A Hot Minute With: Celia Chenlj in Tokyo


— June 16, 2019 —

Our tastebuds and eyeballs have been living the absolute life in Tokyo of late. First Risa took us around to all her favourite spots in the neon-lit city and now Chinese slashie Celia Chenlj is back at it with a list of hot Tokyo tips that are guaranteed to make you wanna book flights ASAP. 

The model, fashion week street style photographer and fashion blogger lives in Shanghai, but is constantly finding herself popping across the pond to Tokyo for work. When she’s not travelling or modelling, you’ll find her staying at home reading books and watching movies or creating super kawaii Tokyo travel guides for strangers on the internet, one of which you can read below in 3,2,1… 

Can you give us the Celia elevator pitch? 
Hi, I’m Celia! I mainly work as a fashion week street photographer, running an online magazine called CYCLE. Also, I’m kind of a fashion blogger in Chinese social media, Weibo. 

Where are you from? How do you think your upbringing helped to shape your worldview?
I come from China, living in Shanghai. My mum always told me to keep brave, that is the most important thing for me—to keep brave, to challenge my life, to be curious and to do what I like. What I have experienced has expanded my worldview.

Outside of modelling, how do you like to spend your time?
Sometimes I travel around for a long time, and sometimes I stay at home, reading books and watching films. I enjoy staying at home a lot. 

What does your ideal day in Tokyo look like?
My ideal day in Tokyo is walking around the city without any schedule. ‘Cause every time I come to Tokyo, it is for work. I wanna have a slow day in Tokyo.

Where would you take someone visiting Tokyo for the first time?
For their first time, I would take them go to Shibuya and Omotesando. It’s the best place to feel Tokyo style—the famous cross street, and unique Tokyo shops.

Favourite places to shop in Tokyo?
Around Shibuya and Omotesando. 

Best place to unwind? 

Best coffee can be found at… 
Nakameguro area.

Best dessert can be found at… 
Nakameguro area.

Best place to people watch? 
Mori Art Museum.  

Best place to read a book/mag…
Daikanyama T-Site

Spend an arvo walking in/around…

To treat yourself, go to… 
Shimokita—you will find many interesting places, especially to vintage shop.

Have an afternoon drink at… 
Nakameguro area. 

For brunch, go to… 
Mercer brunch

Cutest date spot… 

Best photo opp is at… 

You can’t leave Tokyo without…
Vintage shopping. 


Words: Maddy Woon     Photos & Fashion: Chloe Hill

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