60DaysLater tells the story of two illustrators and their adventures in a midst of food, music and arts. The name originally came from a 60 days trip to Tokyo in early 2010. You can follow us at @aliceffekt & @daesse
The last kaiten zushi, last ramen, one last look at shinjuku and we were back where we started; with memories that are but a blur of sakuras and lights. Our longer hair and nails might have been the only proof of the time that had gone by, for it feels like these moments had just peeked in one of my lucid dreams and lingered as a souvenir throughout the day.
It was a very inspiring trip once more, we were in Tokyo a year ago too, and we hopeful that we can make it there again next winter. In the meantime we will be sure to appreciate what we have available here and make the best of it.
What is awaiting 60dl ?
When I created this blog, it would be to serve the sole purpose of keeping our friends and family updated on our trip. But I took a deep interest in photography so I will keep this active with our projects and adventures at Drownspire until we come back to Japan for another 60 days! If you would like to keep on looking at photos of Japan while we are here, please visit our friend’s blog Tokyoluv.com.
If you like Japan and would like to do this kind of trip.
It is more accessible than what you might think, as well as less expensive and more fulfilling that you can ever imagine. But you need to be open to learn the japanese language and to appreciate ( or discover ) Japanese cuisine. Here are a couple of websites that helped us out along the way.
New friends, izakayas, kaitens zushi, the Kanda Gawa, toy stores, narrow streets, arcades, cheap sake, onigiris, the polite clerks, lawson 100円, japanese kitchenware, trains, sakuras, train-station musics, sliding windows and doors, beautiful parks, vending machines, smiling pictures everywhere, engrish signs, kabukicho saturdays, japanese beer, massaging chairs of Yodobashi, macha mochi deserts, tea, gabber playing in clothing stores, cheap mangas, ninja socks, hearing japanese language and trying to figure it out, shinjuku lights at night, the sakura rooftop, 24 hours kombinis, and much more..
We are hurrying to see the remaining places we haven’t seen yet. So we went walking in 吉祥寺(Kichijōji) and met with Motoki for he had my Macbook power supply for a few weeks. We said farewells, we are gathering things that we want to bring back home and do last minute shopping for gifts to our families.
We went to Ueno to see the “plastic food street”, we had rollerblades in one hand and a bag in the other, in the middle of kitchenware and fragile china. So we kept the camera in the backpack, sorry for the crummy pictures haha.
All in all it was a great day. We spent the first half of the day shopping in 下北沢(Shimokitazawa), we then met with Dong and Kato for the usual saturday Izakaya pa-ty followed with the drinks in the streets of Kabukicho and the random encounters that comes with it.
Screaming “KABUKICHO ! KABUKICHO ! KABUKICHO !”.
We can see our trip on the other side of the world is close to it’s end. While we are very sad to leave this place, we’re hopeful that we will find ourselves tied into evenly exciting projects back home. We teamed up with Tokyoluv to give you a mere preview of the reason that brought us here in the first place. We will be back next winter and hopefully the winter after that and the one after. We will be revisiting the places we liked for the next 10 days. Stay tuned. We hope you like this video.
By the time we all got over our hang over it was dark, and we were hungry for the best ramen in Tokyo. Turns out the best ramen in Tokyo are just 20 minutes walk away from 高田馬場(Takadanobaba). We were visibly not the only ones craving for a devo-hat-full of noodles, so we had to queue for a few minutes, but worth the wait it was.
We wasted the day under the sakuras drinking, Rina, Lea, Jess, Maku, Joe and I. The weather was great and we had the chance of meeting someone from sakura-house who invited us to share his spot under the trees. We then proceeded to eat ( and drink some more ) at one of Shinjuku’s Izakaya, 2 of Lea’s friends joined us with wine. The rest of the evening is a blur that involved McDo’s Texas Burgers..
Like the title suggests, today was full of sakuras, arcades and toys. We spent the day at Akiba just shopping and eating. It was great ! I got to play Twin Bee Arcade at some retro game shop and after hanging out in Ueno Park for a while. It was nice to see some sun after the 2 days of rain.
So the weather sucks, hence the lack of pictures. We woke up to a disgusting 4°C with rain but like any Japanese person, who was not working today, turned this freezing day into a shopping spray. I bought a better soundcard to replace my crappy M-Audio Firewire (that requires a huge power supply?!) and Jess bought the latest Pokemon game. We had spaghetti for supper and Sapporos for desert. I am presently working on a audio/visual performance for the Kinetik Festival, it’s going to be great !