TOKYO // DAY FOUR, PART ONE: SWALLOWTAIL BUTLER CAFE

[Note: this post will be fairly text-heavy, as photography is prohibited inside Swallowtail Cafe. I have included photos and videos from other sources where possible.] Our final day in Tokyo was so eventful that, in order to do it full justice, I will have to split it into parts. This first post will cover what was quite possibly the single most ridiculous thing I have ever been a part of: a visit to Swallowtail Butler Cafe. This all began when, a couple of days previously, Sari had received a message from a friend who used to live in Japan, jokingly asking […]

TOKYO // DAY THREE: TOKYO TOWER

Our third day was perhaps our most relaxing in the Japanese capital. Hana was heading back to Seoul that afternoon, so we got up nice and early to fit in as much as we could before her flight. It was a beautiful morning, and given its close proximity to our apartment, we decided to visit Tokyo Tower. We assumed that, much like Namsan Tower in Seoul, there would be a cafe or two at the base, and chose to wait to have breakfast once we arrived. The tower is, as you would expect, visible from most places in the city, […]

TOKYO // DAY TWO: VEGAN RAMEN, POKEMON, & HARAJUKU

Our second morning in the Japanese capital saw us much more awake than the first, having been able to sleep for more than three hours. After much deliberation over where to visit first, we decided that we hadn’t had enough Japanese food yet. I consulted google to find somewhere vegetarian-friendly, but the internet provided me with one better in the form of T’s Tantan (T’s たんたん) , an entirely vegan Japanese restaurant located in Tokyo Station. It sounded perfect, so we got ready and caught the subway. Upon arrival, however, the sheer size of the station and its labyrinthine floors, […]

TOKYO // DAY ONE – SUSHI & SHIBUYA

With our year of studying in Korea coming to an end, some friends and I decided that we wanted to go on a post-exam trip to celebrate. Japan seemed the obvious choice, being so close to Korea (and thus both easy and cheap to travel to); though I had visited before (Tokyo & Kyoto, in 2013), none of my friends had, and so it was decided. Many people fly to cities like Osaka from Seoul, because tickets can be bought for peanuts, but having never been to the country before, the others decided that they would rather see its capital […]