Friday, 22 July 2016

Unexpected Hiatus and Return

Hello everyone *crickets chirp*

I haven't blogged for quite a while now, and I'm sorry for that. It wasn't intended but I have had a recent personal upheaval and haven't felt up to blogging, or doing much of anything.

However, I would like to try blogging again, if only as a distraction, so please don't pack up and move on if you've been wondering where I am. I don't have access to the camera I used to use now, but I have a digital and phone camera so I'll use those for now and possibly purchase a new camera in the future.

I'm a very private person in terms of personal life so I may not ever divulge any details, especially not at the moment but I'm technically fine.

Thank you all for reading my blog, now and forever, and if you'd like to see any certain posts or have any ideas, feel free to let me know in the comments and I'd love to read them.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Recent Outfits and Updates~

I thought I'd take a break from Japan posts and reviews to share some outfits and make-up I've worn recently and what I've been up to. Things are quite busy at the moment with a few exciting new things in the pipeline.

My partner and I are currently in the process of buying a house, which is super exciting! It needs a lot of work doing to it, which is why we got it cheap and it means we can really put our own touch to it. I'm still trying to get my partner into the whole 'Dracula's castle meets Silent Hill' aesthetic but he's not really feeling it.

I also started learning how to drive a couple of months back. It's a joint effort with my partner and I, as it means I'll be able to travel more easily to events, take more stock and also take his business and employees with me! Again, I'm trying to convince him a Hearse is our best option but again, it's taking some convincing haha.

Gothic Lolita selfieGothic Lolita outfit
An outfit for meeting a friend in Nottingham. This was the first time I tried the really red under-eye blush but I actually really liked it here!

Headbow: Baby The Stars Shine Bright
Blouse: Miho Matsuda
Skirt: H.Gramm
Bolero: Black Peace Now
Tights: Grimoire Verum
Shoes: Everything 5 Pounds

Gothic selfieCasual Gothic outfit
Random errand running outfit. I really wanted to wear my Aural Vampire tights! I also decided to start tinkering around with my tripod and camera, so hopefully I will be able to take more outfit shots on my own now!

Headband: eBay
Undershirt: Taobao
Top: Everything 5 Pounds
Skirt; eBay
Tights: Nude Sox x Aural Vampire
Shoes: No Fall Harajuku
Choker: Viva Hate

Gothic Punk outfit
Outfit to set up for Telford MCM with my dear mum <3 No selfie because apparently I suck?

Top: Qutie Frash
Jacket: Living Dead Souls
Skirt; eBay
Tights: eBay
Shoes: Demonia
Bag: MA*RS
Choker: Viva Hate

Old school Lolita selfieOld school Lolita outfit
My old school Gothic Lolita outfit for trading at Telford MCM. I wanted to make a clunky old school coord with my new Demonia shoes!

Headbow: Baby The Stars Shine Bright
Blouse: Surface Spell (Taobao)
JSK: H.Frill
Tights: Taobao
Shoes: Demonia
Handbag: Customised Taobao

Gothic Lolita selfie #2
Selfie from Birmingham MCM with super bad lighting and filters to compensate. Will MCM ever have good lighting?

Gothic selfie #2Casual Gothic outfit #2
Outfit to visit my mum and mama

Top: Hell Bunny
Bolero: eBay
Skirt: Living Dead Souls
Tights: eBay
Shoes: Everything 5 Pounds
Choker: 8th Sin

Then random selfies with no outfit shots to match~ *sad times*

Geisha inspired makeup
I went for a geisha inspired look here using my new Shiro Cosmetics eyeshadows in Little Bird and Philosopher's Stone (post about them to come soon)!

Pink glitter makeup
I saw a super cute make-up tutorial using glitter on the cheeks and really wanted to try it out. It involved pink circle lenses so cue really bad Photoshop haha! Makes me want to get pink circle lenses though!

That reminds me, because I started driving lessons, I took an eye test and it turns out I'm very slightly short sighted and I have astigmatism D: I really wanted Anna Sui glasses but I wasn't sure if they would suit me, since I could only find them online, but I found some very Anna Sui-looking ones at Specsavers and bought them. Maybe I'll take a photo wearing them one day~! I wondered if my astigmatism is why I have never liked wearing circle lenses. They are always hard to put in, stick to my finger and make my eyes dry and heavy. I asked if I needed toric lenses but they said no, so apparently my eyes just hate circle lenses? Do you have any recommendations for comfortable circle lenses? Another reason I don't like circle lenses is because I feel like they make my eyes look alien-ish, even with heavier eye make-up to compensate. I feel like my eyes are round, but small so the lenses block up too much of my eye. I may look at 14mm lenses but then that kind of defeats the point of circle lenses...advice?

NYX Cold Hearted Lippy selfie
I bought two new lipsticks from NYX from their Wicked Lippy line in the shades Cold Hearted and Betrayal. I'm wearing Cold Hearted in this photo and love love love it! It matches this Ghost of Harlem top perfectly haha!

NYX Betrayal Lippy selfie
Using NYX Wicked Lippy in the other shade I bought, Betrayal!

Gothic pigtail selfie
Another outfit and selfie for errand running. Driving lessons have given me another reason to dress up slightly, I mean, I'm not going to go full on glam for an hour and a half of being sat in a car. I really love this choker, it's so cute! It's from a store called MANA on Taobao.

Gyaru makeup #1Gyaru makeup #2
I bought one of those black tiered skirts with the zip hems and thought I'd ease myself into Gyaru again! My make-up can do with some work, which I'm looking forward to try again soon!

Casual Gothic makeup inspired by Melisandre
Selfie from errand running. I had watched the new Game of Thrones episodes the night before and looking back, I think I can tell I was inspired by Melisandre haha! I had also bought the Morphe Brushes 35P Eyeshadow Palette and wanted to try it for the first time.

Black and red Gothic punk make-up
My most recent look, black and red punk-ish for seeing my mum and mama. My first time trying Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light. Not sure if that glow is from the powder or awesome bathroom lighting haha. Also, like the random camel hair picture from Tunisia?!

Yakitori street food
In Derby there's a Farmer's Market every third Thursday of the month, and one month there was a Japanese food stall there! They sold melon pan, cream cheese buns, okonomiyaki, takoyaki and more! It was quite late in the day so there wasn't much left and I got teriyaki. It was really tasty and tender! It made me nostalgic for Japan~

Churros in Nottingham
During a random outing to Nottingham on my own, I got churros from a food stall. They were super fresh and tasty but I wish the coatings were distributed more evenly, they're just slopped into the cone haha...

Spicy duck tom yum ramen in Moon Sha
Whilst meeting friends in Derby we went to our favourite Japanese restaurant, Moon Sha. I had spice duck tom yum ramen. I almost always get ramen and always ask for it spicy!

Matcha latte in Nottingham
Salted caramel chocolate in Nottingham
Whilst meeting a friend in Nottingham, we went to 200 Degrees Coffee Bar. I had a matcha latte, which I learned doesn't actually have coffee in it, just matcha powder and milk! I missed out in Japan because I'm not a fan of coffee so I really wish I had a matcha latte in Japan haha. It's going on the list for next time, definitely! I also got a salted caramel bubbles cake bar from 200 Degrees, which was very nice but very rich and chocolatey!

I took some photos directly off my Instagram page, TheHeianPrincess, which you can follow if you really like. It's just more selfies and food but posted more regularly haha.

Have you guys done anything fun or ate tasty food recently? I'm off to Belfast on Thursday for Belfast Film and Comic Con so I hope to have more tasty food there too!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Review: It's Skin Clear Skin Daily Peeling Toner

Lately I decided to review the cosmetics I'm using right now rather than try to churn out review after review of bygone products. Today's review is about It's Skin Clear Skin Daily Peeling Toner. It is a BHA chemical toner similar to Clinique's Clarifying Lotion (review of Type 1 and Type 2 here) and Mizon AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner. Is it a cheaper dupe for Clinique's Clarifying Lotion? Let's see~!

 It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner product info 
Brand: It's Skin
Name: Clear Skin Peeling Toner
Price: $5.76 on Koreadepart
Where to buy: Koreadepart, Tester KoreaeBay

The cheapest I've found this product is on Koreadepart, but unfortunately their shipping prices don't make it worthwhile to place small orders so the past few times I've ordered from Tester Korea. Now you've heard that I've ordered it a few times, I guess there should be spoiler warnings haha.

The toner is a 'peeling toner', which may sound scary but simply means it removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin to reveal fresher, newer skin. BHA can penetrate oils and get down into the pores so it's effective against preventing and calming breakouts.

It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner contains salicylic acid (BHA), witch hazel and willow bark extract. Salicylic acid is the aforementioned breakout preventing beta hydroxy acid, witch hazel is an astringent that reduces inflammation and decreases oil in the skin which is great for acne-prone skin (although my dry skin hasn't suffered using this) and willow bark also contains salicylic acid, is an anti-inflammatory and astringent. So really, willow bark is like if salicylic acid and witch hazel had a skincare baby.
<It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner packaging info
It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner packaging
The packaging of Clear Skin Peeling Toner is a large dark green plastic bottle with a lighter green lid. It has a small opening in the bottle to pour out the toner. The packaging isn't great, I'll admit (i.e. it's not cute or pretty) but it's alright. The bottle contains 140ml of product and is pretty weighty.

It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner packaging

It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner packaging
Product info on the bottle

It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner packaging
The bottle has the instructions and ingredients in English which is useful. If anyone wants me to type the ingredients out, let me know as I can't really find them online.

It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner application info
It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner on a cotton pad
As with any BHA toner, I apply this with a cotton pad. When you first open a new bottle, it can be quite hard to shake out the product but once you've used about a third of it, it becomes a lot easier. I find this happens with many toner or runny products, is there a reason why? Something to do with the pressure or air in the bottle? (/r/shittyscience)

I use this product in my morning and evening skincare routine. I have never had a problem using this product and even when my skin is acting up, it doesn't irritate it. In fact a few weeks ago my skin threw a fit at something so I literally used just this and coconut oil for a few days to calm it.

Because I've used BHA toners before this one, I can contest that it continues to prevent spots, and on the odd chance I do get a spot, it disappears within a day or so of continually using this product. It keeps my skin clear and soft, and because of the great price I can say it has made its way into my staple skincare wardrobe. I have just had three more bottles arrive from Tester Korea, and before that I ordered two bottles so I must have gone through at least 6 bottles of this so far! As far as BHA toners go, this is definitely holy grail status for me! I've seen a couple of reviews say it's not effective enough for them but as far as results go, it's just right for me. It doesn't smell of strong paint stripper like the Clinique one, and seems more effective than the Mizon one.

It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner review
Seeing as I've gone through at least 6 bottles of It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner, it's no surprise I will continue to purchase this and recommend it to anyone and their skin type, unless it's super sensitive, then I suggest trying it sparingly at first. It keeps my skin clear and although I don't get many spots anyway, has visibly reduced breakouts. The only thing I can possibly think of as a negative is that it's a little hard to get hold of as you have to order it online, but almost every Korean beauty website sells it and it's so cheap that this almost negates the wait, especially if you order multiples at a time like me! I give this product 5 stars out of 5! *fanfare*

Saturday, 30 April 2016

My Japan Trip 2015/2016 Day 4: Omotesando, Shibuya 109 Sales and Shinjuku Closet Child

My Japan Trip Day #4

Day 4 of my holiday in Japan was January 2nd, the day Shibuya 109 opens to sell their fukubukuro and general New Year sales, so obviously I was going to Shibuya 109 haha! Some people queue up ridiculously early and get issued tickets in order to buy fukubukuro that will sell out within minutes. This activity dwindles every year though, as more brands move online, where you can even reserve fukubukuro and have them sent out to you. Why would you queue up in the cold when you can order fukubukuro online?! Some brands even don online-only fukubukuro, with special items you wouldn't get in store. Because I didn't have my heart set on any fukubukuro since I'm too picky, I decided to go to 109 when I was ready and have a browse, which turned out to be around 11am-12pm.

Hayashi rice and sweetcorn soup
My breakfast made by my host mother was hayashi rice, which is rice with a 'demi-glace' sauce, which is a sauce made from tomatoes, red wine, beef and onions. I didn't know what it was when I ate it but it tasted like spaghetti bolognese sauce to me, which makes sense when I read what it is made from. We also had sweetcorn soup, which is very Japanese haha. You can even buy it warm from vending machines!

Tommy Lee Jones Suntory vending machine
Every time I walked to Harajuku station, Tommy Lee Jones' bemused face greeted me on a coffee vending machine. The Japanese love Tommy Lee Jones and Tommy Lee Jones loves Japan!

Harajuku was still in the midst of their New Year sales so I took some more photos whilst I walked to Shibuya.

Forever21 Harajuku

Spinns Harajuku New Year Sales
Spinns shop staff on ladders shouting out deals and selling fukubukuro

Tokyu Plaza Omotesando New Year Sales
Tokyu Plaza shop staff shouting out deals

I also took the time to take photos of Omotesando as I walked down it. It's interesting how it has such an elegant, refined air and then as soon as you cross Meiji Dori, BAM! You're in Harajuku with Condomania staring you in the face.

Condomania Harajuku
A legit novelty condom store in Harajuku. No joke. (Source)

Ralph Lauren Omotesando Harajuku Shibuya
Ralph Lauren Omotesando

I had a browse around Omotesando Hills but none of it was to my tastes so I quickly snapped some pics and left.

Omotesando Hills
Omotosando Hills, a shopping complex in Omotesando.

Max Brenner Chocolate Bar Omotesando
This is the Max Brenner Chocolate Bar that is highly recommended. I would definitely like to visit there next time!

Omotesando Hills

Omotesando New Year
An amazingly cute shop display in Omotesando.

Ted Baker Omotesando
An animatronic dog in front of Ted Baker Omotesando. It bowed its head up and down as if it was eating from its bowl.

Omotesando Shrine
Inbetween all the fancy brand stores is a quiet little shrine. I found it very beautiful and watched a family go and pay their respects.

I walked to Shibuya and went down Centre Gai first. I happened across an arcade and seeing as it was my first time seeing one, I went in.

Shibuya arcade UFO catcher
Lots of cute anime figures as prizes in the UFO catchers. Seeing as I'm not up to date on anime, nor is it a big hobby of mine, I wasn't interested in trying to win the prizes haha.

Shibuya arcade
Now this is an arcade game I can get behind! CHOCOLATE! I spent 1000¥ and in the end I won two tiny, tiny squares of chocolate...oh well, it's an experience I guess? Don't play to win, play to have fun! ...I still haven't eaten that chocolate.

Shibuya arcade Taiko no Tatsujin
My first time seeing a Taiko no Tatsujin arcade game! I recognised it because I saw Konata play them on Lucky Star. XD I had a go but for the first two songs, I had no idea how to cycle through songs so I ended up playing the first song, which I had no idea what it was or who it was performed by, twice! Afterwards I got the hang of it and played along to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's 'Fashion Monster' and 'Ninjari Bang Bang'! Weeb goal accomplished!

After the arcade I went in search of a second hand clothing store a friend had recommended called Bingo. It was in the basement of 'Yahoo Off'. I have heard of 'Book Off', 'Mode Off' and the such but never Yahoo Off! They seemed to sell books and musical instruments from what I recall.

Yahoo Off Bingo Resale Shibuya
Unfortunately Bingo was not a success for me. I don't know what I was expecting, especially with the fashions I'm into, maybe some older Gyaru brands or clothing? There were a few things from brands like Snidel and Emoda but they were very bland and didn't look much different to 'normie' clothes.

Shibua Tokyu Plaza
Once you come out of Centre Gai, you face Shibuya Tokyu Plaza.

Shibuya Don Quijote
To the left is Don Quijote. This was my first time seeing a Don Quijote so I went in for a browse!

Don Quijote Cosmetics New Year Fukubukuro
Donki beauty fukubukuro on sale.

Don Quijote Cosmetics New Year Fukubukuro
Donki fukubukuro on sale, including Dolly Wink.

Don Quijote New Year Decorations
New Year's decorations.

I heard Donki was amazing for cosmetics and they do sell a lot, but I was a little overwhelmed so I didn't buy anything. I like to carefully decide what to buy, rather than impulsively buy and since I'd already bought my Hada Labo set, I was pretty satisfied.

Don Quijote Japanese Cosmetics

Don Quijote Japanese Cosmetics
So many face masks! A staff member was restocked them too. I got the pink Lululun masks (centre in the photo) in my fukubukuro from Matsumoto Kiyoshi Harajuku.

Don Quijote Nail Polish
Nail supplies

Don Quijote Japanese Skincare
Cosmetics including refill packs for many popular skincare lines including Hada Labo.

Don Quijote Japanese Haircare
I had Shiseido's Tsubaki (the red bottles in the photo) and Ichikami (black and pink refill packs on the second from bottom row) shampoo and conditioner on my shopping list, but after feeling the weight of them, I was unsure since they were pretty heavy. I also wanted the bottle version of Ichikami, not the refill packs and I only ever saw them in one store! Next time I go to Japan I want to stay longer, so maybe I can buy them then and use them during my trip, then bring them home since I might not buy as much stuff next time I go! X'D I could also ask a friend living in Japan to buy them and post them back to me, since I checked online and the markup on these items are insane!

Don Quijote Japanese Air Fresheners
Pretty air freshener bottles with cute little crowns on them! I want!

Don Quijote Japanese Scented Toilet Paper
Scented toilet paper is popular in Japan (and my mum says also in France) - if you want your butt to smell like peaches or flowers, head on over to Donki! To be honest, I would totally use scented toilet paper if it was readily available in the UK.

Don Quijote Peach John Fabric Conditioner
Peach John (famous Japanese lingerie brand) fabric conditioner! Again, I want it! I want to fill my house with pretty home items like crowned air freshener, peach scented toilet paper and Peach John fabric conditioner!

After going to Donki, I went to Shibuya 109. Even though the initial queue at opening time had dispersed, Shibuya 109 on New Year is INSANE. Seriously, what would probably take me 1/1.5 hours to go around 109 took me about 3 or 4. There were so many people, the elevators were always full and there were even police officers on every level to direct crowds and traffic calm! Many shop staff were holding up fukubukuro and shouting out the prices and other deals. I can only imagine those poor shop staff's voices must be so fact, two shop girls were taking turns to shout out deals and were giggling when their voices cut out half way through. There were still many stores selling fukubukuro by the time I arrived at 109. Some stores I can explicitly remember having fukubukuro left were Glavil, Ghost of Harlem, D.I.A. and RoseMarie Seoir (formerly Syrup).

Again, I couldn't take photos in Shibuya 109, and you wouldn't have been able to see much anyway due to the sheer amount of people but I did snap a quick video (albeit pointed at my feet) to capture the sounds of New Year sales. All those voices that you can hear shouting are the shop staff, promoting their fukubukuro, other sales and any time sales happening (more on that later).

I bought a couple of items in the New Year sales.

Glavil vest top
Glavil vest top, very similar to the Ghost of Harlem one.
Glavil cross necklace
Glavil's iconic cross necklaces were half price so I bought the silver one and received it in a cute reusable pouch. I put make-up in it when I'm travelling now!

Secret Honey by Honey Bunch Waistcoat and Skirt Set
I bought this cute set from a store called Secret Honey by Honey Bunch, which I had never known about until I came into Shibuya 109. Most of their items are very pastely, a bit like Honey Cinnamon, Swankiss, Rosemarie Seoir, etc. but this set stuck out to me. I really love the waistcoat and thought 'meh' about the skirt and wondered if I'd sell it when I got home but when I got home and wore the two together, it looks so cute! Whilst I was trying this on, I heard the shop staff shout about a time sale happening right there and there. A time sale, or flash sale might be more commonly used in the UK, is an extra discount for a limited time. In 109 or Laforet, it could only last 30 minutes or an hour. At Secret Honey's time sale I got an extra 10% off this set. In total I think this set cost me around £20 which is awesome!

Shibuya 109 Lovely Caramel Frozen Yoghurt
I was a little hungry after shopping but a lot of the food places were naturally very busy. I didn't really want to wait so I just got a 'Lovely Caramel' frozen yoghurt on the top floor of Shibuya 109. It was really tasty, with caramel sauce and chocolate cookie bits! I placed my order and had to go to a different window to get my order, and the guy didn't know I was foreign. He said the order normally, saw I was foreign and then said 'I LOVE YOU.' in a joking way?! I laughed but looked at him a bit weirdly too haha.

After Shibuya 109 I decided to go to Shinjuku to visit Closet Child.

Shinjuku Studio Alta

Shinjuku Studio Alta
Shinjuku Lumine Est
Shinjuku Lumine Est, connected to JR Shinjuku Station

Shinjuku at night
Shinjuku at night

Godzilla in Shinjuku
Godzilla overlooking neon skyscrapers!

It took me a while to find Shinjuku Closet Child since the marker for myself kept jumping around on Google Maps...I think I circled the station about three times haha... I almost gave up but thankfully I didn't because I had an amazing haul at Closet Child Shinjuku.

Closet Child Shinjuku
Closet Child Shinjuku (source)

Embarrassingly, this was the first Closet Child I visited where I realised they had another floor for Gothic and Punk clothing and one for Otome style...I just visited the Lolita floor of Harajuku's Closet Child before that haha! I'm so glad I found out sooner rather than later because like I mentioned above, there were lots of great things on the Gothic floor of Closet Child. Naturally the next time I visited Harajuku Closet Child, I had a good look around the Gothic floor! The Otome floors didn't really appeal to me so I never really bothered with them.

The first thing I laid my eyes on in Closet Child Shinjuku was the dress I had been wishing to see in Japan ever since I started planning my trip...Alice and the Pirate's Merry Making in the Ghost Town! I was literally internally screaming when I saw it, and had to check the label to make sure it was actually Merry Making and not just wishful thinking. It's safe to say I grabbed it off the rail and hung onto it for dear life whilst browsing the rest of Closet Child. It was on the 'Rare' rail but was a really reasonable price, around or just under retail price. It was really popular in the UK and US when it was released, so people sold it on for a lot afterwards. It's interesting to compare what is popular in the Japanese and Western Lolita community. Many consider Merry Making a Halloween print, as well as Metamorphose's Dark Night Guardian (which I found at a later date too) so maybe Japanese Lolitas were uninterested after that holiday had passed? I'm not going to think about it too much, just count my blessings haha! It was even in my favourite colourway, black and purple!

Alice and the Pirates Merry Making in the Ghost Town
My beauty...I tried it on as well, just in case, since I would've been legit heartbroken if I bought it and it didn't fit or suit me...

They also had the very first dress I fell in love with in Shinjuku Closet Child. It was Innocent World's Chandelier OP in grey and I spotted it in Vol. 1 of the English Gothic and Lolita Bible. It was so pretty and elegant to me, but when I tried it on, I just felt it didn't suit me. I put it back but was so grateful for the opportunity to try it and realise it wasn't for me.

Baby the Stars Shine Bright cardigan
I also bought this lovely Baby The Stars Shine Bright cardigan with detachable faux fur collar.

Next I went up to the Gothic floor, and other than my blessed Merry Making find, I was like 'Yes, yes...this is my floor' haha~

H.Jelly top
H.Jelly top

Black Peace Now topBlack Peace Now top
Black Peace Now top with detachable chain detail at the back

Algonquins pink tartan skirtAlgonquins pink tartan skirt
Algonquins pink tartan skirt with what I eventually realised were detachable leg garters/cuffs

When I first went into the Harajuku Closet Child, I was obviously in awe but I also thought '...Where are the Gothic Lolita brands? Atelier Pierrot? Moi Meme Moitie?' When I found the Gothic floor, I realised they were stored here instead.

H.Frill Parfait JSK
An amazingly sort of tacky JSK from H.Frill...throughout the course of my trip I acquired so much H.Frill and H.Jelly stuff haha!

H.Frill JSK
Gorgeous H.Frill JSK

After my very pleasing haul at Closet Child, I headed back to my home, Harajuku.

Shio ramen
My home stay mother made me shio ramen with cabbage and sausage/hot dog for dinner, it was very tasty!

I was very pleased with my shopping this day, and just so so happy I got Merry Making in the Ghost Town. I remember thinking before I went to Japan 'Ah, if I walked into Closet Child, and there was Merry Making in the Ghost Town and Dark Night Guardian, I would die happy, and if there were nothing else in Japan I wanted to buy, I would still be satisfied.' so it really was a dream come true to get both pieces!

Stay tuned for Day 5, where I visit Aoyama, Akihabara, Ueno and Asakusa, visiting Sensou-ji (Tokyo's oldest temple) for hatsumode, the first shrine or temple visit of the new year!