Photojournal - Japan 2015 - The Sights


I recently made yet another trip to Japan with some friends for a few days and I thought I'd post some pics of my adventure here =]

One of my favourite things to do when I'm in Japan is to visit temples. I've been to a couple and the best ones tend to be in more rural areas. However, I did really love Senso-ji in Asakusa. When I visited, it was 8 am on a rainy wednesday morning. It was nice to get in before the crowds and vendors really opened as it gave the temple a nice serene quality. You also tend to see all the locals stop by at that time, before you're bombarded by selfie sticks and loud touristy types.

Water station to perform misogi. Although, I'm pretty sure I did the ritual 80% right, the intent was there and I hope that is the important part.

My first meal in Japan. Ramen in a Tonkotsu base of course ;)

I got a REALLY bad omikuji (or fortune) and had to leave it behind =[ better luck next time

Obligatory Shibuya crossing picture

Japanese traffic

This was my first time in Akihabara and I loved it. Definitely a must visit for any anime fan.

Minato Mirai

Although I could only recognize about 50-70% of the pokemon since there are about 6 times more pokemon then back in my day(cue nostalgia), I had a LOT of fun at the pokemon center!

Anyone recognize one of my fave pokemons?

 On our subway ride to a fun arcade

 Traditional breakfast. yum

Sesame soft serve

Airport food

Final shot on the way home =]

Stationery in Japan! - Layover - Midori traveler's notebook and more


Anyone who is a close friend of mine or follows me on instagram (shameless plug) knows how much I love stationery. Planners, journals, stickers, etc. are really exciting for me since I've been a little girl. I now use a personal sized red domino Filofax as my main planner. I have been wanting a Midori travelers notebook for a while for the main purpose of journaling and a keepsake from my layovers and travels. That's why when my work called me and said "You're going to Japan!", I was beyond excited. It has been a long time since I had been to Japan, and the last location that we went to was so close to the airport that there wasn't much to see. The area that I stayed in this time (Yokohama) had a lot more in terms of shopping to offer.

With my jet lag, I ended up sleeping a grand total of 4 hours. I woke up and just couldn't get back to sleep. So I woke up, got directions to the closest convenience store and had a makeshift breakfast.

Definitely not the most glamorous or nutritious, but was it tasty? YUP! 

Soon after eating I took a 30 min nap and watched a few youtube videos as I waited for the stores to open at 10:00 AM 

I started heading out at 9:50 thinking that it gave me plenty of time to walk to the store. I didn't account however how close it was to the hotel -_-" I got there early and stopped for the sweetest Chai tea latte in existence.

I loved Tokyu Hands. I had read online that it was part stationery store, part homegoods store and  part hardware store. When I got there, the store encompassed several floors, and I was immediately overwhelmed.

I first started in the home goods section, and after much  explanation and finally google translate when I found out they had free wifi, I was directed to the stationery floor. I almost had an aneurism. This is how I felt:

There were rows and rows of stationery. I was ecstatic. But most importantly, they  had the Midori limited edition blue cover and the Panam collaboration pieces.

I obviously bought a fair amount to start up my Midori journals. I did somehow stay under my $100 budget however!

That was the most exciting part of my day. I did however, also stop at Daiso which is a 100 yen store in Japan. It also has enormous presence around the world. 100 yen stores are the equivalent to our dollar stores but on crack. They have everything! I bought 9 rolls of washi tape, which spanned from designs with Tokyo skyline on it to winnie the pooh. All in all it was a great trip for me. I then went back to my hotel and attempted to nap once more before heading back to Toronto!

Here are a couple more shots from my layover!