Sunday, 28 February 2016

My Japan Trip 2015/2016: Day 2 - Shibuya, Daikanyama and Harajuku (again)

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On day 2 of my trip to Japan, I decided to go to Shibuya and Daikanyama for the day. I wanted to window shop in Shibuya 109 before the New Year sales and fukubukuro, and visit Kyu Asakura House in Daikanyama, a historic house built in the Taisho era.

Before I left for Japan, I outlined days where I had something specific to do or visit, like the fukubukuro sales or travel to Kyoto, then I had daily itineraries I could choose from each day with nothing set in stone. I knew a lot of things were going to be closed over the New Year holidays - independent stores, museums and tourist attractions, etc. so I tried not to visit them from 1st-3rd January. I didn't think much would be closed on 30th-31st December though, but thought I'd Google whether Kyu Asakura House was open that day anyway, and it said it was.

After breakfast I walked to Shibuya instead of getting the Metro. It's about a 20 minute walk from Harajuku and I wanted to experience more by walking places rather than getting public transport!

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As I walked down the hill into Shibuya, I saw Shibuya 109 appear in the distance and it made me smile! It was something I'd seen in photos lots of time, and here I was right in front of it! Even better, they were doing a collaboration with one of my Gyaru idols, Namie Amuro so they had her face everywhere and were playing her music in the stores!

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Gyaru meccaaaa~

I intended to window shop in Shibuya 109 before the New Year sales started, but I really wanted to buy a new bag and purse as soon as possible because I've been using a cheap £5 Taobao bag for over a year. It has constantly been falling apart, the straps have been breaking, the zips broke, etc and I kept holding off buying a new bag because I wanted to buy one in Japan! So I intended to window shop in 109 but if I saw a bag and purse I liked...y'know, anything could happen. I had a look in a few stores in 109 but nothing really grabbed me, then I saw a gorgeous bag and purse in MA*RS and had to buy them!

I felt like I didn't get great service at MA*RS...many stores asked me if I needed help, or gave me information on items I was browsing straight away but the MA*RS staff kind of ignored me at first, and I had to ask to see the bag as it was right on the top shelf. One of the shop girls handed it to me and then walked away, which I guess was kind of a good thing in that I didn't feel pressured to buy it even if I didn't like it upon closer inspection? *trying to find the positives in everything haha*

MA*RS offer tax-free purchases for tourists, so I was able to get the bag and purse tax free! It was my first tax free purchase. Throughout the course of my holiday, I found that shop staff didn't ask me if I wanted the tax-free option, so the MA*RS shop staff put through the purchase with tax included first. I then noticed the tax-free sign on the counter, but forgot the word in Japanese (免税/めんぜい/menzei = tax exemption/duty free) so we had a fun bit of charades to get the shop staff to come around the counter and see the sign haha XD For tax free purchases, the staff ask to see your passport and fill out a form. They then print out a receipt and staple it into your passport along with a copy of the form. The idea is that when you go home, customs takes out all the tax-free receipts and asks to see the items to make sure they're leaving the country (otherwise you'll have to pay tax on them) but they didn't ask to see any items when I went home, and I heard that from a few friends too. My luggage had already been checked before I went through customs so I'm not sure how I could've shown them the items anyway, so maybe that's why they don't ask?

I saw many lovely stores in Shibuya 109 but to be honest, some of the brands I have loved since I discovered Gyaru have changed so much, I almost didn't recognise the brands and walked right past them! I almost didn't recognise MA*RS because so many of their items are white and pink now, and the patterns are far more subdued, not the iconic black and pink look I love. Many items from Glad News, Glavil and Ghost of Harlem have changed too, I only liked a couple of pieces from each brand. At least I saved money for other items and I'll try to find older pieces on Japanese auction sites at some point!

This post by Dolly has really great photos of Shibuya 109 taken in 2013!

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Other than my MA*RS bag and purse, I bought this shirt in Ghost of Harlem in Shibuya 109!

After I went to Shibuya 109, I decided to grab some lunch before heading on to Daikanyama, which is about a 10-15 minute walk from Shibuya.

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This was a super fancy mansion I passed in Daikanyama, and I actually got laughed at by an elderly Japanese man for taking these photos! In fact, he even walked past me, then stopped to look back at me with a bemused expression afterwards! I'm sorry, is this not a photo worthy building?! I later asked Hiromi about it and she said 'He's just crazy!' and that there was no reason for it. It was the first and last time I got laughed at taking photos so please don't be disheartened!

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Pretty building in Daikanyama, it kind of has a European feel to it!

When I got to Kyu Asakura House, it was closed! The sign said it was closed from 29th-4th for New Year. I wouldn't have been bothered much if Google hadn't said it was open! So because of that, I was pretty annoyed. I decided to have a walk around Daikanyama and see the rest of the neighbourhood though.

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This was Sarugakucho, a shopping complex. However, all the stores were closed when I visited on the 31st, for New Year. I did see two girls walk down the stairs on the right but they might have been checking if they were open too. It was kind of serene because no one was there. After taking a look at some of the stores, I concluded that I didn't think there'd be much there for my personal style so I didn't revisit the next time I went to Daikanyama.

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A lot was closed in Daikanyama so I didn't actually do much there that day. I intended to revisit for Kyu Asakura House and general browsing after the New Year holidays though! I decided to head back to Harajuku.

To go from Daikanyama to Harajuku via metro, you have to change at Shibuya train station so I used it as an excuse to look around a little, and noticed the Tokyu Plaza connected to Shibuya station. It was my first taste of a Japanese department store so I wanted to check it out. As soon as I walked through the door, I noticed a display of Anna Sui nail polishes so I was like '...Oh fuckkkk, this is dangerous for my wallet!' haha!

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I picked up the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation that I had my eye on for a while. I received brilliant service and they threw in some free samples of face cream and eyeshadow primer as well.

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I soon found the Anna Sui counter after NARS. I've seen the star shaped lipsticks online and the one in shade 371 Deep Pink x Maroon Brown was my favourite. Again, excellent service at Anna Sui, the counter staff tried the lipstick on me and said I looked like a doll (oh flattery) and chatted to me. She let me put the topcoat on top of the lipgloss to try it and gave me tons of samples when I purchased including the Hydration Charger, Conditioning Lotion and Rose Hair Oil.

After Shibuya I went back to Harajuku and did some more shopping! The beauty of staying in Harajuku was that if I wanted to do last minute shopping at 7.30pm or 8pm then I could, because I always had to go back to Harajuku train station to go home!

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I went to Matsumoto Kiyoshi (shortened to Matsukiyo), which is a popular chain of drugstores, and spent ages looking at all the lovely skincare and make-up! I intended to do the majority of my beauty shopping here since they offered many well-known brands like Hadalabo, Canmake, Heroine Make, Shiseido and even Korean brands like Missha. Many branches of Matsukiyo, including this one, are tax-free so I tried to buy everything I needed/wanted all in one go.


Matsumoto Kiyoshi Harajuku (source)

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Matsukiyo offered cosmetic fukubukuro (lucky packs) for ¥2160 (with the contents being worth ¥5000), which at the time was like £11. I am quite picky in my tastes so I hadn't intended to buy many lucky packs; however I noticed on the packaging of this pack, it had my beloved Heroine Make Volume and Curl Mascara in it! On eBay I can pay around £10 for the mascara alone so I quickly snapped up the pack! It is not eligible for tax exemption because it is discounted already but who cares?!

Here are the contents of the Matsukiyo lucky pack!

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Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara in black - I didn't actually see this much around Japan, so I really hope they aren't discontinuing it, and that's the reason they're being sold in lucky packs! ;w;

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Kose Cosmeport Je L'aime Amino Super Repair Deep Treatment

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Travel sized Sana emulsion

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Travel sized moisture toner

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Sugao Air Fit CC Cream SPF23 PA+++

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An EOS style lip balm that was strawberry lemonade flavoured/scented.

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Hada Labo face mask

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You also got a Lululun Face Masks and Facial Mask Cream set - I forgot to photograph the cream, sorry! This is the cream below!


The pack of face masks contains 7 masks inside a resealable pouch! That's the first time I've seen packaging like that and is really convenient! I think the masks are supposed to be good for daily use but I'll use them less frequently then that haha - afterwards you then apply this cream to seal in the moisture! Lululun was a very popular cosmetics brand I saw all over Japan; their eyelash packaging is very memorable and eye-catching.


You also got this Kose Cosmeport Anmiel Pencil Eyeliner in Fairy Black, which is made with the Popteen model Kumicky. Again, I forgot to photograph it! You didn't get the packaging in the lucky pack, just the loose eyeliner.


You also got a travel sized hairspray, which is been very useful for travelling! I didn't use it in Japan though, and showed it my mum after - she asked what  it was and I hadn't had a proper look at it yet so I glanced over it and said 'Oh, I think it's a deodorant' since I'd bought a similar looking one in Kyoto. I then had a proper look at it and realised it was hairspray - it's a good thing I didn't try to use it as deodorant first haha!

I really liked the contents of the lucky pack and think it was a great opportunity to try brands that are well-known and liked in Japan, yet not necessarily heard of outside of Japan. I guess the term would be 'authentic Japanese-used cosmetics' haha?

I then bought a load of stuff at regular price and got it tax-free. They seal it all in a bag (same with any tax-free food or souvenirs) and tell you you can't open it until after you've left Japan (otherwise you have to pay tax on it, which doesn't really make sense since you're still taking it out of the country even if you used some of it!) but they never checked it when I left Japan, so I could've used the products if I wanted. I didn't feel the need though, since I'd packed enough cosmetics for my trip and wanted to save these for when I went home.

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Here's what was inside the bag, I bought all the items because I've heard good reviews about them:

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K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner (there's so many variations of the product name urgh) in Super Black. I've heard so many good things about this eyeliner so I really wanted to try it, especially since they released a 'Super Black' shade! They had some limited edition versions of it so I got the Bulgarian Rose version; they also had a version with an old art style geisha on it, very traditional Japanese art imagery but I liked this version better. The eyeliner actually has Bulgarian rose water in it too.

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Canmake Gokubuto Volume Curl Mascara in Black. Again, I was recommended this mascara by a friend so I grabbed it whilst in Japan.

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Bison Baby Pink BB Mineral Cream in 01 Light Colour. Again, a friend recommended this BB cream.

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I then got the whole Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid skincare range, starting with the Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Toner! I expected the terms to be the Japanese pronunciation of the English words, for example: 'トーナー/tounaa' for toner,' シーラム/shiiramu' for serum, etc. I don't know where I got this idea from, maybe because they do the same for make-up items? Anyway, they have their own words for them so I spent ages trying to work out which product was which, scanning the product packaging into my phone and translating it. Turns out 化粧水 (keshoumizu) is 'lotion', which in this case is used for the moisture toner of this line.

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Next up is Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion! The word for this is 乳液 (nyuueki), meaning a type of milky lotion, or in Japanese cosmetics terms, simply milk.

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I then couldn't find the serum and cream to go in the line, so whilst at the cash register purchasing the rest of my items, I asked if they had them. Because I didn't know the proper Japanese words for them, I did just use 'shiiramu' and 'kuriimu' and thankfully the sales clerk knew what I meant. This is the Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Essence. The Japanese word for 'essence' or 'serum' is 美容液 (biyoueki).

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The last product in the line (unless you count the facial cleanser, which I wasn't really interested in) is Hada Labo Gokjyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Cream. Cream is just plain old クリーム (kuriimu) in Japanese, thankfully!

After Matsukiyo, I went to ACDC Rag to buy some more casual clothes! The first day I bought a lot of Lolita clothes so I needed casual clothes to wear. Because it was my first holiday, I was on my own for almost all activities and I was a little nervous, I actually only wore Lolita ONCE my entire trip. That will change next trip, however haha!

I didn't realise but ACDC Rag have like 4 or 5 different locations all in Harajuku! Generally they sell mostly the same items but some might have sold out of certain colours so it's always good to check other stores if you want more choice!

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I bought this dress in ACDC Rag and it's so cute! Very casual Goth style, I love the eyelet tape straps that are adjustable and turn into cute halter straps at the back.

I then went into a store called Richards, which is underneath Closet Child. Some people who have been to Harajuku or have seen photos may remember Richards as their store has swearing all over the signs haha!


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The guy who runs the shop was super friendly and chatted to me in Japanese and English; I think he liked practicing English which I was happy to do! He makes most, if not all, of the stock himself, which is very impressive! He had these amazing eyeball rings and chokers which were really awesome! I left with a ring and was given a free earring as a gift.

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I went back home and because it was New Year's Eve, we ate traditional New Year's Eve dinner, toshikoshi soba, which are buckwheat noodles in a hot mirin, dashi and soy sauce broth. They were really tasty! I forgot to take a photo so here is what they kind of looked like:
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We then watched Kouhaku Uta Gassen, which is an annual music show held on New Year's Eve every year. The most successful musicians that year are invited to perform on the show, and are split into teams of red and white - red for women/female vocals and white for men/male vocals. People vote for their favourite acts and the team with the most points win. It was absolutely lovely to partake in a traditional Japanese New Year's Eve.

The next day was of course, New Year's Day, so stay tuned for my next post about traditional New Year Day breakfast and salessssss~ Thank you for reading, I got a really positive response for my first post so I hope I can continue providing lots of info and sharing my shopping addiction haha.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

My Japan Trip 2015/2016: Day 1 - Heathrow Airport, Zurich Airport, Narita Airport and HARAJUKU!

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I'm finally ready to start blogging about my trip to Japan. I returned on the 15th January but since then I've been sorting my business out, it was my birthday on the 4th February, I traded at an event on 6th February and I've been sorting out all my photos and editing them all! I wanted to edit them all to keep track of everything before I started posting. Over the course of these posts I'll document my trip, activities, sights, food and drink, purchases and give as much information and tips that I think will be useful!

So far I've been uploading my photos to Facebook but by being more in-depth in these posts, I almost feel like I'm reliving the experience again. *0* Needless to say, my trip was absolutely wonderful, breathtaking and I look forward to going again! For those who don't know, I went from 29th December 2015 to 14th January 2016, for just over two weeks. I went on my own and I stayed with a Japanese woman and her daughter for a sort-of homestay (more on that later).

After spending a couple of days preparing and packing luggage, I left for the longest and furthest trip of my life so far on 29th December 2015 at pretty much exactly midnight! I got a National Express coach to Heathrow Airport. Even though East Midlands Airport is closest to me, it's easiest and cheapest to fly to Japan from London, I think. It cost about £45 for an open return to Heathrow Airport from Derby. I chose my set departure time but for coming back home, I could pick whatever coach I wanted, just in case there were any delays or problems getting back. It took about 5 hours to get to Heathrow Airport.

The last time I went to an airport was last year to go to Belfast. It was East Midlands, so even though I expected Heathrow to be far bigger and scarier, checking in and getting through security was straightforward. I arrived about 3 hours before my flight was to depart, so I first got a green tea at Costa, read over some Japanese language print outs I'd brought with me, then checked in, waved goodbye to my luggage (with my fingers crossed I'd see it again at Narita!) and made my way through security.

I flew with Swiss Air to Zurich first, my flight was at 8.50am. I absolutely recommend Swiss Air 100% and would fly with them again!

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You always have to take cloud photos when you're on an airplane!

I had to go through security again at Zurich and it turned out I had to get a little shuttle train to another part of the airport, which was pretty fun! Again, very straightforward to go through security but I didn't find the shops in Zurich Airport nearly as interesting as Heathrow. The overall look and feel of Zurich Airport is nicer though! All black and chrome, shiny floors and metal parts, very sleek looking!

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We flew over some mountains! We actually flew over Moscow and Siberia, but I think it was dark when we went over Siberia.

As we started flying into Japan, I saw something that instantly hit me with 'Holy shit I'm in Japan'...

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Can you see, just to the centre left of the horizon? It's Mount Fuji! It was a lot clearer in real life but it literally took my breath away. For a second, I thought 'No, it must be another mountain' but it couldn't be!

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Fuji-sannnn~

I had been saving and planning for over a year, and finally it was here, I was in Japan! The flight landed around 9.30am on 30th December 2015. Due to the time difference, you technically lose half a day, but you get it back when returning home! I loved this flight as I was able to sleep on the coach to the airport and then the long haul flight, then I arrived in Japan in the morning ready for a full day of activities (well, half a day by the time I got to central Tokyo). However, if you're not great at sleeping on public transport, it might be worth it travelling a day earlier and arriving in the afternoon or evening so you can have a full nights sleep in Japan first.

I went through to the baggage claim, which is always an 'experience'...you want your luggage to be put out first, you start thinking every suitcase is yours, and as more and more people take their luggage, you wonder if you're ever going to see your luggage again and start praying! Thankfully my suitcase was there, and I went through customs and immigration. A Japanese customs employee asked me why I was coming to Japan, and for a second I panicked - why was I coming again?! I couldn't tell her 'shopping' hahaha! It's one of those situations where even though you're not guilty of anything, you suddenly feel like they're judging you! I eventually said 'travel' in Japanese, she asked me if I had friends in Japan. I said yes and she said my Japanese was very good and I could proceed. I was super nervous, and I already knew that Japanese people will compliment your Japanese even if it is very basic haha. There were some instances where I was literally following a conversation/some information being told to me, saying 'Yes' and 'Okay' in Japanese, and they'd say "Your Japanese is very good!" haha.

I went through to arrivals in Narita Airport. The first thing I had to do was pick up my Pocket WiFi at the post office in the airport. I asked where the post office was and got directed by a police officer, then picked up my Pocket WiFi. I had pre-ordered it about two weeks before I left for Japan, from Global Advanced Communications, who I recommend for Pocket WiFi! It was about £40 to hire it for just over two weeks. You can pick it up at the airport post office, or it can be delivered to your hotel or accommodation, or picked up at a convenience store. They give you a pre-paid envelope to post it back before you leave. You can do this whenever you like, but I think the best way is to post it back at the airport, so you can make use of the WiFi as long as possible. There are post boxes everywhere in Japan including Narita Airport.

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My Pocket WiFi! I got my boyfriend to buy it for me as part of my Christmas gift. I was actually thinking about doing without it before that, but now I can absolutely tell you I don't know how I would've dealt without it. There were so many times I needed Google Maps, to be able to communicate and other things. I know many convenience stores and coffee shops have free WiFi in Japan but I think I would've been in a bit of trouble more than once if I didn't have my Pocket WiFi with me.

After I picked up my Pocket WiFi, the next thing I had to do was get a Pasmo or Suica card, which is a electronic travel card you top up with money, a bit like an Oyster card in London. It doesn't matter which one you get, they both work pretty much everywhere. I chose a Pasmo card solely on the fact it was silver and pink rather than green and white like a Suica card haha.

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I ended up taking way too long to get a Pasmo card. After asking where I could get one, I was told to go downstairs to where you get trains into central Tokyo. I had to get the elevators, go down a long corridor and get the Pasmo card, then go all the way back because the coaches into central Tokyo were on the ground level. Then, as I went to purchase my coach ticket, I realised I could've got my Pasmo card at the same counter... So, a word of advice: If you're getting a train into central Tokyo, you can go downstairs to the basement level and get your Pasmo/Suica card, then catch the teain. However, if you're getting a coach into central Tokyo, then you only need to go to the Keisei or Access Narita ticket counter on the ground level, where you can purchase both your Pasmo/Suica (I'll use Pasmo from now on, but I mean either one) and bus ticket at the same time.

I got the coach into Tokyo because it takes about the same time as the train, if not quicker, you don't need to worry about your luggage as the driver stores it in the luggage compartment under the coach, and it's a lot cheaper than the train. The train costs around £18 but the coach only cost about £6. Also bear in mind I am using the conversion rate that was used when I was in Japan. The rate was a bit better than it is now, meaning things were slightly cheaper than if you were to go now. The rate was around ¥170 to £1.

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Whilst waiting for the coach, I came across my first vending machines in Japan!

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The view at the bus stop.

The coach ride was very pleasant, quiet and peaceful. I saw Tokyo Skytree glittering away as we came into Tokyo, which was another great moment for me! The coach dropped me off about 3 minutes away from the Yaesu North Exit of Tokyo Station. From there, you can get many trains to many other parts of Tokyo. I was very fortunate - I was staying in Harajuku so I was able to get the Yamanote line straight there, and check out Harajuku straight away!

Before I left for Japan, I was constantly worrying about not being able to understand as much Japanese as I wanted to, and not being able to get around as easy. I'm happy to say that I felt very proud when I could understand the train announcements in Japanese. Yes, the words 'Tokyo', 'Harajuku' and such are the same, you just have to listen out for them, and yes, the announcements are in English afterwards but it was nice being able to understand the other parts in Japanese, and feeling more interactive with the culture and language rather than if I turned up not understanding a lick of Japanese.

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After I arrived at Harajuku, I was immediately greeted by cute make-up billboards! Yes, this was definitely Harajuku, or just generally Japan for that matter!

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Before leaving, I actually said to my boyfriend 'I know Japan is not as stereotypical as everyone thinks. I know they won't have Kyary Pamyu Pamyu round every corner!' - how wrong I was! ;-) Actually, I think this was the only Kyary advert I saw during my entire trip.

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The world-famous Harajuku train station! To be honest, I didn't realise this very well known entrance is the Omotesando exit, I thought it was the Takeshita Dori exit because of how renowned it is. I exited through this part because it's the only part of Harajuku Station with an elevator.

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After I arrived in Harajuku, the lady I was staying with, Hiromi, was meeting me at the station. Whilst I waited for her, I saw the famous Takeshita Dori entrance! This was a moment where I thought 'I've seen this monument so many times in photographs, and now I'm here standing in front of it!'! As I was staying in Harajuku, it became my home and I walked past or through Takeshita Dori every day I was in Tokyo. *0*

Info on my accommodation: As I mentioned before, I stayed with a woman, Hiromi, and her daughter, Ayaka, in Harajuku whilst I was in Tokyo. I found her on a homestay website. Due to many things, my stay with her was definitely a homestay experience. She took care of me, we ate meals together (she is a nursing student at the moment and was on a winter break), watched TV together and more; I got to enjoy many authentic Japanese experiences I wouldn't have had by staying in a hostel or hotel. She was so friendly and accommodating, I really recommend staying with her if you are interested in a homestay experience. Here is her homestay profile.

Hiromi took me to her apartment and showed me my private room. I slept in a traditional Japanese room with tatami mats and a futon. I was given a closet, dressing table and mirror, safety deposit box and air conditioner. She has WiFi in her apartment and you can cook meals, have a shower or bath, do laundry and come and go when you please. Obviously it is more friendly than staying in a hotel or hostel so it's more of a considerate stay.

After I got changed, freshened up and started unpacking, I realised that I had only left one thing behind in England - my bag containing my make-up brushes and blusher! ;w; Thankfully, I knew I could head right into Harajuku and pick some new ones up!

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This was the make-up store on Takeshita Dori that I visited first. I bought powder, contour, blush and two eyeshadow brushes. I now use them as my travel brushes so I'll never forget my main brushes again!


One half of the D'or shop (source)

I didn't want a flat foundation brush, the kind that are available everywhere and that you use to 'paint' on your foundation; I like the brushes designed for buffing or stippling for better and more even coverage. I ended up in Laforet, Harajuku's department store, where there was an Etude House and I bought a densely packed foundation brush good for buffing and stippling.


Etude House in Laforet, photo taken from the Laforet official website.

After I bought some make-up brushes, I headed straight to Closet Child! My motherlandddddd~ <3 However, the most embarrassing thing happened ever whilst I was there. It's my first day in Japan, my first visit to Tokyo. My first visit to my beloved Closet Child, land of cheap second-hand Lolita clothes. I started browsing a rail full of dresses. There were tons of dresses on this one rail, too many, I personally thought. As I browsed, the whole fucking rail collapsed in a heap on the floor. All the dresses, in a heap on the floor. Anyone in the shop jumped out of their skin and immediately turned in my direction. I apologised so much and tried to help but the shop girls were like 'We're sorry, no no, it's fine'...what else could they say? 'Sorry, you'll have to pay for all of those!' So yeah, a great start to my trip but I had to think - if that was the worst thing that should happen to me throughout the trip then I'd be glad!

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Check out Closet Child Harajuku on Google Maps
The first floor of Closet Child Harajuku, dedicated to Lolita fashion. (source) The second floor is dedicated to Gothic and Punk items, and the third floor is Otome and casual J-fashion.

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Since leaving the airport I hadn't had anything to eat, but I wasn't feeling that hungry. I knew I should eat something though so I stopped at Koi-Taco for takoyaki! They were nice but again, due to nerves and anxiety I don't think I enjoyed them as much as I could've.

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I had a quick look in Bodyline but I wasn't really interested in it just then. I took a photo of how packed it was on Takeshita Dori though! I think it was more busy because of the New Year holidays. I didn't realise how busy it was until I looked at this photo, then I was like '...Damn!'

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I travelled halfway across the world and I STILL managed to bring fucking jewellery supplies with me haha! A rogue jump ring that stowed away in my suitcase!

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Here are the make-up brushes and blusher I bought in Harajuku! I also got a new black liquid eyeliner because mine was running out and I meant to swap it for a new one I had back home. I got a foundation brush from Etude House in Laforet, and then the rest of the items were from D'or on Takeshita Dori.

There you have my first day in Japan! Wow, it's such a long post...I hope it has a lot of good information and links in it though. I think because it's my first day and I had to fly there, my next posts will be a bit shorter. If you've stuck with this until the end, go have yourself a drink and a snack, and stay turned for my second day in Tokyo when I went to Shibuya and Daikanyama!