hanami + urahara

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How’s it going? I’m in a pretty good mood today! Today was supposed to be my back-to-work day, so I got up and headed to school as usual only to be told to go home and come back Wednesday. Actually I thought things were taking a downturn when I got to the door and realised I had forgotten my key, but I managed to climb through a window (I wonder if any of my neighbours saw) and things were fine, lol.

Finally did some hanami on Saturday! I haven’t done a proper hanami in a couple of years, since last year I wasn’t feelin’ so hot and had to go home after about half an hour.

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Yoyogi-koen. Soooo many people. It’s crazy. When you’re walking through the trees you can just hear the decibels rising with every step. We had a lot of fun drinking in the trees, though.

One thing, however, I really wanted to do while I was in the area is take some pictures of my favorite shops. I have a plan to try drawing and watercoloring these later.

I’ll put them here.

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(me)
〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 4 Chome−28-28 Lucessimo1F-B

Popped in here to buy a really cute necklace, actually.

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Nadia
〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, 神宮前4丁目28-29

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Romantic Standard
〒150-0001 Tokyo, 渋谷区Jingumae, 4−25−35 渡辺ビル

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womb
〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区 神宮前 3丁目21−10 フィールドワンビル101

Actually I never shop here, but the store front in so interesting to me.

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Random
〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前4-28-7 RDMビル B1F

I’ve never been in here, either, but I have an ancient picture of me in high school standing next to their sign just because of the name.

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Moena Cafe
東京都 渋谷区 神宮前 4-27-2

Another place I’ve never been, but I love these stairs.

I almost never go to actual Takeshita-doori because of the crowds. The last time I tried going there was a Wednesday, so I thought it would be OK, but no. Takeshita-doori is perpetually unmanageable now. And all my favorite shops have packed up and left. :/

Urahara is the best, though. Maybe one of my happy places.

Also popped in for a delicious burrito bowl at Guzman y Gomez.

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Guzman y Gomez
〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 1 Chome−11−6, ラフォーレ原宿 Laforet Harajuku

Guacamoleeeeeeeee!

Anyway, it was a good day. I’ll let you know how the paintings go.

Off to the night job now. Later. 🙂

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dazzlin’ gets

Happy Humpday everybody! Tried out my new DUP liquid eyeliner and it is shamefully better than the Ettusais cat eye liquid liner I usually buy. D:

And the IF eating is going strong! Broke the fast today with more chicken on salad with quinoa.

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If you haven’t tried the new yuzu-style salad chicken at Family Mart… Don’t. It’s nast af. :/

I ended up eating the onigiri as an after school snack.

But anyway!

Sometimes I get lucky at this school and they let me go after lunch. I was headed home, walking through the EST, for a few hours before going back out to meet friends when a dress caught my eye from dazzlin’.

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please ignore my zombie face thnx

It’s adorable! Two pieces, and grey camisole-type under dress with the poof-sleeved grey sweat to fit over it. And just as I showed it to the staff girl, she came running back with the cutest and most comfortable rider’s jacket ever.

Long story short, I threw down. Financially, lol

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About 6900Y

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I have actually been wanting a rider’s jacket for a couple of years now, but every time I find one I like it’s either a) too expensive or b) too stiff. This one is faux leather of course, and perfectly flexible and stretchy. Fits great and not a bad price. No regrets. ♡

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The tote was a gift for spending over 8000Y, which I really should NOT have done, but I did it anyway and OH WELL NOTHING I CAN DO NOW HAHA

So yea. I’m off to meet some peeps and enjoy the midweek. Cheers!

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spring break begins

So spring break is beginning. I’m still technically “on call” from my job for a couple more days (ALT life), but lately the weather is getting warmer and I’m focusing more on creative things, so my mood is already ON VACATION. ♣

Today I woke up blissfully at 10 and a made a deliciously healthy breakfast.

 

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yogurt, granola with dried strawberries and raisins, and banana slices

Recently I’ve been pretty busy, overbooking my free time and my diet has suffered. I’m not strict about my diet usually, but there’s only so many days one can live on ramen and Family Mart chicken before fat and fatigue approaches.

I’ve definitely been overbooking my free time, though. Lately I find myself out with people all weekend, and then exhausted at work all week. The thing is, I love hanging out; it’s just my job does absolutely nothing for me. :/

So, I’ve started reading this book recently, Fuck It – Do What You Love by John C. Parkin.

 

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It looks like it’s exactly the kind of motivational help I need with this right now. I’m only 15% in on my kindle though, so I’ll let you know more what I think when I get further in. However it starts off with this great quote that really spoke to me.

 

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”

-Henry David Thoreau

It’s not an awful job, but I’m personally not happy with being an English teacher, so this year my goal is to start doing what I want. I don’t know entirely how to go about it yet, but I have a couple of small projects in the works (that I will mention here when I’m ready), so I will see where it takes me.

I do believe in the power of human will, though. When I was in high school and university, I surprised myself many times by driving for and getting what I wanted. Granted, the doors waiting for you to open when you are younger seem more numerous than in the years after university, I know if I had the power in me to do something I wanted then, I can do it now too. I just need to get back into doing hard work for it.

And with that I’m off to get another cup of tea and get back to that hard work.

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asakusa in december

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Hey there. I can’t believe it’s already the Ides of March. /lame

I’ve been so busy these days I completely lost track of time. More than past time for an update.

It’s been a few months since then, but before leaving for my trip home to the US in December last year, I spent an afternoon in Asakusa to shop for some small trinkets and gifts to take home to my family over the holidays.

I love Asakusa. Everytime I go there I get this great sense of nostalgia for my first 4 months in Japan back in 2006 when I was living with a host family there. The family and I had a rough relationship, but as a newbie to the country, this town and my time with them strongly shaped the Japan I love.

As a tourist spot though, there’s not much reason for me to go there these days, so I hardly do. This recent visit was the first time in years for me to visit, actually. But the Nakamise-dori and Sensouji are still the beautiful places I remember them to be from back in the day.

Anyway, I took some pictures wondering about and thought I would like to post them here.

 

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Kaminarimon is always covered by people. And this time, so many selfie-sticks. (I finally have one now, get ready for some obnoxiously awesome photos, haha.)

 
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Once through here you can see the temple, but it was swarming with people so I just went to buy a fortune for my dad’s work and wonder around the gardens.

 

 

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They say that if you tie it here, it might get a little better. Of course I would get “regular”.

 

 

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That dango was pretty much the most delicious I’ve ever had.

It was still warm and just melted in my mouth. D:

After my snack I headed over to Tokyo Sky Tree to meet up with Emily. We decided to spontaneously grab dinner and go up the Sky Tree for the first time ever.

 

 

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The people pushed us into the fast line just for being foreign, which was weird but kind of cool, I guess. There was also a Star Wars event going on on the highest deck, so we decided to go all the way up.

 

 

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Kylo Ren of course.

Probably the coolest part of the Sky Tree display was the huge projection mapping performance that happened outside of Solamachi.

 

 

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After that we actually headed to Akabane to a strange izakaya where the waiter randomly gave me his business card. Uh, thanks? 😀 Anyway, it was a pretty awesome day. A good reminder that I need to get out of my routine every now and then and do something new.

Well, I’m off to prepare some things for work tomorrow. Catch you later.

Sweet dreams and good mornings!

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