Tokyo

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Starting off 2018 with a post from overseas. Japan!

I'm in Japan for a couple of weeks with a group of friends and so far, Japan has treated us well! We've gotten cold, crispy days in Tokyo. Coming from Perth, you'd be right to assume that we are freezing our butts off. We are not used to this kind of weather, so layers of jackets and heat packs are the way to go. Not to mention the vending machines with hot drinks in them (That's definitely one thing I'll miss greatly about Japan).

It doesn't take much to fall in love with Tokyo. From the busiest crosswalk to the quaint streets. It's reminiscent of every asian country I've been to before, but better. 

 

You've probably already heard everyone tell you how clean the streets are, and yet there are no rubbish bins everywhere. Also, that Japan is a country that doesn't accomodate to tourists by having a lot of english signs, or english speakers. But what Japan does have is a rich culture in countless, various aspects. The huge anime and gaming area in Akihabara. The red light district, and the famous robot restaurant. The animal cafes, like the adorable hedgehog cafe. And the temples within the most populated city in the world.

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Studio Ghibli Museum

Shibuya Crossing is considered one of the busiest intersections in the world. My friends and I crossed it backwards and forwards a couple of times just for the fun of it. I would recommend going up to the Starbucks and trying to nab a spot at the window to watch the people down below. It's surprisingly mesmerising and I'm sure you'd be able to spend hours watching the world go by.

If you're a Studio Ghibli fan, you can't go to Tokyo without going to the Studio Ghibli Museum. You can't take any photos inside so you'll just have to trust me when I say it's absolutely amazing. The architecture and interior design of it makes it feel like you're in a studio ghibli movie yourself!

The museum takes you through various parts of the creation of the movies from the evolution of animation to the animation of food. You get to watch a private screening of a short film and there are walk throughs where the rooms replicate how the creators would work, and where they got their inspiration from.

Ueno Park is reminiscent of central park in New York City. Around this park are countless museums and even the Ueno Zoo. We went to the National Museum of Nature and Science which was AMAZING and I'm sure the other museums are too. 

Ueno Park

Ueno Park

Shinjuku 

It didn’t take long to fall in love with Japan and I’m sure I’ll be back. There are other places to check of the bucket list, but if I’m ever craving skiing, super friendly strangers are a busy city that’s intriguingly calming, I know where to go. 

The Tribute Cafe

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It's safe to say that I'm healthily obsessed with this place. 
The Tribute Cafe in Shelley opened up in late July, and in the span of less than 2 weeks I've already been four times. 

They have a reasonable amount of seating without making it too crowded. They've timed their opening perfectly as the weather is just clearing up, making it beautiful to sit outside. You can also bring your furry friends as there's a spot to tie up your pup outside and a water bowl too!

They have perfected the interior design and also mastered their menu and the food itself. It consists of the classics; eggs Benedict, buttermilk pancakes and smashed avo (because you can NEVER go wrong with smashed avo). You can't even call yourself a breakfast place in Perth without having a good smashed avo, and this place does it perfectly. Dukkah crusted feta and beetroot puree drizzled over the top? Yes please!

I'm also glad that they didn't skip the eggs Benedict because that is an all time favourite of mine (but for some reason lots of the "hipster" breakfast places don't serve it). I would gladly like to hear why because a perfectly poached egg is one way of starting an excellent day.

They also have various other dishes of their own like the Tribute Sarni and the Wagyu Brioche Burger, both of which look amazingly instagram worthy with their charcoal brioche buns. 

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With not much else in the area as far as trendy café joints go, this place is bound to be bustling all Spring and Summer long. So make sure you check it out to see what the hype is all about! Also, you're bound to bump into someone you know on a busy Saturday morning seeing as Perth is so small. 

If you're going on a Saturday I'd recommend getting there nice and early, especially if the weather is nice. When I went on Saturday the queue was out the door and all the way to the street!

I also made a short youtube video if you want to see more of what The Tribute Cafe is really like.