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おはよう Tokyo, it’s good to be back! I know i know, it’s been only slightly over a year since we’ve last visited this bustling capital but i still absolutely love it. This time, it’s back to the good ‘ol Tokyo Auto Salon for a short 4 day weekend getaway before grabbing a flight back home. The plan for day 1 was simple, arrive in Tokyo Thursday morning, grab some breakfast in Daikanyama, check into my airbnb, hit the streets of Shibuya, visit Megaweb (and the pet stores) in Odaiba and finish off the day with Super Street Magazine’s Fresh Meet!

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Well, i would have been simple if my Thaiair flight out of Singapore wasn’t delayed, essentially turning my already tight 1 hour transit into a 15 minute dash. Fortunately, i (barely) made the connecting flight. Unfortunately, my checked-in luggage with my winter jacket did not. Thus i ended up in Tokyo, Thursday morning, with just the clothes on my back. My luggage would not arrive until 5:30 in the evening as with me being out the entire next few days, i arranged to personally collect it that very night instead. At least i had my camera gear!

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An agenda i had for this trip was that i had made it a point to try and avoid returning to previously visited foodie joints. There’s so much to discover in Tokyo that it’ll be such a waste to keep going back to the same old (admittedly very good) establishments. Which is how i ended up at Crossroad Bakery. A lovely little cafe in Ebisu. I can’t tell you much about the food here but they make a delicious cup of coffee!

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Selecting Ebisu as my base for this trip was a Godsend as my Airbnb apartment was ready for a very early check-in since the previous guest had left the day before. Great apartment in an excellent location, superb value for money and i can check in early in the morning to escape the winter chills. What more could i ask for? For those keen, i wrote a more comprehensive review on the Airbnb page.

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Having rested and warmed up, i decided that it might not be in the best of my interest to bumble around Tokyo in the middle of winter wearing only a shirt and jeans, i grabbed a jacket from Journal Standard in Daikanyama and so properly began my short Tokyo adventure.

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The next few days (and nights) were to be a crazy mix of cars, toys, car toys and food and all things otaku churned into an intense (but very short) whirlwind of a holiday.

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I have so much to share with you over the next succession of posts, from cars to food to toys, so i hope you’ll stay with me.

Until we meet again Tokyo! You’ve been great as always!

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