The Day at Skytree

It was voted the Number One Product of 2012
by Nikkei Trendynet last month (via
It was all anyone could talk about when they opened in May
and they’ve had over 2,000,000 visitors
in the first four months of opening!
So I knew it was really crowded.
But since my baby sister was in town
and my coworker told me it’s not as crowded anymore
we decided to head out to see for ourselves!
Let me tell you.
This tower is so damn tall
you can’t even tell how tall it is.
I mean, you know it’s tall.
So much taller than our skyscrapers.
But it’s like trying to figure out how big the moon is.
Too tall to comprehend and you can’t really tell the difference.
Or maybe that’s just me.
I don’t know.
But the view was AMAZING!!!
It was kind of cool seeing the Nishi Shinjuku skyscrapers
because that’s where I’m always standing and looking out from.
We have so many houses and buildings jam packed into this city!
It looks like a lizards back or something.
All bumpy with buildings and hardly any bare land.
Crazy but that’s just one of the things I like about Tokyo.
Also Lisa Naomi and I tried out this new frozen yogurt place!
It was SO good.
So so good.
I wanted more.
Seriously, froyo is awesome, yo.

The Classic Holiday Song

I just realized how weird it is that I haven’t been
listening to any holiday music this year.
Tis the season for holiday music and you know,
this is the only time of year you can enjoy it without being super creepy.
I guess it could be that
I’m not exactly in the festive mood this year.
I have holiday music in my play list. Just not playing it.
But I don’t want to regret not listening to holiday music.
I mean, how creepy would it be if I
suddenly started craving holiday music next spring?

All because I didn’t listen to it in December.

So I’m going to post one of my absolute favorite holidays songs.

To get me back into the groove.
You can sing, dance, and have a party to this classic song.
(Totally makes me want to see Home Alone again. Another classic.)

And THEN…I found this.
I thought it was pretty awesome.
Gotta start bopping to the holiday tunes!

The Afternoon with the Dog

Headed out to Yoyogi Park today
to meet up with bestie Demi and Takumi.
And finally got to meet the newest member of Takumi’s family
the small handsome dog, Hyena Ponta.
But he looks exactly like the white lion from
Jungle Emperor Leo, especially the way he stands
so we just called him Leo.
Which he surprisingly answered to…haha.
He is such a silly dog.
Beautiful but silly as hell.
He would run around one minute
and suddenly stop to sniff the leaves.
And the most hilarious thing.
He would run around and then stop
next to some stranger and just stand there
like they are the owner or something.
Demi, Takumi, and I were watching and just LAUGHING!!!
The great thing about Yoyogi Park is that
since so many people bring their dogs around here
a lot of the cafes in the area allow pets inside with you.
This cafe called Arms is located just outside the park.
The menu looked great, all kinds of burgers and sandwiches.
But we were all pretty full so we went with the tea
which was perfect for a chilly day like today.
Also the interior design is really cute.
Warm and cozy.
Okay, we were all full but couldn’t resist
and got the tortilla and chowder.
And we loved it.
We just sat around talking
and catching up with each other.
Been so long since the ‘old gang’ has hung out.
I really miss everyone sometimes.
Everyone individually and everyone as a group.
I was only a couple of years but
it was so great having a group of friends close by
and you could see them anytime you wanted or needed to.
And, you know, I always know they’ll be there
even if we’ve all moved away from each other
but it’s not the same.
So I really love it when we can all meet up together.
The vibe and rhythm is still the same 
and even though we are growing and evolving
some things never change.