Now, back to my unexplainable love for Japan.
So I had a day off for shopping and cafe-hopping at Harajuku, land of fashionable people. So, the plan was to look for my favorite Japanese labels (minus EMODA, which is at Shibuya 109) like, Lowry’s Farm, Jeanasis, etc. And I knew STREAMER Coffee Company (by Sawada Hiroshi, celebrity barista that people from Maison Ikkoku know) was in the area, so to Harajuku I went. This photo was taken at at LAFORET, land of awesome shops. (What biased opinion?)
And how does one go to Harajuku without having a crepe? I think this was one of the points during my trip where I was a bit 寂しい (lonely) because the crepe was too big and there was no one to share with. 😦 It was incredibly yummy in any case, but I guess I shouldn’t have eaten that combini onigiri for breakfast.
So after that no photos were taken because shopping. I’m in love with Japanese changing rooms. *w* They also make me feel bad every time I buy something because they wrap it with such love and care and tissue, then carry it all the way to the exit of the store, and bow until I’m out of their sight.
Streamer, from the outside. It took me a really long time + asking for directions + google maps + WHY IS IT UP A HILL to find it. I almost jumped for joy – but had to keep it in because we’re in Japan guys be cool… Hiroshi wasn’t in, I missed him by an hour or so. T_T She also snapped at me for trying to take a picture of the espresso machine. First time someone in Japan was a bit UNpolite! -collective gasp- But I was there and I had to have coffee. Signature Latte:
The inspiration for my future (and by future I mean now) latte art! In the signature Hiroshi latte bowl (is it his signature?) and a WAVE! Japanese latte artists are amazing at waves. So I had my first cup of legit coffee since I came. The latte art was amazing, but the coffee was normal. Sweeter than normal, probably because Japanese milk is creamy, but nothing special. Maybe I was expecting to see rainbows and shooting stars. And I also missed brewed coffee.
And so I walked back to Omotesando and found this!!!! It’s a tiny obscure shop under the famously long-queue Eggs n Things. I loved the place! The baristas were friendly, I was the only one in there so I could talk to them, and they played Florence + The Machine! Talk about an awesome place to be in.
Beans! Didn’t buy any because the roasting date was WAY too far back, but they gave me free samples anyway! T.T
And here, I cultivated the love for brewed coffee (specifically the chemex) over ice.
I saw rainbows and shooting stars. Light, refreshing brewed chemex, with it’s clarity intensifying with the ice.
And made by the sweetest baristas. ❤ Hanging out there was really enjoyable.
It was getting dark and I wanted to get back to the hostel, but I went to look at Christmas illuminations first. :3 Ahhh, Japan and your fairylight abuse. I love it. I also walked around a lot more trying to find number76 hair salon (found it!) and just roaming around. Then I got lost, asked for directions, and headed back to Nakano.
I wanted to experience what the rush hour was like, so I went to Harajuku to board the train to Shinjuku to get back to Nakano. I couldn’t get on the first train… But I got squished into the second. They’re just very squishy people, just when I thought we couldn’t squeeze anymore, we all squeezed together, with me not daring to breathe. When it was time to exit, I did what everyone else did, just squeeze your way out. They had no qualms about being in such close contact with each other, and I know if this was in Singapore we wouldn’t be all polite/apathetic about it. They just grin and bear it, I guess.
I went back to the hostel, had dinner, and went to the sento (public bath).
Until next time~