[池袋]

16 07 2008

I’m a little behind on posting lately, but since today I stayed at home and have nothing to report I guess it’s fine.

yesterday fiona and I went to 池袋 (ikebukuro) to take a look. we knew it was mainly all department stores, but we still wanted to check it out. in fact, inside tokyu hands department store there is a place called [nekobukuro] where you can play with cats for as long as you want! entry fee is 600¥ for an adult, 400¥ for children and 1000¥ for couples – in japan it is common to find “couple” fees in many places… unfortunately I only learned of this after going there…

first stop was a place to take a bite in. we found a nice cafe overlooking the street where fiona could eat something and I could take some photos of the people outside. the place was [milky-way cafe] and was zodiac-themed. each dessert corresponded to a different zodiac-sign. fiona ordered cancer for share – this sounds a bit weird, doesn’t it? this is how it looked:

 

I can assure you it tasted even better than it looked.

something that really surprised me when I came here was how much sweet stuff girls eat. you can often see couples in restaurants, the guy will be having a normal meal and his girlfriend will be eating this huge ice-cream cup with fruit, cookies, more than 4 toppings, strawberry chocolate, chantilly… and who knows how many other things underneath! what kind of lunch is that? besides, all sweets look all fancy and fairy-tale like, why? if you want to buy a crepe there is no way you will find anything simpler than the above mentioned ice-cream cup. asian girls love sweet and cute, right? so they have made cakes and ice-cream into an art. the next step was to bring sweets to clothes and accessories: cake, ice-cream and cookies designs for t-shirts, necklaces, earrings, pendants…  hummm… I don’t really see the point of looking like a bakery display.

next was the hello kitty store. I will refrain to talk about this. you can imagine it’s more cutey-cutey stuff covering from clothes, bags and other accessories to food and anything ranging in-between. I was tempted to buy something, anything! cute stuff does that to you.

and last of all came the I-don’t-know-how-to-call-it place! how do you call an 8 storey building filled with video-games, UFO machines and purikura? I daren’t try UFO machines because I really suck at it and video-games looked tempting but for the fact that they were entirely in japanese and I didn’t understand a thing… there were some pretty interesting RPGs, sniff, I wanted to try them!

UFO machines

the alternative was of course purikura. funny, cheap (200¥ – 400¥) and easy to operate! the only problem was which booth to choose! there were so many of them you even needed a floor-plan to now where you were! but the best thing about that place was that you could cosplay for free. you could borrow french-maid, schoolgirl, police-woman, gothic lolita suits… and many others for free and take your photo with them on. since we were already there and you only do this once in a lifetime we went for cosplay.

 

fiona chose french-maid and I dressed as a school-girl. I’d always wanted to get into a sailor uniform :3 the skirt was amazingly short -.-; luckily you cannot see it in this picture :)

the purikura we took are really funny, I’ll upload them next time!

so that’s all for now. next post is みたままつり (mitamamatsuri – summer festival in hanzoumon) yay!

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4 responses

16 07 2008
Kat XDDD

Yay!!! You changed the desing, XDD!!!! Now I can see if there are any new comments, :P!!

I’ve had a lonngggggg week so far, I’ll tell you in an e-mail when I get some free time, ok??? I love your Cosplay, >.<!!! I would have picked… the gothic lolita. XDD!!!

Ejoy every minute, ok??? For Akiko-Chan and me

Super CHUUUUUU

18 07 2008
Akiko-chan

Nana-channn!! I envy you so much!! It’s so unfair!! I love all that places!! And, like Álex, I would have picked the gothic lolita costume too!!
I really don’t get how japanese girls are so slim and with such a perfect skin, eating so much horrible-sweet things (I feel sick only imagining), they should be at least full of pimples, shouldn’t they? Maybe they only eat that once a week and then they starve the rest of days.
Well, lot of hugs and kisses, Nana!!^-^v. CHuuuuuuuuuuu!!!

18 07 2008
Kat XDDD

I want to go to a NekoBukuro… T_T

19 07 2008
nanachan707

I still have to unveil that mystery about japanese girls. but I suppose our guess is right akiko-chan, they must starve themselves. about the skin,,, I think it has more to do with all the time, effort AND money the spend in make-up. so don’t worry, they may look perfect, but they’re not :)

I want to go to nekobukuro too!!!! I miss my cats! I want to see cats and play with them.
today we are going to akihabaro, so I’ll try to look for a naruto frog-wallet for jorge, akiko-chan. wish me luck!

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