Daily rambles, stumbles and travels

Friday, 6 May 2011

Is In Tokyo!

It's taken me a week to finally update with this mofo, so lets get to typing!

The move was successful, we are now in Tokyo ^___^

Here are the bunch of "bastard bags", which were still the opponents when wrestling them onto the subway and to the apartment.

The Yokohama subway station. A woman waits.

The new apartment is amazing, I couldn't be happier ^__^ The location is the overall big change, one major factor is not marching up a mountain to get home, the other is that it is right next to the city. Everything is in arms reach! This includes having numerous supermarkets, convenience stores and pharmacies nearby. As I said, it is supposedly smaller, but as the apartment is broken up into three separate sections via my ever favourite feature, the slidey doors! I can't tell the difference. It seems the same size, if not bigger.

*sandwich break*

Ok, now I'm back. With a ham sammich!

Settling into the apartment during Golden Week has been fun, it means whenever we've been out that there are mad rushes, but nothing too terrifying, as a rush here is always organized. Unlike London subway where everyone seems to push and shove, taking no regard as to whether anyone else is heading, Tokyo's rush hours seem to be more considerate, as everyone is in the same position and knows this. There are orderly ques and patience come s as standard. (This does not disregard the fact of subways can become packed, we've been wedged in quite a few "sardine can" situations).

Shopping has been an experience, becoming easily overwhelmed by the many choices each isle has to offer, easy to push trolleys and constantly finding myself becoming amused by every package sporting a face.

How can I not refuse this steamed bread guy? Especially when he's 30% off!

We have visited several famous areas during our stay here, risking getting caught in the Golden Week crush.

We originally visited here on the quest for the following:
Model Paints

With Summer on it's way and the skies looking blue, I dressed for the occasion

But of course, along the paths of Akihabara, walking through Otaku central can lead you to several distractions. The vast Oasis of arcades, comic shops and Cosplay goods can easily send you on a path of unnecessary time wasting!

I suppose with all of the effort of moving, we deserve some kind of arcade therapy, right?
Especially when my favourite arcade game, Project DIVA has it's own gallery!

They had the signatures of the original game designers and the original singing voice of Hatsune Miku! What made this even more fabulous, besides the five machines that were available to play, was the stand of sketchbooks that fans can doodle in, outfits are then picked and turned into playable designs within the game, Sugoi!

Time for lunch.

Pork ramen time! Very oishi indeed. This was a small eating establishment which could seat no more than ten people. You can always tell if it's worth eating when there is a queue outside!

We managed to pick up a router and a mouse mat (I ended up with the boobed wrist support favourite of Otakus, oh yeah!) on our travels, not bad despite the many distractions XD

I had a day hanging out with a fellow Cosplayer, who was actually spending a month in Japan, of course, I took her down what is know as 'Otame Road' or should I say, 'Maiden Road' in Ikebukuro. A road entirely dedicated to female Otakus!

Blessed ani.mate!

There was even an exhibition on the top floor of certain Cosplay outfits from a manga, not sure what it was, but the costume were certainly impressive!
Even the drinks have anime characters of them!

We dipped into a little noodle bar which we found in Ikebukuro station. At 330 yen, how can we refuse! As always, oishi.

We headed to Shinjuku for some Purikura!

Followed by crepes!
Trying to capture some of the many herds of Host Bar men in the background XD Their hair and suits are always so pretty! Although, the hair usually reaches unnatural lengths in height.


With it being a subway ride just under 10 minutes away, how can we refuse having a wander around here?
We didn't really have an objective or a mission, just a desire to wander. One of my favourite past times, just wandering around Tokyo and discovering it's side streets of intriguing shops and sights.

In admist our wandering, we came across the most beautiful sight, an arcade that was entirely dedicated to Purikura! I couldn't believe it, all the latest booths and even costumes to wear! SUGOI!

Behold, not only an onigiri hat....BUT A CRAB HAT! This may have been one of my finer moments in life ^___^ *JOY*
We also managed to take some kawaii shots too!

^___^ ~ <3

As if things couldn't get better, just further down the street was a Kitty Cafe!
If you are unfamiliar with this custom, let me explain. It is a cafe, with kitties! It's that simple.
This certain establishment was called 'Hapineko'

With this certain cafe, you could order a drink for free too, which came with complimentary biscuit and chocolate.

So many adorable kitties!

On our travels back home, we walked past one of the most elaborate Disney Stores I've seen! All themed 'Pirates of the Caribbean' for the upcoming movie. YAAAR!

Away we went home, over the infamous Shibuya crossing.

And past Hachiko!

Thats everything in a nut shell really, Tokyo is awesome and we're loving every second of it! I still have more videos to edit. I am getting way behind on my own footage, hence why this weekend shall be a "lazy" one.

Expect more vlog updates soon!

ShiverZ In Japan: Chinatown and Yoshimoto Aquarium of Fun

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

ShiverZ In Japan: Cemetery

Getting Up-to-Date In Japan

Last time I typed, I told you we were looking into another apartment, due to this one being a bit far out. We booked to view an apartment on Monday, which was a place that we were eyeing before we decided to pick the housing we are at now. So we were definitely excited to view it!

The new apartment is 15 minutes subway travel from Shibuya, so couldn't be more perfect just for that reason alone. From our present location, it took us an hour and a half to reach, just to prove the difference between the two spots already. It is a little bit smaller, but I'm willing to sacrifice space for location. We both loved what we saw on the overall apartment, a bonus point was that bathroom had been refurbished recently, it was a win-win situation! What made the day out even better was that the kind staff member we had our apartment viewing with was so friendly and even bought us our first Takoyaki, おいしい ~! She was great to talk to throughout, as she lives within the same area and gave us some insight into whereabouts everything is.
The afternoon was spent filling in forms for the new apartment and then wandering around Shinjuku for food, which was the ever faithful Mos Burger, then a crepe fr dessert ^___^ I may have also treated myself to some addictive gameplay in the arcades, hehe ~!

We will be moving into the new apartment tomorrow ^___^ Wish us luck!

On the Wednesday, we decided to walk towards the main shopping street known as Motomachi, which was right next to Chinatown (The largest outside of China!). A very pretty area, which had a great sense of Western influence to it, kinda gave it a cool European feel to the area, until it lead into Chinatown, of course! This place was HUGE. Of course, one of the first stops was at a traditional steam bun stand ;D I couldn't believe how fresh it was, a great way to re-gain energy for Lunch! Along side was a melon pan, actually full of melon, topped it off nicely.
The surrounding area of Chinatown was packed of many stores (Many giant panda themed stores), eateries and even an aquarium. We accidentally stumbled into the Yoshimoto Aquarium of Fun, which was just as it suggests in the title, some very cool inventive exhibits, which may have involved some baby lobsters. So かわいい ~! We actually spent a lot of time in here, despite how small it may look, it is pretty big and theres plenty to see! We decided after a couple of hours we had better head back.
Somehow, we ended up taking a wrong turn, (Passing not just Kitty Cafe, but a Bunny Cafe on the way) so we ended up having quite an unexpected tour of the area XD Luckily, the weather was good, if a little windy, and there was a kind teacher in our path to guide us in the right direction.
We did get home eventually, huzzah!

Spent today mainly cleaning up bits and bobs to get ready for the inspection that will also come with handing over the keys, there wasn't much to clean anyway, as we haven't really settled here for too long. So it hasn't taken too much time, will go over little pieces tomorrow morning.
When the keys are handed over, the epic struggle with suitcases will begin once more! At least we'll be going downhill this time round XD Might see if we can order a taxi in the meantime, if not, the journey to the subway station and on the subway is quite an easy one now we know where we're heading.

I'm looking forward to actually get settled and set up things such as Gaijin Card, Bank and Mobile Phone. That way we both can finally move onto getting ourselves work and making head way into Living In Japan.
Despite the moving set back, I can't even begin to explain how living here for just under two weeks has been an amazing experience already, meeting locals, shopping at the food markets and being among it all. I'm so grateful and excited to be here right now ^___^ ~ <3

Whats that, lack of photos you ask? I am actually uploading all of my photos to my ShiverZ In Japan Tumblr Account to make things easier, so go check em' out!

ShiverZ In Japan: Vlog Updates!