torsdag 1. oktober 2015

+ First trip to Tokyo: Shibuya & Shinjuku!

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I am back with more updates about my stay in Japan! ^^
I am sorry it´s late again >.< Since school started properly over here, time has been limited!
Anyway, I wanted to take you back to the time when I first arrived, just a bit under a month ago.
The very second day we stayed here (around the 5th of September?), I and a classmate decided to head into Tokyo to explore a bit! Now, she is a "Japan-veteran" (as in, she has been to Japan on several occations, and even studied here for a longer period of time also!), she took on the job of showing me around a bit (something I am very greatful for ^^).

Ofcourse, we were both pretty jet-lagged after the long journey, so I acctually requested that we´d visit Shibuya and Shinjuku on the first day (satuday) because I wanted to be a bit more sprightly for such an endeavour as going to Harajuku. 

So yeah, we somehow managed to find the way to the local train-station, and figured out how to read the map of train-routes that was exclusively written in kanji (ehehe ^^"), and soon we were on our way, with the 12 o´clock train!

It takes about 1 hour and 45 min to go the entire way to Shibuya from where we started off, so we had to change trains a few times, and spent a lot of time people-viewing while we did so! ^^


When we finally came there, we had gone by the Yamanote-line from Tokyo-mainstation, so we arrived just by the Hachiko-exit in Shibuya! This meant we came right out into the famous Shibuya-square as soon as we left the train-station.

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(We were quite surprised to see a cat lying on the famous Hachiko statue haha ^^)


Our main goal in Shibuya was to explore "Maru-kyu" (or Shibuya 109 as the building says), so we headed there first.

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I was so baffled by the fact that this shopping-mall has 8 floors exclusively for clothing and cute accessories, so I took quite a few pictures!

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 The brand "Ruby-Rose" was sooo cuuute ;V; 

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 Little Twin-stars stuff at the Hello-Kitty shop TT 0 TT

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 We laughed a bit by the name of this store haha ^^

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Liz-Lisa <3

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I am not sure how much time we spent just walking around and looking, but it surely was well over an hour, perhaps two haha... Since we are both students and since we both had just arrived, none of us bought anything. We decided to spend the day browsing and just enjoying the views ^^


After leaving "Maru-kyu", we walked around some more, visited the local Forever 21 and a huuuge CD and DVD shop that had 9 floors, that also had a floor exclusively for manga! It was my first meeting with a so-called typical Japanese manga-shop and the share amount of manga kind of blew my mind!


After this we decided to head over to Shinjuku for a while! By then, it was already starting to get a bit late acctually.

The Yamanote-line is a circle line that goes around all the "famous" places in Tokyo, and the trains are marked with their green colour, so they are pretty easy to find ^^ We took it onwards a few stops to get to Shinjuku!

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We had originally planned to visit the makeup store "E-tude-house" in Shinjuku, since my friend knew about a shop nearby the trainstation, but it happend to have moved, so we were a bit bummed by that, especially since we spent some time searching...

after a while though, we decided to get some dinner, and since I was "the new one there" I was able to choose! ^^ We tried out this thing called "Okonomiyaki"! 

Basically, the resturant you enter has tables with a hot-plate in the middle. You order some base ingredients from a menu, and you can order an extra with it. 
I went with a vegetable mix with an extra egg, and my friend did a chicken and cheese mix (but we split both)


 As you can see, it´s then up to you to fry the "pancake-omelette" by yourself (calling it that because that sort of is how it seems? haha)

 
Afterwards, you add some toppings (my friend tought me how to do it properly) and then it´s ready! ^^ It was a really fun experience to make it and personally I think it´s a really nice idea! 

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When we had finished, we decided that perhaps it was time to head back home again. We both wanted to stop by Starbucks first though, so we headed out into the street to search for one close by.
While we did so, we happend to stumble upon a game arcade!

 

We didn´t play any crane-games, but we did try out a drumming game that was really fun ^^ I didn´t take any pictures of that though, I was too distracted by the amazingly cute korohamus *v*
One day....

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Finally, we found a Starbucks-place, and I knew exactly what I wanted to try.
What can you find only in the Japan - Starbucks?

Matcha-Frappuchinos ♡ 7 ♡!
(they drew a cute little frog for me ahhh ; v; hihi)

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So, with both a frappuchino each (my friend got vanilla-flavoured), we decided it was time to head home.
It had been a looong day, and we were both quite tired still from jet-lag.
We also had quite a schedule the next day (planning to go to Harajuku and everything) so we decided it was a good idea to try and get some sleep. 

I´ll let you in on a secret though, I was SO jet-lagged I could hardly sleep for 4-5 days @_@...

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Yeah,
well, that was my first experience with Tokyo! ^^ SO many first-time-achievements were done that day! I visited Shibuya and Shinjuku for the first time, I saw a lot of well known brand-stores for the first time, I visited my first manga-shop, I tasted "Okonomiyaki" for the first time (haven´t since acctually), I visited and played a game at a game-arcade and I even tried a Matcha-Frappuchino! I truly felt like I could cross of loads of things from my mental-checklist haha ^^

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I hope you enjoyed this entry!
Please comment below if you have any questions
or just want to say something!

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13 kommentarer:

  1. aaah you make me miss Japan!!! I visited Tokyo in April this year. I want to go back!!!!!!

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    1. aww hehe ^^" I guess that is good? but I am sorry anyway ^^" ahhh

      Slett
  2. Aww so lucky! ;w; some day I'll go there too! :3
    you went to some of my favorite stores ♥

    Sweety Rainy Days

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    1. Thanks! ^^ I am sure you will! fighto! <3

      Slett
  3. I miss 109, it's a great place to shop!
    Luckily one is able to get Matcha flavour in the Starbucks in Switzerland. ^__^

    Nagareboshi9

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    1. Oh wow really? I didn´t know that! ^^

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  4. What a lovely day you must have had! Did you like the okonomiyaki? I personally adore it.
    I hope you had a lot of fun!

    Ah, how I miss Tokyo... Soon though! *o*

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    1. I did! ^^ thanks!
      oh, are you returning soon?

      Slett
    2. Haha yes, in about two weeks! *o* (But sssh, you don't know that)
      Ah I was wondering: did anyone say anything about taking pictures in Shibuya109? Sometimes they are so strict. >_<
      Argh I have missed you btw. :( <3 I know we never met, but just... well I think you know what I mean.

      Slett
  5. Ahh I really want to go to Japan someday ^.^ Everything looks so magical :3
    Those shops are really cute! Especially the one with all the cute accessories!
    And the okonomiyaki looks really good :3
    I'm glad you're having fun!
    http://redsakurabeauty.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you! ^^ you should definitely go someday if you have the chance! ^^
      good luck!

      Slett
  6. I love that you're blogging while in Japan! Please also post in Japanese so you can practice writing it out too! (I know Sapphira does this)

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    1. I have been thinking about writing in japanese, but I thought most of my readers wouldn´t be able to read it perhaps ^^" I practice writing a lot otherwise also though, hehe ^^"

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