Friday, July 25, 2014

Preparing for Grad in Japan - Choosing a Kimono :D

After 10 or so years of university, several switches of my major, and LOTS of part time jobs to pay it all off, I'm finally graduating!!! The thought of never having to go back to university is such a relief, you have no idea. I'm not the type that enjoys sitting in the classroom, so I am SO excited to be free from that and have all of my time available to be put into other things :) But I'll talk more about that later...

Today I went to the kimono shop to choose what I will be wearing to my graduation ceremony! In general girls will wear something called hakama for graduation. It looks something like this:

I'm not really a fan of the hakama look, so I chose to rent a furisode instead. Furisode are long sleeved kimonos, the most formal style of kimono worn by unmarried women. Because furisode are generally very expensive, it is common to rent one instead of purchasing it.

I was lucky and got a great deal because I had done some modelling for this kimono shop last year :) They have so many colours and patterns to choose from, it was so much  fun!

I'm pretty sure these ones pictured here are for males. Pretty colourful right? :D

In this cupboard were tons of different furisode to choose from. When I modelled for this store last year I wore a white furisode and also a purple one. I just loooooved the look of the purple one but unfortunately it was being rented out so I had to choose something else.

Ogawa-san (the owner of the store) suggested that I try a black and purple combination. (Um YES. My 2 favourite colours... I like how she thinks!)

She pulled out 2 different furisode to try.

The first one was black with a pink/purple cherry blossom pattern, which is very commonly seen. I liked how it looked, and was happy with the colouring, but it didn't really stand out to me. I guess it felt too ordinary.

The second one, however, was gorgeous!!! I had never seen this pattern on a kimono before and I just fell in love with it. These flowers are fuji, I think they are called wisteria in English :)

Not only was the pattern amazing, but the colours were all pastel-y and gorgeous and just omgggg *_* Love at first sight. I couldn't have asked for anything more perfect!

It's hard to tell in the photo but it has a nice gold sparkle to it as well.

Now that I had my furisode picked, it was time to choose the obi (belt) and accessories.  I went for something super colourful! Love itttttt.

So excited to wear this to the ceremony, stay tuned for a video! <3 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Spring Cycling in Tokyo

The weather has been so nice recently, and I really want to get outside (and get more exercise) so I decided to get a new bike! I used to mountain bike when I lived in Northern Japan, but since moving to Tokyo I've only been riding a "mama chari" which translates as "mom's bike" haha. Mama chari are basically just the basic, lame bike that most people ride around Japan. They're cheap and usually have a nice sized basket which is great for grocery shopping. 

Typical mama chari

But this time I wanted something that would be good for long distance travelling, so I went for a hybrid bike. Hybrid bikes are a cross between a road bike, touring bike and a mountain bike, so they seemed to be a good choice for riding around in the city :) 

There are so many beautiful sights to be seen around Tokyo! I can't wait to try it out! Especially looking forward to riding in Odaiba. The ocean view there is just gorgeous~!! I'm thinking that Kichijoji would also be a pretty cool place to ride around in. I've been spending a lot of free time there recently and it's just beautiful

Sunset in Odaiba

Inogashira Park in Kichijoji

Since I'm planning on taking some long trips around the city, I needed something that's both comfortable and durable. But of course I want one that looks cool too!! I tried to keep my budget around the 50,000 yen range (approx $500CAD). After a long 2 days on the internet searching for the perfect bike, I narrowed it down to these two: 

Louis Garneau vs Bianchi

I asked for opinions on Twitter and nearly everyone said to go with the Bianchi, so that's what I did! I agree. I like the sleek style and I think having the suspension is a good idea. Thanks for the input everyone! :) 

Bianchi Cielo 2014 - 55,080yen

It doesn't come with pedals so I have to order those separately. I went with these simple white ones. I'll probably switch the tires to all white ones later on >:)

Grunge pedals - 1,980yen

It should arrive this week!! Can't wait~ I'm thinking about buying a little camera to attach to it so I can make cycling videos, wouldn't that be cool? :)

If you know of any cool cycling spots around Tokyo, please let me know! 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Went Fishing :D

Woke up super early this morning and took a trip to the ocean to go fishing! I used to fish a lot in Canada, but this was my first time in Japan.

There were quite a few people there! Mostly old men...

I bought my bait from a vending machine xD I don't even know what they were... but the guy in the shop recommended them so I gave them a shot. They looked like earthworms with legs o.O

Took a good hour or so to catch anything, but finally! It's a little small, but these are mainly the kind of fish you can catch here.

But THEN! Finally something bigger :D But wait.... is that a fugu (blowfish)?

Yep...definitely a fugu. Well since we would die if we ate that, I let him go. He was cute anyways so I'm glad I got to put him back :3 Bye bye Mr. Fugu~~~~

All in all, caught about 10 tiny little fish and ended up giving them to an old man. He was happy xD Might go again tomorrow morning!

Monday, August 19, 2013

BUGS in Japan

So lots of people have requested that I make a video about BUGS here, because they have heard horror stories about Japanese bugs. I can tell you that those stories are all probably true, because the bugs here are insane, nothing like what you would find in Canada. This is all pretty traumatizing for someone with the worst arachnophobia EVER, but I'm trying my best. If I can survive here, I guarantee anyone can.

So first lets start off with the spiders. The spiders are in a whole different class than the ones in Canada. I regularly see spiders bigger than my hand fully stretched out, and they are FAST as hell. Here are some pictures that will scar you forever:

They're not poisonous, but if you're like me you don't really give a shit about that because they're scary as hell regardless whether they are dangerous or not. Good thing is you will only find these in the Summer, I haven't seen them around in the Winter at all. 

The next bug that I am terrified of here are the giant hornets. These are called suzumebachi in Japanese, suzume = sparrow (because they are pretty much as big as a bird) and bachi = bee.

 Apparently you can die if you are stung by one of these. During my first homestay in Japan I got stung by a big bee, but I didn't see closely what it was. My homestay mother started panicking and grabbed my leg and tried to suck the venom out with her mouth. It was an... interesting... experience. Anyways, so these guys are dangerous so try to avoid them at all times. I don't see them around too often, but they seem to hang around in parks. 

The other bugs here don't really bother me. Cockroaches are really common here, I know some people are bothered by those, but I can live with them. The mosquitoes are annoying as hell, I find myself waking up almost every night to kill one. But that's really about it for bugs that suck. 

Now for the cool bugs!! This is a kabuto mushi (rhinoceros beetle):

They are a common pet for children here, and can be found in the forest. If you don't want to go hunting for one, you can also buy them at the pet store :) They don't bite and they eat jello! I used to own a few, but I let them go. 

The butterflies here are gorgeous

These black ones I see around a lot, and also swallowtails. I was a  bit of a butterfly geek growing up so this makes me happy :3 

If you have any other questions about Japanese bugs, let me know! 


Sunday, August 18, 2013

WOO New Blog~ ^^

Hello everyone <3

I've decided to start up a blog because I realized there are so many small things that I don't make videos about but that I'd love to share with you guys. I thought here would be a good place to do that :)

It's been a crazy busy Summer, been working a lot, got in a car accident (yikes!), went to Korea for a few weeks, and now I'm back in Japan and getting ready to move tomorrow.

I sure move a lot. I decided I wanted a cheaper place since the place I'm in now is a little more room than what I really need. I'm not home much anyways, so I figure I might as well save some money with a smaller place!

The new place is only 30,000 yen a month including internet!! That's insaaaane. My old place was 50,000. It is smaller, and the kitchen area is connected with the bedroom which is kind of lame, but on the other hand the bedroom is the only room I keep cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter so it'll be nice to have the kitchen area temperature controlled too now ^^ 

I'll be making a room tour video right away once I get set up, since that will probably be the only time you will ever see my room in a clean enough state! ^^;

Here are a couple random pictures from Korea

           Hangang River! So gorgeous.
 Mmm kimbap.
                     This was at a cozy cafe in Seoul. They are sweet chewy desserts made from rice :)

Anyways, thanks for visiting and check back for more posts soon! <3