You’ll see a lot of cherry blossoms in this post and realize it is long overdue. Yes, back in April I took a photowalk with Yulia and had an absolutely lovely time. Yulia is actually the first person to start off the immensely popular photowalk Airbnb trend in Tokyo, and her experience is usually booked up. She’s a consummate pro and a genuinely lovely person, and I really enjoyed her company walking through Harajuku on the day the cherry blossoms reached full bloom!
Yulia and I met outside the Takeshita-dori station in Harajuku and right away I fell in love with her Leica camera. I could only dream of owning a camera that luxurious, so it felt really special to even be shot with it! She took me around backways of Takeshita-dori off the beaten path (and if you’re at all familiar with what a zoo Takeshita-dori turns into midday, these are great passages to be aware of!) and even brought me to Meiji Shrine — which I had no idea existed! She offered me so many interesting tidbits about the shrine and answered any question I had that sprung to mind about it, so I was very thankful to be going through a new part of town with someone so knowledgable.
After a bit of photo taking, we stopped at Deux Ex Machina for drinks and we talked for a while about life (lol) and how we both came to fell in love with Japan. For my first time meeting Yulia, it really did feel like I’ve known her for so long, she was such a warm and easy to talk to person. It was fascinating to hear about how she’s carved a creative path for herself in Tokyo and how she’s made a circle of friends from all different countries.
Afterwards, we went Yoyogi Park to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom. It was really special to be able to get photos of myself with the cherry blossoms, and I loved seeing the hanami parties already setting up for their all-day celebrations!
If you’re in Tokyo, consider joining Yulia on a photowalk of your own! Thank you Yulia for a wonderful and memorable day.