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  • Writer's pictureJan Avellana


I have just 10 more days left of school (not counting the day I go to turn in my key!). So I'm feeling joy inside, but so, so wiped out at the same time, hence the face, lol. There are many miles to go before I sleep, and deadlines galore as I make my slow way to summer. I'm also in transition as I head back to the regular classroom next year--I decided I'd be happier there though I don't know yet what grade I'll be teaching. Pray for me please!

Summer! Glorious summer! Soon we will be in Japan, spending 5 weeks in Japan with my family, wooed by the caw caw caw of the crows, eating every good thing in sight and walking 10 miles a day! I'll take you on many of my adventures and maybe even throw in a video or two :) as I take on Tokyo by myself on some days, wandering little neighborhoods alone.

One of my favorite places to wander through is Jiyugaoka. There is a french vibe to that place, with little boutiques and cafes and one of my favorite stores in all of Tokyo called "Today's Special". They are sadly closed in Jiyugaoka now, but I found another location in Hibiya that I'm planning to go to check them out! They sell kitchen items, stationary, gardening items and a range of other lifestyle and homeware goods. It's a feast I tell you, a feast!

I also love to shop in Futakotamagawa in Setagaya in Tokyo. There's a bookstore there called "Tsutaya Electrics"

and though it sounds techie and boring, trust me--if you love books and bookstores and cafes, run don't walk! It's amazing. I could stay there all day sipping and reading and just oh, bookshopping.

Finally, another retail favorite of mine is called Akomeya in La Kagu in Kagurazawa . The whole shopping street is quaint and lovely, but La Kagu is where I let myself wander in lust. It's another lifestyle store, but this one has a restaurant downstairs and everything, so you could really make an afternoon of it!

Of course there is so much more to do than just shop in Tokyo, but these are some of my special places that call to me as I wander Tokyo on my own. I'll share with you more in future posts as our trip draws nearer. Sigh. Tokyo, I'm in love.


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