Shinjuku Shenanigans

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Started my week with an adventure to Shinjuku with two friends, because myself and another girl needed to stop at Sakeido for art supplies. The funky open-mouthed Mona Lisa shown here is the store's logo, and I dug the the Valentine's window display she was featured in.

Started my week with an adventure to Shinjuku with two friends, because myself and another girl needed to stop at Sakeido for art supplies. The funky open-mouthed Mona Lisa shown here is the store’s logo, and I dug the the Valentine’s window display she was featured in.

We stumbled upon a movie theater and my friends spotted this poster for "One Piece Film Z and were really excited about it so we bought tickets and killed some time until the movie started.

We stumbled upon a movie theater and my friends spotted this poster for One Piece Film Z and were really excited about it so we bought tickets and killed some time until the movie started.

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On the hunt for something delicious to fill our bellies with while we waited for our movie, we stumbled upon Aaliya’s Cafe and came to discover that they exclusively sell coffee, tea, smoothies – and french toast. We pointed at the picture with three pieces of french toast and three toppings (apple cinnamon, vanilla ice cream with blueberry sauce, and whipped cream with caramel, in case you were wondering) and shared it amongst ourselves. It was already looking to be a pretty successful day.

We ventured into an arcade and this crane machine was full of red panda plush toys. I exercised an impressive amount of restraint by not trying to win all of them, if we're being honest with ourselves. It's hard thing to walk away from.

We ventured into an arcade and this crane machine was full of red panda plush toys. I exercised an impressive amount of restraint by not trying to win all of them, if we’re being honest with ourselves. It’s hard thing to walk away from.

This guy tried (unsuccessfully to win some One Piece merch for his girl. Points for trying, guy.

This guy tried (unsuccessfully to win some One Piece merch for his girl. Points for trying, guy.

And then it was movie time.

And then it was movie time.

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I can’t really express how much I wish more movie theaters were like this one. Words elude me.

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This was the view from the escalator – the theater was on the 11th floor and my companions humored me and let me take the escalator all the way to the top of the building and back down as we tried to get shots of the city streets through the window. It’s hard to focus and compose a shot well when you are on an escalator. Just so you know.

Street view of Shinjuku at night.

Street view of Shinjuku at night.

I'm not going to pretend to understand what this was all about.

I’m not going to pretend to understand what this was all about.

I spotted Elmo in this shop, he was just plopped down for a bit to take a breather after a big day exploring Shinjuku. I know that feel.

I spotted Elmo in this shop, he was just plopped down for a bit to take a breather after spending a big day exploring Shinjuku. I know that feel.

Just barely missed this train, but getting home a few minutes later is worth it if it means you have more time to take more pictures with which to educate the masses. Masses, this is a train at Shinjuku Station. That I almost made it onto. But. Didn't.

Just barely missed this train, but getting home a few minutes later is worth it if it means you have more time to take more pictures with which to educate the masses. Masses, this is a train at Shinjuku Station. That I almost made it onto. But. Didn’t.

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About Christine Boegemann

A recent graduate with a BA from Temple University's Film and Media Arts Program, Christine Boegemann has spent her undergrad years working to foster creative growth everywhere she could find it – in herself and others. Her list of college activities include working in working at Temple's film lab, acting as VP for a student organization that produces its own short films and film festivals, and serving as head of art department for a sketch show called Temple Smash. She has interned at two VFX houses - one in Manhattan, New York and the other in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also studied abroad in India in the summer of 2012 as a member of the 2012 cohort of the Vira I. Heinz (VIH) Program for Women in Global Leadership. She spent spring 2013, her final semester, studying art and animation in Tokyo, Japan. During her time there, she worked as a photo blogger for Temple Study Abroad. She also worked as a conversation host at an English café in Shibuya. Now back in the US, Christine is currently working as a producer for the feature film, The Youth Washed Up. She is also continuing work on her own independent project rooted in sharing the work and experiences of women she met during her time in India.

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