I’m here to babble on about my trip again.
Saturday was a full day of walking around in Harajuku and ShibuyaWhich was entirely great, because those are two of my favourite places in Japan (and of almost every other tourist who loves shopping, I suppose). Miyako-san and her daughter Ririko brought me out
They had a whole plan for the day, which was really kind of them to take time off for me.
My outfit for that day:
It’s the set I bought from Kyoto last December!
My dad and I had breakfast together first
After that Miyako-san and Ririko picked me up and we took a train
We went to Harajuku firstHarajuku has to be the best shopping district in Tokyo. I can’t begin to express how much I love it because it’s full of colour and vibrant styles and relatively low prices.
Just walking down the street gave me a thrill
The lady in the centre is Ririko. She was really fashionable
The first stop was the official Johnny’s shop, because Ririko’s a fan of them. It was kind of awkward at first because I barely knew their groups and artistes well, but they still asked me who I liked best. And so I ended up with two Chinen Yuri photos as a gift.
Which, admittedly, I was particularly pleased with.
They took me to the AKB shop next
And then purikura!
Once again I am spoiled for choice in Japan where there are sparkly new machines everywhere. What I wouldn’t give to just have this whole place transported back homeI got a bit too excited inside, haha.
We looked at a lot of shops in Takeshita-dori along the way. One of my favourite things about Japan is the amazing variety of fashion they have there—and most of it is what I love. Almost everything looked so great and so different from what I usually see here and it just makes me want to stay there much, much longer. I really don’t know how to express how fantastic the clothes made me feel
I suppose I enjoy being able to wear all the quirky things that they have. It’s fun, that’s what.
We went for lunch at a fruits and dessert placeDessert in Japan is astounding. Look at the parfait I had
And it was huge too. Now that’s a beautiful work of art! Which I ate shortly after.
It was an interesting lunch—my curry was mango-flavoured. I didn’t even know you could have mango curry. It really did taste like the fruitThere were prawns in it too. Mango curry, prawns and rice sound exotic together don’t they
After lunch we walked to ShibuyaI loved walking there because the streets were gorgeous.
If I ever have the chance I’d just sit here for an hour and relax with a cup of hot cocoa.
But we were on a tight schedule, so we passed pretty quickly
Shibuya 109We arrived! It was my first time there. Going through all eight floors of stores took an hour—and that’s with barely anything bought. I’ve never seen so many favourite brands together at once
Basically all the things I can’t afford.
But there were a pair of ANAP shorts on sale outside 109
Since I was in Shibuya, I made sure to go to the Hello! Project store tooThis time I didn’t buy a lot—I just got two Maimai sets and a Zukki photo for myself.
It was nice being in the store again, for some reason I felt so at home there haha.
The H!P store was our last stop in Shibuya! We headed to Ginza right after that for the third part of the outing…
Mission accomplished. I have finally experienced karaoke in JapanAgain, I can do nothing but gush. The best part was that the kanji in the lyrics had furigana, so I was able to sing without getting the lyrics wrong. I actually spent the night before worrying about how not to shame myself singing Japanese songs in front of two Japanese ladies. But tada furigana, problem solved
Karaoke in Japan is remarkable. In Singapore karaoke places are small, but the karaoke building we went to in Ginza had eight whole floors. And everything was so clean and classy inside I was in awe the whole time.
Also, I’m happy to finally see so many H!P songs
We spent an hour at the karaoke place, and then it was shabu shabu for dinner
I don’t think I need to say anything…just look at the meat.
It was a bit rushed, but shabu shabu was still tastyAt the end we even managed to squeeze in an ice cream each. Because dessert > everything else
And then for the last part of the day!
My first live musical! AKB48’s Masuda Yuka played Dorothy, and she was an amazing singer. The entire cast were. The entire musical blew me away and quite literally left me breathless, because I kept holding my breath without realising it. It was that goodThe singing and dancing were pretty much phenomenal. I’ve never been to a musical and it felt like my senses were really being opened up and bombarded—in a good way ♪
My favourite parts were mainly the dances. The first was during the storm at the beginning—a large troupe just BAM!-appeared on the stage and went straight into the explosive choreography. That was the first big scene with dancers so I was kind of shocked. But it got me really excited
My other favourite part was when the Winkies were freed and everyone did this whole hallelujah song and dance. It moved me to tearsI understand the big deal about musicals now. Haha.
Yuka, ISSA, Ehara Masahiro, Shinji Rachi〜 Thank you for being so expressive and talented that I could enjoy the musical so much without even understanding half the dialogue. And Jinnai Takenori played the Wizard! I’ve seen him in so many dramas it was kind of surreal seeing him on the stage
And with that, my day with Miyako-san and Ririko endedMost of all, I’m wholly grateful to them for the day. Seeing so much out of my favourite places, getting to do my favourite things and watching the incredible musical—本当にありがとうございます
That’s all for ThursdayMy next post will obviously be about Friday so please look forward to that.