Striped Dress in Tokyo

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outfit details:

striped dress (old, very similar one here and it’s only $33.99 this weekend!  Here is a longer option that’s on sale too.) | blush sweater blazer (old, obsessed with this new leopard print one for fall though!  Also comes in solid colors which are 40% off!) | loafers (old, but these are similar) | scarf (old, but this is similar and one of those investment pieces that will never go out of style) | bag (old from Kate Spade)

 

Here are the blog posts about day 1, day 2, and day 3 in Tokyo in case you missed them!

 

I’m about 5 months late with this post but better late than never, right?  🙂  This day was a really fun day for me and I LOVED my outfit, thus the million photos of it.  Sorry y’all, feeling this pulled together on an overseas trip required documenting lol.  It was significantly warmer this day too and it was nice to not wear my heavy coat to stay warm.

I started the day by using the Japanese bath and dry sauna that was available for free in the hotel.  It was glooooorious.  I love heat so the nearly scalding hot water felt incredible (followed by the brisk cold water plunge pool) and then I loved the dry heat of the sauna.  The Japanese really know how to do spas, and it was so nice that such a luxurious activity was free!

Tom was able to finish work relatively early so we got to grab lunch together.  We went to a random sushi restaurant and enjoyed sitting at the bar and watching the chefs make all the rolls.  This was Tom’s first time trying sushi (the thought of raw fish weirds him out) and I was proud of him!  I had tuna sashimi for the first time and it was incredible.  So fresh and not fishy at all.  I also got a salmon roll and a nori wrap of some sort.  I finished every bite and we had the best time.  Plus beer, of course.

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Next we wandered over to the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, which seemed to be the place to be.  It was absolutely packed with people picnicking and enjoying the beautiful Sakura (cherry blossom) blooms.  You had to pay to get in but it was worth it.  So many beautiful trees and plants and I could have spent all day there if we’d been prepared for it.  This is definitely a must-see, especially during the brief cherry blossom season.

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I decided I needed a cup of coffee and some dessert and we ended up at an “American café” that was great.  I thought the name of it, Cafe OMG, was funny, and it’s always fun seeing another country’s interpretation of Americana.

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We went on another evening walk and enjoyed our last night in Tokyo by popping into different shops (even drug stores are fascinating!) and grabbing a few last minute souvenirs for the kids.

Day 5 was a travel day and we started the morning with a run in the park together, because somehow we hadn’t run together in Japan until the final day!  Running is our thing as a couple so this was kind of crazy!  After that we showered and packed up and took the Airport Limousine Bus to the Narita Airport (you can find these buses all over Asian cities and they’re a great way to get to and from the airports, which are often an hour or more outside of the city).

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Stay tuned for the part about our time in Korea.  It’ll all be in one blog post this next week.

 

 

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