Journey to the edge of The Universe: Tokyo, Japan

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Forever 21 blazer and denim top| H&M green knit and floral pants  | cherri bellini boots and necklace | Mimco handbag

I am not on a different continent. I am on a different planet all together. I am certainly not the first Southron to bumble unknowingly into the same eastern situations, complete with swirling frosted breezes, carrying in equal quantities blossom petals and tobacco smoke. Nor would I be the first to exclaim at not the size of structures but the sheer expanse of the bewilderingly large buildings. Wandering street level below the hunched grey shoulders of the skyscrapers amongst shockingly bright signs, the differences are just as huge. Neon advertisements, toilet shoes, sweet bread, back to front books, noodle bars, heated toilet seats, vending machines, streamlined organisation, and a Bill Murray a la Lost in Translation scene as my eye line zooms strait over the many glossy black heads surrounding me. Im fairly tall by western standards. There was one lady that I was nearly twice as tall as. And she was in heels.

Moving on.

There is almost too much culture here to mention. Not a breath of Australia has reached me in the past few days. The sports de jour are not the familiar cricket and Aussie rules; here baseball and wrestling teams sport their colours and uniforms with the same meticulous pride shown by the rest of the city. There is a severe lack of fresh food in supermarkets (well, the small ones we find in the city), yet I am overcome with girlish excitement at the rows of Japanese packets, condiments, jars and cans – all with minimal english – to experiment with. Gloved hands show us through doors, gates, elevators and halls, their owners the picture of politeness, topping off such gestures with a bow.

The most marked differences from home are obvious, but it rests wholly on the attitude of the Japanese. Excruciatingly polite. And a great ability on the whole to understand my broken seudo japanese ramblings. What a relief!

*Editors note: As evident, I went just slightly bat crap crazy for some shopping not available on the day-to-day in Adelaide. Don’t let the sunlight fool you. We were freezing. The chilly weather negated my crafty layers and Aussie optimism. Until till tomorrow dear chill, you won this round.

Stay rad.

x x


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Categories: C U L T U R E, F A S H I O N, P H O T O G R A P H Y

Author:Elli Agars

Adelaidian with a love of fashion, music, culture and life.


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7 Comments on “Journey to the edge of The Universe: Tokyo, Japan”

  1. April 1, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Love this babe.. And it looks like you’re having such a fab time – love’n the outfit combo (and the Imperial Palace Gardens!) Enjoy Tokyo ^.^ x

    • April 1, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

      So great here!! Such an amazing place! Any recommendations hun? x x

  2. April 1, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    Rad pants! Conscious collection rocks! xxx

  3. April 2, 2013 at 1:41 am #

    Cool pants with nice print and color !

  4. April 16, 2013 at 6:05 am #

    love how you rock those pants


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