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Shopping in Tokyo

The fact that it’s American Red Cross month along with the recent disaster in Japan, both signal that it’s time for a post about Japan. I’ve been putting it off. I am also half Japanese, in case you didn’t know.

One of my last hurrah’s was in Tokyo. I am about 5 months pregnant in the photo above. See those lights? They were voluntarily dimmed after the tsunami to save power. I can’t imagine what the city would be like without the lights.

Also, you might say that I’m biased, but wherever we are in Japan, the people have always been incredibly generous. We received great service all around from taxi drivers, hotel staff and shop owners.  Nice people on the street always help us get around as addresses can be difficult and there isn’t a ton of English signage.   It’s just a pleasure to be there.

We witnessed a wedding at the Meiji Shrine. The shrine is a must see, if you’re in Tokyo.

Meiji Shrine Wedding

On this trip, I shopped until I literally dropped. Christmas was coming, plus I have a love of Japanese paper and decor. I was thinking about taking La Jolla Girl to Tokyo Disney soon. I’ll try harder now to make this happen. Putting my dollars there, is always one of my ways of showing support.

Tokyo Shopping

The LUXE Tokyo Guide has awesome walking shopping tours for Ginza, Aoyama and other areas of Tokyo. I would highly recommend picking up a copy of this little booklet if you visit Tokyo. It can slide into your pocket or wallet. We also stayed in the awesome Frank Lloyd Wright designed Imperial Hotel on this trip. If you want to be near Ginza, it’s conveniently located.

Here is La Jolla Girl in the Japan Airlines Narita Airport lounge, after raiding the sushi counter. Everyone there could always tell she was Japanese, which shouldn’t surprise me, but it always does. Some of the staff even recognized us after a while. Nice, nice people.

Japan Airlines Narita Lounge
We’ll return to Japan as soon as we can. It’s one of my favorite places in the world to visit. The American Red Cross is taking donations specifically for the Japan Earthquake, as are a number of other organizations.

If you can, the country sure could use the help. A recent CNN article points out the obvious.  And a 60 Minutes segment last night pointed out that in the coastal communities, there aren’t enough living to take care of the dead.  It’s awful.

  • Marissa - March 22, 2011

    I didn’t know you were half Japanese! Some of my nicest friends are Japanese. And I recently wrote a post about all the cute Japanese things I’m obsessed with. It’s so sad to hear about what’s going on in Japan right now. I hope to visit there someday.

  • becky - March 22, 2011

    I’ve never been to Japan, but it has always held a special place in my heart. My grandfather was stationed in Sendai and my mom lived there for almost 2 years when she was little. I loved hearing stories about her time there and would always try on the clothing she still had as souvenirs. Every time we did a report in school and had to talk about a foreign country, I chose Japan. I’ve always been fascinated by their culture and traditions.

    My heart and thoughts are still with everyone there. I cannot begin to imagine how devastating it must be.

  • JenniferfromLaJolla - March 21, 2011

    I saw the story on 60 Minutes, broke my heart.

    My mom and daughter took a trip to Japan a few years ago. They had a fantastic time. My daughter talks about returning to Japan often. It sounds like a special place, filled with very special people.

  • Amy Thomas - March 21, 2011

    Sport chalet is also accepting “gently used shoes” to send over to Japan since they are in great need of shoes after these disasters.

    • La Jolla Mom - March 21, 2011

      Thanks for the tip as I did not know Sports Chalet was helping out too. Another store here in La Jolla called Mimi and Red is also collecting, I think. I’ll ask them to see how long they are doing it for.

  • Natalie - March 21, 2011

    OK, La Jolla Girl is adorable.

    The tragedy in Japan has me so overwhelmed and speechless… thousands of people dead is so hard to comprehend. I think it is good to talk about it though so their lives are not forgotten.

    • La Jolla Mom - March 21, 2011

      Thanks. People marvel at how she ate sushi (no raw fish though) from age 1 onward. I wasn’t sure what I was going to write exactly when I set out to write this post. Just kind of dealing with it. I probably should mention that my family in Japan is ok.

      • Lua - March 21, 2011

        I am so glad that your family is ok! 😀 I’ve never been there, but I would love to visit Japan in the future. [Tokyo Disney sounds awesome!] How sweet that your daughter loves Sushi! My hubby is from New Orleans, but our son can’t stand seafood (much to hubby’s dismay).

        The tragedy there is so devastating & I definitely am saying prayers for everyone’s safety.

        Take Care 😀

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I'm Katie Dillon, a freelance luxury travel writer who lives in seaside La Jolla, CA. This is where I document my recent trips around the world, the latest San Diego happenings and other fun lifestyle topics. Thanks for stopping by!

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