Anna Koneko


January 2016

8-bit Time Machine

I got the great tip to visit Shinjuku’s 8-bit cafe (thanks Stijn!), so yesterday I decided to go and see what all the enthusiasm was about. The cafe is very easy to walk by, being tucked away on the 4th floor of a building that from the outside doesn’t give any hint of what’s hidden inside. But once inside you’ll definitly agree that the cafe is well worth the search (if you are a bit geeky, that is). Continue reading “8-bit Time Machine”

LaForet Grand Bazar; craziest sale ever

Last Saturday I was very touristically visiting a shrine and an art galery in Harajuku when, from a distance, I noticed that the tree in front of LaForet was covered with balloons. (LaForet is the fashion department store where I bought fukubukuro earlier this year.) There appeared to be a sale called LaForet Grand Bazar going on and the building was just as crowded as when the fukubukuro are being sold. I found a pamflet I couldn’t really read, but I did understand ’25/01 15:00′, and the image of a nearly exploding bomb pretty much said it all. Continue reading “LaForet Grand Bazar; craziest sale ever”

Daikanyama: small town within a big city

Today I visited Daikanyama, an area I’ve been wanting to visit for quite a while but never did. It’s not very far from Shibuya, one of the busiest area’s in Tokyo, but there couldn’t be a greater contrast. Daikanyama is a very nice, quiet area with small non chain shops and cute cafés. Continue reading “Daikanyama: small town within a big city”

SnackTime: crêpes

Besides a lot of delicious, healthy food, Japan also offers a wide variety of delicious (and probably not very healthy) snacks. Since I like to try snacks, I decided to write about them as well. I’ll start with a snack that is originally not from Japan, but which you can find in many places around Tokyo: the crêpe. Continue reading “SnackTime: crêpes”

A basement full of food

If you are a food-lover (and I know some readers are) and happen to be in Tokyo someday, visiting Ikebukuro is a must. When arriving by JR train you don’t even have to leave the station, just get yourself to the basement floors. You can choose between the Seibu departmentstore basement (B1F) at the east exit, or the Tobu departmentstore basement (B2F) at the west exit of the station. Both departmentstores have a foodhall in their basement. Continue reading “A basement full of food”

Komagome Gardens

Tokyo has 9 Metropolitan Gardens, of which two are accessible from JR Komagome station. Just south of the station lies Rikugien Garden, while a few minutes walking north you’ll find Kyu-Furukawa Garden. Today I decided to visit both to see which is the most interesting. Continue reading “Komagome Gardens”

Everyone loves food

I got a few requests via WhatsApp and Snapchat, and basically all of them concerned food. The main thing people seem to be interested in is what I’m having for dinner… So to make everyone happy, below are some pictures of the food I’ve been eating so far. Continue reading “Everyone loves food”

Back to School

Last Tuesday was my first day at the Japanese language school. There were many new students from around the world – I’m the only one from the Netherlands though – and we all had to take an entrance test to determine in which class we would be placed. I could only understand about one third of the written exam and could only answer about a fifth of the questions asked during the oral exam. So I thought I didn’t do too well, but I still got placed in the second level class (out of four), because the first level is for beginners with no knowledge of the Japanese language at all. Continue reading “Back to School”

Coming of age day

School starts off great, with today being a national holiday, the coming of age day (or Seijin no hi). In Japan you officialy become an adult at the age of 20. After turning 20 Japanese people are allowed to smoke and drink alcohol and they gain the right to vote. This shift from child to adult is widely celebrated on the coming of age day, held on the second Monday of January. Continue reading “Coming of age day”

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