I’m back from Japan!
This time my trip was somewhat different, and thanks to my friends I had a really good time. For my last two trips I broke down the report by each day, but this time I think I’m just going to write about it all in one post. The reasons being I think some memories should be kept personal, and also I didn’t take enough pictures. Aha
I brought my DSLR along, but it was hard to take it out while rushing here and there so I had to juggle between it and my phone. It wasn’t a good idea for a fast-paced trip after allBut I did manage to take some shots I really liked, so it was still worth it in the end.
The photo report shall start from here
I’m off ♪ Being at the airport departure hall always makes me excited.
The plane ride was seven hours long, so I slept for most of it. When I went to sleep this guy next to me was playing solitaire, and when I woke up he was still playing it.
I finally landed in the afternoon, and there were clear skies and cool weather
Although the cherry blossom season in Tokyo was already almost entirely over, I got to see a few trees that were still in full bloom!
I went to Lawsons and bought the yaki purin that I’ve always wanted to eat. It’s something like a baked pudding. Totally delicious
I ate it on the bus to TsukubaOn the way I took a lot of pictures of the scenery outside.
And Tsukuba is really beautiful!
That evening my dad and I had a dinner with Mieko-san and her family. It was really good to see her; Mieko-san’s like my Japanese mother to me
The next day we went on a trip to Shibuya, about forty minutes by train from Tsukuba. There was a bad storm that day, so I wore a coat out..it made me really puffy. But better to be warm than be vain and freezing haha.
We had tea at the L’Occitane Café! I was surprised because I thought L’Occitane was just a beauty product company. But I adored the café’s charming setup; sitting near the window overlooking the Shibuya scramble crossing was peaceful. I didn’t take any pictures of the interior, but I did take one of the crème brûlée.
This is the one photo that’s unedited because I can’t bear to touch it. Haha.
After tea Mieko-san and I took purikura together in a game centre too! The new machines there have gotten scarier. They used to make my face look nice and shiny, but now they completely airbrush it.
Even though it’s mildly alarming, I think they made my skin look fabulous because there is no way I can look like that in real life.
After that we went to sing karaoke for an hour
♪ Heavy Rotation
↑ the classic songs we always sing.
And then I also sang my beloved Hello! Project’s songsMieko-san doesn’t know most of the groups, so it was her first time listening to those songs. She said ℃-ute was cute, so I was happy about that.
Japan’s karaoke places have an amazing ambience.
After karaoke it was off to Akihabara for a quick visit to the new Hello! Project store, and then we went to Ueno to meet Haruka because it was evening by then and I was supposed to go to Haruka’s house for the night.
Thank you for the day, Mieko-san
Since we were going to Disneysea the next day Haruka invited me to stay at her house since it was nearer. And I’m so grateful for that because that night’s homestay was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in JapanI’ve seen a lot of Japanese homes in photos and manga and stories, but this was the first time I’ve been to one. It was even nicer than I thought! And her family was so nice and welcoming I felt right at home. Since her sister and mother couldn’t speak English, we talked in Japanese. That was great fun for meBut my conversation skills were still limited, so it motivated me to study the language even more.
By the way, Haruka’s neighbourhood is gorgeous. I’m not kidding, I wish I could have explored it more.
The city parts of Japan are great, but sometimes I think the residential areas are even more beautiful.
And then the next day: Disney
I can’t put my love for it in words now so I’ll just put up some pictures and their captions.
We met MinnieShe gave us big hugs.
Everyone loves Minnie.
Even the water stains are Disney-shaped.
Disney night shows are always the most spectacular.
At the end of it all we rode the Disney bus back!
I love Tokyo Disney Resort, yep
The next day Haruka, her sister and I went to Harajuku and met Bon there!
I was so glad to see her I ran up to her the moment I saw her haha. The two of us being in Japan felt kind of surreal to me, even though it was just for a couple of hours.
The four of us went shopping in Harajuku and took purikura (^-^)/
Quick 2-shot with Bon
Now I miss her tons againI can’t wait until the day I can meet her over there again.
Anyway, I bought nail seals produced by Popteen’s Mizukitty.
And did my nails when I got home
Yup. That’s pretty much it
It was a short trip, but this time I got to discover the residential part of Japan which I’ve never really been to. I love Japan for it’s culture, so there’s no better way than to experience the everyday life of the locals ✿
At the end of it all I have to say is…
To a lot of people. ♡
And thank you for reading too!