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Japan Trip Goodies & Random ThoughtsJapan Trip Goodies & Random Thoughts

R_KasaharaR_Kasaharahace 3 añosLoot
This past Saturday, my husband and I got back from a three-week vacation in Japan! We're just starting to recover from our massive jetlag and general exhaustion, but it was probably the best vacation that either of us had ever taken. If you have the means and the exchange rates are in your favor, definitely go!

And if you do, don't overlook all the great shopping!

Here's all the geeky loot we (well, mostly I) picked up on our trip, along with souvenirs, treats, and a few other things. Stuff we bought that's not in this post include mundane everyday items, packing materials (thanks, Daiso!), unintended duplicates (mostly gachapon), and gifts and special request pickups for family and friends.

I considered doing a series of posts about the whole trip, but unfortunately, I've decided that I can't do any right now due to time constraints. However, I'll reconsider after the holidays if there's enough interest; just let me know.

Before I start, I want to give a few shoutouts. The first ones go to a handful of posts here on MFC which I referred to while we were planning this trip. We didn't visit all the places mentioned in them, but they were useful nonetheless
- LUNARSIGN's lengthy twelve-part series on her trip to Japan - A must read! Part Twelve has the table of contents: BLOG #8012
- KERIPO's Akihabara shopping map - It's a couple years old, but still very useful: BLOG #8312
- Japan 2013 - Akihabara P1 - by KERIPO: BLOG #8731
- Traveling Japan - An Ask MFC post by KASASHADE with several tips in the comments: BLOG #19022

If you're planning your own trip, I recommend checking out these posts and others (via the search box) here on MFC's blogs.

Secondly, I would like to rec the single most useful site we referred to while planning this trip: japan-guide.com. This site has a ton of info about visiting Japan, and the forums are filled with answers to all sorts of questions.

Thirdly, thanks to those on MFC and elsewhere who gave us various little tips before our trip (you know who you are).

Finally, a huge thanks to my husband who did the bulk of the planning for this trip! His hard work paid off and we had a wonderful time.

Anyway, on to the loot!

Video Game Music

Currently, what I most seriously collect isn't figures, but VGM. As such, I went into this trip with the goal of rare VGM hunting as a top priority. Some out of print albums can get pretty pricy on the after-market, and even with the cheaper places, like Suruga-ya, there's still shipping and sometimes proxy fees to contend with. Plus, buying in person means I'm able to check on the conditions of items before purchasing.

I ended up buying quite a bit…

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The BreakdownThe Breakdown(All are secondhand unless otherwise noted; also, some have their obi tucked away inside the case)

Mandarake Complex, Akihabara
- milestone, dj TAKA vgmdb.net/album...

Book-Off, Akihabara
- starmine, Ryu☆ vgmdb.net/album...

Book-Off, Ikebukuro
- Chrono Trigger Arranged Version: The Brink of Time vgmdb.net/album...
- Mexican Flyer Remix Tracks Inspired by Space Channel 5 vgmdb.net/album...
- Sekaiju to Fushigi no Dungeon Original Soundtrack vgmdb.net/album...
- The Smile of You ~theme from Elebits~ vgmdb.net/album...

Mandarake Grandchaos, Osaka
- Nintendo 3DS Pokemon X*Y Super Music Collection vgmdb.net/album...
- True Blue…, dj TAKA (Konami Style exclusive version) vgmdb.net/album...
- Ys Piano Collection vgmdb.net/album...

Book-Off Super Bazaar, Hiroshima
- Bemani x Touhou Project Ultimate MasterPieces vgmdb.net/album...
- Bust a Move 2 Dance Tengoku Mix vgmdb.net/album...
- Final Fantasy IV: Celtic Moon vgmdb.net/album...
- NiGHTS Original Soundtrack vgmdb.net/album...
- Sonic Rush Original Groove Rush. vgmdb.net/album...
- Sonic Rush Adventure Original Soundtrack vgmdb.net/album...
- Viewtiful Joe + Viewtiful Joe 2 Original Soundtrack vgmdb.net/album...

Mandarake Shibuya
- Sekaiju no MeiQ² *syoou no seihai* sound track : Piano sketch version vgmdb.net/album...
- Space Channel 5 Original Soundtrack vgmdb.net/album...

Tower Records, Shibuya
- Blue Dragon, Seiryu (new) vgmdb.net/album...
- To Far Away Times, Yasunori Mitsuda & Millennial Fair (new) vgmdb.net/album...


I started the VGM shopping with some good Konami luck on my side, picking up two of my most-wanted Bemani artist albums and the rare OST for Elebits. A few additional, though less exciting, Bemani albums were picked up later on, including what is now my second copy of True Blue…, a harder-to-find variant of the standard release.

Konami luck later shifted over to Sega luck, as I happened upon a ton of Sonic soundtracks while in Hiroshima. One of these was the grail-worthy Sonic R OST; while it was far out of my price range, it was amazing just to hold a copy in such good condition. However, I did pick up the Sonic Rush OSTs, both Sega Direct exclusives (and both of which came back into print recently, but are still a pain to get).

Bust a Move 2 Dance Tengoku Mix is one of the harder-to-find CDs I happened upon during my VGM shopping sprees. That OST wasn't a huge priority for me, but it's a great album and the price was right.

One thing that surprised me about buying these used CDs is that at Book-Off, for albums that would be kept behind the counter, the clear plastic sleeve would be taken away completely. This is not what I was used to from NYC's Book-Off, nor did I run into this sort of thing at Mandarake. I was probably going to re-sleeve them anyway after getting home, but losing that little bit of added protection during the trip was somewhat irritating.

The only CDs I bought for myself that were new were Blue Dragon, yet another Bemani album, and To Far Away Times, Millennial Fair's long-in-the-works Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross arrange album, which happened to come out in stores during our trip.

Figures

Not many here, but believe me, I would've bought more if we'd had the space!

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Mandarake Complex, Akihabara
- Sakura Kinomoto SP Figure ITEM #276961

Kotobukiya, Akihabara
- Transform Danboard, standard version ITEM #255289

Robot Robot, Nakano Broadway, Nakano
- Danboard Mini, Holstein Black version (secondhand) ITEM #291352

Mulan (Chuo-dori branch), Akihabara
- Tomoyo Daidouji SP Figure ITEM #276963

X (Main branch), Akihabara
- Chie Satonaka PM Figure, Gekkoukan School Uniform version ITEM #314672


Akihabara is particularly awesome if you're a prize figure collector. Not only do you have the Sega, Taito, and other game centers chock-full of UFO Catcher and other crane machines, but it's really easy to walk over to nearby stores that stock new and/or secondhand prize figures (both arcade and kuji), most of which are at very reasonable prices. All of the prizes I picked up were bought sealed, and any plastic wrap that was on them was removed sometime before we left (turns out I needed the extra space in Sakura and Tomoyo's boxes for packing gachas). I managed to snag Tomoyo and Chie not long after they were released in arcades, even becoming the first owner of the latter on MFC in the process!

The Transform Danboard, purchased from Akiba's Kotobukiya Store, is the non-exclusive one (the exclusive is a gold-colored version that's kind of gaudy). Part of me wishes I had waited to get back to the hotel room and ordered it from an online shop, since it's not exactly hard to get, but I wasn't sure about its exclusivity at the time. Live and learn. Thankfully, we had enough space for him in our luggage :P

Plushies

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Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo, Sunshine City, Ikebukuro
- Fennekin Pokedoll ITEM #185270
- Pikachu Pokedoll ITEM #74641
- Tepig Pokedoll ITEM #75138
- Tyrunt Pokedoll ITEM #221232

Gundam Front, Diver City, Odaiba
- Beargguy III (san) plush ITEM #333954


Pokemon Center stores are must-visits for trainers visiting Japan. Most of the merchandise in them is exclusive, and some that aren't are otherwise hard to find. Even though I'm running out of space for them, I snagged four more Pokedolls for my collection, including my Black 2 starter Tepig, which they only had a few left of. I was surprised to see any B/W Pokedolls still in stock at all.

Another franchise shop which I highly recommend is the one at Gundam Front, a Gundam-themed amusement complex. Fortunately, you don't have to pay admission to Gundam Front to check out the shop (unlike with Tokyo Joypolis, grumble grumble), and the exclusives are clearly marked on a handy flyer. In addition to several Gunpla and other items, one of the exclusives is this cute Beargguy III (san) plush.

Doujinshi

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The BreakdownThe Breakdown(All are new unless otherwise noted)

Comic Toranoana, Akihabara
- 10000_POWERs (Gundam) www.doujinshi.o...
- Composite Graphics: Female Type Deformer (Gundam) www.doujinshi.o...
- issho ni gohan tabetai!! 13 (original) www.doujinshi.o...
- issho ni gohan tabetai!! 14*15 (original) www.doujinshi.o...
- Little Kitchen (original) www.doujinshi.o...
- Memories of Nekopon (original) www.doujinshi.o...

Mandarake Ikebukuro
- Bakery (original)
- Final Fight 7 (FFVII) (secondhand)

Comic Toranoana, Akihabara
- Saitama 360 Club Vol. 2 (original) www.doujinshi.o...
- Hoshifunigaoka 6-Chome (original) www.doujinshi.o...


Aside from prize figures, another class of items worth buying in Japan is doujinshi, especially new doujinshi. They don't take up a lot of room in your luggage, and buying them in person can save you on proxy fees and shipping. We mainly stuck to Toranoana and Mandarake for doujinshi browsing and shopping, though there's a handful of other stores in Akiba, Den Den Town, etc. that stock them as well. For BL fans in particular, the Mandarake on Otome Road in Ikebukuro is a must-visit.

Books, Magazines, and Video Games

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Super Potato, Akihabara
- Final Fantasy VII (black label) (secondhand) ITEM #94985
- Front Mission 5 ~Scars of the War~ (black label) (secondhand)
- La Pucelle: La collection de mettre les donnees (secondhand)

Kotobukiya, Akihabara
- The Adventure of Yotsuba: The Beginning of Each Month
- Himekuri Yotsuba&!: The Book of Illustrations

Narita Int'l Airport bookstores
- FRUiTS No. 219 (Dec. 2015)
- Hobby Japan No. 558 (Dec. 2015)


I now finally own FM5, and also picked up my fourth copy of Final Fantasy VII, which is now the only one I own that's not based on the US "International" version.

The two magazines were picked up in Narita Int'l Airport partly as a way to burn through some of the final yen we had left. They're both magazines I've enjoyed in the past, so picking up these new issues was a no-brainer.

Gachapon and Other Goods

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Gachapon (assorted locations)
- Neko Cafe (Anicolla Series): Strawberry Cat Mousse
- Yotsuba pin badge (via Kotobukiya, Akiba)
- Pokemon Good Night Friends XY vol. 1: Chespin ITEM #173539
- Pokemon Good Night Friends XY vol. 1: Froakie ITEM #173538
- Pokemon Good Night Friends XY vol. 1: Pikachu ITEM #173536
- Parakeet Matryoshka: Large grey parakeet and egg
- Parakeet Matryoshka: Large white parakeet and egg
- Parakeet Matryoshka: Medium and small yellow parakeets
- Desk de ganbaru Nyan: type 4
- Neko Cafe (Anicolla Series): Nyaccha Cake
- Animal Restaurant (Anicolla Series): Omelette x Toy Poodle

Book-Off, Akihabara
- Luxury, Fantastic Plastic Machine (secondhand)

Yodobashi Camera, Akihabara
- Green Yarn Yoshi Amiibo ITEM #300388

Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo, Sunshine City, Ikebukuro
- Pokemon Hanafuda ITEM #353383

Don Quixote, Akihabara
- Hatsune Miku Clear Card Collection Gum, one pack w/two cards

Kotobukiya, Den Den Town, Osaka
- Yotsuba & Monochrome Animals mug, Adelie Penguin ITEM #153130
- Yotsuba & Monochrome Animals mug, Holstein ITEM #153131

Daimaru, Umeda, Osaka
- Hamamonyo eco bag

Artnia, Shinjuku
- Dragon Quest Slime Hourglass ITEM #360214
- FFVII concept art postcard set

Gundam Front, Diver City, Odaiba
- Two postcards

Gundam Cafe, Diver City, Odaiba
- Haro keychain

Pensta, Tokyo Station, Tokyo
- Suica's Penguin eco bag


Here's where I put a bunch of items that didn't fit in elsewhere. More shop exclusives (a third class of item worth buying while in Japan), a handful of gachas, two eco bags, and even a goddamned Amiibo. The CD in there is the only one that I bought on this trip that isn't VGM-related: Luxury, which is, as far as I know, the only Fantastic Plastic Machine studio album that I didn't already own. As for the gachas, we kept most of the capsules, though I removed them for these photos.

Aside from the eco bags, we bought a handful of other "normal" items, mostly travel and packing supplies, but they weren't worth noting here. On a related note, Tokyu Hands (especially the Shibuya branch) and Japan's many, many department stores are great places to shop for non-geeky gifts and souvenirs.

My Husband's Loot

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Gachapon (assorted locations)
- Gudetama Food Mascot: two types
- Gudetama Ippai Mascot: three types
- Wa no Kokoro Buddhist Collection 4: Zouchouten
- Genki Sushi gacha: gold shrimp nigiri
- Japanese train pins: 3 types
- Jama Neko: Sabatora (Sphinx)
- Animal Restaurant (Anicolla Series): Curry x Cat

Hello Kitty Japan, Diver City, Odaiba
- Gudetama Cafe Re-Ment: three blind boxes (two of the cardboard boxes have since been discarded)

Pensta, Tokyo Station, Tokyo
- Suica's Penguin notepad and magnet set
- Suica's Penguin 2016 Calendar

Yellow Submarine, Radio Kaikan, Akihabara
- Gudetama Food Mascot: Onigiri

Comic Toranoana, Akihabara
Chuo Line Railroad Girl 2015with Ome Line www.doujinshi.o...


Aside from an occasional splurge on Magic: The Gathering cards, my husband's not much of a collector. Still, he found some stuff he wanted to pick up.

His interest in the Sanrio character Gudetama grew a lot during this trip, so he picked up some Gudetama gachas and Re-Ment blind boxes (though we threw out two of the cardboard boxes to save space when packing). One Gudetama gacha was actually purchased at Yellow Submarine's Radio Kaikan store near the end of our trip. He's also something of a railfan, so in addition to taking lots of photos and videos of Japan's trains, he got some Suica goods, gacha pins, and a train-themed illustration doujinshi.

Souvenirs

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Tokyo Skytree
- Postcard set

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka
- Guidebook and poster set
- Pom Poko bookmark pack
- My Neighbor Totoro stained glass art card

Maidreamin, Akihabara
- Clear file
- Keychain

Rubber Duck Project, while it was in Osaka
- Limited-edition rubber duck
- Rubber duck magnet

Kyoto International Manga Museum
- Mamyu postcard
- Black Jack postcard
- Mamyu magnet

Kofuku-ji, Nara
- Ema (second of a set of two; the first was actually used)

Nara in general
- Shikamaro-kun magnet
- Double-sided magnet

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto
- Ema

Sanjusangendo, Kyoto
- Postcard set

Himeji Castle
- Shiromaru-hime medal
- Shiromaru-hime postcard
- Shiromaru-hime magnet

Okunoshima
- Picture book
- Three postcards

Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Harajuku
- Four postcards


Some more typical souvenirs. As you can see, we hit several major tourist spots in Japan, including some UNESCO World Heritage sites. Not included here are the many, many brochures and other freebies we held on to.

The most random tourist spot we visited was a park in Osaka where Florentijin Hofman's Rubber Duck was currently parked. During our trip, I had heard about it being there through Kahotan's blog, of all places!

Also, Shiromaru-hime is best mascot.

Candy and Snacks

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TreatsTreatsSo many treats...


This one section is where it became hard to keep track of where stuff was purchased, so sorry, no detailed breakdown. Most of our purchases here were made either at a gift store called The Daiba in Diver City, or at supermarkets in Odaiba and Osaki; there's also a few things picked up from Daiso and Don Quixote branches, and elsewhere. Of course, stuff we had left half-open by the end of the trip is not included here.

The haul here includes the obligatory Pocky and Kit Kats, boxed traditional sweets from Kyoto, Hokkaido caramels (nope, we didn't go there!), lemon-flavored snacks from Hiroshima, and more. Not shown: some really excellent cough drops.

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I don't know how much of this is common knowledge around here, but...

Some random travel tips:
- You should be able to get around all right if you don't know much Japanese and have internet access and a good map (on a smartphone or otherwise). Most of the important signs, such as in train stations, are in Japanese and English, and some are in kanji, kana, English/romanji, Korean, traditional Chinese, and/or simplified Chinese. Tourist-oriented places will generally have more English-speaking staff than others, and several restaurants, especially in such areas, have English menus. Basic phrases/words are still very useful, though, as is some passing familiarity with hiragana, katakana, and Japanese etiquette.
- Many places (tourist attractions, department stores, specialty stores, etc.) don't open until 10, so don't worry too much about getting up early to see stuff unless it involves a long train ride first.
- Most stores are open until 8PM, but some are open later. Tourist attractions, especially museums, tend to be open until 5PM or 6PM.
- Public smoking is not as prevalent a problem in Japan as I've heard it used to be, but there's still some in restaurants and a few other places.
- The discount store chain Don Quixote is a good spot to hit up for inexpensive souvenirs and decently priced snacks.
- To keep your purchased doujins, books, etc. in good condition while in your luggage, get a cheap gift box from Daiso. 100 yen stores like Daiso are also good for packing/mailing supplies, small gifts/souvenirs, and snacks.
- Save your 100 yen coins for the gacha machines and game centers!
- Consider visiting Tokyo Skytree and/or Tokyo Tower at night. They are two of the few tourist attractions that are open late, are less crowded at night (at least Tokyo Tower is), and the view is just as great.
- If you're going to Osaka, try the okonomiyaki! If you're going to Hiroshima, try their style of okonomiyaki! We prefer Hiroshima-style, but both are delicious ლ(´ڡ`ლ)
- On a related note, most everything is delicious, but avoid buffets at Decks at 3PM… easily our worst meal in Japan.

That just about covers everything. I'm sure that in all this, there's some item or two that I forgot-- for instance, I could've sworn we had another magnet in the souvenir pile somewhere. Anyway, Japan is a great place to go and spend way too much money, and I highly recommend it!
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Jealous. Never really have been able to travel out of the country. While I was married we never had money. Now that I am not, the money seems to "surge". I will have to put some aside for just this purpose.

Japan is in a three way tie for overseas travel though; Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Anyway, a very nice post which I enjoyed. Again...jealous.

Oh, and the "Blue Dragon" cover brings back memories of one of the band Asia's album covers from 1982,vinyls.altervis... . Back in the 70's and early 80's, bands knew how to make cool covers.
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A very nice travel blog. I liked how you mixed your loot post with useful tips for traveling around Japan! I never knew collecting VGA was a thing but it makes sense.
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Raze (hace 3 años) #4342390Can you LMK if Mitsuda's new album's booklet contains lyrics? The songs are in English except Schala's Theme which I'm trying to learn the lyrics to. If there are lyrics, then there's hope someone will eventually post up those lyrics sometime.

It's neat how FF7 coincidentally gets a surge in merchandise right when you went to Artnia. I had finished a FF7 replay earlier this year and discovered things I never did back in the day which was fun.

Sure thing; also, scans might show up here (under "Covers") in the future. The case is a thin digipak, so I'm not sure if there even is a booklet, but guess we'll see.

The remake probably has something to do with all the new FFVII merch lately, too! I want to replay it sometime, but my backlog is huge and I've already played FFVII something like four times. Also, noticing new-to-me things was one of the best parts of my own previous replay.
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R_Kasahara (hace 3 años) #4342353Thanks!
Thanks, and hope you guys have fun!
I haven't gotten around to listening to my new CDs yet, but that latest Mitsuda/Millennial Fair one is definitely going to be the first one I pop in. And yes, we saw the FFVII gallery; we loved it! FFVII is actually one of our favorite games and a major factor in how my husband and I first met, so seeing some of the original production art and storyboards was quite a special experience.


Can you LMK if Mitsuda's new album's booklet contains lyrics? The songs are in English except Schala's Theme which I'm trying to learn the lyrics to. If there are lyrics, then there's hope someone will eventually post up those lyrics sometime.

It's neat how FF7 coincidentally gets a surge in merchandise right when you went to Artnia. I had finished a FF7 replay earlier this year and discovered things I never did back in the day which was fun.
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Suppi12 (hace 3 años) #4341928Hands down one of the best loot posts I ever seen, because there is just so many things I never seen before and I learned so much from your interesting descriptions of the items.
Thanks!

AkibaMelon (hace 3 años) #4342134Excellent blog post! ^___^ Thank you so much for that!
My boyfriend and I are currently planning to go to Japan in spring of 2016 (✿◠‿◠) We're currently doing all the planning for flights, accomodation and transportation in Japan and so forth and so forth (・。・;) So this blog post came in very handy since I wanted to look up all the blogs on Japan trips I've read in the past year but you actually did the job for me here (●^o^●) So thank you very much!
Also really good content, so much effort and really well written!

sarahjayne (hace 3 años) #4342336Brilliant loot post. I went on my own to Japan for the first time two years ago and I'll be going again one week tomorrow but this time with my mum and my sister and I can't wait.
Thanks, and hope you guys have fun!

Raze (hace 3 años) #4342327Haha, I forgot about the LOLness of that Brink of Time cover. I haven't seen it in a long time, but I do still remember that first time laughing at seeing breakfast for a Chrono cover. I'm listening to the new Chrono OST nonstop. I can't get enough of the now officially English version of "Radical Dreamers". When Mitsuda held his live concert this summer I was wishing so badly for a CD and here we have it! :) I'm hoping some site will post up lyrics to the CD.

I see you went to Artnia. Did you get to walk through the FF7 gallery? Artnia doesn't always have themed galleries and when they do the themes are on for a short time. It's cool to happen to be there during an exhibition.

I haven't gotten around to listening to my new CDs yet, but that latest Mitsuda/Millennial Fair one is definitely going to be the first one I pop in. And yes, we saw the FFVII gallery; we loved it! FFVII is actually one of our favorite games and a major factor in how my husband and I first met, so seeing some of the original production art and storyboards was quite a special experience.
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Brilliant loot post. I went on my own to Japan for the first time two years ago and I'll be going again one week tomorrow but this time with my mum and my sister and I can't wait.
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Haha, I forgot about the LOLness of that Brink of Time cover. I haven't seen it in a long time, but I do still remember that first time laughing at seeing breakfast for a Chrono cover. I'm listening to the new Chrono OST nonstop. I can't get enough of the now officially English version of "Radical Dreamers". When Mitsuda held his live concert this summer I was wishing so badly for a CD and here we have it! :) I'm hoping some site will post up lyrics to the CD.

I see you went to Artnia. Did you get to walk through the FF7 gallery? Artnia doesn't always have themed galleries and when they do the themes are on for a short time. It's cool to happen to be there during an exhibition.
hace 3 años
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Excellent blog post! ^___^ Thank you so much for that!
My boyfriend and I are currently planning to go to Japan in spring of 2016 (✿◠‿◠) We're currently doing all the planning for flights, accomodation and transportation in Japan and so forth and so forth (・。・;) So this blog post came in very handy since I wanted to look up all the blogs on Japan trips I've read in the past year but you actually did the job for me here (●^o^●) So thank you very much!
Also really good content, so much effort and really well written!
hace 3 años
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Hands down one of the best loot posts I ever seen, because there is just so many things I never seen before and I learned so much from your interesting descriptions of the items.
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twistofate (hace 3 años) #4339968The early weeks of July was not bad, it even rained and we had to wear long sleeve shirts but it went to hell very fast. It was very humid, had to wipe sweat every 3 blocks. I would still go back in July though but i won't go in August. I didn't get to go to Mt Fuji but had a great view of it on our way to Osaka. We went up to Sapparro as well which is a very spacious city. Hotels were 3-4 times bigger for the same price as Tokyo lol.

I agree, have to get the Chie prize figure! I got Marie when it was available in July. I wish we went to a cat cafe but our time in Osaka was short. I can't make up my mind if i like Osaka more or Tokyo.

That weather doesn't sound like fun; my husband wouldn't be able to stand it D: It was pretty mild when we went, but the heat in all the stores, etc. was cranked up as though it was supposed to be colder. Also, we didn't get to see much of Fuji at all, even from the bullet train to/from Osaka; it was always hidden behind clouds and/or smog. I'd love to go to Sapporo on a later trip! And as for whether Osaka is better than Tokyo, that is a tough question XD

ney (hace 3 años) #4340778There is a little restaurant called 福ちゃんpastebin.com/sc... (sorry, the google link was too long for MFC) near the central station of Hiroshima where you can eat the best Okonomi-yaki ever.

That depends from the district, but you can have a fine in the Bunkyo-ku if you smoke while walking, same for Ikebukuro if i remember correctly. But there are dedicated spot for smoking.

I spend around two month last year and wanted to do the same. Finally i've done nothing :/ But i think it's a part of the trip to discover by itself without using guide.
Ahhhh, i want to go back right now >.<

We went to Okonomimura in Hiroshima, but I can't remember the exact name of the place ^^; Don't think we'll be in Hiroshima again anytime soon, but good to know.

As for the smoking, I guess we've just become too used to living in US cities where smoking in restaurants and bars is either outright banned or extremely limited. The partitioned-off smoking areas in some restaurants usually weren't enough to keep the smell out. The worst for us was a restaurant floor in a shopping area in Osaki where all the places forbid smoking during lunch, but allowed it for dinner. Thankfully, no one was smoking at the ramen shop we went to that evening.

And that's very true about discovering stuff for yourself. Still, I do enjoy seeing where others have been and reading their impressions ^^
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