How to: Budget Fashion in Tokyo aka lookbook vol. 9

Spring is just around the corner. Starbucks may have stopped selling Sakura Latte (and thank god because it was terrible) but Asahi released limited-edition beer cans with a cherry blossom design — I’m so ready for hanami! Honestly, I had more than enough of freezing wind, random rain, wearing 3 layers of clothes as pajamas and high electricity bills (air conditioner, electric fan heater, electric blanket…). I’ll be more than happy to put away all my winter coats and thick cardigans, YAY! I just want to forget those ridiculous temperatures in Seoul (-11 degrees outside, 8 degrees… inside!). I will go back to winter one last time before I forget it for a few months, and I’ll show you what I wore in February.

 

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Lookbook vol. 9

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White sweater: Momo, ¥1000 (website)

Grey pants: bought in a department store in Dongdaemun for ¥1600

Coat: bought at the same store as the pants, about ¥6500

Boots: Jeffrey Campbell, bought on sale for ¥7000!

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White sweater: H&M, ¥1000

Green jacket: bought at a store in my town for ¥1500 ← crazy!

Black skirt: WEGO, ¥2000

Bag: American Apparel, bought from an online discount store for ¥1900

Boots: Moussy, ¥8000

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Scarf: bought at a super cheap store in Nippori for ¥900

White shirt: Heather, ¥2500

Black jeans: GU, ¥1490

Platforms: Nadia, bought second hand for ¥2000

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Grey neck warmer: WEGO, ¥1800

Red sweater: GU, ¥500

Jeans: Bershka, ¥1500

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Red beanie: Hanjiro (men’s section), ¥550 (website)

Striped top: bought in a department store in Dongdaemun for ¥500

Coat: GU, ¥4000

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Turtleneck: random cheap store in my town, ¥500

One of the cutest sweaters I own: department store in Dongdaemun (it’s a real treasure trove!) bought for… ¥450!

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I mentioned all of the items I was wearing here above. The last 4 ensembles look similar, because I didn’t take many pieces of clothing with me to Korea (so I could buy even more clothes YASSSS), but I tried to coordinate them a bit differently every time 🙂

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Thanks for reading!♥

6 cafés you have to check out when in Seoul!

I rarely make a detailed plan when traveling, and so I always end up asking others for their recommendations (theme restaurants and cafes recommendations are always appreciated!). This time, however, no one helped me out so I had no other choice but to do some online research and find some cool places by myself. Seoul is a real mecca of coffee shops — believe it or not, but Seoul is also home to the largest number of coffee shops IN THE WORLD. There’s a coffee shop literally on every corner! Starbucks? Meh, I have it here. Coffee Beans and Tea Leaves? Another chain with shops every 100 meters… I wanted something fun, something that would make a nice blog post. I checked a gajillion websites, ventured out, got lost a few times — and I managed to compile this little guide with some fun cafes to visit when in Seoul.

So if:

* you’re a woman in her 20s ✓

* you like coffee / waffles / cakes ✓

* you’re into social media ✓

*  you like taking photos ✓

* you like cute / fun / unique places and theme cafes ✓

* you happen to be a fan of BIGBANG ✓

…feel free to use my little cafe guide and enjoy your time in the amazing city known as Seoul 🙂

 

 Thanks Nature Cafe 

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Where? Hongdae Station2F Woodo building, 363-5, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu

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What’s special? As you may have noticed by now, I’m a big fan of themed cafes and any type of pet cafes. I have visited a cat cafe, an owl cafe, a rabbit cafe, so how could I miss a… sheep cafe?! Yes, that’s right — a sheep cafe! Well, you won’t find them hopping around the tables, but sleeping peacefully outside in a special area separated from the cafe. They’re very clean, well-groomed and I’m sure they’re professionally looked after! The cafe offers delicious coffee and a wide range of waffles with various toppings, so a good idea here would be trying out their rich menu and then snapping a few photos with the fluffy residents. It was -11 degrees when I visited the place, so understandably the sheep — Anna and Elsa —  weren’t the most energetic that day and they slept in their boxes. It was a really cute place though, and I really recommend it, even if you’re a big fan of sheep!

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Dog Cafe Bau House

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Where: Hapjong Station, 394-44, Sukyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul

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What’s special: I just wouldn’t be myself if I hadn’t visited another ‘pet cafe’ I read so many positive reviews about. Imagine a typical cafe, but with a dozen or more dogs, coming in different sizes, breeds, shapes and levels of energy as permanent residents. Before I went there, I had imagined a few toy poodles and breeds considered cute and fluffy in general. To my surprise, what I saw was pups running all over the place, and let me just tell you, they weren’t the tiniest ones for sure! And let me just add that the bigger the dog, the friendlier they were! But if you expected to be greeted by a hoard of pooches jumping all over you — you’ll be disappointed. They see so many people everyday, they seem kinda bored and the only way you can get them to play with you a little is to feed them. CAUTION! Expect a poop here and there from time to time.

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Cafe Talk

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Where: Nonhyeon Station, 723-15 Banpo Il-dong, Seocho-gu 

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What’s special:  If you’re a social media enthusiast, you will know LINE and KakaoTalk and you probably use at least one of them. They both were produced by a Korean company Naver, and while LINE turned out to be a hit in Japan, Koreans mainly use KakaoTalk. I went there because I expected it to be ‘themed’ the way Japanese people understand ‘themed cafes’ = themed food, coffee art, character plush toys everywhere, some merchandise and long looooong lines. And what did I actually find? No queues whatsoever, in fact I was one of the 6 customers, which might be a good point for some, but let’s say Japan got me used to something quite opposite. The cafe did have some Kakao Talk inspired interior and apparently there was also a small store, but when I visited the place, the store was closed. Bummer. Coffee, food and waffles were not themed. But you might have more luck if you decide to visit the place. Well, at least now I can check going to a Kakao Talk cafe off my bucket list. 

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You Are Here Cafe

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Where: Hongdae Station, Donggyo-ro 25-gil, Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu

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What’s special: I bet 90% of my readers will know the place, but just in case, let me tell you a few words about it. This cafe belongs to Canadian YouTubers Simon and Martina Stawski (Eat Your Kimchi), who have been living in Seoul for a few years now, they’re wildly popular and I enjoy watching their videos about Korea — check them out on YT, they’re fun to watch. What will you find there? Speaker’s Corner, where you can tell the world what you think about whatever is trending right now (Speaker’s Corner on YT); EYK merchandise and some Korean study materials like textbooks, vocabulary cards etc.; study room, where you can stay for a few hours and study some language; delicious coffee and cakes! I am not a fan of cakes, so you have to trust me here — please try their Earl Grey Cookie Pie! It goes really well with their latte! The place isn’t crowded, it has very cozy interior and you might actually get a chance to meet Simon and Martina!

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AND.here Cafe

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Where: Hyehwa Station, Jongno-gu, Dongsung-dong, 31-14 

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What’s special: If you’ve been following me for some time now, you’ll know that I am a hardcore fan of BIGBANG. And if you’ve ever been a fan of a boyband, you’ll know that sooner or later you’ll have your favourite member — trust me, it WILL happen. This cafe happens to belong to my super favorite — Seungri! Of course I had to come here during my stay in Seoul — I’d come here even if they didn’t have much to offer. But they actually do! You’ll find a corner with photos and autographs of Seungri and other YG group members, some merchandise and presents other VIPs (BIGBANG’s fandom) brought for their idol. There’s a huge stuffed gorilla Seungri got from T.O.P, KRUNK bears, Seungri’s CDs and even if you have absolutely no idea what I’m on about right now, you’ll definitely enjoy getting a cup of coffee there — it’s a really cool place!

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Traditional Korean teahouse Gahwadang

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Where: Anguk Station, 16-1, Samcheong-ro 4-gil, Jongno-gu

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What’s special: We all have places we like going back to, or we plan to go back if we only get a chance. I remember my first visit to Korea in 2013 — my friend Eunji took me and my Japanese friend Kumiko to this lovely teahouse… and I fell in love with it at first sight! It is really popular among Japanese tourists and that’s no surprise to me. Japanese people love cute places with a touch of tradition and history. Add amazing tea and homemade rice cake sweets and you’ll understand what’s the hype about. The place is adorable — an old Korean house, really warm and cozy, hidden in the narrow streets of Samcheongdong. Be sure to add it to your must-go list, when you find yourself in Seoul! 


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Which cafe would you like to visit?

Thank you for reading ♥

The 11th of March 2011 2:46 PM

Japan, 3.11.2011, 2:46 PM

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Yuya, university student, 23 (Tokyo)

I was standing outside Waseda University when it suddenly started shaking. “Oh, an earthquake” — I thought. As a Japanese person I am pretty used to them, nothing struck me as odd at first. But after a minute or so it hit. Buildings started swaying, glass in windows made that disturbing rattling sound. It was really long… People who were near entrances or things that could fall on them rushed outside. You could hear some people trying to comfort others “It’s okay, please calm down”, young girls were screaming, I started panicking — I just didn’t know what to do. We all gathered at the station, but the trains stopped running. There were no buses either and all taxis were full. “Why is there no train??? I have a job to do” — you could hear some businessmen screaming at train station officers, who couldn’t do anything. Nobody knew what happened in Iwate and Miyagi. We had no idea about the tsunami. After a few hours my brother came to Takadanobaba Station to pick me up in his car and he told me about everything. I thought it was a movie, I didn’t want to believe him. There were smaller aftershock earthquakes coming one after another. I couldn’t sleep that night, I couldn’t stop thinking about what happened.

Ayaka, shop assistant, 25 (Tokyo)

I was working in a small shop in Mejiro, I was the only person there. After a smaller shake, the big one came and it was really violent. We had a lot of small items in the shop — toys, figurines, small accessories — they started falling from the shelves and lamps started swinging back and forth. I didn’t feel safe anymore, I was scared to the point I started feeling sick. I went outside and I saw other people leaving buildings in a rush. The power poles outside were shaking so wildly! I wasn’t hurt or injured, but it was the very first time for me to experience such a big earthquake. I was so scared… There were no trains, so lots of people chose to walk back home, the roads were really crowded. I had never seen anything like that in my life. When I came back home I quickly turned on the TV. All channels were broadcasting what was going on in Tohoku — the earthquake, the tsunami… I thought it was a dream. A very bad dream.

Rino, high school student, 18 (Chiba)

I wasn’t feeling well that day so I didn’t go to school and stayed home with my mom. We live on a high floor in an apartment complex, the tremor we felt when the earthquake hit was really sudden. Our apartment was rocking like a boat. I know what to do in case of an earthquake, we practice it all the time at school… But I would have been so scared if my mom wasn’t with me. I know that my friends, who were at school at the time, couldn’t go back home and spent the night in their classroom. It’s still cold in March, I always think they must’ve been so cold. My dad was working abroad at the time, it was only the two of us — my mom and me. TV showed what was going on in Iwate and Miyagi. I couldn’t stop crying. Aftershocks were strong as well, but fortunately nothing bad happened to me or my mom. I think I should never forget about 3.11 as a Japanese person.


Photographs and comments courtesy of Ben (DochiHoko)

Minamisanriku in Miyagi Prefecture. This building with a ton of rubble around it is a restaurant. There are all of these oyster farmers and oyster farms, this place being one of them. Everything in the area was completely wiped out except for this one building.

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Please search “Miki Endo” to learn about the story of a 25-year old woman from Minamisanriku, who worked in this building. She sacrificed her life to warn others about the tsunami. She never stopped broadcasting the warnings.

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To stand at this building knowing how far away from the shore we were along with the fact that the water crested the top of the building absolutely blows my mind…

 

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Nearly empty field just to the east of the building, which is the direction the water came from. I believe the white building you can see is part of what used to be a hospital.

 



Yumi, college student, 21 (Shizuoka)

I was at school when the earthquake hit. Although Shizuoka is a fair distance from the most affected areas, we felt it here too. Never in my life had I seen power poles swinging as if they were loose — that earthquake was the biggest I have ever experienced. At first I thought it was the Great Tokai Earthquake, which was first predicted by scientists many years ago and they still say it will hit Tokyo one day. I hid under the nearest desk immediately. There was a TV where I was, so I quickly knew about what had happened in the northern part of Japan. TV presenters were reporting the news from a shaking studio and they all were wearing helmets. That’s when I thought it’s like a movie, it couldn’t be real. I saw cars and buildings disappearing under water, when the tsunami came. “Is it really happening in my country right now?” — I thought.

Hanayama, company employee (Fukuoka)

Having experienced the Fukuoka Earthquake in 2005, I know the horror and damage earthquakes brings. I was far from all that this time, I could only see what was happening up there on TV. I felt the significance of this disaster and I thought I could do something to help. I joined a volunteer fundraising group — this is how I could help Tohoku. After 4 years the affected areas have pretty much recovered I think… But the wounds in the hearts of Japanese people might never heal.

Minako, office worker, 26 (Aichi)

I was working at a shopping center in Okazaki City. It happened to be the day of our annual employee health check, and I was in the middle of an eye test. I was reading letters from an eye test chart… and they started shaking! I thought there was something wrong with my eyes and I told the doctor. But soon people around us started saying “It’s shaking, it’s an earthquake!” — it lasted for about a minute, but it wasn’t big. Actually, when I went back to my office on the 1st floor, nobody even noticed there was an earthquake. I got a break after about 2 hours, went to the lunch room and that’s when I found out. Houses destroyed by the force of a huge tsunami, people stuck in trains and cars, a big wave approaching them, tons of white smoke coming out from the atomic reactor in Fukushima… My coworkers and I were watching TV quietly. We couldn’t say anything, we couldn’t believe it was happening here in Japan.

Taka, athletic trainer, 28 (Ibaraki)

I was in Mito, my hometown. I was supposed to have an interview that day. The earthquake hit two hours before that. I had experienced many earthquakes in my life so I didn’t think it was anything different when it started shaking. But this one lasted so long, and it kept getting bigger and bigger. I don’t know exactly how long it shook but for me it felt like more than 10 minutes. Everything in my house fell on the floor — glasses, small things, all broken. Electricity, gas, water, cell phone signal — all stopped working. Everyone tried to contact their families, so all phone lines were busy. I needed to know how big it was so I went outside. Only a few people were on the street — it was Friday afternoon, of course most people were at work at that time. People on the street told me they had no utilities either. I don’t know why, but I was oddly calm, I was thinking pragmatically — I thought we needed food and water to survive. And so did others. There was a long line of people waiting at the nearest store, which didn’t stop operating even if the electricity was down. To be honest, I thought it had all happened in Tokyo — I feared it had turned into ground zero. For many years, the media has been warning us about a huge earthquake that is supposed to hit the Tokyo area one day and I thought this was it. Without TVs or mobile phone reception we had no way to know about Tohoku, and later about the Fukushima nuclear plant. No one around me knew what really happened.

 

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Nakatoi, system engineer (Kanagawa)

I was working on the 16th floor of a company in Kawasaki City. We felt a sudden tremor, but since we’ve had so many safety drills before, everyone just automatically dove under their desks. But the shaking didn’t seem like it was going to stop. I was there, stuck under my desk, with office chairs moved around the office by the power of the earthquake… For a moment there I really thought that was the end. I thought I would die there under that desk — yes, it really crossed my mind. When it finally stopped shaking, we started checking damage caused by the earthquake. No one was injured and we managed to confirm that our families were okay — we used a special earthquake emergency app that lets us contact our family members (it works even if phone call lines are down). Some people tried calling their friends in Tohoku, but no one could reach them. I can only imagine how incredibly scared they were until they knew their friends and relatives living there were safe and sound. 

 

Natsuho, university student, 20 (Kanagawa)

 I was at home when the earthquake hit, I just came back from school. At first I thought it was just one of those earthquakes that we have once in a while. But as I noticed the earthquake was a lot longer than usual ones, my family and I crawled under the dining room table. I live in Kanagawa — the quake wasn’t that strong here, nothing in my house broke and only a few decorations fell off the shelves. There was no danger from the tsunami where I live, but we had relatives who lived in Sendai so we tried to get in touch with them to make sure they were safe. After a long time we finally had a call from my grandparents and heard they were both safe. I was very thankful that everyone in my family was safe. I saw the news about the earthquake and tsunami on TV and honestly I didn’t feel that what I was watching was about Japan. It didn’t feel real. I didn’t want it to be real. 
 

Masahiro, engineer, 34 (Chiba)

3.11 is a day I will never ever forget. I happened to have a day off that day. I was on my way to a local supermarket, when I saw a lady and her dog — and the dog was behaving in a strange way. I thought it must have been sick or something. Just when I entered the store, the earthquake hit. I realized it wasn’t just another shake we have regularly. This one was strong and lasted for about a minute. On the way back home, I saw fallen roof tiles from neighbors’ houses on the street. I was already sure that something serious was happening. Mobile reception was already dead, but I could watch TV to see what was going on. TV news at that time was repeatedly saying about causalties in Tokyo and a big fire at the industrial complex in Ichihara city in Chiba but not much about the situation in Tohoku yet. Also, I noticed there was a huge cloud of smoke coming from Odaiba direction… I was worried about Tokyo. TV finally started to stream a live broadcast from Tohoku and that’s when I saw how terrible, how severe the damage was. It was far more serious than I had imagined. Actually I couldn’t believe it was REALLY happening in Japan. Later that night, nuclear plants in Fukushima emerged on the news, but not in much detail (it became huge news the next day). Aftershocks were coming repeatedly every few minutes. I couldn’t sleep that night, I kept checking updates from Tohoku and the red-tinted sky over Odaiba. I thought I was lucky that me and my family were safe. Before I fell asleep around 5 AM, I remembered the dog moving oddly in front of the shop. Did it feel it was coming? 

 Photographs courtesy of Mr. Masahiro

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Yoshikazu, software engineering consultant, 55 (Tokyo)

 
I was in my office in Tokyo when it hit. The quake was long and strong. I got uneasy — even though we have earthquakes frequently, this particular one felt unusually big. I was holding shelves, so the books wouldn’t fall on the floor. I remember I thought about my wife’s family who lives in Nagoya. It was obvious to me that the epicenter was far from where I was, and I wondered if their home was close to it. As the news was coming in via Twitter and other online sources, I and the people around me began to realize the quake was very big. All public transportation stopped and we had no clue when it would be back in operation. Most of us working at the company thought of getting food and drinks. Food disappeared from the store shelves in the blink of an eye. My boss was back from a nearby convenience store with a bottle of wine. He opened it and said we could have it — it turned out that that day was his birthday. My mother was living in a nursing home and I was concerned about her. I tried to reach her so many times but the line was completely dead. Public phone networks were given a higher priority so I got in the long long line for a nearby pay phone. Eventually I was assured that she was safe. Back at the office, some colleagues started drinking, trying to drive the stress away. My boss and I joined them. Many people were chatting loudly about something totally unrelated to the earthquake, partly because of the alcohol, partly because of the still remaining stress. I stayed at the company that night. When I got home the next day, I sat in front of the TV and became speechless for a very long time.
 

Hiromi, now stay-at-home mom, 24 (Aomori)

I was working at a factory at the time. I was on the 3rd floor when the earthquake hit — it was shaking so much it was hard to even stand. Electricity in the factory went out. It was dark and I felt nothing but fear and anxiety. We evacuated from the building and I drove back home, the power was down and so were all the traffic lights — there was police everywhere directing traffic with hand signals. It was already night when I got back home. There was no electricity — luckily I had a flashlight and some candles. There were so many aftershocks, coming one after another… I was really scared. Mobile phone network was down, I couldn’t call anyone, I didn’t know what was going on. I curled up in a blanket and listened to news on the radio. The thought “Will I die here like this?” crossed my mind many times that night.

Naoya, company employee, 24, (Miyagi, Sendai)

It was my last day of travelling in Korea. I ate lunch, went back to the hotel and that’s when the earthquake hit Japan. I checked the news — the epicenter was my hometown Sendai. I was in a state of total panic on the way to the airport. I saw it all over the news, it was devastating. All flights to Japan were cancelled — except for ours. Actually, our flight was the last one that was allowed to go. I arrived in Japan at night. Sendai Airport was full of people, I spent that night on the plane as there was simply no space. I managed to go back to Yokohama, where I lived at the time — but I still couldn’t contact my family. In fact all the messages I sent them kept slowly arriving on their devices later, even some messages arrived 6 months after that day! After 3 days I knew they were okay, but they had no hot water, gas or electricity. All stores and gas stations were closed, so they had no other choice but to stay home. Luckily, they could get water from the nearby park. It was pitch-black all around, I even heard of fatal traffic accidents — there was no electricity, people simply couldn’t see each other. Watching news from Tohoku was completely devastating — my friend and I rented a car and decided to go there, even if we knew we might not be able to come back as there was not enough gasoline. But it was better than staying still and doing nothing. Hearing there wasn’t much damage or panic in Niigata, first we went there and packed the car with food and essentials. It took us 15 hours to get to Sendai. The town was completely dead. Fallen rooftops, billboards, cracks in the ground. In Sendai, there was relatively little damage, but still — it was simply horrifying, I couldn’t believe it. The closer to the sea I got, the more damage I saw. The ground, where you knew there were houses before, now was completely empty. You know, I work at an insurance company and I heard from my colleagues in Sendai, that they sometimes had customers with their insurance cards all covered in mud. There’s one more thing I hear happening in Sendai from time to time. There are cases of people asking taxi drivers to take them to places now completely razed to the ground — and as the drivers are on their way, the passengers just disappear. But taxi drivers keep driving until they get to the destination. We believe it’s missing people, who were never found. We believe they just want to go back home.

To be honest, thinking about 3.11 is really hard for me. There wasn’t much damage to my house, but people who were affected the most are struggling even now, 4 years later. Whenever someone asks me where I’m from and hears the answer, they go “Were you safe? Was your hometown affected?”. I really think people should just stop, after 4 years I got really tired of this question. Well, I’m okay — but what about people, who went through all that? Once asked, all they will remember is scenes of the tsunami taking away everything they had, their property, their loved ones. People make comments about dangerous radioactivity levels and hearing them must be heartbreaking for those who decided to stay — remember not to mention anything like that to them. I wasn’t there when the earthquake hit, so I will never know the pain, the fear, the damage. No one who hasn’t experienced it will ever know or understand. 
 
Photographs courtesy of Mr. Naoya
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Please go to yahoo.co.jp and search “3.11” if you’d like to do something for those that were in the most affected areas.
Yahoo is offering special monetary support to match the number of search requests for 3.11 today.
 Thank you so much for reading.
 

February digest!

If only I could, I would update this blog at least twice a week, I really would. But I’m a really busy individual, hence sadly rare updates. I don’t say that to sound cool — I actually am super busy, and in February I reached new levels of being busy, I need some sort of time management course I swear. I wish I could write an article about every interesting thing I see and every interesting place I go. But writing takes time and I’ve been working on a few serious articles recently. You’ll see one of them next week, but for now take a look at a short recap of what happened in February. 

 

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* Valentine’s Day madness = chocolate of all kinds and shapes for the boy you like… but wait what’s that? Chocolates with an old balding man on packaging? Is it considered romantic in Japan or…? No no, it’s just giri choko and if you happened to have received one this year, I’m sorry to break it down to you, but you have most probably been friendzoned.

* Can you believe it wasn’t until December last year that I finally got a chance to try oden for the first time? Somehow I never trusted all that food soaking all day in warm water, right next to the cash register… Oh how wrong I was, it’s super tasty! 

* Are my eyes deceiving me? Japan has finally noticed that flavoured beers have a chance on the market ?! This one here is lemon + hop, but it did taste like lemon beer, so I was pretty satisfied with it.

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* Hazelnut KitKats! Were they good? YASSSSSSS.

Trunks-ya in Asakusa. Just a store with boxer shorts in traditional Japanese designs. Nice souvenir, no?

* Some more Valentine chocolate madness. Choco-burger, choco-curry, choco-everything…

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* If you’ve ever been to Harajuku, you’ll know that it’s covered with funky stickers, on building walls, vending machines, stairs, store windows… I spotted this one on that walkway connecting Cat Street with Ura-Harajuku. Well…

* Seoul! It welcomed me with -11 degrees, but it’s okay, I missed it♥

* Spotted on the metro in Seoul. It was interesting because of a few reasons: the topic, the language used (no Korean or Japanese version) and the propaganda-ish tone. I take no sides in this conflict, I just thought it was an interesting thing to see on a metro.

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 * Blackberry Caramel Cream Latte (or something like that) somewhere in Gangnam ♥

* I’m not a big fan of sweets, but I’m totally crazy about spicy snacks. Korean convenience stores = HEAVEN!

* I know what I just wrote in my previous bullet-point, but let me tell you, the Earl Grey Cookie Pie they serve at You Are Here cafe in Hongdae is to die for!

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* Myeongdong by night. During my stay in Korea in February, the boyfriend didn’t really have much time to hang out, but that wasn’t much of a problem for me. I went to all the places I visited during my very first trip to Korea and discovered all the cute streets again ♥

* Did I mention my boyfriend is an optician by profession? And he has lots of friends, who are opticians too… I got these glasses in Seoul and they’re so darn adorable I still can’t get over their cuteness.

* Aloe drink and sweet green tea by Lipton — two things I wish I could find in Japan.

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* I came back to Japan and had a tattooing session again… Let me just tell you, getting your inner arm tattooed, that one damn spot right above the elbow pit, takes the highest position on my personal chart of most painful spots. Damn, that stung! 

* Spring is almost here and Starbucks is always the first to launch all things sakura. I expected a sweet cafe latte with an interesting flavour — I got sweet pink milk instead. NOT recommended.

* I agreed to write concert reviews for popboxasia.com and a Royal Pirates’ concert was my very first assignment. The boys were ridiculously talented and drop dead gorgeous — check them out on YouTube!

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* Dwarf Asahi beer, how cute ♥

* Reunited after a few weeks! Sweet cheese cream taiyaki… *drool*

* Have you ever been jealous of Goku’s awesome hairstyle? Dragon Ball hair wax — hold level over 9000!

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 Thank you for reading!♥