Monday, April 21, 2008

Japan Part 2: Tokyo Shots

Well the first part was largely photos of our trip to Fuji-san and Hakone. This part will be more about Tokyo and part 3 will be Kyoto. Part of our holidays is always spent hunting down watch and jewelry boutiques. We like to go and see things that we can't see here. We did of course go into some of the boutiques that are available here just for a look see and catalogues. One boutique that I have wanted to go to for a very long time is Harry Winston. I was very excited when I learnt there was one in Ginza. After booking an appointment we went and saw the jewels. Can't say that I was totally awestruck by what I saw....I will probably get in trouble here but a diamond is a diamond, sure the designs were pretty but where was the colour? I saw a 5 carat yellow diamond(of corse I tried it on) which was about A$1.5million and there was a very pretty cross with a pink tourmaline and diamonds, and that was about all the colour I saw. Felt a little dissappointed when we left. But I did score a couple of catalogues. Boucheron on the other hand was a mind blower. Such fantastic pieces and so much colour. Got a catalogue from them too. Went to Mikimoto and their rival Tasaki. Very lovely pieces. We missed the high end jewelry floor at both due to time. Catalogues from both. Did Cartier, Tiffany, Chaumet and Bulgari got catalogues from Chaumet, Tiffany and Cartier, forgot to get one at Bulgari. Any way how about some photos from Tokyo.... Day and evening shots from our hotel room Day and evening shots of Ginza Cartier Boutique Ginza Harry Winston Boutique Ginza Umm....let me guess...Bulgari Boutique Ginza Asakusa Shrine Meiji Jingu Shrine Shibuya...Remember this building from "Lost In Translation"? We also went to Roppongi (for the Hard Rock Cafe), Omotesando, Aoyama, Nakano and Shinjuku. A few people Rene knows who work or have worked in Tokyo are quite surprised by how much we got around. Suica cards is the best for getting around on the trains. That is it for part 2. Catch you again for part 3. video

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