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11 March 2008 @ 01:14 pm
Ume (plum blossom) matsuri!  
Plum blossoms bloom earlier than Sakura (it's maybe a month or so until the Sakura are out!), though they're not quite as prolific as the sakura are. But they're still absolutely gorgeous-- this year they're a little whiter than last year, though! I can't wait for the sakura-- I hope that they've changed toward a more pink hue this time around. (I don't know how that works, but..)

So, this last weekend, I ended up being a lot busier than I thought I would! I met up with Eda and her friend Fatimah, who is visiting Japan, and we went to have lunch at a gorgeous, amazing vegan place called the Brown Rice cafe. I had a dish that felt very healthy, which is plus-points for it, although I didn't find it all that delicious. But the tea.. OMG the Soy milk chai... HEAVEN. ♥ I also had a chocolate tarte even though I was pretty full, and it was just, so yum. I am not vegan, but the place was really clean and pretty and NONSMOKING <3, and I definitely want to try some more of their dishes. I will definitely go back, though it was a tad pricey (not too bad), so it will have to wait until I get more monies. ^.^ Speaking of monies, there is a big traditional-goods store on Omotesando-st. that has always looked really expensive, so I never bothered to go in... but I was wrong! It's fairly cheap, actually!! I'm definitely going to go there in the future to buy things to decorate my room~ =^-^=

Then we went to Asakusa and had fun looking in the shops. I always love to look at all of the traditional stuffs, and there is such a wide selection. It was kind of like, "I'm getting that-- and that-- and omg THAT-- one day!" ^_^;<---almost broke

Then yesterday, we joined Erin for Ume-matsuri near Ueno!! The plum blossoms are out in force, and it's so beautiful! @~8~~~ We had a really fun time walking through the crowds (I actually don't like crowds most of the time, but it was alright because of the gorgeous flowers!!), and listening to the taiko performances and the vendors selling their goods. =^___^= Ahhh, I LOVE spring!!

The Brown Rice Cafe (check out the link above if you're into vegetarian/vegan food. ^^

My lunch.. ^^

One of the shopping streets branching off from the Asakusa temple grounds.

And I tried to get a little creative with the pictures (it got dark REALLY fast after I took this picture...)

Look, we wear the same size!! Seriously, I sometimes feel like I wear shoes that big, because my size is basically noexistant in Japan. ^^;;

On Sunday, Eda picked up these amazing things from the store... x.x;; Uh...... yeah, Strawberry-chocolate-covered cheetos. You to the math..

Ume matsuuuuuuri!

I always think these shinto (?) talismans are pretty. ^^

Aren't they gorgeous this year??

I meant a LOT of people.. XD;;

I always love these prayer plates~~ ^__^

And the sky was so blue.. ♥ Yesterday it was rainy, and today it's sunny, so it seems to alternate right around this season in Tokyo!

This guy is making Tokyo-style okonomiyaki. I don't care for it that much, but let me tell you... Kansai-style okonomiyaki is to DIE for. OMG..

Okonomiyaki (sort of). Actually, the whole idea of okonomiyaki (hey listen up, you Ukyo fans!) is that you can make it with the ingredients of your choice. It actually means literally "cooked things you like". LOL but at a fair, you don't get so much choice. No worry, because we had it laaaater! ^.^

It seems to be the year of the rat. :D

These pretty lanterns are advertising the ume matsuri. ^^

The 4 of us.. I was wearing pink under my jacket so.. I guess we all matched in spirit? ^^;;

Sightseeing Imformation???

I just liked this.. This is Ueno park, btw. In the summer, those waters are filled with tall green plants. ^^ It's a little bit like a forest.

Satan's duck!! It had red eyes and seemed to exude evil, really..

See! We had okonomiyaki after all! But for dinner, and with our own yummies inside. OMG I want to go there EVERY DAY. Every single day! But they allow smoking, so it's not worth the headache. I asked them about it, hopefully we can affect some change little by little. There are other restaurants in the building that do not allow smoking too..

By the way, it looks nasty because it's not cooked yet. Okonomiyaki is quite healthy, being made mainly of cabbage! But a lot of people slather it with mayonnaise (wry?!), so I suppose that counteracts a little of the benefits. ^^;;

When it's cooked... and oh MAN was it good!

The forecast for today is 65 degrees~~ ahhh so nice, it's almost comfortable!! ♥♥♥
Current Mood: cheerful
slytherinblack: bitch pleaseslytherinblack on March 11th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
I got some great photos of the plum blossoms in Hakone last weekend. *sighs* Though no picture can really do them justice, I don't think.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 11th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
Oh wow!! You have to post them!! ^o^

BTW, it was nice hanging out with you today!
slytherinblackslytherinblack on March 12th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
They're in my facebook, I've just been lazy about posting anything to LJ. Here's the album link: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=38870834&l=b6971&id=10041391

Also, story I was talking about: