Golden Week Road Trip (Day One) 2017

This year the Golden Week Holidays in Japan fell perfectly, in a way that gave my husband and others an unusually long holiday.  So we packed our bags and went for a driven.

Normally, we go west, in the direction of Kyoto, like the rest of Japan, but this year we decided to go north, to Hokkaido.

The roads were so open and free, it was difficult to believe it was Golden Week. We zipped up and made our first stop at this city. Can you guess by the pictures where these were taken?

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Easter Fun At Tokyo Disney Sea

Yesterday, after two months of trying and failing, my friends K and C and I finally made it to Disney Sea. The weather could not have been more gorgeous.

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We attempted to buy our tickets in advance online, but that failed because Disney has terribly strict credit card controls.  (Ugh… that’s another story there).

When we arrived around 9:30 am, crowds were already flowing in. The first thing we needed was coffee and food.  However, that had to wait until after we picked up our fast pass from here:

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The Journey To the Center of the Earth Ride

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Where Celebs Dine In Tokyo

A few weekends ago, I went to Odaiba with my friend S to visit the coolest onsen in Tokyo.

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Before we headed to the onsen, we stopped at Odaiba mall and strolled around for a good lunch spot.

On the upper floor is this well decorated area that is made to look like the streets of a village in Italy.

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The restaurants are not unreasonable (most of them). We passed by one that has been frequented by celebs such as Johnny Depp, Sylvester Stallone, and a whole bunch more.

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Celebs love to eat here apparently.

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We didn’t eat there, but at a restaurant called La Boheme.

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The food was reasonable (a little overpriced), but very yummy.

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My carbonara pasta.

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We shared this dessert. So worth it.

S gave me quite the compliment about my food photography.  She said, ‘You take photos good enough for a magazine’.  I was so tickled pink.  I don’t know if that’s true, yet I do see the pics and get hungry still.

If you want to dine like celebs in Tokyo, than visit the restaurant floor of Odaiba mall.

Have a great April.

Naka-Meguro In Cherry Blossom Bloom

Yesterday had beautiful weather.  So I went to Naka-Meguro Station.

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I love going to Naka Meguro during cherry blossom season, and yesterday was my last chance before they are gone there.

The vendors are great, the sparkling strawberry champagne is tart, and the blossoms look gorgeous overhanging the river.

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See what I mean?

I must warn you, I drank this:

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I’m weak to sweet alcohols, especially on an empty stomach.  After I drank this, I was quite drunk for the rest of my photo-taking.

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Cherry Blossoms Season Here? Goodbye Clear Skies!

One thing I’ve learned over the years of living in Japan is that when the cherry blossoms finally arrive, so does the cloudy weather and the rain.  When I was young, anime and manga always portrayed cherry blossoms season as 90% sunny.

However, the grey sky and wet weather come with the blossoms.  Last week was the last day with blue skies and pink blossoms.  Now it’s just grey to rainy to grey again. Continue reading