Last weekend was seriously one of the best weekends I have had in years. There is a fine line being a travel blogger – I obviously want to write informative posts about places, but sometimes I like the fact that this site is simply a diary for myself,  and something I can look back on in years to come. And so this post isn’t really about anything, and yet it’s about everything. This is what my three-day weekend looked like in in Tokyo.

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On Friday night Naoko and I were guests at China Blue, a Chinese restaurant inside Conrad Tokyo – a five-star hotel in the city. The entrance to the restaurant itself was striking in its own right, and I will write about our meal in my next post.

fluffy chan

With rain forecast for Saturday we headed out to the National Art Center + the Mori Art Museum to check out SUNSHOWER – an exhibition of contemporary art from SE Asia 1980s to now. It afforded the opportunity to get lost in fluff…

ASEAN Sunshower Mori Tokyo

As well as among a huge wall of portraits featuring shots salvaged from an old Indian photo studio in the early 80s. This was my favourite part of the exhibition I think.

ASEAN Mori Sunshower Tokyo

Don’t be fooled: My love for Asia is greater than my stern face portrays!

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Lunch that day was cold soba noodles with lime, as well as mentaiko on rice.

Sushi Shinjuku Tokyo

While Sunday’s lunch was sushi, eaten with our friends Matt & Akari before going to see the new Alien movie (more rain!). Having not really gone to the cinema for the past four years, I am enjoying going again and have been three times in the last three weeks 🙂

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A typhoon hit Tokyo hard on Sunday night, but by Monday morning it had passed. Up early, we headed to Kamakura where I made a new friend on the train platform…

Hokokuji Bamboo Kamakura 14

And at a temple… Actually, this is an empty cicada shell after it had shed its skin. It kinda looked like an Alien from the film the night before!

Hokokuji Bamboo Kamakura 6

The bamboo forest at the temple was beautiful. (See my last post about it here.)

Blue skies in Kamakura

As was the clear blue sky.

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More food! This time, sashimi over rice with the darkest soy sauce I can remember – and the hottest wasabi. This bowl was too big to finish.

Hase Kamakura sea street view

Hase in Kamakura is right by the sea…

Menkake Gyoretsu 3

But the real reason we were there was to see an obscure and bizarre traditional festival, one which I will write about soon!

Enoden Kamakura Sea

Finally, on the way back to Tokyo we stopped off at Inamuragasaki, a small station on the Enoden line. A few minutes’ walk from the station – and a quick hop over a fence – and we were rewarded with this view.

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Looking out to Enoshima and beyond. ❤

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  1. Alex

    You have a good eye as a photographer. That shot of your friend looking out to sea, taken over her shoulder, is beautiful and perfectly framed.

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