Tokyo Part I

I’m so thrilled to finally have posted the first part of my adventures in Tokyo, Japan. As I’m sure you can imagine, someone like me who has a minimum of three different types of cameras on hand at all times has a ton of photos, but even the content you see in these next few posts has been cut down hugely! (However, still be warned, these posts are image heavy). So without further ado I really hope you enjoy my photographs and stories from one of the most amazing trips I’ve ever been so lucky to take!
Content in Part I of my Tokyo adventures covers Day 1:

  • General travelling photos including flight pics
  • Koenji
  • Stores including Kitakore shops Garter, Secret Dog and ilil, Spank!, Nadia, Tokyo Bopper, Avantgarde and DOG
  • Nicopanda Launch + meeting Nicola Formichetti

My flight to Narita airport was crazy early; it departed at 8:15AM. I managed to call up to snag an exit row reserve when I booked my flight though (extra leg room + nobody climbing over you, hells yeah) and I even ended up having the whole row to myself! (Except for 1 Australian guy who saw the empty aisle exit row seat and moved into it shortly after takeoff…). While I have a lot of trouble sleeping on most international flights, and find long haul flights very uncomfortable, the entire 10 hours was super comfortable and peaceful. Also, the flight attendant uniforms for Japan Airlines are super cute and I love the printed matching aprons they wear for serving meals.

Arriving in Japan and making my way to my hotel via train on my own was quite an adventure in itself. I hopped on the N’EX Express train from Narita to Shinjuku where from there I would jump on one more train to Koenji, where I stayed. I had been warned that Shinjuku was big and busy, and it really was… but harder to navigate than I had expected. Luckily after about 15 seconds of looking around the platform confusedly, a kind Japanese woman approached me and helped me all the way to my next platform. As people have told me, Japanese people really are exceptionally polite and helpful.

And the first thing I ate in Japan; Floresta donuts. The one on the right is chocolate orange, the middle tasted very strongly of honey/caramel, and the third is coffee.

The first morning was ridiculously beautiful, in that the weather was PERFECT! I was thrilled. After having breakfast at the hotel I headed out to meet Hayley (a good friend and stylist whom I assist) and her husband Henry, both of whom I spent most of my time with on this trip. We had lunch followed by a wander in Koenji and then to Kitakore shops as below before heading to Spank! in the afternoon

GARTER/Dog/ilil, Kitakore.

If you happen to stop by Kitakore yourself, be sure to be wearing shorts like I was that day huhu

Three super cute stylish girls we spotted near Kitakore.

Spank! store, Koenji.
This is where we went to meet Tavuchi, the owner and founder of Spank!, who is also a close friend of Hayley’s. I was so excited to meet Tavuchi, it was very much like meeting a celebrity. She is super cute, sweet and friendly, I was so happy to finally have met her. It was here that we also met (a now new friend of mine) Brandon of Lactose Intoler-Art, the mega-talented illustrator who designed my Manitas necklace which I adore, who happened to be in Tokyo the same time as us.
The Spank! store is incredible in terms of both interior and content, I could have spent many, many hours (and yen) there! I left with a few super awesome purchases for myself and friends back home. It also happened to be the day after Spank!’s 8th Anniversary when we visited, as you can see by the special in-store decorations.

Brandon and me.
(Excuse the face scribble… I was mid-talking when I snapped this bleh)

Tavuchi and me!

Next we headed out to Harajuku where Tavuchi took us on a tour of some of her favourite stores. As you can see in the photo below (as Brandon first pointed out), Tavuchi’s hair matches the ticket machine hehe

Nadia (ナディア フローレス エン エル コラソン)
I visited both this Nadia store (pictured below) and the 2nd Nadia store in Harajuku, Nadia Flores En El Corazon. Of course I know all about Nadia and their staff so being able to step inside the store itself for the first time was really awesome. As you may or may not know, Nadia is currently one of the most popular stores for teens/young adults in Harajuku. They design platform converse and also their own platform creepers, plus they stock a ton of carefully sourced clothing, accessories and hand-made products.

Tokyo Bopper (東京 ボッパー)
Yes… I finally went to the sacred Tokyo Bopper! *angels singing*. Although I already knew I couldn’t purchase any of the women’s shoes that I love because I don’t fit their sizes, it was amazing to check out their designs in-person. After handling some of their shoes, I could see that they were really solid and beautifully made. The staff were also super friendly and delightful to meet.

With the Tokyo Bopper staff. Photo credit to Brandon.

I’d seen tights by Avantgarde in a ton of Tokyo street snaps, but I had no idea they were by this brand. A store of entirely printed leg wear?! My dream come true. I even spotted the famous machine gun print tights and snagged those quickly along with another pair by Choco x MAM Avantgard a bit later during the trip.

It was in this store on a later day that I also met Juria (@Juria41/Juri41 on tumblr) who’s an up-and-coming street snap star in the Harajuku scene, and also a member of the Avantgarde staff. It was a day that I was sporting my new machine guns tights in the store, and she approached me thanking me for wearing their brand. I said I thought her flame tights were awesome (a.k.a. I pointed to her legs and said sugoi…) and then went on to mention I saw them on her twitter that morning and that I follow her tumblr too. Her reaction was super adorable, she seemed genuinely excited and thankful that I followed her, and then she proceeded to have a photo taken of us together. I gave her my card and she has since followed me back, and before I left the shop with my 2nd purchase she came over to shake my hand and thank me again – so sweet! I also had a chat with the store owner who speaks english, and he says in about 3 months Avantgarde will be shipping internationally, super excited for that!

DOG Harajuku
Dog stocks tons of badass revamped clothing/vintage along with their customised platform shoes.

Kyary was everywhere in metropolitan Tokyo! And there were always trucks driving around Harajuku and Shibuya blasting tracks from her current album.

Grabbing a bite with Tavuchi, Hayley, Henry, Brandon and Hayley’s best friend Hilary before heading to LHP Store for the Nicopanda launch. We also checked out BUBBLES vintage clothing boutique which was super awesome!

Nicopanda Launch at LHP Harajuku, where we met Nicola Formichetti (!!!)Nicola Formichetti and me 😀 (Photo credit to Hayley)

And all of this happened on my first day in Tokyo! So incredible. and I met so many amazing people *___* This also concludes Part I of my Japan adventures. The following parts will be multiple days wrapped in one package, please look forward to them ◔▽◔

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  1. Emmie
    June 11, 2012 / 2:50 pm

    I'm so jealous!! It looks like so much fun!I cant believe I missed all these places in Koenji when I went. I really wanted to g to spank but i couldnt find it.Looking forward to the rest of your tokyo posts 😀

  2. Hiro
    June 11, 2012 / 3:07 pm

    Wow! Looks like you had a truly amazing time! You got to visit so many places I really want to go to, especially nadia and spank!You not only met Tavuchi, but spent so much time hanging out with her! Eeeek! Really enjoyed reading this, and I can't wait for the rest of the posts.

  3. Anonymous
    June 11, 2012 / 3:28 pm

    Great photos! I went to Japan back in April and it was an experience that will stay close to my heart forever. Looking at these photos made me so nostalgic for my trip and I long to be there again so bad! I couldn't get over the politeness of the Japanese people and how friendly and helpful they were. Plus, they have the best style! An amazing, amazing country! Looking forward to your next post!

  4. C.A.R.
    June 11, 2012 / 3:43 pm

    Yyaaayy! This looks like so so much fun! Yiu have no idea how much i wish i could swap places with you right now!

  5. Anonymous
    June 11, 2012 / 3:53 pm

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, I want to go to Japan so bad!Do you speak japanese?

  6. tova
    June 11, 2012 / 3:58 pm

    woooow, and this was just the first day?it must have been wonderful, i'm jealous!!

  7. Sewon
    June 11, 2012 / 11:54 pm

    Ahh such fun little stores! I can hardly believe that was just one day. I can't wait to see more photos of your Tokyo adventures~

  8. Anonymous
    June 12, 2012 / 8:30 am

    :O awesome sofie! did you know where juria got her flame-tights?i've been looking for them but haven't got any luck ;__;

    • themilkclub
      June 16, 2012 / 5:48 am

      Juria's flame tights are from MAM AVANTGARDE of course, because that's where she works! The owner of the store told me while I there that the flame tights are a sample only and still in development but will be available soon.

  9. Jane
    June 12, 2012 / 9:34 am

    I loved looking at these pictures, sounds like you had a fabulous time! The stores all look so interesting, looking forward to seeing the rest of your photos.

  10. Francesca
    June 12, 2012 / 9:49 am

    wahhhh. read every single word of this post. want to go there so badly. cool photos!

  11. Mani
    June 12, 2012 / 10:18 am

    Aw, you look like you had such an amazing time! This makes me miss Japan so much :')

  12. alycie
    June 12, 2012 / 10:31 am

    I am so freaking jealous of you, meeting both Tavuchi and Juria *O*I can't believe you all in one day, must of been fantastic~

  13. Chunny
    June 13, 2012 / 1:12 pm

    Japan looks interesting. I'm working on a Japanese Company and their culture amazed me. =)

  14. Lactose Intoler-Art
    June 15, 2012 / 7:05 am

    It was so fun getting to meet you in Tokyo! That day especially was really awesome, ha. Thanks for the feature too, I'm hoping to create a lot of new stuff when I get back home and stock up the online shop as well. Let me know as soon as you'll be back in Tokyo, I definitely hope our paths cross again IN PERSON! Keeping up with your blog and success for sure.-Brandon

  15. krystal666
    June 16, 2012 / 1:38 am

    Juria sounds super cute and sweet! I check her blog practically everyday.. haha..You're so lucky! I wish I could meet her. She seems to have such an amazing life and she's only my age!

  16. bloomzy
    June 16, 2012 / 4:53 pm

    I remember most of these places from my time in Tokyo so it made me smile to see your photographs and to hear that you had such an amazing time!

  17. Anonymous
    June 23, 2012 / 2:28 am

    You are such an inspiration! keep taking beautiful photos, they fill my heart with light!How on earth did you make the beautiful title image? did you photoshop each letter individually or do you have some kind of delightful app? exquisite!

  18. Hello Naka
    June 23, 2012 / 3:56 pm

    i wish i could be traveling with you, it sounds and looks like a great adventure!

  19. Nana
    September 29, 2012 / 10:25 pm

    Hello!!I am very thankful for this post of you because I am going to travel in some time to Japan too.I am currently making a shop list, and "Fafi x Faline"`s location is missing, I don´t know where I can find the shop, could you help me please, since you visited it ? @___@/ Have a nice day !!! <3NANA!

  20. Annika Victoria
    November 14, 2012 / 1:02 am

    AH! I'm going back to japan for a second time at the beginning of next year, and this has made me SO excited. I remember almost hyperventilating when i found koenji and spent the next three days exploring it. Oh man.I never fit the shoes either 🙁 Just a smidgen too big for XX-Large. That was the most devastating thing about all the amazing shoe stores haha.

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