It's been ages since I've blogged, sorry for my absence!
My plan was actually to give my blog a whole make over with the start of 2014 but I guess I failed huh?
Even though my blog was never something serious it annoyed me to see other bloggers with beautiful professional banners and pictures and I decided for myself that I wanted to improve my blog as well.
But since uni work was killing me and I was slightly lazy to look into it. I still hope to do so in the near future though! And a DSLR camera is on my wish list as well!
The first thing I want to blog about is my Japan trip in december.
I can with certainty say that this trip was one of the best things I've done in my life!
I was kind of stuck with 'what I want to do with my life' and felt like I didn't have a 'goal' or a 'dream' but I Tokyo was love on first sight so I decided that I want to live there, at least for a while which gives me more motivation to do my best and study hard every day ^^
Anyway, enough talking!
On the 23rd of december I took my flight from Amsterdam, I had one stop in France which was kind of terrible because I had only 1.5 hours to change flights and the Paris airport is really like a maze to me ><The staff on the plane was also very rude! in my first plane other people took the space for my luggage so they told me to put my trolley and bag under my chair... which resulted in not having any space at all, so I don't really recommend air France honestly.
The second plane which was also Air France was a little bit better, I was sitting besides a lovely Japanese couple who asked me many questions and helped me with all kinds of things ^^ They even wanted to take a picture with me when we left the plane, how cute! But embarassing as well since I was super tired and not wearing any make up at all! During the flight I tried to sleep but the seats were so uncomfortable so I was exhausted when I arrived at Narita airport in the late morning on christmas eve.
Of course I needed to take a plane picture! The landscape in Japan is so different from the Netherlands. In the distance I was able to see mount Fuji but it didn't show up on the picture sadly!
I stayed together in a hotel with my friends from Germany, Sesin and Vicky.
They were so kind to pick me up from Narita and we decided to have a meal at the airport. A special thing in Japan is all the plastic food, it's so much easier to decide when you can actually see what your food will look like! ^^
First meal in Japan ^O^
As I arrived on christmas eve our bus driver was of course Santa! :D
Our hotel was in Itabashi, it's just one station from Ikebukuro so quite central!
The best thing was that the hotel was located right next to the station ^^
The hotel room from Sesin and me. The bed looks really small on this picture I don't know why, it was a normal double bed. But when we started buying more clothes the room got quite full. The staff wasn't able to clean our room at a certain point because we had too many shoes and clothes lying around! xD
We wanted to find a fancy restaurant for a Christmas dinner but everything was already booked so we just decided to go to Shinjuku and see what was there!
We quickly went in Studio Alta and I was so amazed to see so many beautiful clothes and people at the same time xD I wanted to shop a bit longer but one of my friends was really hungry so we went to look for food!
When you see these kind of things you know you're in Japan :D
Sesin had brought me Christmas presents *^* how sweet! and I loved everything!
Aren't the tights just the cutest? And the eyeshadow became my favorite <3
My friends had been in Japan for a while so for Christmas they wanted to eat Western food for christmas.
Western food can be quite good in Japan! (the fries weren't that special though xD)
I had been waiting so long but the time was finally there! shopping in Shibuya like a dream coming true lol. I took a picture before shopping, kinda liked my hair this day! If you're going to the most fashionable place on earth (in my opinion) you have to look good as well!
It felt so unreal standing here after seeing it on pictures and videos so many times!
It's not allowed to take pictures inside 109 but I secretly I took a derpy video. Seriously why did I shake so much? excitement?! At least you can see the D.I.A and Liz Lisa(?) store. On my next trip I should definitely take better videos!
We looked through all the shops in 109 which took a loooong time. I only bought a D.I.A coat, a pair of shoes and some tights I think! There was just too much to see that I couldn't possibly immediately decide what to buy.
We had our lunch at the highest level of 109. I can really recommend the Italian food there! You can choose pasta and a parfait for only 1000~ yen and it was really delicious! Better than the Italian restaurants in the Netherlands I think.
Pretty Sesin and me!
After shopping we wanted to look for purikura, I love how all these pictures look so oldschool gyaru *-*
We ended up choosing the Cherry cherry purikura machine but none of us really liked it~
The settings of the eyes are on the smallest size but it's still a bit scary lol so we decorated it kinda ugly haha
In the evening I had bought many snacks at the Konbini for the next day! I'm really in love with konbini's, so much food to choose from! and all that candy *-* Why doesn't every country have this?! Sesin and me left to Shinjuku station to take a bus to Morioka because we had concert tickets for the next day to see the Gazette!
We arrived in Morioka at about 5:30 in the morning. Nothing at the station was open except for this waiting room so we just sat there for many hours and put on our make up >o<
So later we decided to take a stroll through the town but there was not much to see. Already started to miss Tokyo! We didn't quite know what to do and we still had many hours until the concert would start..
A few hours later the mall inside the station opened but it was not so interesting either, the clothes were kinda boring compared to previous day 109! This market was kinda cute though.
Now I have a funny story to share with you, we thought we are so smart and we could find a bigger city near Morioka to go shopping. We googled a few of our favorite stores and found out there was a Ma*rs store in the next city called Aoyama. We took a train and went there. However...
Well this was the beautiful Aoyama XD Only abandoned old houses, pachinko and many car stores.
THE PLACE TO BE!
I don't even know why we even tried.. we should have gone back immediatly but stubborn as we were we wanted to find our Ma*rs store and tadaaa~ xDD
ISN'T THIS THE BEST MA*RS STORE EVER?! xD
Seriously I had to laugh so much at how stupid we were when I saw this!
So apparently it was some kind of weird restaurant FML haha
After our epic fail we went back to Morioka and had lunch, this Curry was just the best *-*
Since there wasn't much else to do we just decided to spend the rest of the day at karaoke! Sing many Gazette songs before the concert hehe ^^
Strawberry milk! so delicious
If anyone of you know which song this is I love you haha xD
We left to the concert hall quite early, luckily it was right next to the station.
We were so early but we couldn't find the room where they sold the merchandise. I think we've seen all the levels in this building but we didn't go downstairs xD And when we got there most of the nice things were sold out and I ended up buying nothing..
We didn't really have a good place at the concert but it was still so awesome! I really prefer Japanese concerts to European ones. There are no annoying people pushing you aside or shoving their camera's in your face to film the concert. In fact it wasn't allowed to take pictures but I secretly did with my phone, how badass of me .. *^* xD
By the way, this red thing there is Ruki haha :'D
Sadly I didn't know most of the songs from the new album so I was happy they played older songs too, like Filth in the Beauty and Cockroach. finally I had seen the band I've been listening to since I was 13 years old *^*
You know what upsetted me though? how we were all sweating and with messed up hair when the concert was over but all the Japanese people there looked just as perfect as when they got there! In the evening we took the bus back to Tokyo, will write about the following days there in the next blogpost! In another blogpost I will show my buys as well as a little guide for people who want to travel to Japan!
Also for those who don't know, I'll be going back to Japan for the whole month of July, so if there's anything specific you want me to blog about there, let me know!
By the way I'm more into instagram lately so don't forget to follow!