Tagged with #injapan

Not everyone’s kappa tea…

Wandering around the streets of Tokyo looking at kitchenware may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I discovered it was mine two weeks ago. I had never visited Kappabashi-dori before, as I really couldn’t see the attraction of shop upon shop full of kitchen goods and restaurant supplies. However, once you get there it’s clear that … Continue reading

Ueno Zoo

On Friday April 15th I visited Ueno Zoo. I’ve already told you about my main reason for going there in a previous post – to see the new pandas. Given the current situation in Japan, I had naively thought that people would have other things on their minds instead of pandas… I was wrong. When … Continue reading

First day of freedom…

I’ve been back in England since Friday and I can’t tell you how much I miss Japan. However, I was lucky enough to have a week of fabulous adventures in and around Tokyo before I left, and now it’s time for me to start sharing those adventures with you. I’ll start at the very beginning … Continue reading

Daily snapshots (7/9): Really geeky day!

Today couldn’t have been geekier. 8) I started at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka: Then walked to Jindaiji, which is famous for GeGeGe no Kitarō (ゲゲゲの鬼太郎): After that I took the bus back to Kichijoji where I finally found a Rilakkuma Store: Finally, I was directed to Pancake Days by the lovely Rilakkuma Store staff: … Continue reading

Daily snapshots (5/9): Nikko

I can’t believe I almost cancelled my trip to Nikko because I was worried about whether or not it was safe/still accessible after all the recent events in Japan. If I had cancelled my trip I would surely have missed not only a wonderful chance to catch up with a good friend, but also what … Continue reading

Daily snapshots (4/9): Harajuku

I took a stroll through Harajuku today and it was like Lady Gaga had exploded all over the place – I mean, even more so than usual! There was a visual kei concert on nearby, and the whole place was teeming with photo opportunities. Here are some of the highlights: ☆★☆ ☆★☆ ☆★☆ ☆★☆ Yes, … Continue reading

Tokyo, I’m on my way!

I’m unemployed and currently of no fixed abode, but today I am on my way to Tokyo! 😀 Finishing my job yesterday was quite surreal. Everyone walked me to the elevator and said goodbye. Off I went clutching bags of presents, with a head full of memories; some good, some not so. Life at my … Continue reading

Hamamatsu Hanami

There has been a lot of talk of subdued “hanami” (cherry blossom viewing) parties this year, or even cancelling them altogether. While of course I respect that some people are in mourning, or simply don’t have the means to have a hanami party this year due to the huge disaster in Tohoku, I do think … Continue reading

Shake it up baby, now…

Yesterday we sung “Twist and Shout” at karaoke and now I’m reminded of the lyrics… Well, shake it up, baby, now (Shake it up, baby) Twist and shout (Twist and shout) C’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, baby, now (Come on baby) Come on and work it on out (Work it on out) One month on from … Continue reading