Hello everyone, writing to you from Shinjuku (Tokyo), Japan on my last day before I head back to the states. Wow. What an amazing trip! I want to share everything with you!
I flew out to China and Japan for work and met with both country’s marketing and e-commerce team to discuss social media in Asia and strategize ways we could better align in the US. In addition to strategy meetings, the team and I also went to visit our stores and meet with Media Partners and Vendors regarding new opportunities to explore specific to Asia. I feel like I’ve learned so much!
The first night we landed and went straight to the hotel. We managed to rally and head straight back out to get some ramen at this local’s favorite called Ichiran in Shibuya. It was absolutely, the best ramen I have ever had in my life, you MUST go! We then headed to this place called Robot Restaurant… now how do I explain Robot Restaurant… it’s like if Liberace and Mulan and Transformers and some anime show where the heros are girls in scantily clad clothes and try to save the world from evil. It was an intense experience… see a video of the experience here.
I luckily had one afternoon to myself to enjoy the city of Japan and all that it has to offer. I stayed at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo which is pretty central to everything. Definitely recommend staying there if you go. I even got upgraded to a platinum suite since it was my first time there – amazing view!
I spent the first day in Japan in meetings all morning and then headed over to Shibuya 101 and Shibuya Mens for some shopping inspiration. Then instead of taking a taxi back I decided to walk to Harajuku, which to be honest I didn’t really get all the hype. Then, I found one of those sushi restaurants with the rotating sushi plates and stalked up on Sushi. I then walked from Shibuya to Shinjuku where I came across this beautiful shrine, called Meji Shrine. It’s where you pay your respect to Emperor Meji and those who have passed away. They have these prayer leaflets that you can write a prayer for you or on behalf of someone else. Very cool, spiritual moment (if you are into that).
I then made my say back to Shinjuku and went to Lumine Shopping Mall. Malls are extremely different in Japan, they are open boutique, pop-up style layouts. This was more of a luxury mall that had Opening Ceremony, Muji, Kiehls, Bonjour and more! Definitely like this style of mall much better. The interesting part is that none or few of these stores had product sensors because it would be a dishonor to steal. Crazy, right? Then headed to the world’s largest Uniqlo, 8 floors of everything you could imagine.
My time was short in Japan, but definitely one for the scrap book. I can’t wait to come back and explore this amazing country some more. Hope this inspired you to add Tokyo to the list of places to visit!
Domo Arigato! Where to next?