Archive for September, 2015

Cute Animal Donuts in Japan

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If you’re in need of animal companions, this is just the place for youkiraAt floresta nature doughnuts they cost just ¥300 or so and you get to eat them right away.

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floresta is a donut chain in Japan that serves freshly baked donuts! They’re made with lots of love and organic ingredients, so you can feel good about eating natural sweets. I like that too, because everything about their brand identity just feels so kind and gentlegirl love

But my favourite part is the animal donuts that they include in their line of offerings. They constantly bring changes to their little baked zoo, so there’re different animals for different seasons.

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It’s fall, so this is a cat relaxing on top of a bunch of leaves! How very autumnal.

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And here’s a rabbit enjoying some moon viewingkirakiraIt was the Mid Autumn Festival just the other day (or at least back home it was)! In Japan they have otsukimi, which is a moon viewing tradition with lots of dango and rabbit motifs. In Singapore we eat lots of mooncakes haha.

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This was from way back in the Spring! I think that was around the time strawberries were in season. So there you have an alpaca eating fresh grass in strawberry icingalpaca

floresta nature doughnuts is my favourite donut chain in Japan, and I’ve been going to the chain in Koenji (cutest neighbourhood award). There’re too many different kinds of donuts, so I have to make lots of trips therehurhur

Dominique Ansel Bakery Japan

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One of my goals for living in Japan is to find as many animal-shaped pastries as possible. I’m working on itkira kiraLast week I went to the famous Dominique Ansel Bakery (you know, the cronut guy?) and had this insanely cute Maneki Neko choux pastry. It’s only on the menu in Japan, so that’s a good reason to come to the bakery heregood

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You definitely can’t miss it, because there’s a life-sized cartoon Dominique Ansel  standing outside the bakery. How kawaiihappyI like how they have 3D props behind, like the batter in the bowl and the guy lifting all that flour below.

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Once I stepped inside one of the staff gave me a bow and the other gave me a huge chunk of their special Kouign Amann (see glorious pile of pastry above). And that’s the brief story of how they caught my heart and got me to stay and eat right there at the bakery.

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The serving staff were all very friendlygirlThey were constantly chattering away and offering bread samples to people who came in so it just made you feel really welcome. It wasn’t crowded when I went there, which was a surprise considering the cronut’s celebrity status. But then again the cronuts were already sold out (it was barely lunchtime!) so that may or may not have been a coincidence.

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But as famous as the Cronut is…it’s not the only thing worth coming for! In fact I’ve seen and heard about it so much that their other breads and pastries look even more special. There’re well over two dozen sweet treats on the menu, and most of them aren’t famous enough yet to have imitations popping up everywhere. But I do still want to try a Cronuthurhur

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The cakes here are exquisite. It’s like eating abstract art.

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The Dominique Ansel Bakery is easy to access from Omotesando Station! Just turn into the lane and you’ll see the man himself (in manga form).

Address: Shibuya, Jingumae 5-7-4
Hours: 8am to 7pm

Meeting Totoro at the Ghibli Museum

I’ve waited to visit the Ghibli museum for years. Every time I tried to get tickets before they were always sold out, so right before I moved to Tokyo I made sure I got them a month before. And I finally went! My Ghibli dreams are now complete.

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Yes Totoro! Thank you for waiting!kira kira

This is the Totoro reception near the entrance of them museum, but it’s so quietly tucked away that you might not see it so soon. I didn’t even find it till I was about to go home.

There’re actually few places you can take photos here; photography isn’t allowed anywhere inside the museum itself. It’s so refreshing because when I visit interesting places I always have to take pictures to show friends or post it on this blog, but with the rule here I could really just enjoy the museum and nothing else. Which I’m sure is their purposesmile

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At the rooftop of the museum stands a huge robot soldier from the Laputa: Castle in the Sky film. When I first tried to go up it was raining a lot so they closed the rooftop. But I came back just when it stopped raining, and a rainbow appearedgirl love

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There’s so much care put into making special details all over the museum. You have to look around closely to spot some of them, and when you do it’s like finding an easter egg.

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Even the taps are blessed with Ghibli cuteness.

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Since I went around lunchtime, I went to eat at the Straw Hat Cafegirl loveIt was raining and there were a lot of people who wanted to enter so I ended up waiting for half an hour before there was a table. But it wasn’t so bad because they gave us chairs to sit and children’s storybooks to read, which was cute of them.

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Porco Rosso (I guess that’s him) presents the day’s recommendations!

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Their menu has the most beautiful handwritten words and little illustrations everywhere. There aren’t many different options for food, which I think is good because it feels like they treat each of their dishes with more love and care (if that makes sense).

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The soup of the day was a creamy corn souphappy girl

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This was clearly the star. A beautiful, freshly baked strawberry shortcake with super red berries perched on top of the cream. While I was eating halfway I noticed someone took the last slice in the display and I got kind of disappointed about it, but then a while later they staff took out a whole, brand new cake! So I got the first slice from that, yum.

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My mom had this cheese pie, which was much simpler than my strawberry-crowned princess of a cake but so delicious with its pineapple-stuffed crustkirakiraIt was like an evolution of an ordinary cheesecake.

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There aren’t many places as special as the Ghibli Museum. It’s like a secret garden hidden away in Mitaka that’s hard to enter (thanks to Lawson’s advanced ticket sales that get snapped up way too fast), but once you’re inside you can really take your time and explore the world of Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki’s creationsgirl loveImagination and creativity just work their magic in that place.

To get tickets make sure you buy them beforehand! For every month the sales start midway through the month before and they tend to sell out fast, so you need to be quick. Mitaka’s also located a bit out of the way from central Tokyo, though it’s still fairly accessible by train from Shinjuku.

It does take some work to go to the Ghibli Museum but it’s worth the effort once you step inside!

Tokyo Life: Day One

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I arrived yesterdaykirakiraAnd went straight home to bed because it was almost 10 at night and I’d just travelled for 11 hours including a transit in Hong Kong. The lengths I go to get to Japan…but I landed safely and had a good first daysmile

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Some friends came to see me off at the airport! I got lots of hugs and letters and a few going-away presents, of which the majority were Gudetama…my friends know me so well it’s uncanny. A lot of people gave me their kind words toolove girl

(Also since I can’t be known as ‘that girl who likes Japan’ here anymore, maybe my new brand image will be ‘that girl who has too much Gudetama’ instead)

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Since I just arrived I haven’t done much apart from getting a new phone number and eating. I did make a quick trip to my university though, and picked up some course material. I’m starting to remember now that I’m here for school and not an extended vacationhurhur

But I’ve been a diligent freshman and reading all that wordy stuff like the course syllabus. Which is actually really interesting! It’s like shopping for classes, but with the stress of speed-registering them for my timetable before they run out of student space.

Still, I’m looking forward to universityneko

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This is only the start of a long adventure! From now on I think my blog is going to be even more Japan-centric than ever since, well, I stay here now. There are lots of posts I want to write and lots of pictures I want to take, so please come by and keep me company for the next four yearsgirl


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I'm a university student in Tokyo blogging every weekend about cute food and cute places in Japan٩( ᐛ )و

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