourite shop. A lot of the items look like works of art.

There is a very nice watch by Issey Miyake which seems to be a Seiko brand. At 45,150 yen I think I'll give it a miss for now. I'm still very happy with my recently rejuvenated Swiss Military watch.

Next door to the MoMA shop there is a temporary art space with interesting photos blown up to canvas size. It often changes and today's theme was "water".

From there I wanted to go to the UT store.

This is a Uniqlo shop that sells predominantly T-shirts.

The gimmick here is that the shirts are in cylinders lining the walls. It definitely makes the product look classy. If only the prints on the shirts lived up to the promise.

There weren't any designs that caught my interest. They actually looked like the cheap K-mart brand back home. Pity.

For cool shirts I recommend Hen-T in Shibuya. I mentioned it in a previous post. The shirts are better quality and the prints are pretty funny.

Next I checked out the Audi Forum Building.

Interesting huh?

Definitely a good example of modern architecture here in Japan. I had a look in the Audi showroom.

There was a bright orange TT roadster and the R8 supercar. Both very nice. No, I didn't buy any of them. Not today.While I was there I took a photo from the 7th floor in the elevator. Here you can see Meiji Jingu, the skyscrapers of Shinjuku and a bit of Harajuku down below.

Shortly after I made my way back to Yotsuya. From the lift I could see the military tower of Yotsuya to make a bee-line home before dark.