Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Day Two / Japanese Science & Internet Umbrellas

Ohayou! This is the outfit I wore yesterday for exploring some more of beautiful Tokyo! If you're ever going to Japan, you must make sure to check out Kichijoji. I spent the afternoon wandering the gorgeous Sun Road shopping street (see photos below).

sweater - Harajuku (and I forgot the name of the store)
necklace - c/o Merrin & Gussy
coat - my mum's coat
tights - Ebay
socks - Vintage
bag - Rubi Shoes
skirt - Ice
shoes - Asos

I forgot to take photos of everything cool I saw yesterday, because I was too excited by it all... haha :) however here is a shot of one of my favourite chain stores in Japan - Momo by Wonder Rocket. (There's about 3 of these in Harajuku on Takeshita street alone. They have the cutest stuff.)

Oh and hey! I'm not going to forget my science posts either while I'm abroad! Here's a little Tokyo-themed science story.
My next few science posts are going to be Japan-themed, quite fittingly! The photo you see above (from this news story) is an "internet umbrella" called Pileus, which displays a Flickr stream and google maps underneath the canopy. It can even play Youtube videos. Created in 2007 by two Japanese graduate students at a research and design laboratory, it's a cute use of technology and science with the aim of "making rainy days more fun". While displaying social media and the like on one's umbrella will probably not catch on - and I can also imagine it would cause a lot of people to bump into each other - it is a step towards the world of augmented reality (which many science commentators have declared is going to take off in 2013). Augmented reality is the science of having the world around you "augmented" or "enhanced" with things that aren't actually there. An example of augmented reality is like being able to look at a restaurant through special glasses, or through your iphone camera, and having it tell you the number of people inside and if any of your friends from facebook are currently eating there (seriously, look up augmented reality, it's awesome). In fact, google have already begun developing augmented reality glasses.

I hope that you're all very, very well!
More from me soon,


  1. Beautiful pictures, your hair looks lovely and your tights are amazing!

    Bethan x

  2. Awww such a cool outfit. I love the tights and bag. I also like the street you are standing in, looks like one from a studio Ghibli film like in 'Whisper of the Heart'

  3. You look so cute! I love the hair!

  4. I was wondering what the terminology was for that kind of technology. Augmented reality. I will remember that. Also, I love your polka dot backpack!

  5. I do so ever love those tights of yours. I am so jealous of what looks like great shopping. I think you'll definitely struggle with packing coming home. It's always the case when travelling and buying heaps of stuff. I really struggled getting home from france. haha :D

  6. I want to visit Japan so badly! Hopefully someday in the near future. It looks like you're having a great time so far. That internet umbrella is pretty much the coolest thing ever too. What a fun thing to work on for a graduate project.

  7. Your tights are absolutely adorable :) Those little clothing stores look so awesome, wish I could check them out :)

  8. love your tights <3

  9. Great sweater. I would love to go to Japan someday. When I do, I'll use your blog as a guide, and, from the looks of it, bring plenty of money for clothes! :-)

    Love, Amy

    1. - and suitcase space, it's very much needed ;)

  10. El look es genial!!!

  11. i love love love these tights here! oh, what a great time you must be having! i really want to go to "hello kitty world" in japan (at least i think it's there?) and bring about 5 extra bags for all of the clothes i would buy. haha, i am sure you will be buying many things too!

    lindsey louise

  12. Love the outfit :) Momo by wonder rocket looks like such an awesome store too, I can spy lots of cute stuff x

  13. You have the greatest collection of tights, these ones are absolutely gorgeous. I hope you are having an amazing trip xo

  14. looks like you're having such an amazing time! wish i can go to these wonderful places one day!


  15. You and your style is absolutely gorgeous!! ;p


  16. I love Japan so much, it's great that you had the opportunity to go there! The umbrella initiative is great by the way,I'm an industrial designer myself, so I off course love all these little gadgets
    Keep on the good work!

  17. I love your tights, Momo looks awesome, and I now seriously want an internet umbrella :)

  18. You looks so adorable Annika! I really need go to Tokyo, of course.

  19. oh man! i love those tights!

  20. You look amazing, I love all details- so japan style like <3
    I love Japan and I'm so jealous and happy you are there <3
    Have fun, I'm sure you do:)


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