rinlin: (Tieria)
Saturday was Tanabata, but it was unfortunately rainy. (It's even sadder if you consider the Tanabata legend because when it rains the star-crossed lovers supposedly can't meet in the sky.) I went to a Tanabata matsuri in Kappabashi with Leslie, Kaille, and Kaille's housemate Pei. We decided to wear our yukata anyways, which was probably not the smartest decision in retrospect. Shuffling around in a damp yukata is not the best thing ever. We were still able to have some fun moments during the day though. We also got to write our Tanabata wishes for this next year. and hang them on bamboo branches. Let's hope they all come true! Before changing out of our yukata we also took some cute Tanabata purikura.

For dinner Leslie, Kaille, and I headed over to 80+1. It'd been such a long time (for us) since we last went! It was fun. The ladies at one of the other tables kept buying cheki pictures of the waiters and then getting them to pose in slightly suggestive positions for the shots. (They even had reference photos.) It was like getting dinner and a show! We started clapping after a particularly prolonged posing session and the rest of the cafe joined in (lol). The ladies noticed that we were enjoying it too, so they beckoned us over near their table to watch at a closer angle. XD 

Yesterday, I did a bunch of shopping. I'd been meaning to buy some new sandals and boots for a while, so a bought a pair of each. I also started buying some gifts to take back home. It's only about two weeks until I'll be in Chicago, so I really need to got a move on my gift shopping!

Now, I'm mostly just waiting for Thursday because GazettE! I'm super excited because it's my first time going to one of their fan club only lives. It's also a standing live, which is just what I need to burn off some pent up energy. OH MY GOD, I CAN'T WAIT. Why isn't it Thursday yet?
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This was a really fun weekend! I met up with [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious after work on Friday because it was her birthday. We decided to do dinner in Ikebukuro. It was raining by the time we arrived at the station and both of us had forgotten our umbrellas, so we picked up a cheap one at the 3 Coin Store. First we went and took cute birthday purikura. Then, we made our usual stop to check for new clothes at Closet Child. By the time we left Closet Child, the rain had turned into snow. Then we went to our favorite 80+1 for food and cross-dressing ladies. It was around 8 PM by the time we got to the cafe. Much to our surprise, there were two male customers at the cafe and one of them was dressed like a butler. It was the first time I'd ever seen actual guys in a dansou cafe. We were at the cafe a bit later than usual, so it wasn't too crowded. I ordered a delicious choco waffle for dinner. Leslie and I were pleasantly surprised when when of the waiters came over to talk with us for a while. (The waiters at the cafe are always really nice, but some of them tend to talk to us more than others. I think it's because they're not always sure how much Japanese we understand. We also tend to be kind of shy around them when they come to our table.)  Her name was Kazuki and she was super nice and cute, telling us not to be embarrassed when we told her we were shy about speaking Japanese. Then we talked about anime for a bit. When she found out that I like Tiger and Bunny we had a conversation about who we ship. She asked if we liked Kotetsu or Barnaby on top. xD Leslie and I also each got a picture taken with her and we commented how my shirt matched her tie. She wrote a cute message at the bottom of the picture about how she was surprised to learn that we also liked anime and that she wants to learn English, so let's study together. :3

Picture~ )

On Saturday, Leslie and I spent half the day at Oedo Onsen Monogatari, Edo themed hot springs located in Odaiba. It was so nice and relaxing. When you enter the building you get to choose a yukata to wear for your stay. Leslie and I chose matching pink ones. When then spent the rest of the day alternating between going in the onsen and getting food. First, we went in the onsen for a bit, but then we were hot and thirsty, so we got out to get ice cream and something to drink. Then, we went back in the onsen. There were both indoor and outdoor onsen. It's cold as fuck when you first go outside to get in the outdoor onsen (because you're naked), but it's so nice and warm after you get in the water. This cool winter weather is perfect for spending time in the onsen. We went in the foot baths. You're clothed in these baths and you just dip your feet in the warm water. The signs near the foot baths also suggested walking along the rock path inside the baths. The rocks were pretty uncomfortable to walk on though, so I'm not sure how that's supposed to be relaxing. When it got closer to dinner time, we got out of the onsen again and ate some yummy sushi. We had though about staying overnight at the onsen, but that was an extra charge, so we decided not to do it. We left after we went back in the onsen one more time.

Oedo Onsen )

Then, today was fantastic! I went to exist+trace's first Vanguard fan club live in Shimokitazawa. I'm planning on writing my usual live report, but the important details are that I was front and center at the stage. Jyou was literally feet away from me. After the show, everyone got to meet the band members and Mally gave everyone cookies that she made! I was so excited meet the girls! And Omi told me I was cute. ^///^ I'll definitely write more about it soon~
rinlin: (Crazy Random Happenstance)
I find it a little hard to believe that I'm now twenty three. I realize that 23 is not that old in the grand scheme of things, but it's still interesting to realize that I've been alive for that long. Here's to hoping that 23 is a good year!

There were a few bumps in the road with Saturday night's birthday plans, but I still ended up having a fun weekend. Out of the friends that I invited out for Saturday night, only [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious and [livejournal.com profile] serria were free. Then, due to an unfortunate "passenger injury", the Yamanote-sen stopped running for a while and Leslie wasn't able to make it out to Shinjuku. Sadface. So, it was just me and Ali. We started our night by getting food and a couple drinks at a 270 yen izakaya and Ali generously agreed to pay for it as a birthday treat. Then, we went to Ni-chome and ended up at Adezakura, one of my favorite bars there. We got drinks and sat at the bar. We chatted a bit with one of the really cute bartenders and with the girl sitting next to me at the bar. She told us her name was Kou and she also spoke some English. Ali and I debated staying out all night, but she had work in the morning, so we decided not to. By the time we made our decision, I'd already missed my last train, so Ali let me spend the night at her place. Kou left the bar when we did and she was more than a little tipsy. I wasn't wearing my gloves, so she put one of her mittens on one of my hands and grabbed my other hand and stuffed it in her coat pocket. I wasn't really into her (though she seemed like she'd make a nice friend), but it was still a cute gesture. Then, Ali and I went back to her and Franki's apartment so we could get some sleep.

In the morning, I took the train back to my apartment so that I could change clothes and shower (I smelled smoky from the bar) before meeting up with Leslie in Ikebukuro. We started the afternoon with our usual browsing of Otome Road. We made it further than the main strip of Otome Road this time and went in all the different K-Books stores. Clearly we should be shopping there more frequently because their doujinshi store is better organized and more spacious than Mandarake. (It also contains all the Saiyuki doujinshi we were never able to find at the other doujin stores.) Their cosplay store is also pretty nice and even has fitting rooms to let you try on the cosplay.

Then, Leslie and I went to 80+1, a dansou cafe that we hadn't tried before. I think it's definitely going to become our replacement for B.lily-rose (because B.lily-rose closed down right after I left Japan last time). It was a little smaller than B.lily-rose, but it had a cozy atmosphere and the waiter(esse)s were cute and friendly. They seemed a bit nervous when we first arrived and chatted among themselves for a minute before coming over to our table. They were relieved after they learned that we spoke Japanese. Leslie and I ordered our food and we told them that it was my birthday because our waiter asked how old we were. While we were waiting for our food, I noticed that one of the waiters was talking with the waiter who was working in the kitchen and they kept looking over at us. I noticed that the waiter working the kitchen was pretty cute, but didn't think too much else of it. Leslie and I were pleasantly surprised when they brought us our food because the portions were pretty large. In my experience, the portions (especially dessert portions) at theme cafes usually aren't that big. The piece of chocolate cake that I had was about the size of a quarter of a smallish cake. This also happened:

ケーキ )

On our way out of the cafe, the waiter who rang us up asked us where we were going next and we told her Otome Road. She asked us what anime and manga we liked. I started saying "Tiger and Bunny" and before I had even finished she got really excited, ran off, and returned to show me her Kotetsu and Barnaby keychains. We had a moment of squee together. She then walked us out the door and paused to ask me if I'd been in Shinjuku last night. I said that I had been and was a bit confused for a second. She then said that the girl working on the kitchen had recognized me and everything clicked. The cute waiter in the kitchen was the cute bartender from Adezakura! And she recognized me! Omg. The reason they had been looking at us at talking earlier wasn't because we were foreign (which I had assumed because that's the usual reason for people staring at me in Japan). It was because the kitchen girl recognized me from the gay bar. (XD) That's such a random coincidence, but it made my day. We're definitely planning on going back to 80+1. We want to become their gaijin regulars lol.

After that, Leslie and I browsed around Sunshine City for a bit and then we went to take purikura. I was pretty pleased with how cute these purikura were.

ぷりくら )

Not everything turned out as planned, but all in all it was a good birthday. ^_^
rinlin: (Crazy Random Happenstance)
I find it a little hard to believe that I'm now twenty three. I realize that 23 is not that old in the grand scheme of things, but it's still interesting to realize that I've been alive for that long. Here's to hoping that 23 is a good year!

There were a few bumps in the road with Saturday night's birthday plans, but I still ended up having a fun weekend. Out of the friends that I invited out for Saturday night, only [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious and [livejournal.com profile] serria were free. Then, due to an unfortunate "passenger injury", the Yamanote-sen stopped running for a while and Leslie wasn't able to make it out to Shinjuku. Sadface. So, it was just me and Ali. We started our night by getting food and a couple drinks at a 270 yen izakaya and Ali generously agreed to pay for it as a birthday treat. Then, we went to Ni-chome and ended up at Adezakura, one of my favorite bars there. We got drinks and sat at the bar. We chatted a bit with one of the really cute bartenders and with the girl sitting next to me at the bar. She told us her name was Kou and she also spoke some English. Ali and I debated staying out all night, but she had work in the morning, so we decided not to. By the time we made our decision, I'd already missed my last train, so Ali let me spend the night at her place. Kou left the bar when we did and she was more than a little tipsy. I wasn't wearing my gloves, so she put one of her mittens on one of my hands and grabbed my other hand and stuffed it in her coat pocket. I wasn't really into her (though she seemed like she'd make a nice friend), but it was still a cute gesture. Then, Ali and I went back to her and Franki's apartment so we could get some sleep.

In the morning, I took the train back to my apartment so that I could change clothes and shower (I smelled smoky from the bar) before meeting up with Leslie in Ikebukuro. We started the afternoon with our usual browsing of Otome Road. We made it further than the main strip of Otome Road this time and went in all the different K-Books stores. Clearly we should be shopping there more frequently because their doujinshi store is better organized and more spacious than Mandarake. (It also contains all the Saiyuki doujinshi we were never able to find at the other doujin stores.) Their cosplay store is also pretty nice and even has fitting rooms to let you try on the cosplay.

Then, Leslie and I went to 80+1, a dansou cafe that we hadn't tried before. I think it's definitely going to become our replacement for B.lily-rose (because B.lily-rose closed down right after I left Japan last time). It was a little smaller than B.lily-rose, but it had a cozy atmosphere and the waiter(esse)s were cute and friendly. They seemed a bit nervous when we first arrived and chatted among themselves for a minute before coming over to our table. They were relieved after they learned that we spoke Japanese. Leslie and I ordered our food and we told them that it was my birthday because our waiter asked how old we were. While we were waiting for our food, I noticed that one of the waiters was talking with the waiter who was working in the kitchen and they kept looking over at us. I noticed that the waiter working the kitchen was pretty cute, but didn't think too much else of it. Leslie and I were pleasantly surprised when they brought us our food because the portions were pretty large. In my experience, the portions (especially dessert portions) at theme cafes usually aren't that big. The piece of chocolate cake that I had was about the size of a quarter of a smallish cake. This also happened:

ケーキ )

On our way out of the cafe, the waiter who rang us up asked us where we were going next and we told her Otome Road. She asked us what anime and manga we liked. I started saying "Tiger and Bunny" and before I had even finished she got really excited, ran off, and returned to show me her Kotetsu and Barnaby keychains. We had a moment of squee together. She then walked us out the door and paused to ask me if I'd been in Shinjuku last night. I said that I had been and was a bit confused for a second. She then said that the girl working on the kitchen had recognized me and everything clicked. The cute waiter in the kitchen was the cute bartender from Adezakura! And she recognized me! Omg. The reason they had been looking at us at talking earlier wasn't because we were foreign (which I had assumed because that's the usual reason for people staring at me in Japan). It was because the kitchen girl recognized me from the gay bar. (XD) That's such a random coincidence, but it made my day. We're definitely planning on going back to 80+1. We want to become their gaijin regulars lol.

After that, Leslie and I browsed around Sunshine City for a bit and then we went to take purikura. I was pretty pleased with how cute these purikura were.

ぷりくら )

Not everything turned out as planned, but all in all it was a good birthday. ^_^
rinlin: (Miyavi)

Saturday was an interesting day. After a bit of a fiasco, where the driver of the luggage service and I couldn’t quite communicate, my bags were finally picked up. It was a huge fucking pain in the ass. The rest of the day was better though. [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious and I met up with Lauren in Ikebukuro. We did this so Leslie could move some of her stuff into her tiny new apartment. Then, the three of us went to B:Lily-Rose. I’m super sad that the café appears to be closing at the end of the year. It was such a good time. It was Lauren’s first time there, and I was surprised at how much she liked it. It was fun! We had a random conversation with one of our servers about Hetalia. I also got to talk to two of the other servers about how I didn’t like tomatoes, lol. For whatever reason, the waiters were pretty genki that night. They were super cute. Lauren and Leslie both got cute pictures taken. Afterwards, we went and did some purikura. Leslie and I then had to fricking run back to the station to catch the train, so we could get back to the dorm in time for curfew. We somehow made it back about ten minutes before curfew. We also had some English conversation with a nice drunk old salaryman on the train. Lol.

On Sunday morning, I finished up my last minute cleaning and packing. I spent the rest of the day hanging out with Leslie, until around 2 in the afternoon, when we both went our separate ways. Parting was sad because we've only been around each other constantly this past semester. It's weird to me that I won't see her all the time anymore. I am sure that there will be future opportunities (and cons) for us to meet up though. I took the train to Narita and picked up my luggage. My bags were super heavy, but I managed somehow managed to carry them through the airport. I had to try not to cry as the plane took off and I realized that I really was leaving Japan. The flight was around eleven hours long. I was able to sleep, rather fitfully, through about half of it.

And now I’m home. It’s nice and I’m really happy to see my family again, but I miss being in Japan. I’m definitely going to need to adjust to being in America again. I’m going back to everything I’ve known my whole life, but something feels a bit off about it right now, and it weirds me out. I’ve also found that I need to watch what I’m saying because I’m still slipping Japanese words and phrases into my English conversation. I’m just so used to doing it because that’s how everyone in IES has been talking to each other for the past three and a half months.

I think my sleep schedule is also fucked. I went to bed at 9 PM and woke up at 2 AM. And now it’s 4 in the morning. I’m super hungry, too. I just hope that it won’t take my body too long to adjust to switching time zones again.

rinlin: (Miyavi)

Saturday was an interesting day. After a bit of a fiasco, where the driver of the luggage service and I couldn’t quite communicate, my bags were finally picked up. It was a huge fucking pain in the ass. The rest of the day was better though. [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious and I met up with Lauren in Ikebukuro. We did this so Leslie could move some of her stuff into her tiny new apartment. Then, the three of us went to B:Lily-Rose. I’m super sad that the café appears to be closing at the end of the year. It was such a good time. It was Lauren’s first time there, and I was surprised at how much she liked it. It was fun! We had a random conversation with one of our servers about Hetalia. I also got to talk to two of the other servers about how I didn’t like tomatoes, lol. For whatever reason, the waiters were pretty genki that night. They were super cute. Lauren and Leslie both got cute pictures taken. Afterwards, we went and did some purikura. Leslie and I then had to fricking run back to the station to catch the train, so we could get back to the dorm in time for curfew. We somehow made it back about ten minutes before curfew. We also had some English conversation with a nice drunk old salaryman on the train. Lol.

On Sunday morning, I finished up my last minute cleaning and packing. I spent the rest of the day hanging out with Leslie, until around 2 in the afternoon, when we both went our separate ways. Parting was sad because we've only been around each other constantly this past semester. It's weird to me that I won't see her all the time anymore. I am sure that there will be future opportunities (and cons) for us to meet up though. I took the train to Narita and picked up my luggage. My bags were super heavy, but I managed somehow managed to carry them through the airport. I had to try not to cry as the plane took off and I realized that I really was leaving Japan. The flight was around eleven hours long. I was able to sleep, rather fitfully, through about half of it.

And now I’m home. It’s nice and I’m really happy to see my family again, but I miss being in Japan. I’m definitely going to need to adjust to being in America again. I’m going back to everything I’ve known my whole life, but something feels a bit off about it right now, and it weirds me out. I’ve also found that I need to watch what I’m saying because I’m still slipping Japanese words and phrases into my English conversation. I’m just so used to doing it because that’s how everyone in IES has been talking to each other for the past three and a half months.

I think my sleep schedule is also fucked. I went to bed at 9 PM and woke up at 2 AM. And now it’s 4 in the morning. I’m super hungry, too. I just hope that it won’t take my body too long to adjust to switching time zones again.

rinlin: (Gojyo/Hakkai)
Yesterday, Greta, [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious  and I spent the whole day going around Tokyo. We managed to hit all the major stops on the Yamanote-sen. We got tokunai passes for unlimited JR train usage in the Tokyo area. First we stopped in Akihabara. I bought a pair of official Star Wars lightsaber chopsticks. They're pretty awesome. Next stop was Ikebukuro. I made my last doujinshi trip at Mandarake. I managed to find one of the other Gosunkugi Lockon/Tieria doujinshi I had been looking for. The Mandarake also provided a source of amusement because one of the shopworkers was cosplaying as Jesus from Saint Young Men. It was then time for one last lunch at B:Lily-Rose. It was fun as usual. I wish I knew more Japanese to be able to interact with the staff better. It's sad because what I can decode of the website informs me that the shop is closing at the end of the year. Woe. We then made a brief stop in Harajuku, so Greta could pick up a present for her brother. I stared at the Gazette track jacket some more, but did not purchase it because of lack of funds at that moment. After that it was on to Omotesando to go to GoFa and see the Saiyuki exhibit. It was a small selection of the prints we had already seen at Saiyuki Festa, but that's okay because they were still super pretty. We were also let in for free because GoFa was where Leslie worked for her field placement! While we were there, we were also able to leave notes for Minekura. Yay! We then went to Shinjuku because Leslie wanted to see about paying her rent in advance. We also went to the Shinjuku Closet Child. They had a lot of Vivenne Westwood stuff there. The next stop was Shibuya. I bought a CD by a Japanese jazz group for Dad at HMV. We also briefly checked out the 109. The last stop we made was the Tokyo Tower in Hamamatsucho. Greta parted ways with Leslie and I because she had already been to the Tokyo Tower. Leslie and I made our way to the main observation deck of the tower. By that time it was dark outside and the whole city was lit up. It was gorgeous and amazing because the lights seemed to go on forever, no matter which side of the Tokyo Tower you looked out of. I loved it. I almost can't describe how looking at it made me feel, knowing that this whole city was so big and beautiful and I would be leaving it all too soon. It almost made me want to cry. It was the perfect way to end the day. Leslie and I then returned to the dorm and had some of the mac & cheese her mom had sent her for dinner. Let me tell you, Kraft Three Cheese Mac & Cheese is the most delicious thing ever when it has been months since you have last had mac & cheese.

Today, I didn't have any class, so Leslie and I got lunch together at the Herb & Scone Cafe. I had some Matcha Chiffon cake with my tea. Then, this afternoon, I met Kirsten in Harajuku. I finally bought the Gazette track jacket. It's pretty comfy and it makes me happy. We also made a stop at the Pokemon Center in Hamamatsucho. I picked up a plush Eevee as a present for Tara there.

Now, I'm working on packing and practicing for my Japanese speaking final tomorrow. I'm nearly done with most of my packing. I had to buy a small suitcase to fit more of my stuff in the other day. I should just be able to fit all my stuff now. I'm in a kind of variable mood right now because I don't want to think about leaving. Tomorrow night is the IES Sayonara party. One last chance to see everyone before I go. Sigh. There's too little time left.
rinlin: (Gojyo/Hakkai)
Yesterday, Greta, [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious  and I spent the whole day going around Tokyo. We managed to hit all the major stops on the Yamanote-sen. We got tokunai passes for unlimited JR train usage in the Tokyo area. First we stopped in Akihabara. I bought a pair of official Star Wars lightsaber chopsticks. They're pretty awesome. Next stop was Ikebukuro. I made my last doujinshi trip at Mandarake. I managed to find one of the other Gosunkugi Lockon/Tieria doujinshi I had been looking for. The Mandarake also provided a source of amusement because one of the shopworkers was cosplaying as Jesus from Saint Young Men. It was then time for one last lunch at B:Lily-Rose. It was fun as usual. I wish I knew more Japanese to be able to interact with the staff better. It's sad because what I can decode of the website informs me that the shop is closing at the end of the year. Woe. We then made a brief stop in Harajuku, so Greta could pick up a present for her brother. I stared at the Gazette track jacket some more, but did not purchase it because of lack of funds at that moment. After that it was on to Omotesando to go to GoFa and see the Saiyuki exhibit. It was a small selection of the prints we had already seen at Saiyuki Festa, but that's okay because they were still super pretty. We were also let in for free because GoFa was where Leslie worked for her field placement! While we were there, we were also able to leave notes for Minekura. Yay! We then went to Shinjuku because Leslie wanted to see about paying her rent in advance. We also went to the Shinjuku Closet Child. They had a lot of Vivenne Westwood stuff there. The next stop was Shibuya. I bought a CD by a Japanese jazz group for Dad at HMV. We also briefly checked out the 109. The last stop we made was the Tokyo Tower in Hamamatsucho. Greta parted ways with Leslie and I because she had already been to the Tokyo Tower. Leslie and I made our way to the main observation deck of the tower. By that time it was dark outside and the whole city was lit up. It was gorgeous and amazing because the lights seemed to go on forever, no matter which side of the Tokyo Tower you looked out of. I loved it. I almost can't describe how looking at it made me feel, knowing that this whole city was so big and beautiful and I would be leaving it all too soon. It almost made me want to cry. It was the perfect way to end the day. Leslie and I then returned to the dorm and had some of the mac & cheese her mom had sent her for dinner. Let me tell you, Kraft Three Cheese Mac & Cheese is the most delicious thing ever when it has been months since you have last had mac & cheese.

Today, I didn't have any class, so Leslie and I got lunch together at the Herb & Scone Cafe. I had some Matcha Chiffon cake with my tea. Then, this afternoon, I met Kirsten in Harajuku. I finally bought the Gazette track jacket. It's pretty comfy and it makes me happy. We also made a stop at the Pokemon Center in Hamamatsucho. I picked up a plush Eevee as a present for Tara there.

Now, I'm working on packing and practicing for my Japanese speaking final tomorrow. I'm nearly done with most of my packing. I had to buy a small suitcase to fit more of my stuff in the other day. I should just be able to fit all my stuff now. I'm in a kind of variable mood right now because I don't want to think about leaving. Tomorrow night is the IES Sayonara party. One last chance to see everyone before I go. Sigh. There's too little time left.
rinlin: (Default)

My birthday was a good time!

This past week was so busy, I was so glad when Friday night rolled around. After our Politics final, our professor Colin took the class out to a bar called Always. We had appetizer type food there. We were also fortunate enough to arrive during Happy Hour for half price drinks. I ended up having a margarita, a daiquiri, and part of Lauren's Long Island iced tea. I was tipsy for a while, but I didn't get really drunk. That was fine by me though. The night was pretty fun, except for a little bit at the end where Lauren turned into a sad drunk and broke down crying. [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious  and I ended up comforting her. There was a bunch of other funny stuff that happened before that though, like Chris drunkenly trying to psychoanalyze me. So amusing.

Yesterday was a bit of a post-birthday celebration, since I had class on my actual birthday. I spent the day with [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious , Greta, and Nicole. Because it was my birthday, I was given fearless leader status for a day. We dressed up in fun clothes and kicked the day off in Ikebukuro. First, we had lunch at B:Lily-Rose. I love that place. This time I had a yummy chocolate cake set to eat. I also got my picture taken with our waiter(ess). When she found out it was my birthday, she had me sit on her lap for the picture. (XD) It turned out super cute! After the cafe, we headed to Closet Child's new location. I got a cute Algonquin's shirt. It's really more of a sleeveless hoodie, and it has a hood with cat ears on it.

Then, it was on to Harajuku. I had originally wanted to get a second set of piercings in my ears to celebrate both my 21st birthday and my time in Japan. I checked out a piercing parlor I had been recommended to there, but their prices were super expensive. It would have cost me around $200 to get my ears pierced, which is kind of ridiculous. I decided to forgo the piercing and go shopping with my birthday money. First I hit the J-rock Closet Child. I bought DaizyStripper's latest mini album and a Gazette tote bag. I then stopped at Takuya Angel. I would have loved to have been able to buy an actual outfit there, but that's way out of my budget right now. I did however buy some adorable arm warmers with little claws on them. Takuya Angel himself was working at the shop when we were there. He seemed quite amused, watching me try on all the different arm warmers, lol. He was super nice. I had some nice conversation with him, me using my Japanese, and he using some English and some Japanese. He even gave me a present along with my purchase, a CD of his most recent DJ set. It's a really nice hour long mix. After that, we went to the Harajuku Closet Child. I bought a pretty cool looking H.Anarchy shirt there. For foods, Nicole bought me a yummy birthday crepe. We then went and looked at the pretty dollies in the Soom store. On our way back to the station I stopped at Paris Kids and bought a few cute pairs of earrings, including their knockoff Vivienne Westwood earrings (because I'm not going to be able to afford any real Vivienne Westwood anytime soon).

It was all quite fun. Now, I'm going to make the most of the week I have left in Japan. I can't believe that I'l be going home a week from now. I'm not ready for this semester to be over. Luckily, even though my Japanese final is this week, I don't have that much class this week, which leaves me with a lot of time to finish things up. I'm already planning out the places I want to go this week. I think Wednesday might be a pretty busy, but good, day.

rinlin: (Default)

My birthday was a good time!

This past week was so busy, I was so glad when Friday night rolled around. After our Politics final, our professor Colin took the class out to a bar called Always. We had appetizer type food there. We were also fortunate enough to arrive during Happy Hour for half price drinks. I ended up having a margarita, a daiquiri, and part of Lauren's Long Island iced tea. I was tipsy for a while, but I didn't get really drunk. That was fine by me though. The night was pretty fun, except for a little bit at the end where Lauren turned into a sad drunk and broke down crying. [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious  and I ended up comforting her. There was a bunch of other funny stuff that happened before that though, like Chris drunkenly trying to psychoanalyze me. So amusing.

Yesterday was a bit of a post-birthday celebration, since I had class on my actual birthday. I spent the day with [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious , Greta, and Nicole. Because it was my birthday, I was given fearless leader status for a day. We dressed up in fun clothes and kicked the day off in Ikebukuro. First, we had lunch at B:Lily-Rose. I love that place. This time I had a yummy chocolate cake set to eat. I also got my picture taken with our waiter(ess). When she found out it was my birthday, she had me sit on her lap for the picture. (XD) It turned out super cute! After the cafe, we headed to Closet Child's new location. I got a cute Algonquin's shirt. It's really more of a sleeveless hoodie, and it has a hood with cat ears on it.

Then, it was on to Harajuku. I had originally wanted to get a second set of piercings in my ears to celebrate both my 21st birthday and my time in Japan. I checked out a piercing parlor I had been recommended to there, but their prices were super expensive. It would have cost me around $200 to get my ears pierced, which is kind of ridiculous. I decided to forgo the piercing and go shopping with my birthday money. First I hit the J-rock Closet Child. I bought DaizyStripper's latest mini album and a Gazette tote bag. I then stopped at Takuya Angel. I would have loved to have been able to buy an actual outfit there, but that's way out of my budget right now. I did however buy some adorable arm warmers with little claws on them. Takuya Angel himself was working at the shop when we were there. He seemed quite amused, watching me try on all the different arm warmers, lol. He was super nice. I had some nice conversation with him, me using my Japanese, and he using some English and some Japanese. He even gave me a present along with my purchase, a CD of his most recent DJ set. It's a really nice hour long mix. After that, we went to the Harajuku Closet Child. I bought a pretty cool looking H.Anarchy shirt there. For foods, Nicole bought me a yummy birthday crepe. We then went and looked at the pretty dollies in the Soom store. On our way back to the station I stopped at Paris Kids and bought a few cute pairs of earrings, including their knockoff Vivienne Westwood earrings (because I'm not going to be able to afford any real Vivienne Westwood anytime soon).

It was all quite fun. Now, I'm going to make the most of the week I have left in Japan. I can't believe that I'l be going home a week from now. I'm not ready for this semester to be over. Luckily, even though my Japanese final is this week, I don't have that much class this week, which leaves me with a lot of time to finish things up. I'm already planning out the places I want to go this week. I think Wednesday might be a pretty busy, but good, day.

rinlin: (Lockon/Tieria)
I can't believe it's December already. I don't want to think about leaving Japan yet.

I wanted to post this sooner, but this week has been pretty busy (and next week is going to be super busy, too). Monday afternoon, [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious , Greta, Nicole, and I went to Ikebukuro again. This time we were on a mission though. We went and had lunch at B:Lily-Rose, which is a dansou cafe. A dansou cafe is sort of like a type of maid cafe, but much better. Instead of maids, there are attractive women crossdressing as beautiful men, who serve your food. They wore suits and even spoke with deep voices. It was super hot. I also found the concept to be much better than the concept of maid cafes. (Probably because the waiter(ess) didn't call us master, like they supposedly do at maid cafes. The idea of that tends to creep me out a bit.) The food was pretty good, too. I had some mentaiko pasta. I also ordered an alcoholic drink because I couldn't resist. It was called a Rainy Blue because it was (suprise) blue-colored. I'm not completely sure what all was in it, but it was lychee flavored. It was pretty yummy. And on top of everything else, they were playing Lady Gaga music in the backround. That was just the icing on the cake. All in all, I very much enjoyed my time at the cafe. It was a good time. We might be going back for more delicious crossdressing food this weekend because we might be in Ikebukuro anyways.

Also, speaking of Lady Gaga... this song is my new favorite Christmas song. Leslie discovered it a few weeks ago. Nothing says Merry Christmas like some Lady Gaga. "My Christmas tree's delicious", indeed.
rinlin: (Lockon/Tieria)
I can't believe it's December already. I don't want to think about leaving Japan yet.

I wanted to post this sooner, but this week has been pretty busy (and next week is going to be super busy, too). Monday afternoon, [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious , Greta, Nicole, and I went to Ikebukuro again. This time we were on a mission though. We went and had lunch at B:Lily-Rose, which is a dansou cafe. A dansou cafe is sort of like a type of maid cafe, but much better. Instead of maids, there are attractive women crossdressing as beautiful men, who serve your food. They wore suits and even spoke with deep voices. It was super hot. I also found the concept to be much better than the concept of maid cafes. (Probably because the waiter(ess) didn't call us master, like they supposedly do at maid cafes. The idea of that tends to creep me out a bit.) The food was pretty good, too. I had some mentaiko pasta. I also ordered an alcoholic drink because I couldn't resist. It was called a Rainy Blue because it was (suprise) blue-colored. I'm not completely sure what all was in it, but it was lychee flavored. It was pretty yummy. And on top of everything else, they were playing Lady Gaga music in the backround. That was just the icing on the cake. All in all, I very much enjoyed my time at the cafe. It was a good time. We might be going back for more delicious crossdressing food this weekend because we might be in Ikebukuro anyways.

Also, speaking of Lady Gaga... this song is my new favorite Christmas song. Leslie discovered it a few weeks ago. Nothing says Merry Christmas like some Lady Gaga. "My Christmas tree's delicious", indeed.

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