First of all, a huge THANK YOU for the birthday wishes!!! â™¥â™¥â™¥
Going out everyday since my birthday last Thursday nearly killed me. Urghhhh. But now that I’ve spent yesterday resting, I’m back to the backlogged Japan reportage~
We spent a couple of days in Tokyo before heading off to Hokkaido:
Ti recommended the Khaosan chain as a cheap and convenient hostel, and so Khaosan Ninja was where we stayed at:
Senpai and I amused ourselves by putting our washed laundry into the dryer for only fifteen minutes. The ensuing we-need-to-hang-our-damp-clothes + heng-I-brought-string = we-seem-to-have-transformed-our-cramped-room-into-a-slum. XDD
We had dinner at Matsuya, a pretty popular food chain. Senpai wanted to try a vending machine meal, so this was the first one that we chanced upon that was near our lodgings:
The next day, we had some free time before we went to Ghibli Museum (which opened at 10am), so we headed to Kinokuniya:
I love that Japan has promo booklets everywhere. This was the first chapter of volume one of Sakamichi no Apollon, of which the sixth volume just came out. I liked it! The art was pretty and it was quite funny and I foresee a lot of *cough* fandom stuff should it become famous.
I was extremely enamored by Oyasumi Punpun‘s embossed manga covers. *_*
We took the Ghibli bus from Mitaka station. Senpai’s friend had previously bought the tickets from Lawrence, a Japanese konbini (convenience store), so all we had to do was buy the bus ticket at the vending machine at the bus stop.
After that, we went to Kichiouji, because Kei-san recommended it as one of the places for cheap shopping (the other one was Shimokitazawa), plus it was on the same line as Mitaka.
Senpai spied Pomme no Ki, which she’d heard very good reviews from her friends, so we had lunch there:
After that satisfying meal, we headed down to Nakano Broadway for some fandom goodness. :D
Usavich!!! I went crazy over this… After that when I asked why Senpai didn’t stop me, she said that there was something in the way my eyes lit up… ^^;
Next up is one more day in Tokyo before we fly off to the wonderful world that is flower farms in Hokkaido~ :D