It’s been a whirlwind of days! Now that I’m home, I can finally unwind and unpack, and look back on the amazing six days I had in Japan. It was a truly excellent adventure.
The flight was at 6 in the morning, which meant I had to get up and leave at about 4am. Good thing I packed the night before, because I was half asleepStill, I perked up after a while beacuse there was nothing more exciting than finally getting on a plane to Tokyo ♪
Moshi (Alpaca-san) came with me for the trip.
That plane ride took forever! 6 hoursAnd the worst part is that there weren’t any screens to watch movies on. My iPhone battery got drained in that period of time because I ended up listening to music.
Finally landed in the afternoon! Being surrounded by everything and everyone Japanese all of a sudden was glorious. I was running all over the place while my parents tried to yank out their winter jackets.
My dad rented mobile phones! Two phones for the three of us
Nothing fancy, but it was my first time using Japanese keitai and it seemed so coolAnd also useful in case I got lost somewhere (thank goodness I never did).
We got onto the train to Ikebukuro next! It was a 1.5 hour journey but that didn’t matter since I was already in Japan, everything was funI really didn’t know how my parents could fall asleep.
For the first two days of this trip we stayed in the Sunshine City Prince Hotel in Ikebukuro. I’ve stayed in the same place before, so I’m quite attached to itTo anyone who’s making a trip to Tokyo, you need to stay/visit Ikebukuro! I forgot to take a picture of the fabulous street with all the arcades and shops, but trust me, it’s amazing.
The hotel is great too because it’s attached to the Sunshine City shopping mall. But the best part is that there’s a Family Mart downstairs! And you know Japanese convenience marts are one of the best things ever.
Snacks, magazines, accessories, cosmetics, souvenirs and other fun things are all here! I don’t know how to describe it, but it’s kind of like Japanese culture is condensed into one little mart.
By the time we arrived in the hotel, the sun was already setting. Parents were tired, so we just went around the mall and then had our first dinner in Tokyo
My mom decided to stay in the hotel to rest, but my dad brought me out exploring at night! It was about 4℃ at this time, but I was already nicely wrapped/puffed up so off I went
I discovered Book Off, that bookstore that sells tons of cheap/secondhand CDs and photobooks! So I happily made my first purchase of the trip.
Here I got to have my first attempt at communicating with the Japanese localsI asked the guy at the counter if they had ℃-ute, but he just gave me a blank look.
I tried with Hello Pro next, and then he understood. He started saying a whole bunch of things that I didn’t catch, and brought me to a shelf with a ℃-ute label but no CDs. So I tried S/mileage and Berryz Koubou after that, but nothing tooThere were only several old Morning Musume CDs, which I bought in the end.
The photobook selection wasn’t disappointing though! Several H!P photobooks, so I bought the Fantasy DX live photobook at ¥2100 ☆ I really wanted to buy Mai’s photobook though, but they didn’t have it.
Still, I was happy with my purchases!
My dad and I went out again and bought a crepe to eat
Ice cream in the cold, yumJapanese crepes are just so delicious, I wish we had some here too.
My last purchase of the day:
Alice in Wonderland nail stickers from Loft! I think these were about ¥350. They were really cute and stood out a lot, so I caved and bought them!
With that rush of excitement, my first day in Tokyo ended! I couldn’t sleep that night because of the next day.
What was happening the next day?
★ S/MILEAGE EVENT! ★
I’ll write about that in my Day 2 post tomorrow!