aha i know but there always on the telly and i cant help but watch i like documentaries >:) im such a loser xD ok thank you, its just im going to kyoto and then a cocert in osaka and i just need to know i can get back to kyoto after lol
oh okay, well I think your friend can help you to buy the tickets when you get there so it’ll be alright :)
your amazing thank you so much!!! i will be writing this all down! well when i booked them it said to keep passport at all time i looked it up and its because japanese police have the right to check your passport to make sure you havent over stayed your welcome basically, im no so much worried about pick pockets mostly old me xD but im with my bf. ive just freaked my self out by watching to many tv shows about 3/11 :( oh when do trains stop running?
it’s alright :) ! x
I don’t think you should keep your passport with you all the time. A police never even came to talk to me. Of course they have the right but nobody can make you to carry your ID with you all the time!! It’s normal! If there really is some situation (which I doubt) when they want to make sure you’re alright and such, they can go to your hotel/your friends place/wherever you’re staying with you. It’s alright, don’t worry about it :) you don’t need your passport with you 24/7.
I think you’ve watched waaay too much those 3/11 videos. That’s super rare!!! Of course I was scared too when I watched them but that’s past and Japanese people are super conscious of earthquakes and tsunamis and they know what to do and you’ll be safe whatever happens.
And Tokyo is not on the coast next to Japan Trench where most big tsunami-causing earthquakes happen! You don’t have to worry about it. And Japanese buildings are specially built to be earthquake-proof so they don’t take damage that easily.
Im sorry you had a bad travle to the airport ><. could you please give me some basic phrases for like when shopping, eating and for train signs etc. ive been talking to a few friends and i know that ill need to carry my passport around do you think a photocopy will surfice? as im worried ill lose it. and what if theres a earthquake or tsunami warnning? ugh scared lol. thank you so much! and please keep checking the blog as im sure ill have more questions nearer my time xD EXCITED
！notice that Japanese sizes are usually SS, S, M, L, LL and F. SS=XS and LL=XL. F is usually a cloth that has a stretch or such so that the same cloth can suit different sized people. They also use these sizes in shoes (or centimeters). My shoe size is European 39 or 40 /UK 6 or 6,5 or so and in Japan I could only use size LL which is usually the biggest size available.
! They don’t usually want you to return the clothes and say that when buying, like “you know you can’t return this, right”. That’s in Japanese so if you don’t get what the salesperson is asking sometime, you may say “Chenji dekimasen? = I can’t change this?”. Usually this is the only thing they’re asking so just use this to make sure what they want.
I’d like to eat ____ = _____ wo tabetai.
I can eat only ____ = _____ dake taberukoto ga dekiru.
Does it have ___ in it? = sore wa _______ ga aru?
meat/fish/bird/veggies = niku/sakana/tori/yasai
Do you have food that has _____ in it? = ______ no ryouri ga aru?
In Tokyo, all the signs in stations are also in English. Train/metro maps /fare charts may not be in English though so print some maps in English before going.
I always prefer Tokyo Metro subway because I find using JR Japanese Railways a bit difficult. I used JR only once and it was pretty confusing. I don’t like Toei subway either. I also think it’s cheaper to use Tokyo Metro subway.
Is this going to _____ ? = Kore wa ____ ni iku?
(when looking at a subway map for example) Where is ______ ? = _____ wa doko desuka?
Which (track) is going to ______ ? = Dochira wa ______ ni iku?
1st/2nd/3rd/4th track = ichiban/niban/sanban/yonban sen
I needed my passport only at airport/hotel check in/ when receiving money on Western Union. You don’t really need it anywhere else.
Where would you need your passport? What did your friends tell you?
I don’t know if a photocopy is reliable enough. But don’t worry: Japan is super safe. There aren’t pickpockets and if you keep your passport in your wallet and that in your bag you should be better than fine. I never lost anything in there and I had quite an open bag with me everywhere. Just don’t go to the smallest alleys when it’s dark and don’t hang out/go with suspicious people (adult men who come to talk to you with no reason, for example).
Just so that you know, there are earthquakes in Japan all the time. There were 3 when I was there. Don’t be scared when one hits, it’s quite a small chance it’s a serious one. Just be calm.
In any case, still take a look at possibly falling stuff like items in stores and so on.
In case of a big earthquake there will be warnings on TV and sirens on streets. This is a tsunami warning siren and I think that an earthquake warning siren is quite much the same.
Remember to try to protect yourself if a big quake hits. Go under a desk if possible and watch your head for falling objects. Don’t panic. Watch how other people react.
In case of a tsunami, try to get to as high point as possible. BUT I highly doubt that there could be a tsunami in Tokyo. This is because Tokyo Bay is pretty well surrounded by land and there’s also Chiba betweent Tokyo and Japan Trench. Here's a pic so that you can take a look at it yourself.
So don’t be too worried about tsunami :) !
The risk of a strong earthquake hitting is also quite small. So don’t worry too much about that either.
It was time to get back to Finland yesterday. I had planned everything so that it’d be easy for me to leave:
5am - wake up, take a shower, make up & dress up, eat and so on.
6:50am - check out
7am - go to the subway station>from Shinjuku Gyoemmae station to Tokyo station
8am - a Narita Express train will leave from Tokyo station to Narita airport
9am - arrive to the airport
10am - check in closed
11am - plane takes off
Everything would have been great, BUT…
I woke up at 7am.
I just heard some sound, not an alarm clock or such, I don’t know what it was.
But I tell you, I was so lucky to wake up then. If I didn’t I probably wouldn’t be in Finland now..
So I just got up real quickly and put some clothes on and called my mom on skype that I was late and I will have to run asap. I was panicking pretty badly but I managed to get out of the room in 10 minutes after waking up! That included dressing up, packing my last stuff such as laptop, cosmetics and so on. I went to check out.
Outside the hotel I realized I didn’t take my coat and scarf with me and they still were in my room, so I just left all my stuff out there and ran back in and told them to let me in and I just ran to the 6th floor to get my stuff and then got back again and freaking ran all the way to the station, like 500 meters or something. IT WAS HORRIBLE. My bags were so heavy and it was like +20C degrees and because I’m not in that good shape I just felt like dying :D Had no time to eat anything before I left and I felt like fainting.
I got to the station but because the track to Tokyo was on the opposite side I’d have to go a tunnel that leads there under the tracks. There are only stairs there, no escalator and it’d take me like 2 minutes to drag my bags up the stairs. I felt desperate. I got my bags to the tunnel and LUCKILY some man just came down the stairs so I asked him if he could possibly carry my suitcase up those stairs, and he did. IT WAS SO NICE OF HIM ;_;!!!
I was gasping when I got to the right track and just dropped my bags down and collapsed there to breath. I was breathing so heavily because of physical torture+panic that I got tears in my eyes. All I could think of was “am I gonna get to the train in time? Am I going to get home?” I was worried because I knew I wasn’t able to afford new flights.
The subway came in like 20 seconds or so which means I wouldn’t got into it if the man didn’t help me. I felt lucky, for the second time already. I was so exhaused I felt like puking and fainting, thank god I didn’t :D The expressions on the other passengers’ faces when they looked at me… :D they must have been thinking like “whaaat theee….”
I arrived to Tokyo and I was happy to realize I was on time. I still had about 15 minutes to buy the ticket and get to the platform. I was still a bit worried though as I messed up with the trains when I first time got to Japan and had to wait for a new train for 40 minutes…
I got the ticket and went to wait for the train.
I got into the right train on time and when I sat on my seat I could finally relax just a bit. There were announcements that told me when you had to get off and so on so little by little I could trust that I will go home. I won’t miss the flight, I’ll be alright.
Because I had no time to eat or make up I took a banana to my backpack and some powder and a mascara so I just ate and did a light make up in the train.
The train arrived, I took my bags, put them into a cart and headed to the baggage drop. These are my bags:
I went to the baggage drop and it was alright, I had to pay 8200 yen though (80€) because of the other bag. I left and had like 40 minutes before the plane would take off.
Check in went out okay and it was time to get on board. I saw my plane from a window:
I got a window seat!
Ready to go:
The flight time was about 10 hours. There was this Japanese man sitting next to me and we talked quite a lot during the flight. It was nice and it made the time go faster.
I arrived to Helsinki at 3pm local time and then had 2 hours till the flight to Kuopio.
Finally I had a chance to call my mom and tell her I was fine, I got to Finland and I’ll be home. She was pretty happy to hear that~ xxx
I got to Kuopio xxx I was so relieved to see my mom and grandma waiting for me I couldn’t hold my tears I just got so happy.
And I met my brother and my boyfriend… <3
All in all the day was very rough and hard for me, both physically and mentally. I’m glad everything ended up okay <3
(This 3 week travel has been wonderful. Coming to Japan and meeting all of you has always been my dream. That’s why I became super happy!! I love all of you. Someday, I want to come back to Japan once again. Japan and Tokyo became to be my home. That’s why I want to meet all of you once again, too! Let’s meet then!)
(When I come back to Finland, I will miss you all. I think I will cry.)
Then I went to Kinji to see if Manapyon was there today, and she was! I went to her and said hi and when she saw me she happily said “Henna!” :3 I just smiled but inside I was all “OH MY GOD SHE REMEMBERS MY NAME ♥ ♥ ♥ ;;;_;;;”. I explained it was my last day here and I wanted to see if she was working. Also asked if I could take her photo and she said “yeah! I’ve been reading your blog” and inside my head I thought “FOR REAL OH JESUS ♥ ♥ ♥ ;;_;; YOU READ MY BLOG”
so cuteeeeeeeeeeeee~! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Then I walked to Shibuya because I wanted to visit Grimoire! I love vintage fashion and even if I had not visited there yet I knew it’d be a super cute shop. I went to Grimoire Almadel (there are 2 shops under the same Grimoire company: Grimoire and Grimoire Almadel).
I went in and met shop girls Meruco and Yukari. I told them I was from Finland, loved the shop and I wished to take some photos. They were excited and told me I could take photos :) The shop has so much details I just love it! So unique ;_;
Then I went to one of my favorite shops in here :) I can’t read the name of it so I don’t know the name :D :< too bad. Anyway, it’s a hippie/indian style shop and not expensive at all! I just love it :3
After I bought stuff from there I asked if I could take photos and the let me :) so nice!!! From the outside the shop seems pretty small but it’s actually quite big compared to shops in 109 for example, and what’s more, it’s literally FULL of clothes, jewellery and pretty much anything you want.
I decided to come back to my hotel because I had so much packing to do and it was already like 5 or 6 pm or something.
I packed my bags for like 2 hours and separated people’s souvenirs and so on. ;) And here are your gifts … :
I went to the nearby market to buy food and this is what I got:
Rice with sesame, umeboshi (ew), tempura shrimp, some kinda meat ball, aonori (i think), a Japanese wiener (ew:DD), egg and salmon. Also something I wasn’t really sure about. I always throw the umeboshi away it’s so bad I can’t take it :D
That’s it! My last post from Japan!
It’s been GREAT to be here and post to all of you :) thank you followers!
I won’t delete this blog though, I’ll keep it so that I can write some stories even if I was in Finland and so that you guys or anyone out there could ask me anything they have in mind about Japan or Tokyo.
3 weeks went so fast. I have nothing but good memories. I met amazing people I could have just dreamed to meet and I had so much fun! So if someone from here Japan is reading this now, Thank you!
I’m glad you’re planning to come here! Are you going to stay in Tokyo? I promise: this place is amazing.
1) read about the city/cities you’re about to visit. It’s good to know some places /sights so that it’s easier to move around and not be totally lost. Also read about the local subway system and if possible, print the English version of maps and such. Some places don’t have those available.
2) if you can’t speak Japanese/don’t have Japanese friends to help you, learn some common phrases and words. Most Japanese people have very poor English skills so be prepared.
3) Learn some Japanese manners. Always be polite. Remember to bow when apologizing/saying thank you. Walk on the left side of the street and stand on the left side in the escalator. People in rush use the right side. Try not to touch people. If you get sick, use a mask (they are sold everywhere). Don’t throw garbage. Don’t be too loud.
4) Shopping stuff: If you want to try on clothes, tell it to a salesperson (Fittingu shitai =I want to try on). When trying on clothes they usually like if you take your shoes off and leave them outside the booth.
5) Money: If you have problems with money (can’t use credit cards and so on) then use Western Union money transfer service. I did and it’s good. Just remember that the sender has to put your whole name to it as it says in your passport. I had problems with Visa Electron (couldn’t pay or get money from anywhere). Surprisingly, Visa Electron works in markets called 7-Eleven, because there are these seven bank automats that let you take cash with Visa Electron card!
I can’t think about more at the moment, I’ll post some later if I can figure something! Please ask if you have anything on your mind, I’ll try to answer as well as I can!
11.5.12 『すみません、これは御飯だけですか？』(=Excuse me, is this only rice?)
I had kind of a busy day yesterday so today I just wanted to take it easy again. I also needed to buy another bag so I decided to go to find it here in Shinjuku. I’ve bought so many things and souvenirs so that is why I needed another bag :D whoops.
I also thought I might get myself another dress too because they weren’t that expensive and I’m going to some other occasions this year, too.
I went to Alta again and bought the dress from there, cannot remember the name of the shop though :< In Alta I also went to Hanjiro which is one of my favorite shops in here.
Next I wanted to find the bag. I went to the nearby bag/luggage store and all suitcases seemed to be +100€. I already thought I wouldn’t find the bag but then I saw a Dakine sports type-ish bag and I just knew it was it. It was about 50€ so compared to prices in Finland and knowing that Dakine is good I thought it was a reasonable price.
Now I had the dress and the bag and it was almost 5pm. Still got a couple of hours left before I’d want to buy some dinner and go back to hotel. And I thought “I will leave on Monday so I have 2 days left after tonight” and decided to go to Harajuku, maybe for the last time for a long long time. I got back to hotel, left the bag and dress there and changed my outfit a bit (photo 2 abooooove).
I got to Harajuku and went to WEGO and Spinns and bought a long college skirt. I’ve wanted one for so long and now was the time to get one. I’m happy :D
Hi, just out of curiosity, what have you found the Japanese attitude towards foreigners to be like? I mean i've heard before that they don't really like them and can be quite rude towards them etc. p.s, thank you for writing this blog, it's so interesting :)
Helloo! Thank you :) x
My experiences of their attitude towards me as a foreigner has been nothing but positive. They are always kind and try to help me as much as possible when I ask them for an advice. They even come back to me if they remember something and I already walked away, or show me the way to some places I’m looking for. I think they treat me as “one of them” :3 This might be because I can speak Japanese and I know what to do in different kind of situations.
It might be different when it comes to foreigners who don’t really know the Japanese manners or language. They might find it rude if you forget to bow or say “excuse me” if you touch them and so on.
I think that some don’t like Americans, for the obvious reason. This is not supposed to be offensive but sometimes ignorant American tourists are annoying because they still kinda live in American way when they should learn the Japanese one. Give space to others and respect the community. This is not only in Japan but in other countries too in my opinion.
I went to hunt for Raimo Utriainen’s TO AND FRO statue from Bunkyou. It wasn’t that easy.
First of all, the name of the ward is spelled wrong on the website (Punkyo). Second, it says it’s located to “the central park”. I found out that there are no central park in there but there are some 4 or 5 parks in there. I tried to look where the statue would be from the internet and some Japanese blog said it’d be at Otsuka park so I went to Otsuka, but it wasn’t there.
It was raining buckets again and it was a bit difficult to ask for help in this. I went to the nearby post office to ask for help and they were so kind! Someone searched for the statue’s location for like half an hour just based on some very few info I told him. Finally he found the park where it is and I wrote the name down: KYOUIKU NO MORI PARK. I left the post office but went to a wrong direction for like 400 meters and then asked for help and walked for about 1 kilometer and finally got to the park. And I found the statue.
A little shrine in Otsuka park. There were 2 cats sleeping under the roof of the shrine so that whey wouldn’t get wet. I got to go really close, they we’rent shy! The black one even came to push my hand as I tried to take a photo of him ;;;;_;;;; poor kitties, aren’t you loved enough?
This is the statue! TO AND FRO made of alumin by Raimo Utriainen in 1991.
It was so nice because it reminds me of a folding fan. From this angle it’s just straingt like a fan when it’s closed, and as I moved like 90 degrees to the other side, it seemed like if the fan opened. MAGICAL. This is what I like in art. The illution.
(it says “Finland” on the last small line under his name)
Photos from the Kyouiku no mori park:
another piece of art
3) Souvenir for a friend
My boyf’s friend wanted Yotsubato! manga’s first book in Japanese so I went to Akihabara to hunt for that. There’s no better place to find anything related to manga, anime or games than that place! It took me a half an hour to find this specific book, but I did :)
And it didn’t rain anymore in here! Much more pleasant.
I wanted to visit the beautiful Sensoji and Asakusa Shrine in Asakusa before it gets too dark. The sun sets about 6:30PM and it’s dark around 7 or so and it already was like 6:15PM so I was in a hurry.
This is what it says about the statue in a sign(there were 2 of these, one on each side of the gate. There was a same sign on the other side too):
This Ni-ou was chiseled by sculptor Muraoka Kyusaku in 1964. The statue made of cypress is 5,45 meters high and almost 1000 kilograms in weight. Being guerdian deities for Sensoji, they are set in the “Houzoumon”.
On the other side:
this is what it said about these “shoes” (again one on each side of the gate and a similar sign on both sides too):
This pair of huge traditional straw sandals called “O-waraji” had been made by 800 citizens of Murayama city in a month and devoted to Sensoji. O-waraji is made of straw and 2500 kilograms in weight, 4,5 meters high.
They are the charm against the evils because they are symbolic of the power of “Ni-Ou”. Wishing for being goodwalkers, many people will touch this O-waraji.
This is the 5 storey pagoda of Sensoji. It was amazingly beautiful! Photos:
This is Sensoji itself. It was huge!
It was like a massive piece of art ;;_;; so beautiful
This is the Asakusa Shrine. It was a lot smaller but I liked it too:
Houzoumon and pagoda:
The whole atmosphere in this area is so much different than anywhere I’ve ever been. Not even church is this peaceful or “holy” for me. I got goosebumps walking there. The whole experience was so touching and mind-blowing that I had tears in my eyes and it was just so amazingly great I can’t describe it.
When I was leaving back to Sensoji from Asakusa Shrine (distance is about 30 meters or so) I saw a father and his daughter to walk in front of the Asakusa Shrine’s gate. They stopped quickly, both bowed for the shrine in honor without saying a word and then kept going again. This little girl has been taught to respect the shinto sacred place for all her life! It seemed so normal, her dad didn’t say a word and she was already bowing the nicest bow I’ve ever seen. And she was like 4 or something. ;;;;_;;;; it was touching. Wahhhhhh!
It was 7pm and I decided to come back to my hotel.
Photos from the way to Asakusa station:
I got back when it was about 8pm, went to a food store on my way and bought warm food :)
Today was so nice I just loved it. Tiring but pleasant.
I can’t remember the name of this ball shaped building. Anyway, it’s just huge and pretty amazing in my opinion! Next to it is this another enormous building (can’t remember it’s name either, wahh!)
I bought the dress from Alta. The shop name was MINAX.
I ran into these super cool gothic style people, 2 girls and a guy. They were nice :) NOT ALL GOTHIC OR SCARY LOOKING PEOPLE ARE EVIL <3
After this I went back to my hotel, cleaned the tattoo and changed the patch, ate a bit and went to Roppongi. From Roppongi station I walked to Tokyo Tower! I was somewhat far away but I still saw the tower, it’s so huge! Total of 333 meters / 1092 feet high!!!!
This is when I got there.
I’ve never seen anything that high in my entire life. Like seriously, it was breathtaking to stand there and just watch it oh god
1 ticket to the main observation deck is 820yen for an adult (7,9€/10,3$). That is 150m/492 feet from the ground. These photos are from there:
(btw that is not a UFO in the photo above, it’s a reflection. Or is it?)
From the Main observation deck you can buy tickets to the Special deck that is 250meters/820feet from the ground. 1 adult ticket to there is 600yen (5,8€/7,5$).
These photos are from there:
It was raining so the visibility isn’t that great :< I’d like to go there again and maybe I will :) I don’t know yet.
This was probably the coolest elevator I’ve ever seen! There was this cool lamp on the ceiling and it changed colors:
It was getting late so I decided to come back.
When I was back I ate a meal that had for example rice, nori and fish in it :) other stuff too but wasn’t too sure what it was :D delicious anyway.
My breakfast/lunch: Knorr soup deli, tomato pasta soup. SO GOOD ;;_;; <3 mixed some bread to it oh god yum yum these cup foods are so easyyy
Today I went to a tattoo studio La Perra Negra Dolce 13 to get my tattoo done! The owner/tattoo artist Aya is very nice :)
She’s finishing it
I was surprised when I asked her how long it’d take to get it done and she said “about 1h or 1,5h”. I thought it’d be like 3 hours :D
her sketch of my tattoo
It took about 1,5h to get it done. I decided to get cherry blossoms as a symbol of my love for Japan. Taking this tattoo in Japan makes it extra special!
Taking the tattoo itself was alright but because she started where my hip bone is, it hurted a lot at first. It got better when she moved towards my lower belly though :) so no tragical memories!
The cost was 20 000yen (=192€/250$). I think that’s reasonable because
1) She designed it herself out of pretty much nowhere. Only had heard some wishes from me and rest was up to her. And I just love the tattoo! Such a perfect design, just how I wanted it :)!
2) It’s in colors
3) The area where it is is about 8x8 cm /3x3 inches so I think that’s not huge but not any small either (?)
After getting my tattoo I just walked to Harajuku through Yoyogi park. There were these vending machines near the tattoo studio. There’s also a Asahi Beer machine. One of the cans was huge! 1 liter!
Homes and belongings of the homeless people :<
In Harajuku I went to the Virgin Mary shop again because I had some Finnish candies + a few euros to give to Ari and other stuff as a present. They were so nice~! xxx They took a photo of me with Ari and Kummy and Ari said she will put it to the Virgin Mary blog later :) cute xxx
After going to the Virgin Mary I visited this hippie shop nearby and bought some nice stuff, for myself and some others… >:3 xxx
Hi, this blog is brilliant! i just have a question: did you go to Japan on your own or are you with friends? If you went alone you must be really brave!
Oh thank you! And yes I came here alone! I have a very few friends who are as interested in Japan + this is pretty expensive so I think it was better to come here like this.
It takes courage to spend 3 weeks alone but then again I can do whatever and whenever I want. This also teaches me independence. There is so much to do in here that you don’t have time to think about being alone nor feel alone. I’ve also met some amazing people and spent time with them so I haven’t been all alone!
aha yeah, are flight says direct and were flying with virgin so i dont see why it would have to stop. i really hope it dosnt lol. ill just be relived when i finally get there xD
I hope you get a direct flight! And I know what you mean by relieved, first of all I felt like coming to home when I finally saw mount Fuji from my window when we flew over Tokyo. Second, my flight was about 9 hours or so and because of the time difference we skipped the night and I basically stayed up like 2 days or so: relieved to finally lay on my bed and fall asleep.
I read that the Seiko clock tower over Wako is kind of a symbol of Ginza or something.
I went to Mistukoshi and Wako but they were mostly about these brands such as Gucci, Prada and so on so it wasn’t really what I was looking for. And there were no dresses that I would have liked either :<
Heading to Tsukiji and Hamarikyu then!
A huge Dark Shadows ad. It says ジョニー・デップ (Jonii Deppu =Johnny Depp) over and ダークシャドウ (Daaku Shadou =Dark Shadows) below his head.
Finally I got to the Hamarikyu gardens. 1 adult ticket was 300yen (2,9€/3,7$). I really enjoyed this place! Very calm.
I bought a dango from here! the salesman put some miso on it. pretty yummy!
My dango! yum, took a bite already, couldn’t wait :D miso looks orange because it’s so bright but actually it was dark brown like on the bottom of the last dumpling. Earlier I had thought that dango would be fluffy or something but it was kinda sticky (this was my first time to eat one). Soft anyway :)
Suddenly something flew over me and made a lot of noise and it was this huge bird with holes in it’s wings!?!? I don’t know if this species is supposed to have holes in it’s wings or is this individual injured, but I thought it looked pretty cool. Here’s a detail of photo above:
I swear this isn’t edited. This is what I saw.
Another traditional Japanese toilet :D I’m scared to use these so I just try to avoid them. In mole public places such as subway stations’ toilets there are signs on the toilets’ doors if there’s a traditional or a normal seat in there. I always try to get into the normal one :D
Nakajima tea house. Normally there would be green tea and Japanese sweets for visitors to buy but unfortunatelly it was under reconstruction. EVERY TIME I GO TO THESE NICE PARKS AND SUCH THEY DECIDE TO PUT THE MAIN BUILDINGS UNDER RECONSTRUCTION. whyyyy
A view to the tea house
this is what the sign said about the statue:
This is the bronze statue of Mars, who distinguish himself at the East Expedition of Emperor Jinmu in the age of the myth of Japan. It is the work elected to the Army Ministry prize that commeorated silver wedding anniversary of Meiji Emperor. It is written down on the plinth that the statue was produced by Akira Sano and was cast by Chokichi Suzuki.
Then I accidentally found Nakagin Capsule Tower! It was so cool!!! It seems to be in kind of a bad shape though :( Somehow I thought it wouldn’t exist anymore but apparently it still stands there! I was happy to see it.
I walked back to Ginza station because I wanted to get back to Shinjuku and find the dress already, for god’s sake.
In Shinjuku I went to Alta again and found a few dresses that I liked, tried them on but couldn’t choose the best one. I think I’ll go again someday to buy one or two (those dresses were kinda cheap in my opinion).
6.5.12 『はい！フィンランドから来ました。』(=Yes! I came from Finland.)
( I think my pants are cute with my shoes)
Today I went to look for the dress, AGAIN. Didn’t find it though, AGAIN. Well I’ve got a week left so no panic, YET.
My breakfast: chicken salad
First I went to Harajuku today because I wanted to see if I can find Takuya Angel's shop. I got the place quickly but I found out that the shop had moved and the person who opened a new store there didn't really know where it was now. WAHH! I have to search for it someday.
After this I bought a strawberry-cheesecake-creme-crepe. IT WAS HEAVENLY DELICIOUS ;;_;; <3 I was eating it in front of Harajuku’s H&M and then this about guy cames out of nowhere with a camera and asks me nicely if he could take a pic of me. I JUST BECAME A PART OF THE HARAJUKU FASHION SCENE!!!! kinda.
I walked to 109 because it’s not that far from Meiji-Jingumae station. I saw this amazing RING 3D promo truck on my way, ew it was kinda scary ;_;! I also saw this “walking ad” of the same movie. They we’re moving their hands so that pretty disgusting :D
I went to a music instrument shop and saw this super cute pink piano :D it was like 6000yen if I saw right (57€/75$) ! Cheap!
Bershka I just love this store oh god I bought some shirts from there :)
How do you find Japan's clothing sizes? Is there a large variety of sizes available, or would someone "plus size" (UK 12 or 14) find buying clothes a little difficult?
Here's some sort of a converter of women's clothing sizes. Just choose the size in “UK” and it'll appear to “Japan”. These sizes are in numbers but I've seen mostly just letters such as S M and L. The variety isn't that big and I use M (I'm UK 8 or 10). It's just a little bit loose to me but I like it. I think a person size 12 or 14 might find it a bit hard to find clothes sometimes because usually Japanese women are quite small so the clothes are designed small as well. There are stores that have loose and bigger clothes though (on purpose, they won't look bad on a person size 12 or 14 I think). Everything depends on a store, some have even bigger than M or L so I think a “plus size” person could shop here pleasantly. I hope this helps a bit!
Hello♥I just wanted to say that I absolutely love this blog, even though I just followed you a week a go or something..how can I say, your pics and every day stories make me want to seriously tear up a bit ; v ; I've been there 2 years ago and I'm sick from the nostalgia since then,eheheh (っ◞‸◟c) I really hope I'll manage to go back to Tokyo this year,but I'm still not sure~Anyway,thank you for posting your every day life while you're in that magical place,I'm looking forward to read your posts!
Hello♡ Thank you so much ;;_;; To be honest I first had doubts if I should make a blog or not and should I write in English or not. Now I’m glad that people can enjoy my blog and relate to my everyday life!
And I know how you feel, like I haven’t even left yet but I still feel like this is my second home and I have to get back someday.
Today I went to Shibuya to look for the dress. First I wandered for a while before finding my way to 109 and so on. It was +24C/+75F and sun shine with no clouds, such a perfect weather!
Finally I found 109 and oh lord it was just so amazing, like seriously. Every place was full of gyaru girls and shops that sell clothes for such style. Also shops full of lenses, hair extensions, fake nails and lashes. It was like stepping into a female wonderland. All about bling, beauty and attitude. 109 was very crowded so I had to keep saying sumimasen (=excuse me) a lot! They were blocking my way pretty badly sometimes :DD