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What a strange thing! / to be alive / beneath cherry blossoms. 
– Kobayashi Issa

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Sake casts outside Meiji Shrine. Photo: Kanegan / Flickr.

Building 109

  • Shibuya, Shopping Center
  • 2-29-1 Sakamoto
  • Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, 150-0043
  • +81-3-3477-5111
  • Website | Email

To see where trends are born, brace yourself and head to Ichi-Maru-Kyu. Just over 100 trendy brands fill ten stories — each with its own team of sales girls fully committed to a head-to-toe look (think back-up dancer, country romantic, mountaineer). All compete for the attention of thousands of high schoolers who come for the fashion frenzy each day.

Meiji Shrine

  • Shibuya, Parks and Gardens
  • 1-1 Yoyogi-Kamizono-cho
  • Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, 151-8857
  • +81 3-3379-5511
  • Website

The antidote for the sensory overload brought on by smokey pachinko parlors and cheesecake crepe-wielding kawaii girls: a visit to the century-old, 175-acre Shinto shrine in the heart of the city. Breathe in 365 varieties of evergreen trees before diving back into the urban jungle for more.

Tsukiji Fish Market

  • Tsukiji, Market
  • 5-2-1 Tsukiji
  • Tokyo, Chuo-ku, 104-0045
  • +81 3-3542-1111
  • Website | Review

The stuff of legends. Wake before the sun comes up to see chefs from near and far bid on the catch of the day followed by a fresh fish feast for breakfast. Only 120 people are let in each morning. If you make the trip but miss the cut-off, wait on line at the perpetually mobbed Sushi Dai or Daiwa-Zushi, both in row six inside the open-air wholesale market. The landmark is moving to larger digs (to make way for the Olympics) in November, so be sure to check the new address.

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