Monday, 30 November 2015

Tokyo part two: Takadanobaba and Anahachimangu

Tokyo, Torii, Anahachimangu
Howdy! This post is gonna be of the photos I took at Anahachimangu and Takadanobaba in Tokyo. The photos are from my phone and not that great quality, apologies. 

Me, Ryan and Marcus decided to have a quick explore of Anahachimangu shrine.:





I told them to pose, so Ryan kissed Marcus' cheek... Marcus doesn't look too amused though.
Also here is a horrifically blurry picture of a building in Takadanobaba that was called simply "Big Box".
Takadanobaba is a really cool area, and it's near Marus' uni so we got an airbnb there. It was a really lively and fun place.
Afterwards, we had planned on going to Karaoke but decided that chilling in a nearby park was the way to go. Obviously, no pictures of that because it would be slightly boring I'm sure.

That's all for now, thanks for reading!
-Amy xoxo
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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Shinkansen and Shibuya: Tokyo trip part one

Shibuya, Shibuya 109, Tokyo
This is gonna be the first post about my visit to Tokyo! 
The purpose of the trip (apart from going to a really awesome city of course) was to go and visit my beloved boyfriend, Marcus. 
I might do another post on this another time, but we're currently 500 km apart, with me in Osaka and him in Tokyo. It's pretty tough, because I got used to seeing him all the time last year. Two months without seeing him is the longest time we've ever been apart. 

Anyway, on with the main post! I went by shinkansen, because I wanted the maximum time in Tokyo. Of course there are cheaper ways to get there, like by night bus or budget airlines such as Peach, but as it was my first time, I wanted to go by the easiest way. I also wanted to try the magical shinkansen. 
Shinkansen

My friend and I rode the Nozomi (the fastest Shinkansen) and the journey took only 2 and a half hours, and inside the train was spacious and there weren't many people. This might have something to do with the fact that there seemed to be about 4 trains an hour(!). You don't need to make a reservation, and the price doesn't change if you book in advance. I think it costs more to book a seat, but if you're set on a window seat, and seeing mount Fuji, you might wanna book a seat. For Osaka to Tokyo, its row E I think. I didn't get to see Fuji san in the end though, because it got too dark. #fail
I love Japanese scenery so much! Of course I couldn't capture it very well on camera though.

I got in to Tokyo Station, where I was met by my darling Marcus <3 we then met up with our mate Ryan and went to Shibuya:
Shibuya, Shibuya 109, Tokyo
So cool. I've been reading about Shibuya 109 and Tokyo and Japanese fashion for the longest time, so I was pretty starstruck!
Shibuya, Tokyo

Shibuya, Tokyo
So many people! I also found Hachiko, which was in the GALS! manga a lot. In case anyone's wondering, my life's goal is to be Kotobuki Ran.
Shibuya, Hachiko,

After a brief wander round Shibuya, we decided to get something to eat and thought we'd go to Takadanobaba, nearer to where we were staying.

Stay tuned for the next part! 
Thanks for reading <3
-Amy xoxo
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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Weekend away packing checklist (what I packed for Tokyo)

packing
I like to pack light when I travel, especially if it's for just a weekend. No one wants to carry around tonnes of stuff when there's sightseeing to be done. 
So this is what I packed when I went to visit my boyfriend in Tokyo a few weeks ago:


  • 3 outfits:
  • Skirt
  • T shirt dress
  • 2 shirts
  • Warm jumper
  • Underwear, tights and socks for 3 days and 2 nights
  • PJs
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, skincare, (decant into mini containers to save space) deodorant 
  • Charger for your electronics
  • Something to read for the journey (I bought Kanji to study, of course)
  • Money
  • The airbnb I was staying in already had towels, bath stuff, shampoo and a hair dryer, but you might want to bring these if the place you're staying doesn't have any


I also bought some souvenirs and presents for marcus ♡

Soon I'll be posting what I got up to on my tokyo adventure! (I went to so many different places, it was pretty crazy) 
Thanks for reading! ♪( ´▽`)
-Amy xoxo

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Friday, 27 November 2015

Attempting to go to Bampaku Kinen Kouen

After our mandatory health examination (ugh) a few weeks ago, my friend and I decided to try and visit Bampaku Kinen Kouen in Suita, Osaka. By the time we made it there, there was only half an hour until closing time, so we didn't actually go in. Fail. But it was a nice walk there and I have some pictures from around the area I thought I'd share them anyway.
Autumn leaves in Osaka Uni's Suita Campus.


I think the monorail is so cool. We only usually have them in theme parks in the UK, so it makes me a little excited every time I see it.
Cosmos flowers near the Park
The sign reads 'Bampaku Kinen Kouen' (which means 'expo commemoration park')

I got a coca cola float, so the day wasn't totally lost.

I still think that the tower of the sun (symbol of the '70 expo, above) is slightly creepy.

It's even more weird at night. The eyes at the top light up.

Thanks for reading!
-Amy xoxo

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Thursday, 26 November 2015

So I finally got Instagram

Hey guys!
I know that it's super late, but I've jumped aboard the instagram bandwagon ^^
My profile pic is of my My little pony hair, of course.
Let me know your usernames so we can follow each other!
Mine is @Candyflossoverkill (^O^)/
I'll be posting mostly pictures of Japan, so go check it out~

Thanks for reading
-Amy xoxo
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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Japanese fashion haul: SPINNS, WEGO and Uniqlo

Hey guys~
Just a couple of bits to show you today :) I went shopping in Osaka and I finally picked up a few bits. I'm trying to be careful and not buy too many big clothing pieces, because I have to take it all home at the end, but it's so tempting ^^;; 

Anyway, the other day I bought a couple of cute sweaters and a choker that I've wanted for so long~ 
 
I bought this sweater in the outlet section of the Dotombori WEGO. It was reduced to like 890 yen... score! It's so snuggly to wear~
Next up, SPINNS: 



 This choker was like 900 yen or so ^^

I also bought this long plaid shirt dress from Uniqlo a while ago:


What do you think? Since coming to Japan, I've been so much more into pastel colours again~ I have brought some pink hair dye with me so I'm thinking about going pink for a bit ♡
Thanks for reading!
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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Shopping trip to Amemura and Dotombori

'Sup? 
So even though I love Japanese fashion. I haven't actually bought much yet here. I guess I've just been too busy for shopping? Also, I feel guilty dragging friends that don't share my taste around the shops for hours. So I went on my own! First I went to Amemura:
 And my beloved SPINNS.
Next I went to Dotombori for some wandering around and souvenir shopping for Marcus.
I bought some stuff in the huge 4 floor WEGO there. (It's such an awesome shop. They had a discount section and an imported vintage section... heaven). I'll do a mini haul post later ^^






 Doesn't Dotombori look awesome? Also Forever 21 had this display, which I thought was great:
After shopping, I headed for okonomiyaki and drinks with my friends.

Thanks for reading! 
Next up will be a haul post of the things I bought.
-Amy xoxo
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