Sky Tree & Party in Shinjuku

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This day was awesome because I had a party with my friends whom I haven’t seen for a while and also I visited the mall of Sky Tree Solamachi with my girl.

Since my girl wasn’t in Tokyo for the grand opening of the sky Tree she wanted to visit there before we left to Aomori and after 40 minutes walking around the shops there I had to take her to get that smoothie/shake shop I found on my last visit there.

I had my favorite which of course is Strawberry shake
Strawberry shakey in Sky Tree
and she had the pineapple one.
My girl enjoying her shake
I preferred mine tho since mine was more sweeter 😛
Pineapple shakey in the Sky TreeStrawberry Shake

Later that day we went to omote sando to shop some clothes and after that we went to Shakeys pizzeria. (you know I love that place)(we don’t care about the pizza that much but the onion rings are the best)

Lunch at omotesandocaesar salad !tasty onion rings

In the evening we had our party at a Izakaya called Wara Wara in Shinjuku.
Always happy to see friends and make new ones at these parties !
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This is actually kinda funny, I normally love wasabi but this evening my throat was hurting so eating it was a little bit more difficult than I thought.

1st. This is me with the Wasabi before I ate it. ( you can see there is quite a lot of it)
Party at Wara Wara, Shinjuku
2nd.Ok so now it’s in my mouth, all good so far..
Party at Wara Wara, Shinjuku
3rd. Here it got me since I could not swallow it and the hotness was getting higher and higher. Luckily I had a nice cold beer in my hand to help.
Party at Wara Wara, Shinjuku

Normally, like now I could eat that piece of wasabi and not blink an eye.. just saying 😀

Here are some food photos of what we were eating.
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Don’t you just love these things at the izakayas? 10 minutes after the tray arrives to the table, it’s empty.
Party at Wara Wara, Shinjuku

If any of you are ever in Tokyo while I’m there and not busy, send me a message and you might get invited to one of my great parties 😀

for the last note, have you noticed that in Japan they have changed the sprite can for “older” looking design. I normally don’t drink sprite but the cool looking can made me get one.

New sprite cans in Japan

Happy life in Tokyo

These couple of days were great, Cat cafes and delicious food !

Coming home after a long drinking night in Tokyo is always interesting. First train comes around about 5am-ish and in that train you can see a lot of weird things.

I arrived to Asakusa at 5.40am and the streets were so quiet and peaceful, very good time to take photos.
Early morning in Asakusa
I went straight to sleep but I did saw people getting ready for the Sanja matsuri.
Early morning in Asakusa

In Ginza there is a famous waffle shop that I never tried before and now I understand why there is a long queue everyday. They were deeeelicious and Cheap !
belgian wuffels in Ginzabelgian wuffels in Ginza

I’m absolutely mental about Ice cream ( you should know that already), in a hot day in Tokyo I normally eat 3-5 ice creams and most of them are macha (green tea) ice cream.
Eating macha ice cream

One of my weird traditions is to go to Shakey’s pizzeria and after I’m full I go to the cat cafe !
Shakeys pizza is a good place to go if you want ok tasting pizza, very tasty onion rings and 300yen drinks.
ps. that place is very cheap.
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Here are some very cute photos of the cats at my favorite cat cafe at shinjuku called Calico.
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In the last post post I wrote about the best Japanese fried chicken place (唐揚げ)
that is located in Asakusa. The chicken is very cheap so one evening I ate a lot of it 😀
浅草の唐揚げ浅草の唐揚げ

M.O.S Burger is best fast food restaurant in the world. Just look how tasty it looks ! When you visit Japan you have to go to eat there even once !
M.O.S. Burger in AkihabaraM.O.S. Burger in Akihabara

I went to the famous One Piece event in Roppongi Hills which was great but the entrance fee was 2000 yen and you could not take photos inside there and it was in the same floor as the Tokyo city view but you could not enter to that side without paying 1500 yen more so I gave up and went only to see the One Piece event. It was worth the money but I would have been happier if I could have taken photos inside.
One Piece exhibition in Roppongi Hills
Long line of people getting the tickets to the event that was held in the 52nd floor if I’m not mistaken.
One Piece exhibition in Roppongi Hills
I did get a lot of One piece merchandise from there tho 😀
One Piece exhibition in Roppongi Hills

If you are going to the Solamachi mall in Tokyo Sky Tree you have to check out the kyoto green tea ice cream shop ! Look what I got and you understand why.
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Also when you visit the tokyo Sky Tree you absolutely have to buy a Tokyo Banana Tree from there, they sell these almost everywhere in there so would not be too difficult to find.
Tokyo Banana Tree (famous souvenir from the Sky Tree)

As a nice end to this post, here is a homeless man with an expensive Finnish design bag called Marimekko. 😀
Homeless man with marimekko

I hope you liked this post ! check out my facebook page “photographer ari helminen” where I will add details about my trips, life and photography.

Cat cafe Calico, Shinjuku 猫カフェ 新宿

It seems that always when I go to my favorite cat cafe in Tokyo, I keep going to eat in the same restaurant called Shakeys pizza ( if you been reading my blog before you know it).

This time was no different, before we went to the cat cafe we took a quick stop at the restaurant to some delicious salad that they have and of course the best onion rings and few slices of pizza.

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Calico
-Best cat cafe in Tokyo (in my honest oppinion)
-not too expensive 1000yen an hour
-you get a free ticket always when you leave and with it you can get a free drink when you come back.

I took some great shots of the cats again there 😀 I know all you cat lovers will like them a lot !

The first ones are my favorite 😀
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These days when I go to this place I always buy that small box of chicken that the cats love. Always when I have it open the cats come around me 😀

Here are couple of photos of the cat downstairs and up.

-upstairs is great with Wii and ipad to play with 😀
Cat Cafe Shinjuku calico

Downstairs is full of Manga and an area where you can eat and drink as well 😀
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More photos of the cute cats!

I love it how they put their paw on your hand when you are giving them chicken so that you don’t pull you don’t take the chicken away!
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Sleepy sleepy
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I loved this cat! I was watching this big cat jumping in to that small basket and everyone started laughing when she was trying to make herself fit in to it 😀
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There there cute cat’s
Cat Cafe Shinjuku calico

I want more chicken !
Cat Cafe Shinjuku calico

He doesn’t want anyone touching him while he is a sleep.
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Standing on my legs.
Cat Cafe Shinjuku calico

and Sleepy again
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Some things I bought those days.
-From left to right
1st. European plug-in
2nd. SD card box for 4 cards
3rd. C270 logitech webcam for my girlfriend
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I love this thing, recharging the batteries of my ipads and everything 🙂
Shopping in Yodobashi Akihabara

Nice panorama I took at the station
Panorama metro station tokyo

She has a cute back bag 😀
Asakusa festival

Thank you for reading one of my posts again ! “Like” my facebook page if you liked those cats 😀

walk at Harajuku and Omotesando

Took a little walk at Harajuku and omotesando since I haven’t taken photos there lately and of course I wanted to get some shots of the beautiful Christmas illuminations at omotesando.

Harajuku and OmoteSando

When we got there we were starving, so we took a quick stop at Wolfgang puck express restaurant. I love that place since it is so cheap that it is almost shocking. Great onion rings and burgers ! I recommend lunch time menu for everyone (lunch end at 5pm)

Here are few photos of the delicious burgers and onion rings we had.

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These Onion rings are in my top 5 onion rings of Tokyo !
Number one I would have to say to be Shakeys
two would be M.O.S burger onion rings
third this place
forth Hard rock cafe Tokyo
fifth not sure yet 😀

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Photos from the near by area.
Harajuku and OmoteSando
Harajuku full as always.
Harajuku and OmoteSando
School girls shopping in the Christmas sales !
Harajuku and OmoteSando

Best crepes in Tokyo, I eat there pretty much always when I visit harajuku.
Harajuku and OmoteSando

Harajuku and OmoteSando
Harajuku station
Harajuku and OmoteSando
One of my favorite girls at AKB48
Harajuku and OmoteSando
Window of Louis Vuitton at Omotesando
Harajuku and OmoteSando

The famous Christmas lights.
I’d just like to say that one reason why I wasn’t pleased with these photos to come was because I could not get up to the walkway to take photos since all were closed and police were all over the place!
Harajuku and OmoteSando
…as you see…

but here is what I got!
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Loved that last one with Santa and coca cola 😀

Here are again some Panorama photos that I took with my sony, (from all over Harajuku,shibuya,omotesando)
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We also bought a ginger cookie house for us to build, We were going to build it today but we are already too full to start making that so tomorrow before Christmas chicken and cake we make it.
Our christmas house !

Shakey’s pizza and Calico Cat cafe !

Continuing from the last post,
Calico cat cafe
before we went to the cat cafe we took a quick stop at this delicious pizza place called Shakey’s ( I love their onion rings).

We ordered 2 plates of onion rings,caesar salad and quater size pizza! The pizza there is not that OOOO but the onion rings are to die for with the delicious dip ! The thing about this place is that it is very cheap ! all what we ate was only 2100 yen, aahh and of course 2 drinks .
Shakey's Pizza
Salad was okay tho !

My girl wants to eat already but I am taking photos 😀
Shakey's Pizza

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Pizza was not bad at all either!

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and here are the delicious onion rings !
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Few more photos from the cute cat cafe that I took with my pocket Sony !
Calico cat cafe
Calico cat cafe
Calico cat cafe
Look at my big eyes !
Calico cat cafe

Now we are going back to Shinjuku to take some photos and getting ready for a party tonight ! Let’s get our drink on !

Day full of fun ! (Cat cafe,delicious food and batting center)

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The morning started kinda slow while watching tv and playing games with ipad2 but soon as we started moving things got faster. Had a delicious breakfast!
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Breakfast made us so full that we wanted to do something sportish so we decided to go to Shinjuku batting center, was my first time to actually have baseball bat in my hands, that must be a shock for many of you Americans!

Here are my girl and I doing some batting!
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My arm hurt like heck after it ! I did something wrong or everything wrong hah. I DID HIT THE BALL AT LEAST COUPLE OF TIMES !

I have wanted to go to Cat cafe for a long time and finally we had the time and chance to go at Shinjuku. Right next to Shinjuku station there is a big Cat cafe full of cats ! I went a bit crazy since I never actually  touched a cat in my opinion (my family are all dog people)
Sleepy Cat
They were so fluffy and cute that I just wanted to hug them to death!! I’m so going back there soon, kinda expensive but not too much 1000 yen for 1 hour and food and drinks there are not that expensive either and also you can buy snacks for the cats as well (snacks will make you popular with the cats)

Here are some cute photos of some of the cats there!
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After we got done with the cats, we visited BIC CAMERA to search a One piece figure I wanted but we couldn’t find it sadly so we decided to go to ikebukuro from shinjuku to check the BIC CAMERA there and there it was but SOLD OUT hehe my luck.

At this point it was already 7pm and we started to get hungry so we went to the main restaurant street at ikebukuro and chose a place, tasty pizza not the best but not the worst either !
Delicious Onion rings ! (best of tokyo)
One thing tho about this place is that it had the best onion rings I have ever in my life eaten ! SUPER DELICIOUS ! next time I go there I will order a lot of them and less pizza !
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Shinjuku and kabukicho is so beautiful at evening so next week I will go there with my camera to take some great photos.

Today I am going there again since I am having a big “welcome back to Japan” party for myself with my close friends. But it starts at 7pm so I will try to get some great photos before it as well since the sunset is about 5pm !