Monday, January 26, 2015

Pokemon Cafe!

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I've been so so grateful lately for the way instagram and blogging make finding friends here so much easier, especially after big moves to
'foreign' places. I already have a handful of wonderful girls I've met from all over the world who are living here in Tokyo as well, and it's
amazing how much we all have in common.

One thing I'm super stoked about is meeting girls who are just as nerdy and into video games and fun shows as I am, but also have great taste
in fashion, lifestyle, and hobbies that are also very similar to mine. When Ashley mentioned a pop-up pikachu cafe I got so excited and knew it
would be so fun to go together. We invited another blogging friend, Siobhan, and we all had so much fun geeking out over the decorations props,
and food, and talking about the good old days, playing the pokemon gameboy game and watching the TV show.



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The food was all so. cute. and perfectly themed. It was mostly pikachu which was totally fine with me. We each got a different menu item
and it was fun to see how they all turned out. It really was all too cute to eat, and not half bad tasting either once we got over that hurdle. My
favourite part was when they brought out my drink ( which reminded me so much of the vending machine drinks you buy at the top of Celadon City Mall)
and the waitress brought a noisemaker that made the 'wild pokemon appeared sound.' I was almost excited enough to cry. It was just too much.



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Such a fun time! I already want to relive it again and again. Love these ladies and the fun we have together, and really loving Japan right now
for its epic ways of enjoying things and attention to detail. It's too bad I only had my phone- these crappy photos don't do the atmosphere justice,
but I veeeery rarely lug my dslr around these days, and it's shutter life is puttered out, so it's very unreliable lately anyway. I'm glad to have
the memories recorded, at any rate!



love,
from Japan,
Kathryn

Thursday, January 22, 2015

around town: kayabacho, tokyo

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We found a really cute little neighborhood/ suburb of Tokyo with a very charming pre-war, old timey feel. We were actually on a mission to find
a christmas tree at a garden center that we had found and called ahead of time, but once we got there all they had available were basically large
pine branches for like $60 a pop. We made the most of wandering around instead, and found some incredibly picturesque alleyways, some great street
food from some stands, and the cutest, tiniest, and most inventive bakery I have yet to encounter.



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Another reminder why to always take the back and side streets.
love, from Japan,
Kathryn

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Golden morning in Asakusa

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Asakusa is one of those places that's very touristy and always (always) so crowded- especially during nice times of year. The thing about Japan though, is that if there are crowds, or lines, it's usually for a very good reason. I've rarely encountered anything here that I think is overrated, and the most touristy spots are touristy because they are legitimately appealing and being surrounded be other people to enjoy it just a necessary evil everyone accepts here I think. Anyway, Asakusa is ridiculously charming, and a beautiful place in Tokyo to spend the day. It has a lot of the 'old world charm' vibe going, which I personally tend to prefer to the modernized parts of Tokyo. Sure, the traditional Japanese aesthetics and sentiments are played up here for the benefit of tourists, but it's just so downright charming I don't even care. These photos are from a Saturday in early December when Ryan and I decided to spend the morning exploring and taking in the scenery.

There's a huge Buddhist temple that's sort of the main event- everything is built and planned around it- and the grounds are lovely. Torii gates in all directions, massive lanterns, a tall pagoda, a garden with a koi pond, decorative bridges, and small relocated stones, statues, plaques, and mini shrines from other parts of Japan. There are so many nooks and crannies to explore. Down the main path to the temple, there are tons of booths selling souvenirs and street food, and it's hella crowded, but if you just nip off and take one of the back alleyways, there's a veritable treasure trove maze of tiny ma and pop shops- all kinds of noren in different fabrics flapping in the breeze, beckoning to customers to take a chance on these unmarked, tiny, mystery restaurants. I'm sure they were already full to capacity after accommodating about 4 or 5 local regulars. We had fun exploring the grounds and different alleys, and ended up waiting in a huge line for takeaway melon pan- the freshest, hottest, fluffiest, heavenliest bread I think I've tried to date. At my request we also stopped into a tearoom for some matcha and oshiruko, which is that hot sweet bean soup I've written about it before. I just couldn't stop thinking about eating some after walking around in the brisk chilly December air.



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Oh also! I should talk about this dress? I got it in December, and I've worn it a bunch since then- I really love it. We ran into a Felissimo pop-up shop while exploring Kichijoji and I was super excited to check it out since I've order some stuff from them before and usually enjoy their selection. I wasn't quite sure if I could pull it off looking at it on the hanger, but when I tried it on I immediately loved the fit, the fabric, and the coziness. Really digging the long sleeves, thick material, and plaid pattern. I've also been having a real love affair with grey lately.....well like for the past 5 months or so. Actually I think pretty much every new item I've gotten has at least had some grey in it...hm.