New Item – Postcard/Tea

Two must-have things for your Japan collection are definitely 
TEA  & POSTCARDS

I went to a tea-shop¹ browsing all the different containers* [yes, there are 2kg ones too] when the owner (half promoting – half being nice) told me I’m lucky to have come in May, as they just got hands on the first flush of the year ⇒Sencha being harvested 3 times a year, with May being the first and thus most delicious flush[but also most expensive *whisper*]

I love Genmaicha.  In case you don’t know much about the horrendously wide variation – simply ask them to let you smell [and mostly also have a taste] of certain categories. You’ll be surprised for sure, as the range goes from → ‘did I just swallow dirt?‘ to → ‘now that’s how grass might taste‘  followed by a → ‘oh, we come closer to tea’ and → ‘wow, tastes like green tea with popcorn‘ …


If you’re at it, stop at one of the stationary stores and browse the amazing postcard-collection. They change designs by season, so you’re good to go all around the year.

[Wish Hallmark would have such cute designs for cheap (110yen) in Europe, too.]


¹ 楽山 神楽坂店 (Rakuzan), between Kagurazaka and Iidabashi station
*Containers have various designs, Japanese paper glued onto, with a lid inside to seal the flavor.  Be sure to keep it dry and cool [fridge] after opening a pack. Taste and quality are lost every second exposed to air.

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Random – early Sakura

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This year is crazy right from the start. A freezing cold winter with snow as much as we had 60 years ago. Plus sudden spring, which made sakura bloom before ! April. And April itself seems to believe it is summer (currently 27C° in Tokyo) → I wont complain, because I love heat and summer and sunshine.

Last year Sakura were destroyed by 3 days rain/wind; this year we finally made it and took a walk amidst the -white- (yes most sakura in our area are white) boulevards of cherry trees.


[Tokyo, Asakusa – Sakurabashi]

New Item – ASOS (2018)

Based on the fact that my last post was a delayed summary of 2017, this post might seem quick, but actually isn’t.  ASOS (TALL) & other tall brands sale, again. (and again, very lucky to grab some nice pieces)  This time I also purchased items from ASOS Maternity (Tall) – which, in case I do get pregnant, I definitely would regret not having got my hands on  this great stuff for such small money.
→ [see HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE] »Other posts related to ASOS«]


NOISY MAY tall shirt, grey-print
[size M, soft material] 12€  6€
BRAVE SOUL pullover, pink – for men
[Size M, perfect for ‘oversize’ look] 55€  28€
PULL&BEAR tall shirt, stripes
[size M, nice design] 12€ 8€
NOISY MAY shirt, logo print
[size M, love this style] 17€ 8€
ASOS tall t-shirt, white
[size M, stripes] 8€ 13€
ASOS tall shirt, rib design
[size M, goes great with high-waist] 18€ 8€
ASOS Maternity tall longshirt, print
[size M, ‘coming soon’ slogan] 20€ 10€
ASOS Maternity tall sweatshirt, boyfriend-style
[size M, very cozy] 25€ 14€
ASOS Maternity tall top, chevron-print
[size M, slightly see-through ] 25€ 9€
ASOS Maternity tall dress, cage insert
[size M, bodycon style] 47€ 12€
ASOS Maternity tall dress, colorblock design
[size M, sporty style ] 33€ 15€

 

Random – Wakasu Seasidepark

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With this post we are following my real-time life again. Last week we went for a spontaneous drive to a park called Wakasu Seaside-park. An unknown jewel located only 20min drive away from home and my new fav. spot to go.
There’s a huge park for BBQ and tents, cycling/jogging area and a fishing spot that leads right onto the sea. From there you are able to see  Fuji on clear weather, as well as watch airplanes starting their journey.
You are also able to walk alongside the newly opened (2012) Tokyo Gate Bridge – literally walking on the sea, but it might be a long way to go (bike is recommended)

We were lucky enough to catch sunset alongside clear blue sky, Mt. Fuji in its best light.
The park itself is free, only the parking lot is about 500 yen – quite affordable regarding the fact you can stay all day (closing time around 9pm)


[funny sidenote – the artifical Island everything is located on is called -yume no shima– (island of dreams) but it is basically 100% built on GARBAGE —- Japanese people know how to sell stuff, or where would you rent your apartment? on the island of garbage or dreams?]

Random – Odaiba Renewal

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In case you have read my quite long post about Odaiba, you are aware this name goes hand in hand with Gundam fans [me and my husband included]
2017 has been a promotional year for Unicorn Gundam RX-0 (→  based on a novel from 2006 and thus not to confuse with that weird unicorn-hype most of you might associate the word with)

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If you are a little into Gundam you know unicorn is bigger, better and more flashy than its standard model most of us know as RX 78-2. So the life-sized previous 18m are now a whooping 20m in height, with attack-mode transformation.
No matter if you are a fan or not, you definitely should come and visit. Odaiba itself remains one of the upcoming places to date and spend a whole day with friends, your lover or family. No matter if it’s rainy or not, you definitely wont regret coming here.

Random – Ghibli Museum

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One of my ‘last year‘ posts. Finally oh finally we could make it to go and see Ghibli Museum…..BUT… I was somehow disappointed. You’d expect [especially after closing down the facility for nearly half a year to pimp it] that there are huge Totoro statues or figurines, stuff that kinda -wow-s you…I’d actually expected a tiny version of Ghibli-themed Disneyland kinda thing.

Well, the actually purpose of its creator to ‘make you feel the atmosphere‘ gets transmitted, but overall it was too short for the money and kinda too serious, so I do recommend a visit only if you like museums or have a little baby-child to bring with you (they do get a neko-bus to play with)  OR  if you like parks, as the museum building itself is right in the middle of a huge and relaxing green spot with lake and everything.

•Pros
-You’ll get to see a 10min mini-movie (Ghibli-style heart-warming story)
-Your entrance ticket is a tiny 35mm film gauge cut-out (random Ghibli movie)
-Location (very nice park and area to have a full-day date)
-Get insight on old scripts and how movies were made (history-wise very interesting)

•Cons
No pics allowed
No touching allowed (staff that looks closely on every move you make in every corner)
-The movie you saw is only to promote merchandise (again they want money from you)
-It’s quite full and you have to get tickets 3 MONTHS before your visit
-Nothing to actually touch and no kinda real-life sized figurine. Very “serious” for older visitors (only kids -12 get to play with the huge neko-bus)
-Cafe and Shop totally overpriced and waiting time about 1h minimum


[Inokashira Park, Mitaka]