Category: Travel

Thrifting Tokyo: Koenji and the Oi Keibajo flea market

In my previous post about shopping in Tokyo I told you about Harajuku and Shimo-Kitazawa. This time I’ll take you to Koenji and the best kept secret of Tokyo: the Oi Keibajo-mae flea market!

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Thrifting Tokyo: Harajuku and Shimo-Kitazawa

Wie voor het eerst in Tokio komt, de eerste de beste hippe vintagewinkel in Harajuku binnenstapt en het prijskaartje van een smoezelige Adidas-sweater omdraait, schrikt zich een halve hartaanval. Wát?! 35 euro voor dit ding uit de Zak van Max?! Maar het zou zonde zijn om thrifting in Tokio direct helemaal af te schrijven. Want wie weet waar ‘ie moet wezen, en waar níet, kan wel degelijk spotgoedkope pareltjes op de kop tikken. Ik vertel je alles.

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Tokyo for nerds: Toys

As I promised in the previous part of this series, in this blog I’ll take you to Nakano Broadway. From Disney figurines to watches, from manga to model trains, everything that’s collectible can be found here.

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Tokyo for nerds: Trains

As you may know, I’m a huge nerd. And just like every other nerd, I have my obsessions: trains, and Disney parks. Tokyo is like heaven for nerds, called “otaku” in Japanese. In this series of blogs I’ll introduce you to nerdy Japan. In the next post I’ll take you to Nakano Broadway, but first: trains!

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The impermanence of the Nakagin Capsule Tower

I don’t remember exactly when or where, but somewhere in the process of searching for and moving into my great 25m² apartment, somebody told me about the Nakagin Tower. A capsule tower, built in 1972, as an example of the Japanese Metabolism movement. My dream.

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Japan’s most not-scary bridge

I have to admit something. I fell for clickbait. And not in a way that I clicked on a link and wasted three seconds of my life, no. I spent eight hours on a train yesterday, over an hour today, I spent 20 euros on a taxi and walked an hour for a… Disappointing bridge.

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72 hours in Chongqing

I still remember how I found out about the city. I was watching YouTube-videos with Riemer on the Apple TV, probably about monorails, when autoplay came up with a documentary. This one, made by an Norwegian student in Chongqing.

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Who wants to go back to Namie, Fukushima?

On the 15th of March 2011, four days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, and the subsequent disaster of nuclear plant Fukushima Daiichi, all inhabitants of Namie that aren’t evacuated yet, are ordered to leave their town. The radiation levels in the village, just eight kilometers away from the plant, are way too high.

A little over six years later, on April 1st, 2017, the inhabitants are allowed to return. The train station reopened, a brand new post office is constructed and roads have a new layer of asphalt. Still only a hundred of the 20.000 former residents have gone back. Houses are inhabitable, people built a new life somewhere else, and well… Is it really safe now?

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They see me rollin’…

Since I moved to a more quiet area of Tokyo, it seemed a great idea to get a bike. Well, actually it was my neighbour Jeske’s idea, she recently bought a fancy folding bike. She gave me the address of a recycle shop in Yoyogi, so I took the train, walked for ten minutes and found…

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Halloween in Tokyo

Maybe you’ve heard of it: Halloween in Tokyo. In the city of cosplay, Halloween is a great opportunity to go all out. So this saturday evening (two days before the real date, but well, people have to work) everyone went to Shibuya to party.

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Toeps in Tokyo #9 – Hanami with SUITSUIT

Charlotte and I were in Tokyo on a mission: shooting pictures for suitcase brand SUITSUIT. We’ve been to Ibiza with them before to shoot the campaign, so when they heard about our Japan plans, they thought it was perfect for their new Sakura Blossom line. I checked in a suitcase set and we went to work!

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Maan in Korea #15 – I can’t feel my face

I can’t feel my face when I’m with you, but I love itttt – Or in other news, I visited the Korean beauty clinic Hershe! Being in the country of extreme make-overs I wanted to experience one of these clinics first hand and since friends recommended Hershe I plucked up some courage and emailed them for an appointment…

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Toeps in Tokyo #7 – Ooedo Onsen: onsen entertainment

Stuff yourself until you’re full, and after that, get naked! Doesn’t sound like the best idea, but in Ooedo Onsen you can do just that. And it’s awesome!

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Toeps in Tokyo #6 – Super kawaii, that means, super cute in Japanese

I was twenty, living in a pink room in The Hague and my favorite cd was Gwen Stefani’s. With “Harajuku Girls” she added a few new words to my vocabulary: “kawaii”, Japanese for cute, and “irasshaimase”, that über annoying word you hear every time you enter a shop. The Japanese way of saying “welcome” or “please come in”. And if you think, i-ras-she-what? It’s usually pronounced so quickly that I used to think they said something like wasawasèèèèn! Doet it ring a bell now?

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Toeps in Tokyo #5 – Hello Kitty

When you think of Tokyo, you think of cat cafés. Or hedgehog cafés, owl cafés, and everything else they make up these days. But well, nothing is as cute and fluffy as a place with sixteen cats and kittens, so that’s where Charlotte and I went this friday.

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I’ll take you to the candy shop

You’ve probably heard of it: those crazy Japanese have a festival where they carry around huge penises and eat penis popsicles. That festival was today, and with it being only 37 minutes away from us, Charlotte and I just couldn’t let this opportunity pass…

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