These were taken on the 31st of December, the last day of our trip and the only time I was able to explore on my own.
Fresh Tempura & Kakiage on the street. Yum!
Ventured further into the cemeteries and shrines around the area. So beautiful.
There was an abnormally long queue winding out of Wendy’s for some reason:
Turns out it was for a Y500 burger that they’d launched that day
Edit: It’s been pointed out to me that the long lines were actually in honor of it being Wendy’s last day in all of Japan, which when you think about it, is really kind of sad in a nostalgic, end of a fast food decade sort of way.
Made a pit-stop for one last bowl of that awesome unagi/crab leg/ ebi tempura:
Thinking about it now, I die 😦
The Visual Merchandising for the window displays of Isetan was so wonderful. They blew up these Japanese illustrations and arranged the products in the foreground to resemble what was happening in the image.
My favorite one was of this Japanese woman dropping her sandal to escape a summer shower. To mime the image they scattered a few Marni’s across the floor and it was just so simple and effective, I’d stop to look at it every time I passed by.
Strawberry Shortcake is traditionally eaten around Christmas time in Japan.
I got this one from the food basement at Isetan:
The sponge cake was light and the cream and strawberries were super fresh. It was perfect.