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05 October 2010 @ 03:33 pm
Day 09 - Favorite stores/shopping centers  
O hisashiburi desu!! ^o^;;; Soorry for taking so long! I've been out of the house for days! I only came back to sleep and shower and get dressed again, and sometimes there wasn't even time for that! ^^;; (I always showered, but didn't always sleep well, lol. And of course I got dressed, silly! ^^)

Actually, I've been having a lot of fun, hanging out with friends and eating too much and taking purikura. I'm completely and totally exhausted, and am glad to return to "normal" life for the rest of the week, but I really love to go out with friends like that! I definitely need to do it more often! At least once a week!! So the last three days made up for the last month or so that I didn't see much of people, I guess, lol.

So, it's back to the Japan 30-day meme, ne! =^-^=

Day 09 - Favorite stores/shopping centers.

Actually, there are a lot of places that I love, but I picked a few in particular! =^-^= Karel Capek, Shibuya 109, and La Foret. =^-^= Others, I'll write about them bit by bit as I go to them/think about them.. how does that sound? There's no way that I could put everything in one post at all!! ^^

I love Karel Capek teas! They make hands-down the best cold chai tea blend I've ever had. It's great straight-up, without any sugar or milk! Not too bitter like some blends can be (I find Lupicia's chai-blend a little too harsh, really..) Of course, the real reason that I go there is to collect their glasses! I like their cold tea glasses, but they only come out with one design per season, so I feel like I have to wait forever on the edge of my seat for a new one! ^^;;;;;; *is currently still waiting impatiently* I want all of my regular drinking glasses to be from that series... which is why I only own five glasses atm. XD HURRY UP AND COME OUT WITH MORE PLEEEEAAASEEEE!!

These pictures are from the Jiyugakoka branch, which is now the closest to me, but I used to live near the one in Kichijoji, which is how I found out about the shop. I completely fell in love with it when I lived there, and now that it's a little far from me, I don't go as often. But that's probably good, since I don't have as much income ^-^; But I still go when I can!

According to the sign, there is a special going on where if you go to another branch nearby (not really nearby, since you would have to take the train quite a distance), then you can get double points on your stamp card. Yay for that, but not yay for expensive train travel to get them! ToT

Their teas come in a variety of packages, but they all have cute designs like these on them! Aren't they adorable??? *^-^* I actually took this picture because of the great misspelling that isn't technically misspelled. Considering that the character is wearing a chestnut-shaped hat, I'm pretty sure that is supposed to be "maron" and not "maroon". I think "maron" is French? Either way, they use it to refer to chestnuts here. A lot of non-native speakers think that it's actually english.

The ubiquitous Shibuya 109. AKA, where the cool kids shop, lol. Well, definitely where a lot of the "Shibuya girls" shop. They have all sorts of clothing types inside, most of them very young and fun. I really loved their summer and spring fashions, but to be honest, I've been to look for fall things quite a few times and can't find much that I like. Good fall fashions are hard to find in Tokyo! There are a lot of black/brown combos (I prefer white/tan/pink/yellow, etc). Black/dark brown is probably my least favorite pairing in general. ^^; But anyways, I go maybe a few times a month, depending on my mood/money/etc. ^^

The weather can't decide whether it wants to be cold or hot, and so neither can the people! (Notice the girl in t-shirt and shorts but on the far right, the other girl in jacket and long leggings. By the way, it was quite hot, the girl on the right must have been scorching! Not that I blame her, because the weather has ADD these days! I nearly turned on the a/c today, but a few days ago I was freezing in a heavy sweater! m.m;;

Golden stairs on the side of the building.. not sure why they're there, as all people do with them is hang out on the front steps ^^;

Pictures are generally discouraged inside, but I tried! I couldn't resist the giant bow! I really love how in Tokyo a girl can walk around with a giant red bow on her head and seem like it's perfectly fashionable. Actually, I didn't notice until looking at the pictures later that she was wearing something funny! That's how used to it I am. I like it =D More people should embrace their personal fashion =D

Mannequins. See what I mean by black/brown combos dominating? It looks better on the gold skin for sure =D

Slightly better, but I still find this style horribly boring not me. It's a very common style in Tokyo, though.

This store on the 2nd(?) floor often has good clothes for decent prices, I think. =D Can't remember their name, though. Right now, there wasn't really anything good though ^^; They had a winter jacket that I liked, but of course the sleeves are too short and there is a hood. Am I the only one who doesn't like hoods? (or collars, btw)

Cute accessories galore!

Supposedly a hit item! A hit with whom, I'm not sure. There HAS been a lot of fur this year, though! A LOT LOT of fur! I would love a pair or fur boots myself, but it's nearly impossible to find my size of shoes in Japan.

Meow.... gotta love the model's expression, btw!

So, I was chased out of the building over and over again by shop girls trying to tell me not to take pictures. I really don't understand why. I mean, anyone can walk in and see their stuff, so what is the difference, really? Are they afraid that someone will copy their clothing designs? The problem with that logic being that sometimes I find the exact same piece of clothing in more than one store. Not to mention that I'd just have to buy a fashion magazine to have pictures of their clothing, or even just wander around Shibuya.. ^^;

Sorry, this isn't a place that I go often.. or have ever been to. But I thought the name warranted a picture :D

The next place that I shop at a lot is La Foret! It's basically like 109, but in Harajuku.. and on the whole I think it's a tad bit more expensive, depending on the shop. In the basement they have a lot of those goth-loli stores that people like. (lol, sorry, Liz Lisa is as far as I will go, and that's pushing it.. the dress I wore for my birthday party was Liz Lisa, I like some of their simpler designs) I wanted to get a better picture, but I was running out of time, so this will have to do. ^^ Didn't get a chance to go inside this time, I just walked by to get pictures..

See, it was quite warm! It was also a lot darker than it looks by this point :3

The Japan 30-day Meme ♡〜(ゝ。∂)

Day 01 - A picture of you "in Japan". (doing or wearing something "Japanese")
Day 02 - Describe your neighborhood in Japan.
Day 03 - Most interesting person you've met.
Day 04 - What's your favorite place that's not in any of the guidebooks/lists of places to visit?
Day 05 - Which, if any, Japanese mannerisms or expressions have you adopted?
Day 06 - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).
Day 07 - Which Japanese words do you use in English? (hanami, shinkansen, etc.)
Day 08 - Are you a Herbivore or Carnivore? S or M?
Day 09 - Favorite stores/shopping centers.

Day 10 - Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 11 - What did you find most overrated and underrated about Japan?
Day 12 - Describe a fail!gaijin moment. (Where you did something wrong or completely misunderstood because you couldn't ~read the air~ or just plain had no idea what you were supposed to do because you weren't born and raised here) Describe a gaijin!smash moment .(Where your foreignness was to your benefit)
Day 13 - -Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 14 - What is the hardest thing about living in Japan versus your home country?
Day 15 - Weirdest food item you've seen, and weirdest food item you've actually eaten.
Day 16 - How you realised you'd acclimated to Japan. (if you have)
Day 17 - Your karaoke top 5, your sushi top 5, your conbini top 5.
Day 18 - Post some amusing/cute/faily purikura.
Day 19 - Your favorite Japanese character(s) and Gachapon/UFO Catcher toys
Day 20 - Favorite Japanese festival or folklore.
Day 21 - Favorite and least favorite Japanese fashion trends.
Day 22 - Your favorite Japanese saying or kotowaza (proverb).
Day 23 - What is something you have/do in Japan that you wish you had/could do in your home country?
Day 24 - Your favorite Japanese slang or borrow-word (外来語), e.g. セフレ "sex friend"
Day 25 - Most interesting vending machine find.
Day 26 - What's your favorite/least favorite train line.
Day 27 - Place you avoid going to if at all possible.
Day 28 - A picture of you looking like a weaboo/A picture of you trying to blend in and failing.
Day 29 - What's the thing you [will] miss most about Japan when you leave (either on vacation, or move away)?
Day 30 - Did Japan meet your expectations, both good and bad? What has been the most surprising thing about Japan for you, or the thing you least expected?

I just realized that #10 and 13 on the meme are the same question!! ^^; D'oh!
Let's change it to:
Day 13 - Favorite live event that you attended (Thanks, genkischuldich!)

By the way, heading off to the 100 yen shop today.. I wonder if I can get away with taking stealth pictures! We'll find out! *^-^*
Janellechibi_rei on October 5th, 2010 07:00 am (UTC)
I loved 109 when I visited! Granted a lot of the styles weren't "me", but it was all quite interesting to take in. I did walk out with several purchases though. Quite a few actually, so that at one shop I was struggling with my bags at the counter and they gave me a really nice/big reusable bag to put everything in T_T So nice.

Yeah, [faux] fur is "in" for Autumn :P I recently started reading American fashion 'zines, and that plus military-style is supposed to be the hit trend. I'll pass on the fur thanks.
Williamgenkischuldich on October 5th, 2010 08:27 am (UTC)
How about something like "What's your favourite live event you've attended in Japan?"
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 5th, 2010 09:00 am (UTC)
Sounds good to me! =^-^=
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ore-samathesundaywriter on October 5th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
Lol I didn't get to spend enough time in Harajuku, only went for the picnic, plus it was the weekend and crowded (doesn't like big crowds XD) I admit I used to wear lots of dark blue and black, because black is more slimming on me, but lately I've been trying to add more colours like green, red, pink etc, lol I sound like a Christmas tree. The colour I can't pull off well at all is white.
Neffiline: AAA Sweetneffiline on October 5th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
I actually really like the purses with the fur *blush*

Do you remember which shop they were in? I'd really like to order one online! XD
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 5th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
I'm really sorry.. I could point out the shop if I walked by it, but I have no idea of the name! ^^; If you check out the 109 website that I linked to, I'm sure that you can find it though. ^^ It's a shop of just bags, and there are only 2 in the building if I remember right.

Edited at 2010-10-05 01:14 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on October 7th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
tokyo is full of fashion eye candy. i love how people really work their fashion to the fullest.

i wish there were less rules about photography in places of business. i'm always alternating between taking photos discreetly to being reproached.
(Anonymous) on October 15th, 2010 12:14 pm (UTC)
Tokyo is good & big city. Tokyo was called sending base in Japan. There are fashion of most advanced. Every young people are very fashionable. Especially, girl has excellent technique for make up. I was surprise. To get a lot of stimulus to live in Tokyo.