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    I fell hard for this lion in Japan. Found them on eBay!

    I fell hard for this lion in Japan. Found them on eBay!

    — 1 year ago with 3 notes
    #japan  #kawaii  #lion  #mister donut  #pandelion  #pondelion  #pon de lion 
    Part of the package tour includes a tea ceremony component. What they don’t tell you is that it is held at the Happoen gardens in Tokyo - a common place for weddings and other formal affairs. The grounds are beautiful to say the least and were still flowering with various cherry trees when I was there last month. The tea ceremony was lovely too. I don’t know why we get Sencha so wrong in the states but it’s not bitter at all — actually quite good! In any case trying to get myself back to normal and hoping to write full explanations of the entire day for those of you curious about the JTB tour experience.

    Part of the package tour includes a tea ceremony component. What they don’t tell you is that it is held at the Happoen gardens in Tokyo - a common place for weddings and other formal affairs. The grounds are beautiful to say the least and were still flowering with various cherry trees when I was there last month. The tea ceremony was lovely too. I don’t know why we get Sencha so wrong in the states but it’s not bitter at all — actually quite good! In any case trying to get myself back to normal and hoping to write full explanations of the entire day for those of you curious about the JTB tour experience.

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #Happoen  #JTB  #cherry  #japan  #tea gardens  #tokyo  #tour  #photography 

    Studio Ghibli does not allow shots from inside the museum, but you’re welcome to shoot things from the outside.  These aren’t the greatest images (unfiltered and straight from iPhone) so I hope I will have better ones when I’m able to work with the images off the SLR. THought I’d post these though for all of you folks deciding to go on Japan trips soon.  It’s really something you need to be cognizant of though — it’s a bit of a trainride from Tokyo so you will have to pick times that avoid you sitting in train rush hour o_O.  Also, don’t think you need more than a few hours … 

    Incidentally the short film I saw this day was about two water spiders. OMG so cute and lovely. 

    And yes, I spent the most money for souvenirs in the shop at this museum. T_T

    And I think this is all the randomness I’ll post for this morning. Think I’ll take advantage of being awake at this early hour, get breakfast, and go to work . haha! 

    — 1 year ago with 11 notes
    #Studio Ghibli Museum  #Ghibli  #Laputa  #museums  #Tokyo  #Japan  #Miyazaki 

    INSOMNIA now that I’ve returned and since I can’t sleep I guess I can post a useless vacation video. This is a neat musical thing that you can only hear as you drive to and from Mt. Fuji.  It’s caused by the grooves in the road. Yes - the kind that usually make horrible screeching sounds as we approach toll booths.  Leave it to the Japanese to turn it into something wonderful and pleasant.  Yes, not using an  optimal recorder, but thought it’d be fun to hear and fun to prime those of you going soon to know what to look for (and probably catch a better video). 

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #Japan  #Fuji  #Mt. Fuji  #Mount Fuji  #Sakura 
    Jet lagged and still recovering from some kind of bug so have not started digging through almost 2000 pictures of my 12 days in Japan. This shot was taken last week in Kyoto on the grounds of Toji Temple with my iPhone

    Jet lagged and still recovering from some kind of bug so have not started digging through almost 2000 pictures of my 12 days in Japan. This shot was taken last week in Kyoto on the grounds of Toji Temple with my iPhone

    — 1 year ago with 6 notes
    #cherry blossom  #japan  #kyoto  #toji  #photography 
    Doraemon bread.  Mitsuwa Hippo Bakery.  Sooo cute

    Doraemon bread. Mitsuwa Hippo Bakery. Sooo cute

    — 2 years ago with 17 notes
    #Japan  #bakery  #Doraemon  #Chicago  #Mitsuwa 
    Gashopan.
They are tiny little things that come often in a blind box or out of a Japanese equivalent of a gumball machine.  They are always based around a theme and are always randomly assorted into the container that finds it way into your hands.  
Sometimes they are attached to cords, therefore intending them for a lifetime of dangling off your phone. Sometimes they are attached to a hook so that one may use them as a zipper pull or dangle them off a strap or keyring.
It is a habit of mine, to just pick up randomly new boxes of things because I am curious. I am a small-time gambler, someone who likes to see what will come my way and whether I will like what I open and find inside.
The gambling is what is the lure I suppose ,but I also like to say that badly designed gashopan or “toys in a box” do not result in repeat sales.  I’m sure something like this might have gone over quite well.
These two things are based off the Japanese computer keyboard and the characters on them. What the designer has done is given each of them a “character” based on the character.
I never saw more of the boxes for these ever again. That is also the charm of these toys.  They are limited and often sold one time only.  You must grab them before they are gone.

    Gashopan.

    They are tiny little things that come often in a blind box or out of a Japanese equivalent of a gumball machine.  They are always based around a theme and are always randomly assorted into the container that finds it way into your hands.  

    Sometimes they are attached to cords, therefore intending them for a lifetime of dangling off your phone. Sometimes they are attached to a hook so that one may use them as a zipper pull or dangle them off a strap or keyring.

    It is a habit of mine, to just pick up randomly new boxes of things because I am curious. I am a small-time gambler, someone who likes to see what will come my way and whether I will like what I open and find inside.

    The gambling is what is the lure I suppose ,but I also like to say that badly designed gashopan or “toys in a box” do not result in repeat sales.  I’m sure something like this might have gone over quite well.

    These two things are based off the Japanese computer keyboard and the characters on them. What the designer has done is given each of them a “character” based on the character.

    I never saw more of the boxes for these ever again. That is also the charm of these toys.  They are limited and often sold one time only.  You must grab them before they are gone.

    — 2 years ago with 7 notes
    #gashapon  #toys  #japan  #japanese  #cartoons  #omgwtfbttq