#OOTD at 新宿御苑桜 Cherry Blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen.
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Tokyo: Shinjuku Gyoen, Halal Ramen Ouka, Daikanyama

Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑)

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!

新宿御苑桜 Cherry Blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen.Shinjuku Gyoen has an entry fee of ¥200 (~SGD $2) per person. This comes with a map to explore this huge area.

新宿御苑桜 Cherry Blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen.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.

新宿御苑桜 Cherry Blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen.

新宿御苑桜 Cherry Blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen.So pretty~

新宿御苑桜 Cherry Blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen.Here’s a 13mb animated gif of the precious few magical times when we were thrust into an anime-like scene with sakura petals being blown in the wind! ANIME WAS DEFINITELY NO EXAGGERATION.

Amazake 甘酒 at Shinjuku Gyoen 新宿御苑.Where there’s Amazake, there’s happiness. This cup of sweet wine from a stall in the park cost ¥300 (~ SGD $3).

#OOTD at 新宿御苑桜 Cherry Blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen.Okay this is the only image I doctored to get rid of all the people in the background! I tried.

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. 😂

#OOTD at 新宿御苑桜 Cherry Blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen.Here’s one in which Ottie had carefully angled himself to take a shot without people in the background. I think he’s becoming a better photographer than I am…

Shinjuku Gyoen 新宿御苑I loved imagining how this little villa used to be frequented in the past.

Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka (新宿御苑ラーメン桜花)

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.

Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka 新宿御苑ラーメン桜花.

Shinjuku Gyoen 新宿御.

Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka 新宿御苑ラーメン桜花.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!

Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka 新宿御苑ラーメン桜花.Here’s a how-to! We both got the ‘Halal Ramen (御膳らーめん)’ for ¥1100 (~ SGD $11). Also, I’m still not sure what an ‘Epsuma’ is…

Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka 新宿御苑ラーメン桜花.

Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka 新宿御苑ラーメン桜花.We were later served a small bowl of rice to enjoy the dregs of our tasty fish broth. I’d love to go back the next time I visit Shinjuku~

Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka 新宿御苑ラーメン桜花.Ottie got himself a seasonal bottle of Coca Cola for ¥400 (~ SGD $4)! Pretty expensive but so pretty~

Daikanyama (代官山)

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!

Daikanyama 代官山.

Daikanyama 代官山.

Daikanyama 代官山.

Daikanyama Tsutaya Bookstore 代官山.This iconic architecture is made up of a lattice of the letter ‘T’, which adorns the design-focused Tsutaya bookstores here.

Daikanyama Tsutaya Bookstore 代官山.There was even a fish tank in the bookstore!

Daikanyama 代官山.Dusk fell and we made our way back home through these interesting structures.

Sticker on road sign.Loved this weird sticker.

Wearing
CNDirect dress
Gamiss floral bra
Shein floral skirt
Rocket x Lunch reversible bomber jacket
We Love Colors knee socks
Topman Tea-rex socks
Paper Planes shoes

Outfit photos assisted by Ottie.

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