Cool Japan

As many of you may already know, I just recently visited Tokyo upon the invitation of Google Japan and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). I, along with Laureen and Tricia, were the Philippine representatives or ambassadors of METI’s special project called Cool Japan. This project is a government-funded initiative that aims to bring more attention to Japanese contents such as anime, manga, food, fashion, and more to other countries. (Emphasis on the “more” since Japan has such an interesting culture! There are so many things to explore.)

One of the main events we attended during our trip was Google Japan’s launch event for “100Tokyo“. “100Tokyo” is a new website run by Google Japan, where tourists like us can find the 100 best places and things to experience while in Tokyo. How I wish all the countries I plan to visit have a website like this! It would make my life as a tourist so much easier!

To experience “100Tokyo” ourselves, we did one of the many things on the list, namely, a photo tour. Google Japan arranged a quick photo tour for us around Harajuku, one of the most famous areas in Tokyo. We were all given a photo map to serve as our itinerary and we visited unique and quirky stores one can only find in Tokyo. I couldn’t stop ooh-ing and ahh-ing while walking around. And to think, this wasn’t even my first time to visit Harajuku! Hopefully, you’ll ooh and ahh as well when you see the photos below. (Just to clarify, I’m referring to the interesting finds I captured, not my outfit shots. LOL. But if you want ooh and ahh over my outfit shots, then double yay for me!)

Ready to explore?

This place has such a cute storefront! You can already tell the clothes inside are equally fun and colorful.

This is one of the many stores inside the Laforet mall, where Topshop is located as well. Young girls love to shop here.

I will never forget the name of this store because I’ve never seen a store like it! It’s called 6% Doki. I mean, come on. Tell me where else you can find a giant rat and huge injection of gumballs as store displays? Only in Tokyo!

This is another store inside Laforet. They have the coolest shirts and hoodies! They remind me so much of KPOP fashion.

What I love about Japan is that brands here are so diverse. They have crazy colorful styles that’s distinctly Japanese but at the same time, they also have clean, minimal and highstreet fashion like this.

Time for a macaron break! Oh wait, those are not Laduree macarons!

Don’t believe me? Take a closer look! That’s make-up! Yes, Laduree actually has a cosmetics line and it’s the yummiest makeup collection I’ve ever seen! I hear they’re pretty good too (for the face and not for eating. I just had to clarify, in case you’re still confusing these adorable little things for food.) No wonder Laduree makeup is so popular in Tokyo!

Bold prints. Bold statements. This is one store that’s full of character! It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Check out these accessories too! I definitely wouldn’t mind owning that dinosaur necklace. Statement kung statement!

These girls are the lovely salesladies of 6% Doki. I assume everything they’re wearing are 6% Doki merchandise because in Tokyo, salesladies are kind of like they’re ambassadors as well. Check out the cute bows on their hair!

These are real popcorn. I’m not kidding! Leave it up to Japan to always make the most interesting things. This store has plenty of other preserved food made into accessories.  Of course, they’re no longer edible, but they do look delicious. LOL! If I wear these, I’d probably crave for popcorn all day!

Speaking of food, Harajuku isn’t just all about fashion, it has plenty of nice restaurants and cafes like this one too.

After our photo tour, we headed to Google Japan’s headquarters at Roponggi for the afterparty.

I can now officially say that I have step foot in a Google office. Woot! These welcome messages aren’t for us though. If I were a Google graduate, I’d be so touched! They look adorable!

Time to unwind and celebrate!

Here’s to the unveiling of “100Tokyo” for the first time!

I urge you to visit the website to know more! It’s still in the beginning phase so more will be added as time goes by. In the meantime, I’ll be posting the rest of my Japan adventures tomorrow.

Chanel earrings Bodaskins leather jacket Topshop blouse Topshop trousers Chanel bag | Bershka boots

68 Responses to “Cool Japan”
  1. Christine Koay

    Yes, I’m actually ooh-ing and aah-ing over your outfits, Ms Camille.. I love your outfits here.. (Fly away~~) LOL.. I would get that dinosaur necklace too.. It’s really unique and different.. And that popcorn accessories? Wow.. I never thought about that.. It look really yummy..

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  2. Kaye Alid

    Uh-oh :x because of this, I also want to include Japan on my “bucketlist” hahaha! Love your outfit also! Haha yaaayy!

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  3. Arianna Tan

    Japan is my dream destination… sigh I hope I get to visit it soon!! Btw, you are so gorgeous Ms. Camille!! :)

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  4. Ren

    Colorful Japan! If I would really be given the chance to travel here, I’d probably visit each of their boutique and stores, so inviting! ;)

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  5. Erika kris

    cool outfit! im sure you’re blending in pretty well there :)
    i hope there will be laduree cosmetics in hongkong soon!

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  6. Reena

    OMG! The popcorn accessories! Ahhh gotta love Japan for that! That red jacket will stop traffic everywhere you go. Love it!

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  7. Fei

    I love this blog post!!! Your red jacket looks so cool. :)
    I’ve always had a fondness for Japanese culture I wish I could visit Japan when I’m older.

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  8. Mariel

    The photos (and the people and objects in it) are so pretty *u* I’m so excited because I’m actually going there next week! Thank you for sharing the website too. We’d be able to improve on our itinerary because of it. :)

    Cheers! :D
    http://letsgomariel.blogspot.com

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    • Camille Co

      Oh wow! How timely! Hopefully you’ll see the cherry blossoms! :)

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  9. denisevhianca

    God, i’m drooling over the shops you’ve visited!! HOW COOL AND AWESOME!!! Love all the photos!

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  10. GQTan

    As can be seen, this is an interesting and significant journey for you.

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  11. kriii27

    Long time no reading your blog posts. Woaaah you changed hair color again?

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    • Camille Co

      It’s the same! I don’t know why my hair color keeps changing every now and then haha!

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  12. Kyle Rodriguez

    Ahh, you look incredible in that red jacket, Cams! I’ve said this before, but sometimes your style reminds me of CL from 2NE1. Very modern, trendy, and fashion-forward! Will definitely try to recreate this look somehow (although how I’m gonna do that in this Philippine heat is beyond me lol).

    Japan is also one of my favorite places to visit. The culture is so rich and fascinating, and the local street style is very flambuoyant in a cool way <3

    http://itsthekyliebabii.blogspot.com

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    • Camille Co

      LOL! Yes, you will melt in this jacket! :) Thank you Kyle! CL is great! :)

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  13. Ronald

    Your leather jacket is super cool ! just like japan ms.camille :) Great photos.

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  14. Angelic Robles

    P.S. I was googly eyed about the places you took photos of! Really got a kick out of that gum ball injection syringe! My favorite has to be the popcorn accessories. Thank you for that sneak peak into Google Japan!

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  15. Angelic Robles

    You are definitely a glamorous ambassador in this outfit, Miss Camille! Congratulations, and thank you for representing the Philippines in such style! Global Filipina Fashionistas Represent!

    Who took your downward angle shots? The focal point made your outfit pop. I’m in love with that jacket, by the way. It’s like Emma Swan’s on Once Upon a Time.

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  16. Katrin Tuano

    Wowwww, these are amazing pictures. And i super noticed your bubble butt! hahaha sorry! Because of this, i need to squat more! You seriously are my fitspiration! And is it hard to get a Japan Visa? I would really really really really want to visit Japan lalo na dahil sa post na to! Hahah You rock, Camille! :)

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    • Camille Co

      LOL at the bubble butt! :) It’s super easy to get a Japan visa! Super quick too!

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  17. Ericka Garcia

    Japan is on my top list to visit when I have a work soon! But first, I must survive our killer retention policies at law school and hurdle the bar exams before I have the means to visit Japan! hahahaha! Love this post Miss Camille. :D I love Japan since I was a kid. I’m excited for your next Japan-related blog posts. :)This post motivates me to study harder I mean hardEST at school! <3 I loooooove the Jacket. I wonder if you also went to Shibuya station and pay Hachiko a visit? :D

    Love,
    Ericka of http://myfashionfelicity.blogspot.com
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    • Camille Co

      Ooooh best of luck with law school! I have so many close friends who went through that too. You’ll survive! :) I visited Hachiko when I went to Tokyo for Emoda last year :)

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  18. Tayme Canencia

    I wonder why I can’t view your latest photos in the office. Did you just change settings or anything? huhu… I cant view it na tuloy when I’m bored. lols, pls allow me to view it again.. because I can view your photos on your previous posts, except for the latest ones… :(

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  19. Chantel :)

    Your outfit is really wonderful and cool! You know me i do love red shade…. :)

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  20. Tasha D.

    another travel post! your travel posts trigger my wanderlust! Camille! Ask ko lang kung ano mas ginagamit mong phone lately for your instagram photos? super linaw kasi! lahat ba yun galing lang sa smartphone?

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    • Camille Co

      Thanks Tasha! Basta not blog photos, yes smartphone lang. More iPhone than my Note 3 :)

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  21. Don Calloway

    I think I may have already told you I lived in Japan for 3 years. I too experienced the “greeters,” the store ambassadors as it were, who would greet you on every floor of a multi-floor store. They were dressed in Kimonos back in the ’80’s. One thing that impressed me the most about my shopping experience was the emphasis on presentation. Everything, it seemed, was packaged so elegantly. The container was as nice as the product inside. I liked this blog very well, and look forward to your next blog about your Japan trip.

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    • Camille Co

      I agree! They have the best packaging!!! I noticed that too the first time I visited Japan. :) I wonder how Japan must’ve looked like during the 80s. That must’ve been so cool!

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  22. (Red) Sonja

    Gorgeous outfit! Love the print on the trousers! And I looooooooover Harajuku! I’ve been there once. Need to go back ASAP!

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  23. Jam Tan

    I can’t help but be excited for my trip to Japan this May! Even relating to what you’ve written on your blog as this is what I’m currently studying in university. METI made the right decision to choose you three as representatives of the Philippines! <3 This post just makes me too happy haha :)) I can't wait to check out 100 Tokyo!

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    • Camille Co

      Sayang the cherry blossoms might not be around na by then! But for sure, you’ll still enjoy!

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  24. Lovella

    oooh.. aaahh.. so cool japan! makes me want to go to japan, agad agad! thanks camille!!

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