|Dress: Bermeja Tunic Dress, Booties: Meander Moto Boots, both from Anthropologie.|
I have never had such awesome photo-bombers in my life. I mean, they are clearly wondering what I'm wearing, and if I accidentally ripped the front part of my dress off on the Shinkansen or something... "You know, I was juuust about to get on the bullet train, and then the doors closed right in front of me, and rrriiiippp!"
"Uh, no, ladies," I would have told them - had I known they were there. "This is design." Ahem.
Anyway, we found some time in our busy schedule of relaxing and eating to go visit one of my favourite spots in Tokyo - the Meiji shrine, which sits inside its own little private forest, right smack bang in the middle of the city. It was so peaceful there, just what we needed...
Just walking around the sway-backed wooden buildings and looking around was so nice. There were barely any tourists here, compared to the last time we visited Tokyo, so that just added to the general air of tranquility.
Outside the temple complex, there is a huge wall of sake barrels. I thought I might as well pose in front of all that booze, since my dress was so scandalously short anyway! All those brightly coloured barrels made for a fun backdrop for my all-black ensemble.
After visiting the temple, we went for a walk in the surrounding forest. I could literally feel my heartbeat slowing down and my shoulders loosening up. I grew up really close to nature, and it had just been too long since I'd had even a short little hike. I need to remedy that, now that we're back in the UK, and drag my city boy out into Mother Nature more often.
We saw this little man sweeping leaves just before we got off the road and onto the paths between the trees. He was sweeping all the leaves from the road into one long, wavering line in the middle. Such a simple, everyday thing, and he made it into something beautiful.
Right outside the Meiji park, you will find the Harajuku district. It's literally like stepping into another world - bright, loud and fun. Leave your sanity at the gate.
This fantastic sign had to be included - I mean, you don't see a sign like that everyday...
Rounding a street corner, we saw King Kong on somebody's roof... We got off the main road, and started exploring the side streets, popping into a second-hand store, and then going up some stairs into a shop called Thankyou Mart... where I found the most perfect cat-print fedora AND the most 70's-tastic sunglasses I have seen in my life... So of course I had to buy them.
It's all groovy, baby. Yeah.