After exploring my hometown of Kashiwa, living it up in Kyoto, and seeing some good friends in Osaka...we finally made it to Tokyo! It was my sisters first time in the city, and my other siblings first time in a while! So we were all so excited to be back in T O K Y O!!!!!
First stop in Tokyo : Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. We were in Tokyo at the PEAK of Sakura season and had planned a photoshoot with my good friend Nathalie! It worked out really well to do the photos on Friday after arriving from Osaka...and although the park was PACKED with people, it is so big that it wasn't to big of a deal. We payed our 200 yen fee to enter and were immediately greeted by the incredibly full and beautiful trees!
We made sure to bring plenty of snacks for the kiddos so they would be happy during the photoshoot! I love this one of Lenny and Eden in their cute pink puffy jackets. There was still a bit of chill in the air so the kids were sure to stay cozy.
As we were exiting the park, the sakura petals were falling so magically!!!! It was incredible.
The park closes at 5pm or so...and we were some of the last ones out. I love how even in one of the biggest cities in the world, there is a wide open space to roam! When I look at this pic it makes me miss my sibs! I love them so much.
Check out this MASSIVE sakura tree. WOW.
The boys of course found some frisbee to throw around! And I captured this cute moment of Cam and Russ as we were walking out.
Since the kids did so well on the photoshoot, I promised to buy each of them a toy. We went to KiddyLand in Omotesando and I let them buy anything that was $10 or under! They were SO happy to pick out a toy....and seeing their precious smiling faces was a really fun memory for me.
After our photoshoot, it was time for dinner. Russ and Jen headed out to their sushi dinner date, so Stac, Ant, D and I took the kids out to eat. It's pretty hard to find a place for 4 adults and 5 kids in Tokyo...so I convinced them to go to Dennys! This may seem lame to some...but Denny's in Japan is actually completely different from Denny's stateside...and I knew it would be a great experience for all of us!
This little smile is the cutest little thing ever!!!!!
The kids got pasta, happy meals with ketchup smiles, and the adults grubbed on hambagu and set meals. So yum!!! And the best part was we could be as loud and messy and we wanted. Also, if you're wondering where Cam was in this photo...he was knocked out on the extra chairs we had around our table. The kids were still adjusting to the time difference, and occasionally a few of them would fall asleep FOR THE NIGHT at 6pm or so haha!
After dinner we headed down the street to dessert...
My brothers are huge sneaker heads and follow all the hyped brands...so of course they knew what KITH was and that it was LITERALLY down the street from the Dennys we were at! KITH is a dope sneaker and street wear brand that opened, get this, an ICE CREAM shop that really bomb dessert. This was the perfect end to our first day in Tokyo.
YUMMMMMMMMMM. The coolest aesthetic. The best icecream. In the greatest city in the world. YEAHHHHH.
We headed home after that...the kids were so tired. I loved these city shots of them. Having them in Tokyo was seriously a dream come true.
GOOD NIGHT, TOKYO.