Japan Trip Day 8 – Nikko

Nikko is approximately 125 km north of Tokyo and it’s about 543m above sea level. It was pretty chilly by evening and we did a mistake by thinking it was going to be like Tokyo’s evening weather, chilly but still bearable. Nikko is on higher grounds so it turned out to be much colder even when there’s no wind. So my two layers (a shirt and a sweater) weren’t quite enough. I was kind of shivering in the evening.

Still, it was a very pleasant trip out of the bustling city of Tokyo. It took us about 2 hrs and 30 mins by rapid train to Nikko from Asakusa station. You can opt for the limited express trains and it’ll take about 100 mins, but the price will be twice as high as rapid.

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Japan Trip Day 7 – Ueno Park + Shibuya

Ueno Park was quite lovely but we didn’t spend much time there, just to see the famous statue and then we headed off to Shibuya, our main attraction. Later on, we headed back to Shibuya about 3-4 times again lol. Yes, that’s how much we love that place.

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JPop loot from Tokyo trip

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I bought Morning Musume ’14′s new album, Limited A edition so it’s a digipak. Then, AKFG’s 10th anniversary concert, Chatmonchy’s new single and Kimura Kaela’s best album.
DIVA’s single was actually a present from a Japanese Twitter friend. Very nice of her!

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Momusu’s digipak is a sure collectible. Fans should at least try and save money and get this edition if possible because you get the booklet which features a cool photoshoot of all the current members. This is also Sayumi’s last album so this makes it even more special.

DSC06105Even if not for Ayumi’s top position on the cover of this Limited A, I would’ve gotten it anyway. But her position makes this even more irresistible for me as she’s my favorite member. DSC06106The booklet DSC06108 DSC06109DSC06110 DSC06111I’m not going to show everything. You can find scans of these if you google a bit. It’s a great booklet.DSC06112 DSC06113DSC06114pageDSC06128Went to H!P store at Akihabara and got these. This is my first time purchasing idol photos. It actually made me feel awkward but when I saw a middle aged man who paid before me spent about 10, 000 yen I was like…wow. DSC06136Kimura’s best album. I quite like the cover theme. She also used the same girl who was on the cover of her 5 years best album.DSC06101

Japan Trip – Day 6 [ Odaiba + Meguro]

We went to Odaiba across the Rainbow Bridge to see that giant Gundam.

There was a pretty huge event going on too, so there were a lot of people with costumes.

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Japan Trip – Day 5 [ Harujuku + Meiji Jingu]

Went to Harujuku and it was drizzling which kind of dampened the mood. However, the area was still packed with people, each one holding umbrellas. I was expecting to see people in costumes and such but didn’t see any. I think the rain may have prevented them from coming out.

DSC04544 Yoshinoya for lunchDSC04543Costumes for sale DSC04547 Entered a shop which sells lots of idol photos. Unofficial ones of course.DSC04548 DSC04550Shop selling crepes. DSC04557 DSC04558 DSC04559Long line of people buying those LINE character plushies.  DSC04562Harujuku Station DSC04569 We walked around the place to find Johnny’s shop. My friend was curious how it looks like so we googled it up. Went inside and it was crowded with girls. After about 2 minutes, we came out. No pictures are allowed inside the shop. They seem to be very strict about it. So I didn’t bother taking even the picture of the shop from outside.

We continued to stroll around the neighbourhood.DSC04572 DSC04575 DSC04577 DSC04581 One thing that I noticed about their manholes, all of them have different designs unique to the area (I assume) and leveled with the roads. In my country, most of the manholes always somehow sink and when you drive it gets really annoying. I have not noticed a single uneven manhole in Tokyo throughout my trip.DSC04585I also noticed a lot of these cones around the city. Even personal homes? I’m beginning to wonder if cones are readily available as in are they sold for people to use?DSC04589 Strolling at the neighbourhood was good in a way that you get to see the space of their houses. I think it shouldn’t come as surprise anymore that their space is limited so they make full use of whatever they have.

I’m pretty amazed by how they park their cars in such small parking space.DSC04593Oh wouldn’t it great if you have a vending machine right in front of your house? DSC04594Just look at that tiny space in between the wall and the car. Haven’t they accidentally scratched their car yet? DSC04595DSC04596 DSC04597 DSC04598 DSC04602DSC04604 Finally we made our way slowly to Meiji Jingu.DSC04622 DSC04632 DSC04635DSC04639 DSC04645 DSC04652 DSC04653DSC04662DSC04691 DSC04695 DSC04697 DSC04671 DSC04676 DSC04678DSC04700 DSC04701 DSC04705 DSC04713DSC04738DSC04757 DSC04759 DSC04768 DSC04773 DSC04775 DSC04780 DSC04740 DSC04751At the top floor of Tower Records, there was a Batman display and figures sale going on. DSC04803 DSC04804 DSC04754

Japan Trip – Day 4 [ Tokyo Disneyland part 2]

A continuation from the previous post. Get ready for lots and lots of photos.

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We didn’t stay for the fireworks and such because we were exhausted by the time evening arrived and we didn’t want to miss the last train (last event was about 10pm). It’s different if you have a car waiting for you when midnight comes but taxi is going to cost so we decided to go back around 7pm. DSC04517

Back in Ikebukuro, we tried another random shop.DSC04523My first time trying a raw egg.DSC04528 DSC04530 I mixed it with this surprisingly, it tastes quite good. By the way, this cheese pork rice is the BEST I’ve ever ever tasted in my life. SO GOOD.DSC04534 DSC04535Bought a shirt because it’s the Halloween 2014 edition. DSC04542   Overall, it was a great day albeit tiring. Everyone just looked so happy and although I’ve outgrown the rides and childhood characters and such, a part of me felt like a child again.

Japan Trip – Day 4 [ Tokyo Disneyland part 1]

        I think our trip to Disneyland was a great experience in the sense that we randomly chose a day and it happened to be Friday, which was Halloween. So there was special parade just for Halloween and in conjunction with that, everyone was encouraged to dress up. Of course, me and my friend just went with normal clothes since we weren’t prepared.

But it was definitely a sight to see. Thanks to Halloween, which was surprisingly HUGE in Japan, I got to see lots of interesting costumes.

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