Sunday, July 6, 2014

Justin & Rachel in Tokyo 2014: Part One

Last month we took a wonderful trip to Japan. Although it was much shorter than I'm used to (grown up probs): I am so happy that we were able to go for the length of time we did! Japan will always have a special place in my heart. I can't wait to go back already ;)

On the first full day we were there, Justin and I were still exhausted so we just chilled. I took him around my grandma's neighborhood and showed him places I grew up loving.
this sight makes me happy. I love that he wanted to take pictures of everything....
like this vending machine right by my grandma's house. haha. So Asian.
in front of a shopping center
The junior high school that's around the corner from my grandma's. My mom went there when she was a youngin.
busy streets don't stop us tourists from taking pictures. Hehe

The next day, we went to take some professional photos of us wearing traditional kimonos. (I wore kimonos before it was cool;). It pretty much took all morning, and boy was it uncomfortable, haha but I knew that was coming. I haven't had access to those pictures yet, but hopefully I will be able to share some soon! Afterwards, we went to the Tokyo Skytree. The Tokyo Skytree is a broadcasting tower that also holds some fun entertainment, such as shopping, eating, and a great view of Tokyo from the observation deck. It's pretty close to my grandma's house (see below!). It is the tallest tower in the world (over 2,000 to the tippy top), and the second tallest structure in the world. I don't know why I love it so much, but it is one of my favorite things now in Japan! It's only been open to the public for a couple years, but I think it's so neat.
view of the Tokyo Skytree from my grandma's house
so high above the clouds, you can't see it on a cloudy day!
it is GIANT!
up close and personal!

Two years ago when I went to Japan, we went to an aquarium that opened in conjunction to the Skytree, but we didn't get to go up the tower. See the funnel-shaped deck in the photo above? That's where we got to go this year. 

It was simply breathtaking. I can't even describe how it felt to be up there! I wish it was a clearer day (it was a bit rainy the first few days we got there), but I can't complain. The 360 degree view was amazing. We even spotted some buildings right by my grandma's house!
only a sliver of the city I love
...and the boy I love ;)

I am so happy that we got to go up the tower! It was such an incredible feeling to be up on the observation deck. Seeing the little tiny cars, trains, and itty bitty people living their busy lives made the world feel so large. Sometimes you need to see the bigger picture in life!
Thanks for letting me share a piece of my trip with you! I will be posting more! ;) Happy Sunday <3
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Lauryncakes | Lauryn Hock said...

you look like you had so much fun! It is so lucky to have someone to travel with, huh?
xo Lauryn
Lauryncakes | Beauty & Fashion

Haley Phillips said...

So glad you had fun!! :) You guys are such a cute couple, Rachel. These pictures are gorgeous. Love it!

Nikki Williams said...

i want to see some kimono pics!! haha, glad you had a great trip!


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