November 15, 2017

Tokyo, Japan 2016 | Day 10 & 11: Meiji Jingu & Shimokitazawa

This is the last post of my Tokyo trip and I'm happy that it's finally done, at the same time I'm looking forward to my next Japan trip. Probably not in the near future but I'm hopeful that I'll be able to explore more places the next time I go there. I'm sorry that this post has been delayed quite some time because lately I've just started a new job so I have been busy balancing work life plus rushing my costume for Comic Fiesta... which means there will be a new post on costume making soon~! I will cosplaying as Tsuyu Asui from BNHA's second ending at CF this year and so far I'm loving the costume progress so I can't wait to debut it ^^

Back to the topic of this post, I merged the last 2 days of my trip in Tokyo since they were pretty chill and I didn't take much photos. I only wanted to savor the remaining days of my trip in Tokyo before I leave. :')

On the tenth day of my trip, I went to Harajuku alone. By now I'm pretty familiar with the area already and I went there to check out Meiji Jingu and do some last minute shopping. It was a long walk to the shrine but I enjoyed the beautiful scenery and gorgeous weather that day.

Looking back, I really miss autumn in Japan.

Meiji Jingu was so packed already when I got there. It was a weekend so there were many locals as well as tourist there.

Spotted a cute girl in kimono. Love the colours and accessories she had on ♥

Saw these on the way when I was leaving Meiji Jingu. I only went there for a short while to take a look at the famous shrine, it's nice to be there but my favourite is still the Gotokuji Temple.

Harajuku Station.

I met Kurebayashi Haruka!!!

I was so surprised to spot her while I was casually walking around Harajuku! She's a decora fashion icon and even though I'm not into that I was happy to meet a famous personality lol :P I didn't take photos around Harajuku that day since I was just there for shopping. In fact I looked so tired by the end of the trip so I've got to cover up my face here XD

Ahh Japan and their beautiful train stations~

The next day, which is also my last full day in Japan, I met up with Misato at Shinjuku to shop at Okadaya since she has membership discount. We couldn't take photos inside so the only photo I took at Shinjuku was a pachinko building outside Shinjuku station lol ^^;

Afterwards we hopped over to Shimokitazawa to check out more vintage stores. We went to Haight which has really pretty stuff but it was so expensive D:

Also went to Toyo Department where lots of small vintage store were gathered and handmade accessories were sold. It's a great place to check out but I was too broke to buy stuff... though I still wasn't satisfied with shopping in Tokyo yet lol. I think it's possible to never feel that you've bought enough when you're in Japan. Not until your wallet says you only have money left for food and train fare. (:

A really cool western comic and animation themed store.

I'm really fascinated by the traffic at train railways. There isn't such thing around where I live and I find it so cool that people can walk across where the train passes by during intervals.

Last dinner in Tokyo. We went to a Tsukemen store because I haven't had Tsukemen yet after so many days in Tokyo. I ordered large portion and it was such a good meal!

Lastly we went to get crepe for dessert. It's my first time having crepe in Japan and it was my last day lol :P At least I got to eat it so I have no regrets hahaha~

The next morning I woke up and got out at 6am to catch my morning flight from Narita back to Kuala Lumpur. I dragged 2 huge luggages by myself for 2 hours train ride and I was so tired. When I weight them at the airport it was perfectly 30kg which was the luggage allowance I had. I must've looked so terrible since I had no makeup on and was sweating when it was freezing outside. Very good exercise for someone who never exercise lol :P

Thinking back I'm still really happy I went for this trip and check off one of my bucket list. I really hope I can go there again someday but for now I'm very much satisfied that I got to visit Japan. It was a gift which I worked so hard to save up for my 21st birthday, and a memory that will last a lifetime.
November 4, 2017

Tokyo, Japan 2016 | Day 9: Warehouse Kawasaki & Ikebukuro

I have been following this Japanese fashion label NIIMI for some while and when I saw that they shot on of their collection at Warehouse Kawasaki I wanted to visit the place so much! Warehouse Kawasaki is an entire building of arcade designed around the concept of Kowloon Walled City. The exterior looks nothing like the buildings around it and the inside is even more amazing.

The place was a little far off from Tokyo but luckily that day I met up with a friend from Singapore who's working in Japan and drives a car so we all went there together.

Entrance to Warehouse Kawasaki.

As the main door slides open, you walk into a short tunnel then another door opens up.

It feels a little creepy as you walk in but it isn't like some horror attraction lol XD The Kowloon Walled City decor actually only covers about 2 to 3 floors, the rest of the arcade had different settings. Also do check out the male toilet which was so much cooler than the female's hahaha~

The day we went there was a cosplay event ongoing and only participants of the event were allowed to take photos... which was kinda weird because on other days you can go in and take photos as you like. I still took some because I didn't want to miss the opportunity to after coming from far away. Just pretended that I'm a silly tourist who didn't understand instructions, and when the staff tried to tell us in Japanese we replied in English hahahaha we're so bad :P

At the exit towards the carpark, there was a really cool area for photographs and I wish I had brought another lens with me than the 50mm :(

The top floor of the arcade is actually a place for people to enjoy reading manga or the sort. It had a totally different vibe from the floors below.

There was one floor with pool tables only. The entire building had so many good locations for cosplay photoshoots! And I'm really loving the dystopian vibe here ♥

After visiting Warehouse Kawasaki, my friend drove us back to Ikebukuro but he didn't join us for dinner. I wanted to go to Kura Sushi which had a branch in Ikebukuro. I'm pretty sure you might've seen this place being featured for its gacha gacha attraction. Basically, for 5 plates of sushi, you get a chance to try the gacha gacha lucky draw. And the seasonal prizes are limited to the store. We ended up having 15 plates to get 3 tries and I finally got a One Piece washi tape ♥ I've got to thank Misato for helping me to eat up to 15 plates together hahaha! The place has a long queue so be sure to get there early~

Since we were at Ikebukuro, of course I had to visit the Pokemon Center at Sunshine City! It was so cute and I bought a few souvenirs back home. I even requested for extra plastic bags because it was just too cute!

We left Sunshine City and went over to Animate which was just on the opposite street. They have so many amazing costumes here, but the prices are really 'amazing' too. But it was good reference on materials and fabrics used to make these high quality costumes.

They had a crazy selection of high quality wigs too.

Lots of makeup and contact lenses to choose from! I swear cosers in Japan are so blessed with these resources. I did buy some products back to try on but I think next time when I visit Japan I'll be grabbing even more stuff home hahahaha XD

Animate was having a Haikyuu cafe too but when I visited it was near the closing time :'(

Yuri on Ice was crazy popular last year when I visited. They had YOI stuff everywhere!

Ikebukuro had so many other places which I didn't get to visit, but I'll be sure to come back again. Before we head back home we stopped by at Mister Donut and got their Christmas mini donut set to share. They were so good, I think everything I've had in Japan so far tasted really good hahaha~