Japan 2k16 – Week 5 (May 2 – May 8)

Hello! Er, it’s definitely been a while. I thought that I would sit down and catch up on my blog today since I’m staying in! Here are the things I did a few weeks ago!

First of all –

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Day 1: May 2

Today is one of my best friend’s birthday; happy birthday, Chiara! ❤

After classes, Pam (from the Philippines) and I went to Tokyo Station! I was so excited to go since I’ve been reading so much about how large the station was with so many stores inside – this includes three particular locations which caught my attention; namely: character street, ramen street, and restaurant street. I was not able to really explore Tokyo station the first time I went there, so today should be very interesting.

One of the first things I saw in the station was Tokyo Banana stores – which made me so happy since I do love Tokyo Banana.

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We went around for a bit, hunting for character when – lo and behold – we found it:

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Let me explain: basically, character street is a “street” filled with different character shops. These stores sold limited edition (Tokyo station- limited) items and other merchandises. Here is a directory of the famous Character Street.

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REALLY happy about the Snoopy shop and the Ghibli shop!

Priorities first, of course. I immediately headed for Snoopy Town. My eyes grew really wide when I saw the limited-edition Snoopy plush toys in Tokyo Station koban (police) uniforms! I wanted to buy one, but sadly placed it back when I saw the price – maybe one day I’ll come back for it.

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(I didn’t take a lot of photos of the other shops as I was too busy freaking out.) Next stop was Tamagotchi Department (or Tama Dept); they had an on-going sale for Tamagotchis as the Tokyo Station shop would be closed later this year and the main shop would remain to be in Harajuku.20160502_130014

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The price made me so frustrated since I bought mine in Harajuku for ¥4,000 😦

Gudetama (the lazy egg character from Sanrio) had a special exhibit when we went, so there were a lot of Gudetama merchandise for sale:

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(Even bento boxes!)
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On the way to Restaurant / Ramen Street, I saw a small area filled with food! There was a small Calbee Plus shop, a Pocky shop, a Milky shop, etc!

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I, of course, couldn’t resist but order some freshly cooked Calbee fries. It’s so good.

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Last, but not least, to conclude our food-tripping in Tokyo Station was Beard Papa’s Cream Puffs. I really missed these cream puffs! There used to be a lot of branches back at home, but I don’t really see them around anymore.

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On the way back, I saw the Suica Penguin shop which made me really happy! The Suica penguin is the official mascot of the Suica cards (reloadable cards used in trains, shops, etc).

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That concludes my Monday!

Day 2: May 3

Today was the official start of our “Golden Week” vacation (May 3-5) so my friends and I decided to make the most out of it. We went to the Tokyo Skytree today!

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A Tokyo Banana Skytree shop! Ahhh!
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Huhuhuhu
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Hehe got my fortune told by this cute device!

We got a timed-ticket entrance and had to wait a couple of hours before we could go up the Skytree. While waiting, we explored the shops and the area around the Skytree!

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*screams*

After a few hours, we were finally able to buy our tickets and line up for the elevator that would take us up the tower!

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Skytree Crew! (R-L) Me, Pam, Tiffany, Winona, and Pam!
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Inside the elevator!

We reached the top! The view took my breath away. Wow.

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Delicious Skytree icecream!
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The glass floor made me a little nervous (haha).

Skytree Crew (part 2) ahah:

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It was the 4th anniversary of the Tokyo Skytree, so there were quite a lot of people when we went! We went to Asakusa afterward for dinner and sight-seeing!

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Look the Skytree haha
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Giant karaage for only ¥300! YEY.

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I would love to come back here! It has a very traditional and relaxing vibe! Plus, the street foods and the traditional Japanese souvenirs here are amazing!

Day 3: May 4

Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th Be With You.

Today Winona, Pam, and I went to Harajuku for a chill day out. We decided that “today’s the day that we finally would go to Café Pablo”, and so we did.

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I ordered a plain cheese tart set. It came with a fruity syrup and plain vanilla icecream!

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I think I’ll have the choco-banana one next time! 🙂

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Afterwards, we went around Harajuku until late in the afternoon. Winona and I left Pam in H&M shopping while we went to the Osomatsu-san Café! Winona reserved seats for the both of us a few week in advance and we finally were able to go!

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I ordered Choromatsu-san’s meal which is like a Doria dish. All the dishes came with coffee!

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I bought take-away Takoyaki for lunch the next day!

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Day 4: May 5

I stayed in the dorm the entire day today to catch up on my homework and studies as tomorrow it’s back to school! (Huhu)

Day 5: May 6

Back to school! Fortunately, I only had one class because my other professor for my other class decided to not hold classes – so thank goodness.

Day 6: May 7

This is my workload today:

– Review Japanese
– Write up essay
– Readings
– Watch one movie from the required reading list

soooo I stayed in today

Day 7: May 8

I stayed in the dorm again today as I had too many things to do – also the fact that I’m staying in the dorm for the weekend to compensate for all my spending during the Golden Week. Heehee.

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