zondag 28 mei 2017

Japan 2017 day 7: Escape room + Nippori + Shinjuku

Hi everyone,

Thanks for still reading if you do! Sometimes writing these feels kind of useless, but it's always nice to look back at later on. But you know, if you have thoughts, comments or questions, they are always welcome!

After one week in Tokyo again, what can we still do? Well, my husband likes escape rooms a lot and he thought it would be a lot of fun to do one together in Japan, so we booked one at Escape Hunt in Akasaka. It was Japanese themed room of course and for my first time (yes I never actually went to an escape room before this) it was lots of fun to solve all kinds of puzzles and riddles. Oh and yes, we solved it on time too!

Next we planned to go to Nippori to look for nice fabric again, although I had a lot more time now, I was done a lot faster since I just had only to buy some things for myself and not to sell anymore. At the Tomato store they had a really nice collection of Sanrio themed fabric too, it was hard to choose what to take with me! They also had some new fabric for lolita-esque looks, this time with aquarium/ocean theme too but I don't want to splurge so I only bought two fabric pieces (sorry, the picture is a screenshot from my video so it's not too sharp).
It was lunchtime so we went looking for a place to eat again, and next to Nippori station there was something like a family-restaurant. It was kind of hard to order again, because the older woman helping us couldn't speak English, and apparently you had to order a whole menu set including drinks, but there wasn't a list with drinks, there was a self-service corner though so apparently you had to order the drinks in advance and then get it yourself. Anyway, we ordered something different (and yes again rather a big meal for a lunch...I'm sometimes so happy that this is not so usual in The Netherlands, I really don't like feeling 'full' and at night it's okay because you can just sit down and rest but during the day you have to do stuff so yeah that is kind of annoying for me). I ordered some kind of egg-meatball and Nick ordered a tonkatsu dish. It wasn't as special as we thought, but decent nonetheless.
 And here we were again, not knowing what we wanted to do in the afternoon. We just went to Shinjuku again, I still wanted to visit Marui Annex for the lolita shops there. It was raining too so it wasn't so bad to go inside a mall again. Next to lolita (and relatable fashion) shops, there were also some jewelry shops that were really lovely and inspiring. And we also found a Yuri on Ice cafe! It was totally booked though, but they had a photo corner that you could visit for free, yay so nice!
Downstairs there was another cute cafe, it was Cinnamoroll themed but there was such a long line and the decoration did not seem too interesting really so we skipped it. I already bought a Cinnamoroll gachapon item anyway.

That evening we spent in the hotel again, there was a really cute cat show on TV! Wondering if we still had things to visit in Tokyo? Yes we did actually, next day we are going to a park and Nakano Broadway!

maandag 8 mei 2017

Japan 2017 day 6: Toys at Akiba + Asakusa Sensoji Temple

It was monday the 20th of March and apparently a holiday: Vernal Equinox Day in Japan, so a lot of people had the day off and probably it was going to be very crowded anywhere in Tokyo. And yes, it was. We wanted to go to Asakusa, but that alone would not be a enough to fill the day, so we decided to go to Akihabara shortly again first.

That's a loooot of troopers
 I was very curious about the Yodabashi Camera there, because technic stuff + Akiba can only mean that it's massive. And yeah it was, there were multiple elevators and there were people promoting the newest items everywhere in the store. Mostly I wanted to go see the toy-section though. Guilty pleasure, but we both love to go to toy stores, not only for the games but I like cheesy toys, and to see what people design for kids these days.

And well, it wasn't only for kids, there was a lot of anime and other merchandise too, so lots of nice stuff and I really enjoyed seeing everything!
They had arcade stations for kids too!
I wanted to buy this so badly but it wouldn't have fit in our suitcase.
On to Asakusa for lunch and then see the temple. It was supercrowded already at the station though and I couldn't decide what to eat. While browsing some shops I saw a side alley and luckily there we found a peaceful place to eat. It was a really small cozy family-oriented restaurant, where I ordered a lunch set with all kinds of things. I had to say the fried tempura was pretty nice, Japan's fish dishes are so much better than what I can find in The Netherlands (everything smells literally fishy here if you ask me and I hate that smell).

 Apparently we wandered in a wrong direction though because the main gate for the temple was on another side. That said, we could find the main temple square anyway, because of the crowd going there. I'm not kidding, take a look at the photos on the side!

Surprisingly the whole complex wasn't as big as we thought. The temple itself was big, but just several smaller shrines, a small pond and some food stalls next to it.

 However, the street with all the small shops going to the temple was long, it really is a touristic place and very different from Meiji Shrine for example. Nice to see, but I wouldn't go to Sensoji again.
Since we had still some time left, I'd thought to go to Shibuya again and visit 109, luckily Nick agreed because by now he obviously was really done with looking at fashion all the time :P! It took us a while to find the right exit of the station though, but because of that we could see the crossing from above a bit!

After that we were both quite tired because of the crowd and felt like eating and staying at the hotel. Buying food from Lawson and resting while watching Japanese TV is really quite enjoyable too!

Coord & Wardrobe Catch-up March-May

Taking a short break in between the Japan travel diaries for catching up with the coordinations/outfits I've worn last months and recent purchased pieces!

Tea Party time!!
For easter I had a lot of choice, because I own at least three dresses with bunnies on them, but the obvious choice was going for Happy Garden (not worn yet and pure Easter!). And just a week before there would be OTT Tulips: an OTT tea party in Amsterdam, which was really nice ♥ ! To be honest, I was pretty unsure if my outfit would be over-the-top enough, since I usually don't wear big things on my head. If you've been a lolita for the last years you know that a lot of people really go BIG for the huge events. Literally, hair-do's that are as huge as people's faces and nothing is plain, everything perfectly matched. I was really busy the weeks before the event (our ferret Annie died :( ) so I had little time to do stuff and crammed in some time in the nights of the days before the event.

Luckily I found this small basket at Dille & Kamille, decorated it with some cute fabric, bow and feathers and I just had to take this bunny and chicky with me. The yellow shoes I bought in Japan are decorated with pink bow clips I already had and I put extra feathers in there as well. And then the main extra was the headdress, made with yellow and lavender lace, feathers, fake eggs and chicks and a flower. I added some extra pink bows on the shoulder straps to add some extra pink accents to match the rest. So..maybe it was as big as other people's take on OTT, but for me this is quite some effort to what I do usually and I was pretty happy with it too, loved wearing something very spring & easter-themed!

The week after that was Easter for real and my husband and I planned a brunch on the friday since we had both did something different for the saturday and sunday. I took maximum use of the Happy Garden jsk and wore it with some simple pinks this time! Sorry for the flowers on my face but I was really looking weird on that photo, but it was the best pose-wise :P. On the monday we still had a 'bank holiday' and I wore my other bunny dress with another handmade accessory that I had for a while.

Funny enough another week after that there was the spring holiday for a week, so even more chance to wear lolita fashion ✿ yay! We went to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in the cinema and it wasn't really hard to make a matching coord at all for it.
So happy I could wear these cute socks with the constellation dress too! I went for just a bow on my head though, since it was very crowded in the city because of Kingsday and we were just going to the movies anyway. Did you see the movie too, if so what did you think of it? I really enjoyed it again, it's great to see a more emotional approach from Marvel.
Casual outfit because we had to cycle!
The yellow bag might be a bit random
but I really felt like using it that day.
The cupcake bracelet was
made by my mom-in-law ♥!

Yay for spring! Yesterday was a very sunny Sunday so I thought it would be great to do a walk through one of the biggest parks in town and finally without a coat too. I didn't plan on wearing lolita in the first place but it was such a relaxing day that I just played around with some clothes to wear and thought: why not. It wasn't so great for my husband though because he had to wait longer suddenly. Sorry love <3 next time I'll let you know in time!

And last update for now. I bought AP's Toy March in navy! Whaaaat? Yes! Really, it's been one of my fav. prints but it usually is too pricy for me so that's why I didn't put it on my wishlist (I guess I was just a realistic?). But I saw that someone was selling it for a while and suddenly dropped the price so I took my chance. So girls, put all your dreamdresses for real on the dreamdress list because one day...you might really get it ♡!