Jul 7

Tokyo in Pictures

in Japan, Travel

I am currently sitting in the Delta Terminal of the L.A. airport trying to keep myself awake while I wait to board my flight to Salt Lake City, where I will rejoin my girls, Mr. Fuji (he had a separate flight home), and my in-laws.  My trip to Tokyo was absolutely wonderful, albeit way too short.  I wondered if it would still feel familiar, if it would still be “my Tokyo,” the Tokyo I came to know and love so well during the years that I lived there.  I need not have worried.  I had many moments where it was hard to believe that I had been gone for two years, as it felt like I had never left.  Tokyo is such a unique mix of old and modern, of traditions and trends, and of quirky and odd.  I already miss it.  I just hope that I was able to fill up my reserves enough to last me until I am able to go back again.

Quiet walkway around Jindaiji

Shopping street near Jindaiji TempleSashimi platter at a restaurant in Tsukiji, TokyoShibuya, TokyoMiss M and her mom and dadGirls wearing Yukata in ShibuyaPatisserie in ShibuyaCrowds on Takeshita Dori, Harajuku, Tokyo
Advertisement in ShibuyaStatues at Jindaiji Temple

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Fuji Nana July 7, 2010 at 3:53 pm

These are wonderful pictures. I can see by what you posted how much you love Japan. Heck, you make ME love Japan with these wonderful shots! (You got the recipes for all those pastries, right?)


Paula - bell'alimento July 7, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Beauty-full pictures. When I finally make it to Tokyo I want you to be my tourguide, deal ; ) & I’m with Fuji Nana I’m hoping too that you have the recipes for those pastries *swoon*


Sara July 7, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Welcome Back!! Beautiful Pictures!!! Makes me want to visit Tokyo, ASAP!!! :)


Fuji Papa July 7, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Great pictures. Look forward to hearing more about the trip when you get back home.


[email protected] July 7, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Gorgeous pictures Rachael! Can’t wait to read more!


Quyen - Kitchen Runway July 7, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Thanks for sharing…it makes me want to go back to Japan so bad!


Joan July 7, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Natsukashii…I love Tokyo for many of the same reasons.


suki July 7, 2010 at 4:54 pm

“Tokyo is such a unique mix of old and modern, of traditions and trends, and of quirky and odd.”

Exactly! That is how I feel and what I miss about it. I haven’t been there in years…


Lyndsey July 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm

I love the pictures! How awesome! I would love to go there with you sometime. My daughter said just the other day that she’d like to live in Japan so she could eat sushi everyday! :) Thanks for sharing and I can’t wait to hear more about it!


Noriko July 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Great pictures!


bunkycooks July 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I can see why you feel sentimental about Tokyo. It looks like a fascinating city. I look forward to seeing more photos!


sherry July 7, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Ahhh…wonderful photos! I always think how inventive how pared down to the essence and how satisfying. Thanks for the peek.


shannie b July 7, 2010 at 6:24 pm

and now I am homesick. :( Gorgeous photos.


Megan July 7, 2010 at 6:29 pm

How it gets under your skin! What is that?? I love the man in pink and all your photos convey what is special about Japan and your deep love for it all!


MAC July 8, 2010 at 12:44 am

I have tears in my eyes! What a thrill to see Japan again, and through the “eyes” of a friend! When you are you leading a tour?? ;-) I’m SO there! Enjoy the rest of your family time in SLC! Can’t wait to catch up soon :-)


MAC July 8, 2010 at 12:46 am

@MAC, I really should proof ready before submitting! I meant to say, “When are you leading a tour?


MAC July 8, 2010 at 12:48 am

@MAC, See what I mean, I NEED to proof read! It’s late….clearly I need to go to bed. :-(


Myrtille July 8, 2010 at 2:52 am

Amazing trip and amazing pictures! I’ d love to go to Japan…


Mamakd July 8, 2010 at 6:24 am

I am so glad you had such a marvelous time! The photos are fantastic! I miss Tokyo and I’ve never even been there ;)


notyet100 July 8, 2010 at 8:34 am

such nice clicks,..thnks for sharin


Blackswan July 8, 2010 at 8:37 am

Japan’s one of my fave countries. These pix are so well-taken. Thks for sharing!

Luxury Indulgence


molly July 8, 2010 at 10:25 am

Fab pictures!! My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Japan and now I can not wait!! thanks for sharing!


Jen @ Tiny Urban Kitchen July 8, 2010 at 10:59 am

Wonderful, wonderful pictures! Ohh, you’re making ME miss Japan too!


Steve July 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Great shots. I’ve never been before but your photos make it look very inviting.


Elizabeth E. July 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm

I loved Tokyo as well, but I never saw the Bunny Guy. You lead an exciting life–glad you were able to go.


Jean July 9, 2010 at 10:39 am

Yes, Japan is unique and fascinating. I love it, too!


Robert-Gille Martineau July 11, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Dear Rachael!
Thank you so much for a good picture report and showing to the world the real face of Japan!
Definitely more interesting than a lot of inane reports from so-called “established” media!
Peopl will love you for that!
Best regards,


jenjenk July 12, 2010 at 12:20 pm

hey!! what day were you at Harajuku??? I was there too but it wasn’t NEARLY that crowded! :)


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction July 13, 2010 at 11:26 am

Beautiful pictures!


Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats July 13, 2010 at 1:30 pm

UGH – thank you so much for these pictures!

I loved in a tiny town 45 minutes south of Tokyo for a summer in college, then returned for a week several years ago, and there is honestly not a day that goes by that I don’t think of it. Japan is truly infectious and I miss it so much!

Truly tickled to see that Yoshinoya sign in the crowded street picture. I gained about 7lbs on bowls of pure Yoshi heaven when I lived there!!


Martin July 14, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Stunning. This makes me want to learn Japanese!!

Also, I had no idea that bananas are so much hipper over there!


Cathy/ShowFoodChef July 15, 2010 at 12:07 pm

You make me miss a place I’ve never even been. It looks both reverent and whimsical. Loved your photos!


bekah July 24, 2010 at 10:04 pm

I’m feeling homesick for Tokyo. Jesse suggested he write up some grant proposals so we can go back! I never thought I’d hear him say that!


Valerie July 26, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Fabulous pictures! I feel like you gave a little taste of everything with these. I’d love to see it some day, thanks for sharing! It’s a great feeling, albeit sometimes bittersweet, feeling like you can call two places “home”, isn’t it?


Alisa July 30, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Lovely photos! Makes me wish I could go there too!


Dawn (KitchenTravels) August 4, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I’ve always wanted to visit Japan. One day! :) Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos. I love the second picture with the cobbled street/walkway.


princessbill July 4, 2012 at 3:16 am

i love japan…so much…gusto ko ulit bumalik


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