Life in Japan; Streetsnaps & Traditional Japan

I’m currently working on the ‘favourite gal blogs’ post but since I have so many pictures from when I was in Japan I figured a small post wouldn’t hurt. I’m also going to be editing a few old posts and some tags today, in a bid to make things easier to access.

This picture post includes: 
– Gal streetsnaps
– OPA Kyoto
– People watching
– Traditional Japan meets Modern
Location: Kyoto
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This cute girl was decked out in W♥C.
She wore the black tutu over jeans due to the cold, I imagine.
Her boyfriend was in ‘Of the Neige Style’ a predominantly Ora Ora brand.
This girl was so effortlessly gal, even in such a simple coord.
Wish I had taken a better pic, sorry.
OPA, ready for Spring!
The mall has mainly Gyaru/Gyaru-o brands but there are also non-gal brands.
People waiting for OPA to open.
It’s not just the young people who do their make-up in public ;D
 A young girl in a kimono sits by the pond in the park behind Yasaka shrine.
A young couple both in traditional dress.
Happy baby Buddha XD
Mini-geta in a store front window.
My favourite of the bunch!
Deco’d Manekineko♥

Life in Japan; Donki & Purikura

I may have had to leave Japan temporarily, but that doesn’t mean I can’t keep making the ‘Life in Japan’ picture posts. I have plenty of images stored up, especially from my travels to Hiroshima and Kyoto and I mean LOTS!! 

This picture post includes: 
– Akihabara Donki
– Purikura Advertising
Location: Tokyo & Hiroshima
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Donki are well known for their costumes.
It’s fake breasts all around with these costumes.

Men need fabulous wigs too…right?!
Donki always offer cheap but cute glue-on nails. 
I think I know why these eyelashes were in the bargain bin – nasty~ 
A new purikura booth offers a ‘moistened eyes’ effect – yay?! 
The advertising for the ‘Essence’ machines is always so gorgeous. 
Shock, horror!! Gals reading MANGA!! on their phones haha 

Picture post; Life in Japan

Thank you to all who replied to the ‘Picture Post; Request‘ post!
It will stay open for all of you who wish to make more requests. 

In other news, the Japan picture posts shall now be known as ‘Life in Japan‘. I may continue to make specific picture posts like the ‘Sweets‘ and ‘Kamakura‘ ones, but all the requests and random pictures shall fall into this new category.

This picture post includes:
– 109
– EGGnam Arcade
– School Girls
– UFO Catchers
– Alpacas
– Host Club & Hosts
– Festival Sweets
Location: Tokyo
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 Kumickey promoting the new 109 branded cellphones on the front of…109
EGG Namco Arcade 

Some schoolgirls going to take purikura.
As so many of you requested it, I shall pluck up the courage to take proper photos soon!
UFO Catcher goodies 
Kaomoji plushies 

 You can even win cheesecake in UFO catchers.
Maybe you fancy another brand?
Or some giant packets of chewy sweets?! 
Some of the goodies I/my boyf won in UFO catchers recently.
Giant Alpaca ♥ ♥ ♥
The giant Alpacas can no longer taunt me! 
Champagne call~ 

Sake, water, apple juice, ginger ale…and carmex.
The glamour of Host Clubs haha 
My Host Riku #2 (right), Toni’s (left) and クリーミーちゃん the Alpaca 
I should have stolen his bow tie/shirt…and the D&G leopard print belt!!
Finally, some sweet treats to tempt you~
Hina Matsuri themed @ Daiso
Don’t forget that the picture request post is always open for your comments and requests~

Japan Post; Picture requests~

In the two previous Japan picture posts I brought you; ‘sweets‘ and ‘a day trip to Kamakura‘. However I realised that maybe the topics were too specific and maybe I was being greedy picking them?! So what I want to know is…
Yep, I am asking you to request pictures of what you would like to see in Tokyo. This way I can bring you photos of exactly what you want. So what can you request?!
Anything from UFO catcher goodies to traditional Japan, or maybe you want to see some of the scenery in Tokyo?! Just leave a comment requesting what you would like to see and I will try my best to capture it.
Ask away and remember, it can be whatever you want, as long as it isn’t something like ‘a picture of a host’s underwear’ because I could get into trouble for that haha


Life in Japan; Day trip to Kamakura

For the second installment of the ‘Japan picture series‘ I am taking you all on a ‘Day Trip to Kamakura’…well I’m going to show you pictures from a recent trip I took there, but I hope you will all enjoy it just as much as I did.

Kamakura is a city in Kanagawa prefecture, which is about 1hr train journey from Tokyo (Yokosuka line). It has a lot of history – which I had to do a presentation on recently, hence my interest – and it is a popular day trip for tourists and Tokyoites alike. There are lots of sights to see in Kamakura, including; Buddhist and Shinto shrines (also ‘the great five Zen temples’), bamboo forests and of course, the famous ‘Daibutsu’ (big Buddha).
We visited Engaku-ji (Kita-Kamakura station) first…







After our visit to the temple, we hopped back on the train to Kamakura station.

Kamakura is a lively city, with plenty of traditional restaurants and shops – the rice cakes here are well known and there are plenty of places to pick some up. There are also quite a few tourist-y shops too though but they don’t mark the atmosphere or city itself ;D
After a look around Kamakura we headed to see Daibutsu – you have to take the Enoshima electric railway to Hase station.

It can be very crowded, especially during the Summer and on a public holiday.

↑↑ Look at the little girl ↑↑
I think this shows just how big he is.

If you’re interested in Japanese art, like I am, then you’ll love this.
It’s really beautiful!!
You can also go inside of Daibutsu, for only 20円. However it’s only the inside of a bronze statue, with some steep stairs and a very poorly organised in-out system. So if you’re like me and don’t like being too squished then it’s probably not worth it.
But what if all that doesn’t interest you?!

Well maybe you could go surfing (Kamakura is a well known spot for it), or wake-boarding, or maybe just to catch up on your tan…on a sunny day of course ;D

So what did you think of Kamakura?
Have you been? Would you want to go?
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Life in Japan; Sweets

I mentioned previously how I wanted to post not only about Gal, but Japan (mainly pictures), whilst I spend my year here. Therefore I thought I would start the series with something everyone loves…

SWEETS~

Let’s start with my favourite thing about Japan….MATCHA!!
This is Matcha mini-parfait with mochi and red beans.
A traditional sweet that is still super yummy today 😀

Caramel and honey pancakes.
My boyfriend ate this and I was tempted to try some but it was gone in a second!
Must have been good ;D

Haha can you tell that Denny’s is good for desserts?!
This is their popular chocolate parfait mix.
My friend ate this but let me try a little, and it was pretty good.

Pumpkin, sweet potato and cream parfait.
I think they still have this on their Autumn menu.
I highly recommend it!
Mont Blanc cake is very popular in Japan.
I found it a little too sweet though D:

Sweet bean covered in kinako (thanks Sara Mari!)
My friends and I were given tasters as we walked around Kawagoe.
It was delicious~

A strawberry and cream donut, from Mr. Donut.
I don’t really like strawberry but this was from a friend so I tried it.
I think fans of strawberry would enjoy it XD

More Matcha!!
This is the best matcha chocolate I have tried so far.

Of course, everyone’s favourite Japanese beverage…
MELON SODA~
Fanta are now selling it in bottles from 7/11

Finally, a strange sounding beverage that caught my eye.
Milk Tea + Bitter Chocolate = Tea Mocha?!
Actually it was quite nice 😀
Can you tell that I enjoy sweet things with a bitter/savoury edge?!
Did you spot anything you would like to try, or anything that you wouldn’t??
Disclaimer: These images were collected over a few months, so don’t worry I am feeding myself properly haha
If you liked this post, please comment and let me know what you would like to see next time!!
…and on a related note, the lovely Sara Mari also did a post about ‘Japanese snacks that are good but bad for you‘ – it’s definitely worth a look 😀

Recent/Holiday Coordinates….

☆ ~ French Macarons ~ ☆

I can’t believe it’s been a week since I updated last. I’ve been so busy sorting out everything, as I’M MOVING TO TOKYO NEXT WEEK!! Haha I still can’t quite believe it myself…it’s odd. Can’t wait though. Unfortunately I have some bad news, before I hound you with my latest coordinates. The ‘Gaijin Gyaru’ series is on a small hiatus, until I settle in. Sorry!! It’s just going to be a very hectic first few months, so I need to concentrate. I will still be updating whenever I can, I just won’t be able to send out the last few interviews just yet.

Recent Coordinates

Tshirt: Peacocks | Jeans: Primark | Scarf: H&M | Jewelry: Swarovski

You’ll see this tie-dye shirt and the necklace a couple of times in this post, coz I love them so much XD


The boyf bought me this Swarovski necklace for our 18 month anniversary. I wasn’t expecting anything but he saw me looking on the website and knew how much I wanted it.

 Tshirt: Peacocks | Shorts: GILFY | Bag: tutuHA

I am sending out some tutuHA love to Sara Mari with this one. I think she loves the store just as much, if not more, than me ;D

Holiday & Coordinates

As you’ll see, I didn’t take too many photos of my coords whilst I was on holiday. And I didn’t wear anything too amazing, but I think that was down to the heat (around 33c) and the fact that I spent 1/2 of the day in the pool XD Anyway, here are some photos of my holiday in Provence:

The boyf’s house

Top: TOPSHOP | Skirt: H&M

This outfit was inspired by the gorgeous Ena, and this coord of hers.
Sorry for the lack of accessories, I always tend to put them on last before I rush out haha

Top: H&M | Skirt: Republic | Headband: H&M

This was another inspired coord. I wanted a casual Mode look and I really liked this one (centre) from JELLY.

Shirt: Primark | Romper: H&M | Sunglasses: Primark | Accessories: H&M

And with a more attractive background

I may not get the chance to update before I leave for Tokyo, on Wednesday (I arrive on Thur evening)…but I will be updating my twitter so keep an eye out.