Jul 7
2010

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?)

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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*

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Sara July 7, 2010 at 3:57 pm

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

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Fuji Papa July 7, 2010 at 4:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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Joan July 7, 2010 at 4:46 pm

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

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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…

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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!

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Noriko July 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Great pictures!

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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!

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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.

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shannie b July 7, 2010 at 6:24 pm

and now I am homesick. :( Gorgeous photos.

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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!

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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 :-)

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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?

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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. :-(

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Myrtille July 8, 2010 at 2:52 am

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

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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 ;)

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notyet100 July 8, 2010 at 8:34 am

such nice clicks,..thnks for sharin

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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

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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!

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

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

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Steve July 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm

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

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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.

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Jean July 9, 2010 at 10:39 am

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

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

Dear Rachael!
Greetings!
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,
Robert-Gilles

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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! :)

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

Beautiful pictures!

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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!!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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?

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Alisa July 30, 2010 at 2:25 pm

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

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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.

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princessbill July 4, 2012 at 3:16 am

i love japan…so much…gusto ko ulit bumalik

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