Monthly Archives: December 2013

Shibuya 109 – Gyaru paradise

Shibuya 109 – Gyaru paradise
Hey there pumpkins!
Christmas is over and I’m finally taking some time to update you with the promised post about Shibuya 109. I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday with lots of yummy treats and love. I spent the last few days with the family and um.. so much food!


Shibuya 109 (ichi-maru-kyu) is a cylincrid-shaped department store located at the famous crossroads of Shibuya. It exclusively has stores for women but there’s the counterpart to it for men’s clothing on the other side of the street. The makeup department was pretty cool but then again, every makeup store is awesome in Japan. The clothing departments on the other hand were not my style. Like totally not mine at all but I enjoyed strolling around that spiral of small and crazy stores with the very flashy and almost plastic looking staff.


Although I didn’t see a lot of things I would personally wear, it was fun getting a look at so many different gyaru styles. The clothes range from girly to elegant and even punk. I’m not exactly sure what age range the shops are addressed to but in Japan it’s difficult to tell how old people are and I think that there are also many women in their thirties who come here to shop. I doubt that many tourists actually buy clothes here but there were also many cute items, makeup and a yummy bubble tea shop which I definitely enjoyed a lot. :bling:


You aren’t really allowed to take pictures but the staff didn’t care too much and even if they did, most of them wouldn’t want to come to you and speak English. But they were all super nice and in awe of my modest Japanese skills. The store which I enjoyed the most and even got a few things from was the LDS (love drug store). Plushie cat handbags, unicorn sneakers and capes, they had everything I hoped to see and even more.

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Trees amongst giants

Trees amongst giants
Hey there cutie pies!
It’s suddenly friday again and I finally felt like blogging.. or doing something in general. I’m off to Italy for a few days but I wanted to update you guys with some impressions of Tokyo.
Not sure if I’m going to blog about the events chronologically but it pretty much looks like I’m going to start from the latest events. At the beginning I thought that nine days in Tokyo would kill me. The hotels and youth hostels were all booked out and we didn’t have a lot of money left but the days flew by in an instant and despite the fact that we had to change hotel every three days, I was sad to leave Japan.


The people in Tokyo are very polite and cosmopolitan and there hasn’t been one single place or moment of awkwardness. Except maybe for those moments when we had to take the subway with our humongous amount of luggage but I think that throughout time, we learned how to handle that quite elegantly. People sometimes stare at you in different ways and school kids will most likely giggle and say “herooo!” (like in “hello”) to you and even if I stuck my tongue out at them because I was feeling exeptionally mature, they yelled “kawaiii“. That was quite puzzling and frustrating since I sometimes tried to be rude on purpose but I guess it was okay and we sometimes even had a chat with them. :iida:


Believe it or not, but I didn’t spend everyday shopping and on one of those days I needed some green space so we went to the Hamarikyu Gardens, a vast public park that is surrounded by seawater of the Tokyo Bay. We walked for quite some time and enjoyed the view of the trees finally starting to change color, people eating their bento (lunch boxes) under a pavillon, interesting birds and all of this scattered on a green area between skycrapers and the ocean.


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Hauling throughout Japan

Hauling throughout Japan
Hey there Sweeties! :nekopaw:
Although I had promised myself that I would do all the shopping at the end of our stay in Tokyo, I wasn’t exactly able to stick to that plan. The first parcel was sent back to Switzerland while still in Hokkaido and the second one from Kyoto. I also sent back way too many clothes I had brought along but soon regretted it, since afterwards I only had about three outfits to change into. In the end there were more hair care products, tableware and makeup in my luggage than clothes.


And of course I brought along food. Furikake (rice seasoning) is always convenient because it’s light and flat and I love trying out new combinations. It’s all very basic stuff and some of them are from the 100円 shop but after two months of eating mainly rice it’s difficult to switch to Müesli and Zopf so I’ve been cooking and enjoying Japanese food ever since we arrived.



Hair care is taken very seriously in Japan and if you go to a public bath or hot spring you will notice that most of the people have several bathing utensils such as body scrubers, wash cloths different soaps and various hair care products. The smell is addicting and somewhat different from the scents in Europe and I couldn’t help but bringing some of that with me. My hair now smells like fresh strawberry and sakura.. :tongue:


The chance to come across cat themed things in Japan is sky-high, it’s the ultimate kitty paradise. While the cat-themed stuff is mostly kawaii and girly, the real cats there are so Ukiyo-e! They look and behave quite differently from the cats here and remind me of cats in Japanese wood block prints.
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