Sunday, 30 June 2013

Ginza 銀座

Ginza is one of my favourite places in Tokyo. Maybe because I have a somewhat unhealthy obsession with luxury brands and Ginza is known as one of the most luxurious shopping districts in the world. You can find a lot of flagship stores of luxury brands in Ginza such as Chanel, Bvlgari, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Cartier and I can go on and on!  It doesn't have the crowds that other popular districts do and it doesn't make me feel claustrophobic and lost in a crowd of people.



Thursday, 27 June 2013

Tsukiji Fish Market

The Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo is a famous wholesale market for fish, fruits and vegetables and is a major tourist attraction. It's well known for being one of the world's largest fish markets and has a tuna auction that allows only 120 visitors per day. It was recommended that we see the tuna auction but we never made it as the first showing is at 5:25 am and the second is at 5:50. Too early for us!


We did, however make it to the market to eat their famous sushi. Walking through the market was an interesting experience. There were scooters, trucks, forklifts and lots of people going about their everyday business that made it very lively and somewhat scary.


Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Ooedo Hot Springs Theme Park

Japan is famous for their hot springs which help restore vitality, health and leave you with a smooth complexion. Maybe that's why Japanese girls have such beautiful skin! My favourite place in Tokyo by far is Ooedo Onsen Monogatari in Odaiba. It's a hot spring theme park where you can stay overnight or spend the whole day in to bathe, relax and eat.

 

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Rainbow Bridge and Ramen Theme Park

Rainbow Bridge, a well known icon of Tokyo, lights up at night with solar powered lights that apparently change from red, green and white. As we watched the sky darken from the deck of Aqua City, we saw the lights shine into the night. It was a pleasant expeience, albeit a little cold.



Sunday, 16 June 2013

Sushia Izakaya & Bar - Up and Coming Places of Perth

In theme with my posts of Japan, I'll be writing a post about a new Japanese restaurant in Perth. On a Saturday night, my friends and I decided we wanted to go bar hopping in town. We jumped into a car and off we drove, into the night.


Looking cool in my new Jigsaw poncho

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Giveaway from Japan - Third Prize Winner

And the winner is...




Congratulations Tammy! Please send me an email - marinda.leigh@gmail.com within 48 hours with your postal details or a new winner will be picked out.




Stay tuned for the announcement of the Runner up prize which will be drawn on the 12th of July 2013! Good luck and keep those banners up for eligibility to win the next two rounds!







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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Odaiba Shopping Haul

As promised in my previous post, I'm giving you a much more indepth view of my purchases from Venus Fort and Diver City, Odaiba. I'm a huge fan of Gyaru brands as you can see from the pictures below! A lot of these prices are roughly rounded up or down just to give you an idea of the bargains you can get at Venus Fort!


All my treasured purchases from Dazzlin! The polka dot and beige one-pieces (3,969 yen) were the last ones! I was so lucky to get them!

T-shirts - 1,417 yen each,  Black leather skirt - 2,362 yen, Love it rabbit top - 3,345 yen

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Venus Fort and Diver City - Shopping Haven

Venus Fort, which is located in Odaiba, is now officially my shopping haven. It's a huge three storey shopping mall in the style of an 18th century European town. It houses the outlet stores of all my favourite Gyaru brands such as Murua, Emoda, Duras and Gyda, just to name a few. I went absolutely insane!





Can you spot your favorite Japanese brand?

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Odaiba - Island of Leisure

The Rainbow bridge, Venus Fort, Aqua City, Oedo Onsen Monogatari. So many great things are situated in Odaiba, the popular shopping district in Tokyo Bay. There is so much to do there that I recommend taking a few days out of your schedule for it!



The famous Odaiba Ferris Wheel

Odaiba is a man made island that is popular for shopping and entertainment. I enjoyed it so much that four out of the fourteen days we were in Japan, we spent there. It's a well set out island and everything is pretty much within walking distance, providing you don't plan on carrying loads of shopping bags like we were!

Photo credits to Go Tokyo

Apparently there are quite a few different ways to get to Odaiba but we used the Yurikamome line each time. It's not difficult to get there as long as you can find the line. If you can get to Shimbashi station, from there you can transfer to the Yurikamome line. You'll have to get out of the subway and walk a fair ways up to the line but there are signs leading the way and if ever you get lost, there are people from the station who are always happy to give you directions.

 Photo credits to Japan Guide

This is the Yurikamome station to look for when you get out of Shimbashi station.

I enjoyed the ride on the Yurikamome line. It runs along the Rainbow Bridge for a while and at night you can see Tokyo Tower and all the pretty lights. You get off at Odaiba Kaihin Koen and it costs about 310 Yen. Check out Japan Guide for different ways to get there.



Just a few snaps of the view from the Yurikamome

Monday, 3 June 2013

Akihabara

Akihabara, which can and usually is shortened to Akiba by the locals, is the "Electric Town" of Tokyo. It's a shopping district for all sorts of electronics, anime and games. In other words, Otaku goods. I guess a very loose translation of Otaku would be an anime-obsessed geek. 

It was pouring the day we decided to go to Akiba and the wind was so strong, our umbrellas flipped inside out on us and we were drenched in the rain. Luckily for us though, as we were about to leave Akiba, the rain stopped so we managed to take some street snaps so enjoy!