Thursday, March 4, 2021

Gardens by the Bay Sakura Featuring Hello Kitty Floral Display

It has been more than one year since we visited Japan, and we don't know when we would be able to visit Japan again. So when we heard about Sakura featuring Hello Kitty at Gardens by the Bay, we quickly bought our tickets - thanks to SingapoRediscovers Vouchers that we only need to top up a small amount from our pocket. 

We were welcomed by the torii upon entering Flower Dome, and our imagination started to run wild and pretended that we were in Japan!



There are a few types of sakura (cherry blossom) and momo (peach blossom) at Flower Dome. Though the number of sakura and momo is not comparable to what we can see in Japan, it is still better than none.





How many Hello Kitty did we find? We found 5 of them!







Look at those beautiful furoshiki - Japanese art of fabric wrapping!



As the visitors are required to book time slot to enter Flower Dome, it was not too crowded on the weekday afternoon that we went. 


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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Tokyo, Mt Fuji Travel Day 4 Tokyo Skytree, Wanpaku Tengoku Playground, Cooking Class

From Ueno Park, we took subway to Asakusa. No, we didn't go to Senso-ji and  Nakamise Shopping Street like most tourists do. We took some photos with Tokyo Skytree and the golden icon of Asahi Beer Building before we took Tobu Line to meet our host of the cooking class.



We attended Homemade Udon and Tempura with Dashi Japanese Omelette class from airKitchen. Please read our experience in our blog post on airKitchen Cooking Classes in Japan. Our family enjoyed this class very much!





We took Tobu Line to Oshiage (Skytree) 押上 (スカイツリー前) station. Before the trip, I learnt from social media that there are a few places to take interesting photos of Tokyo Skytree. From Exit B3 of the station, we went up the staircase to level 4.

This photo was taken at the corner of the smoking corner. Please do not bring the children into this corner!



Another photo is taken from a short distance away from the smoking corner.



On the day just before we left Singapore, I found out that there is a playground near Tokyo Skytree called Wanpaku Tengoku Playground わんぱく天国. It is a small playground with a climbing structure and a flying fox swing. The unique feature of this playground is the wooden craft workshop! Children can make their own wooden craft using the materials there, and it is free of charge!




Under the guidance of a Japanese elderly lady, our children made simple toys using wooden boards and nails, and they could bring the products home!

While the children were busy playing at the playground under DaDi's supervision, I quickly ran to the nearby Jikken Bridge 十間橋 to take a few photos of Tokyo Skytree. As it was too windy, the reflection effect on the river was not captured clearly.


Time for dinner! We went to Tokyo Skytree to have tsukemen at Rokurinsha 六厘舍. I read raving reviews about Rokurinsha's tsukemen, however, my taste buds were unable to appreciate the salty flavour of the dipping sauce.



Having ice-cream during winter is a must-do for us! We had our dessert from Gion Tsujiri 祇園辻利, the spoon is Tokyo Skytree shape, so cute!


By now you may have noticed that we did not go up Tokyo Skytree. Oh well, we would like to save some money as the tickets are not cheap. In addition, we would be visiting another observatory at Bunkyo Civic Centre, with free admission!



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Sunday, December 20, 2020

Tokyo, Mt Fuji Travel Day 2 Harajuku, Yoyogi Park

From Tsukiji Fish Market (read our Food Map here), we took subway to Meiji Jingu Mae 'Harajuku' 明治神宮前〈原宿〉station, as I promised the children to get them the giant cotton candy floss. But before that, we went to Yoyogi Park 代々木公園 to see the autumn foliage. However it was turning dark at 4+ p.m. during winter, and the view was not as spectacular as I thought.




The oldest wooden JR Harajuku station was closed in March 2020 and is replaced by a new building adjacent to it. So this was the last time I saw the old wooden station!



Takeshita Street 竹下通り at Harajuku 原宿 is super crowded! The street is lined with many eateries and shops that sell fashionable and cute items. 



This is our Harajuku food map:

base map: Google Maps


Totti Candy Factory 
The children thought they found the heaven when they entered Totti Candy Factory. There are many different types of candy. 



As promised, we bought one giant cotton candy floss from Totti Candy Factory for the children. I think it would be once in a lifetime that I would spend 950 yen (~S$12) on candy floss! It was bigger than my head!



Kebab Box J
Other than the biggest cotton candy floss, we also had the longest fries from Kebab Box J. 



Luke's Lobster
We ordered Lobster Roll (regular). It is an interesting combination of warm bun with cold lobster meat. It is satisfying to have a big chunk of lobster meat. However the seasoning is rather strong for me, the garlic butter taste lingered in my mouth for quite some time.



We walked past Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku, the design of the entrance is interesting! Many people were taking photo there. I think it would look nicer during the day time.



We had window-shopping at the big toy shop Kiddy Land. DaDi and Hao Hao went to see the toy cars, while Pei Pei and I had a great time looking at the merchandises of Sanrio characters and Totoro!





The winter illumination along Omotesando presented by Google Pixel gave the area a magical feel.


Finally, we had tsukemen dinner at LaQua Tokyo Dome City and did some shopping for fruits at the supermarket. All of us were very tired after the long day!