Tuesday, 22 July 2014

'So much good, so much evil. Just add water.' - The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

Monday, 21 July 2014

Cookie Time in Harajuku~!!!


Us kiwis usually grow up with cookie times. They're cookies with big chocolate chunks. It's trippy to see it in Japan xD









This is ice cream sandwiched between two freshly baked mini sized cookies. Mmmmmm!


Haha cookie time underwear. 



When I was a kid, we used to have a milk man (or woman) deliver milk in bottles. So this is a double whammy of nostalgia to me. I got this for 300yen. And I might have bought a big bag of bite-sized cookie time >.> 

Fireworks weekend 花火

On Saturday we dressed up in yukatas and went to see the fireworks. On Sunday (no pictures) we met up with some other people and had a picnic at Yoyogi park in Harajuku. I have now 3 umbrellas from sudden downpours (from different days). I should just learn to carry an umbrella everywhere xD we also went to the Cookie Time place in Harajuku but I'll post about that separately. It was a nice, warm weekend full of catch ups, purikura and lots of food.








I nearly bought this!


Selfie with a sausage dog.



A tissue packet I actually want!

Mayumi M did our hair! I've never had my hair so pretty before!


Mayumi K's yukata is so cute! 










What's a festival/ fireworks display without some yakisoba 焼そば (fried noodles with vegetables) or じゃがバター butter potatoes.



Decorating our purikura.


Cute. Starbuck's strawberry delight frappuccinos are pretty good. 


Bakery near Harajuku



Today (21/07) is a national holiday in Japan 海の日 Marine Day. It's where they celebrate the ocean. 
We visited Mayumi at her work (she works in a shabu shabu restaurant)



I got a meat free meal. This was about $10.



Not really a huge fan of red bean but I enjoyed the rest of this : 3
 

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Odaiba and Legoland. As well as the Shiodome clock.


We went to Odaibakaihinkoen station and Legoland was pretty easy to find from there.  It's about 22,00yen per ticket if you go in a group (even a small one).

I met up with a friend and his children (they were visiting Japan and I hadn't seen him in years so it was good to catch up).













I should become an architect : P (I can't build things out of lego!)

Legoland in Odaiba - children can practice their ninja skills, ya know, in case they need to rob a museum or something...

 






I managed to not buy anything until......


Outside Legoland on the Odaiba seaside....



(behind me is the rainbow bridge)
This place was absolutely beautiful. It was a warm summer evening and the atmosphere was relaxing.





You probably can't see but I tried to snap a photo of a fish that had jumped into the air. So many of them were jumping out of the water and they were not tiny fish either. They were too quick to capture a photo of it. 




Trying out my panorama feature...


That boat thing is cool aye?





My key chain now.




Good beer.






Looks like the Colosseum.


I wanted to see the Gundam robot (even though I hadn't watched the anime) but everyone was knackered at this point.

On the train ride back to Shimbashi, I spotted the Shiodome clock! And I love Hayao Miyazaki so much, I had to go and see it! It was designed by Hayao Miyazaki and sculptured by Shachimaru Kunio.


These are the times that it does this (I missed out) :







I'm going to have to go there again.


I actually took this picture as a kakao picture for a British friend (was trying to be sneaky about taking the photo). It had a British flag and everything.
It was raining by night time and I had an umbrella (which I bought before looking for the clock), then I got my path blocked. I saw a gap and lifted my umbrella to get through and hit someone with it. I was like 'sumimasen! sorry!' and it turned out to be a cute tall boy -__- haha. Luckily he just laughed *hides face*


I've been reading 'The Book Thief' while on the train and it's so good! You know what else is good? Misfits!