Hachikō

Hachiko Shibuya TokyoBumped into this little cutie outside 109 while out and about in Shibuya. It goes without saying that this crowned chihuahua drew big crowds (mainly girls) preoccupied with exclaiming “かわいい” (cute/adorable) and snapping pics with their blinged out pink cell phones.

Shibuya, Tokyo

Hachiko Shibuya TokyoThe chihuahua has a friend through the Hachikō monument outside Shibuya Station which was unveiled in 1934 after the incredibly sweet story of the relationship between a golden brown akita dog named Hachikō and his owner Hidesaburō Ueno. The story goes that Hachikō would meet his owner at the end of every day by Shibuya Station and continued to do so daily even nine years after his owner’s passing. If that’s not dedication, then I don’t know what is. A film has also been made inspired by the true tale starring Richard Gere and entitled Hachiko: A Dog’s Tale (2009).

Shibuya, Tokyo Be warned, Shibuya and Tokyo in general is not for the faint hearted as weaving through infinite crowds of people is a daily occurrence. You’d think that it might be a bearable experience during the weekday and within office hours but as I think this picture proves it makes little difference.

Shop Names in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan (Shibuya, Omotesando)

Coming back to London, it just hit me that stores around me tend to be named in a rather conventional manner. Shopping in Tokyo on the other hand, can be quite the experience. This little pasttime kick might even put a smile on our faces, but let me be clear –  that’s rarely because of the price tags!

Freak's Store (フリークスストア) Tokyo

Tell me, aren’t we all dreaming about trotting those streets with a bag screaming Freak’s Store (フリークスストア) or Rude Gallery (ルードギャラリ)? These fantasy filled bags are sure to make a statement, if not with all so at least among English speaking people. If the thought of what these bags hide or what these stores stock would cross your mind, you’ll probably be surprised, or even disappointed, to find that they aren’t anything to get overly excited about since the names only refer to modern clothing boutiques.

Freak's Store (フリークスストア) Tokyo

Spotted this bag on the subway and later ran into this… No whips, chains or rubber garments, just the average, typical girly Tokyo boutique.

Freak's Store (フリークスストア) Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan (Shibuya, Omotesando)

Rude Galllery (ルードギャラリ) Tokyo

Skullcandy (スカルキャンディ) Tokyo

Skullcandy (スカルキャンディ), a Utah based company known for their headphones, and Pigsty & Used Clothing, are just another couple of interesting names, both, or rather all, from the same tiny shopping street that runs between Shibuya and Omotesando.

Pigsty & Used Clothing (ピグスティ) Tokyo

Ever had issues with second hand shopping?

Pigsty & Used Clothing (ピグスティ) Tokyo

Diesel Art Gallery, 最新アート情報

Black Rose, Ayami Nishimura by RANKIN Make Up

Nails: Mike Pocock @Streeters London, Headpiece: Ayami Nishimura, Model: Sophie D @ Models 1.

Heard about a fabulous but small exhibition taking place at the Diesel’s Shibuya store here in Tokyo, Japan and simply had to stop by and see for myself. They are currently exhibiting over 20 prints showing the extraordinary work of Japanese make up artist Ayami Nishimura and British photographer Rankin. A fierce combination that could also be viewed in the gorgeous book Ayami Nishimura by Rankin.

Diesel Art Gallery, 最新アート情報, Shibuya

The make-up was very dramatic and a bit reminiscent of traditional 歌舞伎 (kabuki) make-up with its bold black eyebrows, red accents and painted white faces. Hmmm, perhaps not for the faint hearted to try. Halloween instead maybe?

Shibuya

The Diesel Shibuya Store that doubles as an art gallery in the back of the lower ground floor.

Stop by and be impressed while enjoying this great source of inspiration, if not, you could also take a sneak peak here: Dazed Digital or here: Beauty Stylish