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#SweetEscapeTips: Unique Photo Spots in Tokyo
17 Dec 2017PLACESBY SweetEscape

You don’t need to be a Tokyophile to appreciate the beauty of this metropolis. The crown of Japan, Tokyo is a dynamic city that has won praises from all over the world, making it as one of the most desirable countries to visit at least once in a lifetime.

Packed with endless tourist attractions, Tokyo is a mix of modern world at its finest with the charm of old traditions. As a dream destination, this stunning city offers you picturesque landscapes infused with the hustle bustle of its busy rhythm.

Regardless of the time of your visit, Tokyo never fails to captivate its traveler. Still, we want to highlight the breathtaking beauty of winter in Tokyo. Most of the streets in Tokyo get decorated with beautiful illumination at night and the traditional gardens are simply unmissable.

Curious what else to see or do during your Tokyo trip? Check out our best picks below:

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

by Mizuki for SweetEscape in Tokyo

Dubbed as “ the green oasis in the heart of Tokyo”, The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden during winter offers visitors a different kind of view that is just as stunning during any other season. There are various flowers that only grow during Tokyo winter, including cherry blossoms. The greenhouses with live plants and flowers in full blooms are also open for visitors who want to rest and enjoy a bit of warmth in the garden.

Omoide Yokochō - Memory Lane

by Mizuki for SweetEscape in Tokyo

Located on the western side of Shinjuku Station, Omoide Yokochō aka Memory Lane is a small pathway lined with small yakitori bars. There are more than 60 small restaurants and bars that serve yakitori or chicken skewers on gas burners or traditional coal grills. On winter, Memory Lane adds up one more menu namely Oden, a soup broth with a variety of vegetables and fish you can choose from. You can bet that slurping on the hot tasty soup during chilly winter will be the best culinary experience you can have in Tokyo.

Yoyogi Park

by Mizuki for SweetEscape in Tokyo

If you are into nature and getting one with the earth, the humongous Yoyogi Park is definitely going to be a worthy visit. Nex to Harajuku station lies an enchanting park with trees and cherry blossoms. This calm and beautiful park is a great stopover when you want to rest, enjoy the day or have a little traveling photo session with your loved ones.

West Shinjuku Area - Nishi Shinjuku

by Mizuki for SweetEscape in Tokyo
by Mizuki for SweetEscape in Tokyo

Shinjuku is one of the most interesting districts in Tokyo with vibrant history. To the west of it is Nishi Shinjuku where you can find the stunning Tokyo’s city hall namely Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and other majestic skyscrapers, including office towers and luxury hotels. Other than the gorgeous architecture of modern buildings, you can also find many electronic flagship stores and enjoy their winter promotion to your heart’s fullest.

Shibuya Crossing

by Mizuki for SweetEscape in Tokyo

With tall building surrounding it, a big 109 sign, and hundreds of people storming through the streets, the Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan is sandwich by a train station where a famous dog statue is sitting there and right across it a block full of shops. Wanting to take great pictures there is a big must! But, it is not the easiest street to take picture at since it’s never empty 24/7 for the past 10 years - which is completely mad! If you want to know how to get a picture perfect memories at Shibuya Crossing? Our local photographer revealed the secrets for you!

Going to Tokyo but still haven't booked your SweetEscape session? Book now and bring home precious memories.

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Sidney and Etha Mohede: Christmas Tradition in Our Family
12 Dec 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.

by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

1. Tell us about Christmas in your family!

We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.

Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.

2. Any particular Christmas dinner tradition?

Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.

However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.

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3. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!

4. We know you travel a lot, especially Sidney. Do you take photos of your trip?

Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!