|Yoyogi Park at dusk|
Yoyogi Park is conveniently located in the heart of Tokyo, and is a popular spot for hanami. I showed up fashionably late to the event, but had enough time to exchange mindless banter with my friends and have a few snacks and drinks, before venturing out to the busy streets of adjacent Harajuku.
I caught up with my friends Tom and Gordon from popular Tokyo act the 9/11s, who promised me a blog-worthy (and affordable) Italian feast at a popular chain, unknown to me until today. I was enthusiastic to try one of their recommendations, albeit slightly worried about whether I was dressed for the occasion. I enjoyed strutting down Takeshita street in company of the 9/11s, who complained the aforementioned street had recently become gentrified. True to style, they tried on a plethora of shiny and flashy accessories, but we got scolded by most shops for snapping pictures (Sun Style, I'm talking about you). Maybe Takeshita really is gentrified.
Sadly, the hopes of cheap Italian food evaporated as we hit a derelict building that formerly hosted the chain (which I was apparently overdressed for). Instead, we headed a few blocks down to a quaint izakaya tucked in the Harajuku streets, where we shared various (mostly raw) dishes ranging from sushi to salads, which felt pretty healthy minus the copious amounts of cold beer.
Great company, tasty treats, and springtime euphoria all made this Sunday quite blissful.
|The 9/11s, Tom and Gordon|
|What used to be La Pausa: only the name is fancy|
|Gordon is star-struck|
|We got mini beers for waiting|
|Sapporo is one of Japan's most popular beers|
|We did not get scolded in Shibuya|