5.06.2015

TRAVEL DIARY: ODAIBA EXPRESS

Odaiba is one of the districts in Tokyo you shouldn't miss specially if you're into Gundam, video games and of course shopping! The man-made island in Tokyo Bay was originally built in the 1850s to protect Tokyo against attacks from the sea. It was eventually expanded to become a seaport district. Today, it has transformed into a futuristic residential and commercial district which is very popular among locals and tourists alike. 

Among the landmarks that should be in your itinerary are the Statue of Liberty replica, the life-sized Gundam statue, the enormous color-changing Daikanrasha Ferris wheel and the Venice-themed Venice Port shopping mall! You can practically spend the entire day exploring this area.

To get to Odaiba, take the Yurikamome line! Do not hesitate to ask around since most of the people who work at the metro speak relatively good English.
Top - Yohji Yamamoto Pour Homme blazer + Rick Owens sheer tee / Bottom - Christopher Nemeth pants
Accessories - Dior Homme tote bag + Rigards eyewear / Footwear - Ann Demeuelemeester combat boots

5.04.2015

TRAVEL DIARY: WHO LET THE DOGS OUT AT DOG TOKYO?

My mind was literally blown away the moment I stepped inside Dog, the ultimate next-level DIY (do-it-yourself) concept store located in a hidden basement in Harajuku. It was a challenge to find the store since it didn't have any signage or anything. It took me awhile to finally spot it even with my iPhone's aid. I love the concept of hidden stores only the people-in-the-know knows! It was probably one of the craziest clothing and accessories stores I have ever laid my eyes on. Think vintage leather moto jacket with stud and paint modification or a pair of Air Force 1s tackily painted with Louis Vuitton monogram print. There are also a shitload of reworked stuff that is either suitable for themed parties, fetish balls or perhaps Halloween. But mind you these one-of-a-kind pieces don't come cheap. Like a one-off Moschino Couture gilet adorned with metal pins would set you back for a hefty ¥128,000.

The entire experience was beyond overwhelming. Before I started taking snaps of this joint, I politely asked permission from the staff personnel. Thankfully, they were pretty laid-back. They allowed me to freely explore the place and try on stuff at my convenience. I felt like a little kid inside a candy store. Indeed, this place is the mother of DIY. No wonder even Lady Gaga has fallen in love with Dog! Props to Kai Satake for keeping this place under the radar and worth visiting even after 15 years of existence!