Posted by: thewhitesintokyo | October 11, 2009

Photoblog: Our day in Omotesando and Harajuku

Last weekend, we both felt that it was about time to remember that we live in Tokyo and should take advantage of that whenever possible.  We took off on a Sunday afternoon to an area we frequent on a weekly basis (our church is there), but seldom explore beyond the route between the train station and the steps of Tokyo Union Church.

So, here’s what our day looked like from start to finish.  First, we got on our bikes and headed down the river path.  This is always a nice ride, but it was hilarious seeing a random Thomas the Train mini-float being pushed along the river for who knows what reason.

Thomas the Train visits Brad & Rachael's neighborhood bike path
Thomas the Train visits Brad & Rachael’s neighborhood bike path

Next, we parked our bikes along with hundreds of others in our neighborhood and walked to the train station. Painted on the ground is “Tomare,” or “Stop.”

Bike parking for a billion people
Bike parking for a billion people
Walk to the station
Walk to the station

Apparently we weren’t the only people who thought it was a nice afternoon for a stroll downtown. Here are two shots of the ever-present crowds in this hip shopping area.



With all the latest technology gizmos, this little sign was implanted in an advertisement on a wall.  Apparently, if you touch your cellphone to it, you will download all sorts of information automatically.  Seriously.


This is just one of those amazing intersections between ancient and modern Japan. Love it.


This was one of the last remaining open stands of a Sunday antique flea market. Guess we’ll have to try again next month.


The best part about the socks on this rack is that they aren’t meant for children. Somehow, they’re able to find happy adult feet everyday in Japan.


When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Tokyo…well, you get the point.


If only I could convince Rachael to go all the way with her Tokyo look for the fall and get her to try some hair extensions. They’re all the rage these days…


Last, but not least, biking home from the station after our day out we noticed some lanterns down a nearby street. They led to a small festival that had apparently happened in our neighborhood earlier in the day, with a mikoshi and all! We would love to have gone, but had no idea it was happening since we’re mostly illiterate here and never have any idea what’s going on. Oh well, at least it made for a nice photo of Rachael. 🙂




  1. Looks like you had a very nice day. For some reason I thouht you were going camping. Can’t keep up with all that you guys do. You do need to take advantage while you are in Japan. Even though it seems like a long time to go, it will pass by quickly, and before you know it, you’ll be back in America thinking about Japan! Love, Maa

    • We did have a nice day out there…and yes, this blog post is a week late. Camping was absolutely beautiful and a much needed break from the city life. Much more to come on that soon! Love you Maaaa- thanks for keeping up with us! 🙂

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