Back From JAPAN! - Part 5 [Kyoto]

久しぶり!( ゚Д゚)
I got too busy and before I know it, it's already the second week of September! orz
At this rate, by the time I'm done blogging about my Japan trip for this year, it's time to pack for Japan again. I booked the flight for next year's April just yesterday! And this time, I'm going with dear Rai-chan. I'll be staying Osaka again. (´ ∇`)ノ

And now, day 6 of my trip: Kyoto!

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The day started with a simple breakfast of onigiri from the combini, and the dorayaki I bought from Nara.

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Got the Shinkansen ticket to Kyoto~ By Shinkansen it's only 15 minutes to reach, compared 45 minutes on a regular train.

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Upon arrival, I went to get the one day pass at the ticket office. It helps a lot as most transport in Kyoto is by bus, and their train is not as frequent compared to Osaka. It covers all bus and subway rides, so it's worth getting if you're going to spend a day in Kyoto! ( ゚ω゚)σ

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And this is the Kyoto Tower Sekiguchi-san told me about. It's right outside the station and it's very small compared to other towers as part of their efforts to preserve the old heritage there. Buildings in Kyoto are all pretty short. And so, I made my way to the Fushimi Inari Shrine~

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It's just a few minutes walk from outside the station, and there's already a lot of people praying at the Shrine!

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One of the many fox statues around the Shrine.

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A Kannuushi performing a ritual, and there's a lot of Sake bottles lined up near the altar.

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While making my way to the famous Toori Gates at the Shrine, I passed these very cute Ema with snake drawings, because it's the year of the snake. There's even Toori Gate Ema and fox faced Ema!

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The famous long walk of Toori Gates at the Shrine. There are many engravings at the back of these Toori Gates, with the years indicating when these are built up. I walked up to the end of these big gates where the smaller gates are, passed through the smaller gates and walked back out.

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There's a street filled with souvenir shops and street snacks, so I got myself a Taiyaki Parfait. It's filled with strawberries and cornflakes!

I then made my way over to Tenshi no Sato, Volks' famous headquarters.

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While waiting for the train, I noticed there's a railroad crossing near the station. It's not something I get to see back home, so I was quite fascinated.

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Tenshi no Sato, Volks' famous headquarters.

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Inside the hall, there's this corner with these beautiful little angels greeting you.

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A very big and beautiful garden for you to take photos of your dolls if you brought them along.

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All these furniture are also available for you to use when you want to take photos around Tenshi no Sato. However, no photography is allowed in the gallery area where all their LE dolls that they released are displayed, and the sales area where you can buy your dolls and accessories.

After that, I headed over to Nijojo, another historic site!

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At the crossing near Nijojo, I spotted ladies in kimono. They are quite common in the Kansai area, and especially in Kyoto.

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A pillar with the year Nijojo was built engraved on it near the entrance.

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When you enter, the first thing you'll see is the display of nobles at the side. I felt like I walked into a set of a period drama. wwwww

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The area around the castle. Compared with other castles, it's only ground level and spreading out in a wide area.

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No photography allowed in the Castle area, but there are guides showing you and telling you the purpose of each room around the Castle. And the main point of this Castle is that the floor SQUEAKS as you walk. It was built that way originally, and preserved till this day. This is for the Shogun to know if anyone is coming, and also to prevent assassination by the Shinobi back in that period.

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The big garden within the Castle.

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Passing by one of the moats, and the view from one of the guard towers.

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One of the trees in the garden on the way out had flowers in full bloom!

And next stop is Kiyomizu Temple! Up the mountain I go!

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The long street upwards to the Temple. It's STEEP, but it's a nice walk because you get to pass by all the stores selling traditional snacks and souvenirs.

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Kiyomizu Temple!

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In I go, and the famous pagoda!

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On the way into the temple area, there are 2 huge staffs for you to challenge yourself to lift them out. It's said to belong to the holy monks in the past, and they are VERY, VERY HEAVY. ( ゚Д゚)
These ladies tried their best (so did I) but are unable to lift them out.

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Top down view from the temple area. Told you it's a steep way up the mountain! The sun was about to set soon, but I walked around the temple and prayed before catching the sunset.

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The temple area where people pray and there's more people in kimono here.

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This cute little guy is the God of wealth and luck, and plentiful food.

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The way to pray to this Kannon is kind of special. You touch the statue and make a wish as you do so. I prayed, and so far my prayers seemed to be heard. Something I prayed for did come true. Although I also prayed for the same thing at all the Shrines I went to (HAHA!), but I felt that it was here that my prayers was heard. Don't ask me why, I just felt that way.

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A Buddha statue inside the temple area, and there was a couple praying when I entered. And now to make my way over the long bridge connecting to the other side of the mountain to catch the sunset!

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This is the view of the temple area from the other side of the mountain!

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Beautiful sunset over Kyoto.

And so, it's time to make my way down the mountain, and head over to Gion to see if I could see any Maiko or Geisha before heading back to Osaka.

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There are a lot of rocks with aprons around the mountain. These are Jizou Buddhas and they protect children, travellers and women in childbirth.

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I grabbed some snacks as I went back down. First is a huge piece of prawn cake, and next is steamed manjuu. The manjuu is originally filled with beef, but there's also a tofu version which I bought.
Just a random note: I'm Buddhist, and I am a follower of the Goddess of Mercy (Kannon in Japanese), hence I don't eat beef.

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Onwards to Gion!

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The place I alighted is lined up with traditionally designed lanterns. I wonder if it was like that back then, except with candle lanterns.

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A very interesting wall art along the street.

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A Kabuki theatre!

Too bad, there aren't any Maiko or Geisha around. I probably missed the timing that they're out. ┐(´ー`)┌
It's ok, I'm coming back here again next year, so I'll be sure to catch them! ( ゚ω゚)b
And so, it's back to the station to catch the Shinkansen back to Osaka.

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A very interesting statue outside one of the food shops!

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A shop selling a traditional pancake snack, similar to Okonomiyaki.

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I bought Chirashizushi for dinner at the Isetan near the station while waiting for the Shinkansen back to Osaka.

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On my way back to the hotel, I decided to take a picture of the Takoyaki van. I tried to be discreet, but I think he noticed me. (; ・´д・`)
He's there every night to sell Takoyaki, although I didn't buy from him. (Because I bought from another stall nearby. wwwww)

And that's the short one day in Kyoto!

The last few days are spent in Osaka but it was very eventful! それじゃ!(。☉౪ ⊙。)ノシ

Back From JAPAN! - Part 4 [Nara]

Day 5 of my trip is the holiest of them all, because I visited a lot of Shrines and Temples. Hahaha...
Here's a little trivia about Nara: Before it became present day Nara, it was known as Yamato no Kuni (大和国). It's named after the Yamato people, dominant native ethnic group of Japan. It is also the prefecture with the most World Heritage Listing than other prefectures.

The day started with a simple breakfast at Osaka station.

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Spinach and egg toast! The egg yolk was oozing with awesome!

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And then it's to Tsuruhashi to take the Kintetsu Nara line down to Nara.

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Upon reaching Nara station, deer mascots and deer related items are everywhere. They even have deer dorayaki. Of course it's just deer shaped. wwww

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Nara Park is not far from the Station, just a few minutes walks.

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How do you know you're on the right track? Deers everywhere. wwww
They had to remove the horns of the male deers to prevent them from fighting and hurting each other.

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A female deer was right outside the gate, and the ranger was telling us on what not to feed the deers if we were unable to get any deer biscuits for them.

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There's a temple near the park, and I went to visit it before heading towards Toudaiji.
Turns out that it's Horyuji Temple, the world's oldest surviving wooden structures. Horyuji Temple is also World Heritage Site!
The Gojyu no To (Five Storied Pagoda) is a sight to see in person. ( ゚ω゚)σ

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Another area of Horyuji Temple, where people can offer prayers.

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I took a rickshaw up to the area where Toudaiji Temple is, because it's quite a distance. My rickshaw puller's name is Tomohiro, but he told me to call him Tomo-chan.
(´-ω-`)
He's a really nice and friendly guy, and was the one who told me more about Nara history while pulling me around. My rickshaw's name is Hotaru, which means Firefly.
( ゚ω゚)σ

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This is the house of the governor of Nara. Looks so zen.

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Tomo-chan explained to me that in the past, people set this mountain on fire every year to drive away the Oni (demons). As the years go by, the mountain has become bare and barren. He then added "Now you can see, no more Oni!" `,、('∀`) '`,、

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Himurojinja Shrine, the Shrine of the Ice God. There's only one such Shrine in Japan, and it's in Nara. Tomo-chan explained that because once upon a time, the Emperor who longs to have good harvest and good food but they always ended up frozen. So he prays to the Ice God to please stop freezing the crops and food. Every year, the people prepares a pole of ice which is packed with carp and breams to offer to the God.
I don't understand why they would offer frozen food to the Ice God when they were hoping that their food don't get frozen. ┐(´ー`)┌

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The ricksaw ride ended near the Nara National Museum, which is walking distance to Toudaiji Temple. I went in to learn more about Nara, and they have a lot (I emphasize A LOT) of Buddhist artifacts collected all over Nara to preserve and display in the museum! Most of them are wood sculptures, and I'm really impressed on how they preserved them so well! (; ・`д・´)

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MORE DEERS ROAMING AROUND THE STREETS!!!! I had a simple udon lunch before buying a pack of deer biscuits to feed the deers.

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Awww~ Look at that cutie chomping the entire biscuit from my hand. wwww
You'd think that's fine, right? Oh no, you're wrong. They are really smart. The moment one deer spotted you, they will follow you. And this deer here caught the attention of the other deers and they surrounded me and nudged me and bit my jacket for attention that I had to run into the shop again to hide for a while. BUT... They waited outside. (; ・´д・`)

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And so, this happened. I was pushed back to the wall and the lady owner of the shop came out to rescue me by shooing the deers away with a broom!!! She told me to throw the last few biscuits far away to distract them, and I did. That's how they dispersed. wwww

Onwards to Toudaiji Temple! ( ゚ω゚)σ

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The long outer garden of the temple, and there's a baby deer along the way! The horns were just starting to grow. Awww~~ (*´ω`*)

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There's a floating Toori Gate near the entrance of Toudaiji Temple.

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The structure itself is really huge, mainly because of the gigantic Buddha statue housed inside the temple. But seriously, you need to see it in person to be awed by it's size. As shown in the photo, the door itself is so huge as you can see from the man standing next to it.

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2 of the Shitennou (四天王) at the door. Yes, huge.

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The Buddha himself. Just look at that size!

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The back of the Bhuddha. Such details!

Yamashita-san told me to try and go through the hole in the pillar. As beliefs goes, that hole represents the nostril of the Buddha. If you manage to go through it, you will receive enlightenment. It's really, REALLY a tight hole in the pillar!! But I took up the challenge.

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Yes, that's me. And yes, I managed to get through. ( ゚ω゚)σ

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After that, I made my way up to Kasuga Shrine. These big Toori Gates are everywhere to pass through because there's a lot of Shrines all over the mountain.

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A very cute poster to tell visitors to be careful of the deers. wwww

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Along the way, I passed by the mountain that Tomo-chan said was burnt every year to drive the demons away. This is how it looks like up close.

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Like the Meiji Shrine, Kasuga Shrine also have a wall of sake. Except this is a smaller wall.

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These were at the entrance of the Shrine.

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A very beautiful Temizuya.

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The Shrine is big, and very beautiful. I find Kasuga Shrine more zen than Meiji Shrine.

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The wedding ceremony area in the Shrine.

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A Miko tending the Omamori booth.

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Cute little deers holding the Omikuji. They have both Japanese and English ones. (´ ∇`)ノ

Along the way out to make my way down the mountain, I came across this interesting thing.

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Yamashita-san explained to me that this is for females to pray for good health. White is for the upper part of the body, and it most often relates to the breasts. Red is for bottom, which often relates to fertility. I find this very unique.

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And this here is to pray for longevity.

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Grabbing a matcha ice cream before heading down the mountain~ (´ ∇`)ノ

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I took the bus back into the city because it's really very far up the mountain. (`-´;)
(Oh look, someone fell asleep in the bus. wwww)

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Back into the city, and decided to walk around the area I passed by while heading over to Nara Park earlier in the day.

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There's a very nice display showing the festivals celebrated in Japan in all of the months of the year.

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Finally decided to have okonomiyaki for dinner, and settled in this cosy family shop.

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The nice and friendly lady boss cooking the okonomiyaki right in front of me. She even gave me this orange juice for free! (*´ω`*)

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After the okonomiyaki is done, the sauces placed on the table is free to use all you want. I used the mayonnaise and wrote なら♥ (Nara Love), but the mayo didn't really co-operate with me so it came out a bit weird. (☍ω⁰ )

After that, I made my way back to Osaka. That wraps up my one day (holy) adventure in Nara. I'd love to come back to Nara Park again for the deers, hopefully in Spring!

Next would be my day trip in Kyoto. それじゃ!(。☉౪ ⊙。)ノシ

Back From JAPAN! - Part 3 [Tokyo]

お久しぶりでした!It has been a while! ( ゚Д゚)
I was too busy with work and all, so my HP was literally negative when I got home for the past few weeks. ( ´Д`)
Since today is a holiday, I now have a chance to blog. YAY! ( ゚ω゚)σ
I know some friends are looking forward to the story about my day in Nara because I was swarmed by deers. wwww
But Tokyo day was before Nara day, so that will have to wait. www

でわでわ

Day 4 is a day trip to Tokyo. My main objectives were Hachiko, Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky Tree because I didn't get the chance to visit them in my first trip. And because I feel that it will be a long time before I visit Tokyo again (I AM A KYUSHU/KANSAI HEART PERSON TO BEGIN WITH!), so these were MUST VISIT places for me.

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Onwards to Tokyo!!!
I took the early train at 6:08am so that I can reach there by 9am. So I woke up at 5am and headed out to Shin Osaka Station. While waiting to depart, everything was dark and quiet and I was so groggy. And then I noticed there's the Sakura line towards Kyushu from Osaka, and I instantly lit up. wwww

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Catching the beautiful sunrise in the Shinkansen.

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My Eki-Bento breakfast: The Tako Box.
They used the kanji for "Many happiness" for Tako, and the contents were full of Tako (Octopus). I love how they actually put in so much thoughts for a meal. (´ω`)
There's a big slice of octopus, takoyaki balls, and a sausage in the shape of an octopus for all that tako happiness. And then there's also karaage, vegetables and egg along with rice. IT WAS SUCH A GOOD BREAKFAST! wwww

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Passed by fields of snow! There's so much snow piled on the roofs of houses, mountains and also the fields. I was hoping it would snow in the areas that I'll visit, but no luck all the way. Oh well, at least I get to see snow from inside the Shinkansen. ┐(´ー`)┌

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Shinkansen... Well hey, I didn't get to use it the first time I took the Shinkansen coz I slept all the way to Osaka from Tokyo. And I think I'm fascinated by it because I'm so sleepy and groggy especially after such a heavy breakfast. I really have no idea why I bothered, but here you go. A Shinkansen toilet. ┐(´ー`)┌

On a random note, when I woke up from my nap, I was minutes away from Tokyo Station and Tokyo Teddy Bear started playing on my iPod. I was all "Ooh... Nice timing for the song... OH, WAIT, WHAT?!" *grabs bag from the overhead bin*
And Tokyo is so warm! I actually walked around without my windbreaker on because I'm practically baking with just my hoodie. Such a big difference in temperature compared to Osaka. (☍ω⁰ )

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First stop was the Meiji Shrine, since I haven't been there either in my previous trip. And I didn't expect the outer garden that I have to walk through to get to the shrine would be so HUGE. Starting from here, it's about 10 minutes to walk to the Shrine's entrance.

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The great "wall" of sake in the outer garden.
See that random passerby who (accidentally) walked into my photo? That's how tall the sake are being piled up, and the "wall" is very long too!

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Finally reached the Shrine, and a Kannuushi was sitting there. I asked him for permission before taking a photo, and I am not sure if all that whiteness was his holy light or what...

After doing the Omairi and made a wish, I bought 2 Omamori and left for Shibuya.
HACHIKO HACHIKO HACHIKO~~!

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The Hachiko Entrance - Named after the loyal dog himself.

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Right outside the Entrance, is a wall of Akita dogs dedicated to Hachiko.

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And of course, the famous bronze statue of Hachiko himself!
Seriously, no matter how many times I read the story about him, it never fails to make me cry. *pats the loyal doggie*

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The famous scramble crossing, and it's just behind the statue. I joined in the walk, thinking I could go across and back in one crossing, BUT NO! As I turned around at the other side to make my way back, the green man was already flashing and I had to run back to where I came from. ┐(´ー`)┌
It was fun, though! To be able to walk in ALL directions on the road without breaking any laws. wwww

I then went back to Tokyo Station to make my way to Tokyo Tower and Sky Tree. The nice Station Staff drew a simple flow chart of a map for me to follow when I asked her how do I get to Tokyo Tower from here, and how to get to Sky Tree from the Tower. (*´ω`*)

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Tokyo Tower can be seen right at Hamamatsu-chou Station! ( ゚ω゚)σ

Before I start my walk towards the Tower, I grabbed a quick lunch at the nearby Family Mart. HAVE I EVER TOLD ANYONE HOW MUCH I LOVE FAMI-MA? Well, yeah, I LOVE FAMI-MA!

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Fami-Chicki (fried chicken) and tuna mayo onigiri is the best combo ever! (*´ω`*)

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There's actually a shrine along the way to the Tower, but I didn't go in to take a look. I did went in for a while on my way back down though, since I need to pass by it again to get to Sky Tree.

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☆ TOKYO TOWER ☆

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More Akita dogs below the tower, and the mascots for Tokyo Tower near the ticketing booth.

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I got the combo ticket so that I can go up to both decks. ( ゚ω゚)σ

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The city view at 150m of the Tower. Sky Tree can be seen from here!
It seems like they're close in distance, right? In actual fact, Sky Tree is very far away from where Tokyo Tower is.

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The shrine that I passed by earlier!

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And up I go to 250m of the Tower. ( ゚ω゚)σ

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The direction where Rainbow Bridge is. To be honest, I personally don't find Rainbow Bridge that special for all that hype. ┐(´ー`)┌

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The direction where Mount Fuji is. IT WAS TOO CLOUDY, SO IT CAN'T BE SEEN!
・゚・(つД`)・゚・

I then started to make my way to Sky Tree because I wanted to catch the sunset there. I stopped and smell the flowers back at the shrine along the way.

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I did say I stopped and smell the flowers. ┐(´ー`)┌

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I entered the shrine for a brief look around, and noticed that Tokyo Tower can be nicely viewed from here too. ( ゚ω゚)σ

Onwards to Oshiage Station for Tokyo Sky Tree! ( ・´ー・`)b
This train journey is pretty straight forward, and there's a dedicated exit at the Station, so it's really much more accessible compared to Tokyo Tower.

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Once you get out of the exit, you'll see the Sky Tree Town. ( ・´ー・`)b

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☆ TOKYO SKY TREE ☆

There's seriously a lot of people there. Yes, it's a new attraction and even Sekiguchi-san told me that the wait can be up to an hour... BUT SERIOUSLY, IT'S A TUESDAY! It's like USJ, where I can never understand how there can be so many people at the odd hours of a weekday. But anyways, I asked the lady controlling the crowd for an estimation for the waiting time, and she said about 50 minutes. I'm cool, I still have time till my Shinkansen back to Osaka. I'm more concerned about catching the sunset! So I quickly joined the queue and hoped for the best.

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And the queue was moving faster than I expected! About 40 minutes later, I'm at the main hall where the ticketing booths are, and there's this very nice media display showing you the seasons and culture/practices in Tokyo over the centuries.

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Finally! TICKET GET! ( ・ิω・ิ)
And then we're grouped accordingly to board one of the many lifts up to 350m of Sky Tree.

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The lift I took had pretty flower patterns, and the lift dramatically turned off the lights and these patterns immediately lights up the moment the doors were closed. And within SECONDS, I am already at 212m above ground!

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Que dramatic rush of people going "おおおおお!" as they poured out of the lift the moment the door opens. Sounds like what you watch on TV, but it's real. wwww

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EVERYTHING looked like little toys as you watch the cars and trains moving around the city from above. I guess that's how the holy ones sees all of us from where they are.
I kind of regret not taking a video of the life that's going on as usual below, because I was so fascinated looking at all the trains moving to and fro like toys.

I MUST NOT FORGET MY MISSION THAT IS THE SUNSET!!

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The sun setting over Tokyo. Isn't it just beautiful?
I'm not kidding you, I teared as I watched the sun set from Sky Tree.

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♪I'm at the~Top of the world~ Looking~ Down on creation~♫
Along the way down, you'll pass by the Glass Floor area of Sky Tree. It's only a very small area, but there's a lot of people hanging around looking down from there. There's just as many people waiting at the side for their friends/family because they dare not stand above the Glass Floor. wwww

With all my missions complete, I'm now on a mission to catch the train back to Tokyo Station for my 7:03pm Shinkansen back to Osaka! I asked one of the staff what's the fastest way to get back to Tokyo Station, and she drew a simple flow chart of a map (I think they love to do that!) for me. I really love all of the service staff in Japan. (´ω`)

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Again, we're being grouped to take one of the many lifts down. This time, I get to take the one with the Sky Tree in the clouds.

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The decorations around Sky Tree Town lights up as it gets dark.

When I reached Kinshi-chou Station to grab the train towards Tokyo, I was shocked to see that the rapid train is in 3 minutes and the regular train would be in 5. I didn't want to risk taking the regular train, as the rapid skips a few stations and will guarantee that I get back to Tokyo Station in time. And as you all know, Japan's train stations are huge. I ran with all my life and ran up the escalator to hear the dreaded music before the train announces that the door is closing. YOU BET I RAN FOR IT! I jumped into the train as the door closing announcement came on and the doors closed right after me. Someone in the train shouted "SAFE!" and we're all so amused.
I'm serious when I say that a lot of stuff that you see on TV can happen any day, any time in Japan. wwwww

When I reached Tokyo Station, I was actually 30 minute early. So I took my time to shop for my Eki-Bento dinner and waited in the waiting room for my Shinkansen.

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Dinner was a Shu Mai Set. I swear, all their Eki-Bento are packed to the brim with food, and they're all so cheap.
I couldn't finish the rice for this one. (☍ω⁰ )

I fell asleep on my way back, and the loud smacking sounds on the windows woke me up. Thinking it could be snow, I quickly pulled up the blinds to check it out.
ONLY TO SEE THAT IT'S JUST RAIN. (இдஇ`)
Oh well... The next time I head to Japan, I'm planning for Spring so that I can Hanami under the Sakura trees.

Next up, Nara! (。☉౪ ⊙。)ノシ

Back From JAPAN! - Part 2 [Universal Studios Japan]

What is going to Osaka without spending a day at Universal Studios Japan?!
So, yes, I spent my whole of day 3 right in there.

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The winds were strong, and I waited for the right moment just to capture the flag in the photo. Ya, ya I am silly that way. ┐(´ー`)┌

You'd think the queues won't be that long, considering it's a weekday. It's a Monday when I was there. Wroooong~~~ I queued for about 40 minutes for my ticket. It's not too bad, because by the time I went in, it's also the time the mascots will start to come out to roam the area.

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じゃーじゃあん♪ Ticket in my hand♪

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The very first mascot I ran into (literally!) when I entered: Woody Woodpecker! I just came out from the locker area when he and Winne ran out of their gates to enter the Studios. Woody even stopped to look and wave at me. (*^▽^)

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Winnie taking pictures with the kids. (´ω`)

After grabbing a shot with Woody and the actor who was with him, I made my way to the 4D theater to catch the Sesame Street 4D movie, but did not get a chance to take a picture with Elmo because he's being swarmed by kids AND adults. Cookie Monster was running away (really) and poor Ernie is just standing at the other side. Since the show's starting in a few minutes, I didn't attempt to catch any of them. But when I came out from the show, they're gone. ┐(´ー`)┌

I shopped for a pair of Elmo ear muffs in the 4D store because it's really cold outside and I cannot resist the cute that is Elmo. A staff with an Elmo headband was playing with an Elmo plushie at the counter when spotted me trying on the ear muffs and went "Elmo~♪" and gestured with the plushie's hand to come over. So I went over and played with her for a while before she asked me if I'm gonna use the ear muffs immediately and pasted the "paid" sticker under the headband part of the ear muffs. When I left the store, a staff selling cotton candy outside poked at my ear muffs and asked which Studio or ride would I be going to next. They're all so warm and friendly, it really warms my heart. (*´ω`*)

Then, I made made my way to Woody's Studio for his show. There's still about 15 minutes to go when I reached the Studio, so I joined the queue. A staff manning the queue pointed at my ear muffs and commented it's really cute.

So I told her I like Elmo, and it's really cold. She then took out her pouch and gave me this:
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A special Elmo sticker! They really warm my heart a lot. (*´ω`*)
And by that time, I wore my gloves already because it's really very cold.

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The inside of the Studio for Woody.
The show is a mix of AR with a real actor + videos, so it's really fun. (≧∇≦)

It was getting a little late in the afternoon already, so I decided to find food before I carry on. And along the way, I found...

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Wonderland!

And I got very distracted by Snoopy. I LOVE SNOOPY!!!!

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He saw a little boy wearing a Snoopy snowcap, so he went over to play with the boy. Aww~ (*´ω`*)

I managed to grab a shot with Snoopy before I went to Snoopy's cafe for lunch.

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Fish burger with nuggets and fries, and a I got a hot drink BECAUSE IT'S REALLY COLD THAT DAY. (☍ω⁰ )

I bought a Snoopy snowcap to keep my head and ears warm and continued my journey. There's only kiddy rides in Wonderland, so I started to walk around the rest of the Studios.

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The walk of fame.

I went over to take the Amazing Spiderman ride. It was awesomeeeee! While you slowly make your way to the ride in the queue, you'll go through many rooms that were nicely set up for it too.

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Took a shot with Spidey and bought the special shot the staff made for me too!

I then made my way to the Back to the Future ride.

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I'm going back. Back to the future!

This is the MOST PAINFUL ride ever. It's fun, really fun, BUT PAINFUL. Because the ride really rock you around VERY HARD. (☍ω⁰ )
My snowcap was rocked off my head, but because I tied it firmly to my neck, it did not fly out of the car.

I looked at the board to check out what ride would come next in terms of shortest waiting time, but found that the Terminator ride has already ended. The next one would be Jurrasic Park. So I made my way over.

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I'll say this: It really IS a bad idea to take this ride because it's so cold out there. And because it's a water ride. WATER + COLD WEATHER = BAD COMBO.
But guess which idiot went in anyway? Yep, me. ┐(´ー`)┌

BUT! I was lucky in a way. Because as the boat slide down the waterfall, the impact made me jerk downwards, so I didn't get hit by the waters. The guy seated in front of me took everything. And he didn't wear a raincoat. wwwww

And since that was the last ride available, I started to make my way out of USJ. Everyone around the Studios was just strolling around or doing last minute shopping before the shops close for the day.

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2B or not 2B?

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Sunset at USJ. It's beautiful.

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Yes! I want to come back to USJ soon too!!! (*^▽^)/★*☆♪

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These are what I bought for myself in USJ. Yes, Snoopy took most of my money!

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I bought this for my sensei. I never did ask him how did it taste like. (; ・´д・`)

And that's the end of Day 3 of my 8 Days in Japan.
それじゃあ!(´ ∇`)ノ

Back From JAPAN! - Part 1

I'm back for 3 weeks already, actually. It's just the day I landed was also the day I had to return to school, and I was too busy clearing work ever since I got back. orz

This time, I stayed in Umeda, Osaka. I had a day trip to Tokyo for Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky Tree but I'm a kansai-heart so I still love Kyushu and Kansai area more than anywhere else. ♪~ (゚ε゚)

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My in-flight entertainment while flying to Narita Airport for a transit.

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Beautiful night view of Osaka at night. Reaching Itami Airport!

Because it was late by the time I reach the hotel, it's a quick dinner of Takoyaki and crash to sleep.

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Breakfast near the JR Osaka station before heading to Osaka Castle!

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This is a very lucky find at the shrine in Osaka Castle Park! Blossoms!!!
*・゜゚・*:.。..。.:*・'(*゚▽゚*)'・*:.。. .。.:*・゜゚・*

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A very lucky and happy couple getting married at the shrine. おめでとうございます!

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Osaka Castle! It has a lot of history, and a magnificent view at the top.

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More Takoyaki and delicious Oden at the stalls around the castle. Perfect for a cold day.

Went over to Tennouji Temple after that, but it's already closed for the day. So it's back to the hotel after that.

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Beautiful evening view of the Osaka Tower.

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And an awesome dinner of Katsu Don!

There's a whole lot more of wonderful memories of my 8 days in Japan, but that's for another day to continue. (。☉౪ ⊙。)ノシ
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