Shirohige’s Cream Puff Shop is famous for their Totoro-shaped choux creams. They have various flavours for their choux creams such as custard and cream, strawberry cream, peach cream, maron and maron (chestnuts) cream, chocolate cream, caramel banana cream, and matcha cream. Totoro’s hats and head accessories sets the labels for the flavours.
Address: 3-21-21 Takaidohigashi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:30am-7:30pm (Close Mondays)
Darwin Room – Where you can find a real otter, zebra, butterflies among many other animals preserved. They also have a small cafe area where you can dine.
Address: 5-31-8 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 155-0032
Business hours: 12:00n-8:00pm
Plum Blossoms or Ume in Japanese is a sister plant of the famous Cherry Blossoms but it’s different. There’s a thin line between the both of them. Usually in Japan, plum blossoms appear in late winter (end of February) to early spring (first week of March). How to tell the difference between Plum Blossoms and Cherry Blossoms? Cherry Blossoms petals have a small split at the end while Plum Blossoms have not. Cherry Blossoms have a few flowers out in it’s bud but Plum Blossoms have only one. Cherry Blossoms have green leaves and most of the time Plum Blossoms have purple leaves. You might want to check out some spots for Plum Blossoms viewing in case you’ve arrived to early for Cherry Blossoms, or if you’re just like me, who can’t help but adore them.
Where to Find Plum Blossoms?
1. Ushi Tenjin Temple. I walked from Iidabashi station to Ushi Tenjin Temple but the closest station would be “Korakuen”. Drop by if you’re looking for plum blossoms in Tokyo, first week of March is the perfect time to visit! It’s a small but very beautiful temple named after “Ushi” or cow in Japanese. These photos were taken last February 27, 2015 and the plum blossoms haven’t fully bloomed yet.
1. The Guest Café and Diner at Parco is a must-go on my list just because I’m here almost every other month. They’ve been changing their themes a lot- from Hello Kitty, Kiki and Lala, My Melody, Funashi, Pokémon cafe Ω Ruby & α Sapphire, among many others! It’s definitely one of the cafés you should visit whilst in Tokyo. If there are many people lining up, they’re giving out timed-entry ticket, where in you’ll just have to come back on the specified time.
2. Meet up with your friends or new found friends in front of Hachiko’s statue. This Shibuya attraction brings so much memories because I’ve met a lot of amazing new people here and I’ve also taken my visitor friends here for photo taking purposes. Not to mention I love Shibainu, probably the only kind of dog I like and I cried watching Hachiko when I was younger.
3. Although I’m having doubts about sharing my new secret hideout, it’s just so special to me to the point I don’t want other people to know about it.. but here it goes, dine at “And People” Café. When I first went here with Marippe, it was for dinner so all their candles were lit up, then someone had a birthday celebration and to top it of, a proposal while Only You by John Lennon was being played. Good times! Don’t be fooled by it’s exterior, inside it was the loveliest café that I’ve ever been to! Try their pizza and pasta, you won’t believe how mouthwatering it is.
4. Shop at Shibuya 109. Does this even surprise you? Name your favourite Japanese retail brand and it’s probably here. Here are my top stores to go to whilst in 109: EMODA, Dazzlin, (and other Markstyler brands), SLY, Fig and Viper, LIZ LISA, MOUSSY, KOKOKim, Me%, TWINROOM, Honey Bunch, Swankiss and titty&Co.
5. Tower Records or (Tawa-reco for Japanese, if you can’t find Tower Records and you have to ask a stranger, try to pronounce it this way) for their awesome book and magazine selection. I’ve found my favourites Lula, Rookie and a lot of foreign magazines here. They also have a café and some collaboration. When I last went there with Emika and Kaila, it was Rilakkuma! Everyone’s favourite bear. For people who wanted a decaf alternative, they also have plenty of drinks to choose from. Recently I got to try their decaf mint melange tea which taste like peppermint! Also, I’ve been looking for Amo’s book called “Get Up Girly” and found it here.