Part 2: Day 2 in Tokyo

After strolling around on a cold but sunny first day and going to bed quite a bit earlier than I would like to confess, we acclimated to Tokyo time a bit more as we headed out at 5am to weather the rain at the Tsukiji Fish Markets. First stop, navigating the Metro, surprisingly easier than I would have thought. Tiny tickets in hand and the emptiest I ever saw the subways the entire trip.

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Welcome to Tskukiji. To the outer markets first, as they are open to everyone all day. And since it was the holidays and a very cold rainy day, I found out that this was actually a quiet day. sheesh!

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A tradition at Tsukiji, a sushi breakfast at 7am. I got the tuna plate, nearly 7 different kinds of amazing.

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After filling out bellies with sushi, we headed into the indoor wholesale markets,that open at 9am to the public. The bottom two images that have grey blue large bodies of fish, are the giant tuna and one getting sawed in half.

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I have learned that most places have westernized toilets. But after hours of walking around, drinking hot green tea in the cold cold rain, this Japanese-style toilet was all I could find… hmmmm.

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Then it was back to the Metro to find our way to Ginza, known as one of the most upscale places to shop in the world. yipeee!

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At 2pm, this was the weather, so we ducked into a little English-type bistro for some hot lunch and a beer. Heaven. And who says the Japanese dont celebrate Christmas?

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Lastly, a shot from our room after a long and cold day. How gorgeous are all the lights.

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Stay tunned for Day 3 and our weekend adventure to Kyoto.

Holidays in Japan, Part 1: Tokyo

Happy 2013!

Just 3 days ago I got back from my trip to Japan. And one of my resolutions is to blog at least once a week. My pictures alone will take me through the middle of the year I think! Ha! Hopefully not, for everyone sake.

So here’s part one, day 1. It was a long day being that we flew out of LAX at midnight and got in after a 12 hour flight to Tokyo at 5am the following day (missed all of Dec 20th, so bizarre). Then in an attempt to stay awake, we wandered around the city, just soaking it all in. Looking back, we did so much that first day!

Starting before the flight with some beautiful bills from the bank-o!

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Seeing double arriving in Tokyo airport at 5am.

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Off to a good start, even the airport signs are designed nicely.

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And this maybe TMI, but toilet seats that stay warm (it was SO cold there, so appreciated that one). And directions and features as well! Spray! Yikes! And those icons, hilarious.

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Right across from our hotel we stumbled upon our first shrine, the Kumano Shrine. And some gorgeous Olympic posters, plastered all over the city.

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Then it was off to a find some lunch. We settled for nothing but the best, a small little off the grid corner noodle shop in the Golden Gai district of Shinjuku. Amazing! There were only 7 seats and I was the only female. The other men were nearly all in suits, I propose on there way to work as it was still 9am in the morning. They would come and go faster than it took us to order our soba. Fastest I’ve ever tried to eat a bowl of soba in my life, and most delicious as well. Worth it.

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A crazy circular intersection of street lights. And some Love.

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Then we found our way across the city to the Park Hyatt Tokyo (think Lost in Translation) and to my surprise sadly renovated. Though still fun, with gorgeous views and great illustrations.

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The views from the top of the Park Hyatt Tokyo.

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And as we continued on our jont we ran into a fish tank, just on the street outside a restaurant. I mean how could I NOT take a snap of this. Fresh fish fillet anyone?!?

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And drink vending machines everywhere, of course with beer! Cold Sapporo to go anyone? Yes, Please.

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Then into Yoyogi park, massive and beautiful.

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Some funny signs.

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It wasn’t quite the year of the snake yet, but now it is!

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And finally, to our room with a view to call it an early night. Funny how much you can do when you start exploring a city around 6am!

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Next post, day 2-3 to come soon! Stay tuned…

Lakers Tonight

 

We have a very thankful NYC visitor (happy for the storm to be over and happy to get out to the west coast today) in town this weekend and in order to start things off on the right note, we are taking him to a Lakers/Clippers game tonight.  In honor of that, I put together a little outfit I thought would be great to wear to a game! Just wish I was wearing it. Hehe!

Happy Weekend!

 

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Spin It Out

There’s something magical about sweating. I know it sounds a little gross, but those of you that are athletes or workout-aholics, get it. Sweating just makes you feels, well, lighter, brighter, better.

I also know I am more motivated to sweat when I feel like I look good. And one of the first things that comes to my mind when wanting to look and feel good working out is Lululemon. Now before I continue I have to tell you I am not getting paid for this post, or any other post for that matter. This is a simply for me blog of things I love and want to keep a journal of and share with the ocassional onlooker, or family, friend.

That aside, Lululemon is a great source for clothing And inspiration. Their blog has become one of my go-to’s for motivation. Today’s post was no exception, in fact it was so moving, that I had to go ahead and write my own blog post on it!

Kate Hickl, a spin teacher and over-all fitness goddess. out of New York. Her video from Lulu is a must check out. She was once a big wig in the advertising world and left for her love of sweating (yoga, spinning) hits close to home for me. A real inspiration.

 

And if I were only in NYC I would check her class asap.

A BIG September Birthday

Hey there again! It’s been a busy BUSY few weeks. It started with a crazy labor day. An unexpectedly fun weekend.

Oh, let me start with the small fact that I turned 30th, yep, 30, this month, actually on the 12th. So it’s official, I am in a totally new decade.

Back to labor Day weekend. I have been trying to clear up my skin the last few months and have been seeing this amazing woman in Hollywood every few weeks. So, after my bi-monthly facial on Saturday, I came home to my apartment filled with all my favorite people, parents, etc. So much fun, even if it was after my facial! My first surprise party, wish I could have this every year, then I guess it wouldn’t be a a surprise, huh?

Then a few days later, the day before my birthday my beau got us tickets to see Mr. Conan O’Brian live. The guests were Eva Longoria, so adorable and tiny, and James Marsden. Too much fun as well!

And to top it all off my love surprised me… Again, with a special dinner at Scarpetta, at their very own Chef’s Table! It was a 7 course tasting menu, with a few extra courses thrown in there just cause they liked us so much. Additionally we hada a wine pairing with each course. Total gultons and amazingness. My favorite thing that night was hearing them say “Fire the Octo!” to get that delicious octopus on the grill. Let’s just say we waddled out of that place happy campers.

Now just walk around the apartment and yell that out every now and then!:) Must be the thirties already making me loco.

There were so many other surprises and fun times, with wo-workers and more, I don’t even have room to mention. It was a pleasantly overwhelming and positive way to turn into a new decade. I hear their the best anyways! 30’s here we go!

Recap on the 30 before 30 list to come!:)

Beer Please

I know I have to work on this posting regularly thing. Maybe aiming for once or twice a week is a more realistic goal for me, since I started working full-time for a start-up… read long hours. But I love it and I get to stare and the Santa Monica beach all day, so can’t really complain.

But that’s neither here nor there.

 

 

What is HERE, is this amazing design work my Timur Salikhov. I just couldn’t resist sharing! Need I say anything else. Time to go crack one open. Hope it tastes as good as it looks!