Friday, 28 November 2014

Rilakkuma Cafe!

In August, just before I left Japan and just as he moved to Japan, I met up with Frazer, a friend from my university here in England. We went to the Rilakkuma cafe, which was a theme that was going on in the Tower Records Cafe in Shibuya for a while. I think the Rilakkuma theme has gone now, so I'm glad I managed to go while it was still there~ 

 The cafe didn't really have any special decoration, but there were lots of Rilakkuma toys around.

Purin latte

Curry rice

Purin (I think?)

There wasn't much choice of food and drink, but it was all very cute!

And of course, we took purikura 

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

KERA street snap

A few weeks before leaving Japan, I was street snapped by KERA! It was printed in the December 2014 issue. I'm really happy to have a full page in one of my favourite magazines~

Cardigan: Mint Neko
Cross necklace: tutuHA
Top, belt: GLAVIL by tutuHA
Skirt, shoes: Bodyline
Garters: Noctex

After taking my photo, they had me fill in an enquette with things like where I bought each item (although they seem to have printed a couple of them wrong lol), what I do, what I like etc. For some reason the only non-outfit-related question they've printed is what my favourite manga is (Attack on Titan) and why ("because it's interesting"), so it makes me look a little obsessed with it haha.

The outfit was originally to go to a live (can't remember which bands were playing), but KERA actually caught me on a Sunday morning after I'd slept in a manga cafe because I'd missed the last train haha. I was just passing through Harajuku on my way home to find some comfortable shoes because my feet were in agony by this point. It had actually just stopped pouring with rain when they found me; the sunglasses were to hide the fact that I was all gross and make up-less.

Kawasaki Warehouse

Sorry, I've been super horrible at keeping this blog updated! 

I wanted to share with you guys an interesting place I went to back in June. I'd read about it online before going to Japan, so I was really happy to finally be able to see it in person! It's called Kawasaki Warehouse (or あなたのウエアハウス), and it's pretty much a video game arcade that's been decorated to look like the Kowloon Walled City (if you've never heard of it, check this out; it's pretty interesting).

It's easy to spot. 

In the areas without games there were recordings of background city noises and Chinese voices, which made the whole experience feel more realistic.

Everything was incredibly detailed! 

 Not quite sure what this bit was about, but it was interesting nonetheless. There was actually water around those stepping stones, and the turquoise stuff you see is smoke and coloured lights. 

Didn't D'espairsRay film their Reedemer PV here?

 Even the (functional) vending machine had a dusty, aged look to it to fit in with everything else.

And the UFO catcher game.

 There were even a few purikura machines!

The exit

This place is free to enter, so it's definitely worth checking out if get the chance! It's actually in Kanagawa (between Tokyo and Yokohama), but you can get there really easily and quickly from Tokyo by train (JR lines). Warehouse is less than a ten minute walk from the station, Kawasaki.

Obligatory purikura with Mari