The cherry blossoms had gotten their groove on when Ottie and I visited Shinjuku Gyoen. We were super lucky to have been there for the blooms!
Everyone knew about the sakura blooms at this park, so it was quite crowded! We had to join a small queue when we arrived at 1pm, and queues to enter were even longer when we left the park at about 2.30pm. Luckily, the fields were large enough to comfortably accommodate people who’d set up picnic mats for lunch.
Where there’s Amazake, there’s happiness. This cup of sweet wine from a stall in the park cost Â¥300 (~ SGD $3).
Vacations are an opportunity for me to experiment with some crazy outfit combinations, so I drew a bit of attention when taking this photo. In fact, a couple of tourists wound up taking photos of me with varying degrees of acknowledgements. Hopefully these photos don’t wind up on some website ridiculing poor old me, but if I do, I think it’d be pretty funny to read people’s reactions anyway. 😂
Naad recommended this halal ramen place run by the sweetest muslim ladies ever! This hole-in-the-wall had not yet opened, and so Ottie and I chilled for a bit at a nearby playground.
We barely got to be the first few people who were let in due to limited seating! A couple of caucasian guys working IT in Japan originally tried to be ignorant to the fact that Ottie and I arrived before them and had been waiting outside the store about half an hour before it was due to open, just so they could edge in as the first batch of customers instead of having to wait outside as the second batch. I’d totally have been bullied by them if not for the fact that Ottie firmly stood up for us and called them out on their bullshit. One of those times when I’m thankful for his lack of qualms against being confrontational.
Anyway it turned out that there was just enough space to let these two guys in, and they sat right next to us. We tried not to let this experience sour our tasty ramen experience though!
Under PX’s recommendations, we took a train to visit Daikanyama for our final activity of the day. We saw some quirky shops along our way to the famed Daikanyama T-Site!
Outfit photos assisted by Ottie.