chochajin
12 December 2010 @ 01:59 pm
[Japan Travel]: Winter 2008/2009: Mt. Fuji and more!  
Tadaaaa!~

Here's now finally the surprise I kept talking about! Some of you might remember that during my winter vacation a few years ago my memory card was broken and I lost tons of photos especially the great ones I was able to take of Mt. Fuji out of the Shinkansen back then.
After my summer vacation while trying to restore something else I was able to restore those OLD photos!!! I couldn't believe my luck! :D
Now finally ... almost 2 years later I present you the lost photos!!! These are quite random and are mostly of my days in Tokyo and the first day in Aizu-Wakamatsu (previous photos that didn't get lost can be found here).

Probably most of you don't remember what happened during my winter vacation 2 years ago XD So ... uhm ... I'll try to keep the explanations short anyways XD



I spend a few days in and around Tokyo before the New Year.

Read more... )



more Mt. Fuji awesomeness )


And that's it. I hope you are not too disappointed that the surprise was something like this?!

Alright. There are still some entries that need to be posted in the next few days.
See you again then
 
 
[mood]: cold
[music]: hide - Beauty & Stupid
 
 
chochajin
19 April 2009 @ 04:20 am
[Travel]: Winter vacation 2008/2009 (Tokyo and Aizu-Wakamatsu)  
Hey there!

I FINALLY managed to sort and upload ALL of my vacation pics (and that includes the incomplete winter vacation photos as well). YAY!!!
So of course I'll start with the winter vacation now. Unfortunately my camera's memory card decided back then to delete all of my photos after a few days which is why I almost have NO photos of Tokyo and Aizu-Wakamatsu's first day.
The photos of Tokyo I got from my Japanese friend and [livejournal.com profile] ame_no_uta who I met there. Thanks again <33


Tokyo (28th of December 2008 - 2nd of January 2009)

Tokyo and mocchi?! )



Tokyo Dome and a NEWS concert?! O_O )



The 31st I spent together with my host family. I told them that I want to experienc a typical Japanese New Year's Eve and so that's what we did, with hot soba and all XD
And of COURSE I watched the Johnnys countdown live on TV. Awesome feeling ^^ (I had photos of that, too, but as you know ... *grwrskliehuorfw* -___-; ....).
On January 1st we all went together to do our "hatsumode (詣)" (first visit of a shrine) in the new year.



On January 2nd I left my host family and moved on to Aizu-Wakamatsu together with [livejournal.com profile] bf_nightingale where we spent 2 days.
I don't have any photos of the 1st day anymore as it was part of the evil plan of my stupid camera's memory card, so these pics have been deleted as well ;o;
What I remember clearly is that it was SUPER cold and there was a LOT OF snow x___X
The photos are by far not as breathtaking as my spring vacation photos, but I hope you enjoy them nevertheless ^-^/


Aizu-Wakamatsu Day 2 (January 3rd 2009)

A lot of snow leads to memory loss? )



Read more... )



I know the photos are not sooo interesting plus I have no information about anything at all, so I guess this was kinda boring, but I still wanted to post the photos.
Next time: Sendai / Matsushima photos and then I'll FINALLY start with my spring vacation photos (^-^)v


Ciaossu (^-^)/
 
 
[music]: GReeeeN - 刹那
[mood]: busy
 
 
chochajin
29 March 2009 @ 12:14 pm
[Japan]: Tokyo, cat café, wedding, cherry blossoms  
Hey everybody,

it's been a while, sorry. I've been quite busy, but in a good way, I guess. I'm not really stressed or anything. I just really didn't have time for anything else and in my free minutes I had to finish planning for my upcoming spring vacation. I'll go to Okayama Prefecture for 2 days and then head over to Shikoku where I'll visit Matsuyama and Kochi. After that I'll jump over to Tokushima Pref. in order to visit Naruto and the famous Naruto whirlpools (*-*)v

Anyway I came back from Tokyo last week on Sunday and ever since then have been too busy to post about my few days there. I'll do so now.
I'll warn you it's pretty photo-intense, but I guess most of you don't mind?! ;P

Here we go:

Thursday (19th of March):

After about 5hours of sitting in the train (most of the time it was the Shinkansen - and I couldn't get a window spot this time ;o; ... it was too full!!!!! Well, Fuji-san was hiding anyway *sigh*) I arrived in Tokyo about noon.
My first goal for the day was Shibuya ................................. where in the end I spent the whole day XD



Read more... )



Friday (20th of March):

Actually I wanted to visit a shrine before starting my second shopping day, but it was raining like woah and it was pretty windy, too, so I went straight to Ikebukuro where I planned to stay the whole day XD
My first stop was Nekobukuro, a cat café (*-*) (I think I wrote about those in one of my last entries?! And thanks to [livejournal.com profile] asahifirsa for recommending it to me ^^)
If you wanna go there, too, it's really easy to find. It's in one of the top floors of Tokyu Hands in Ikebukuro. Just on your way to Sunshine City.

So, what is a cat café? Actually, I'm not really sure XDDDD You pay a small fee and can pet and take photos of cats or just be together with them as long as you want.
I guess in a huge city like Tokyo where the apartments are too small to have pets, these kind of shops/cafés are quite popular. For me it was kind of strange as I come from a pretty rural town in Germany where we have tons of cats just walking around on the street.
I'm not sure if the cats were completely happy there. Some of the seemed to be REALLY scared and weird, but it was definitely an interesting experience and because I miss having a cat it was REALLY nice ;o; *sigh*



Read more... )



Saturday (21st of March): Day of the Wedding

I left really early together with the bride (my good friend) and her parents. We arrived at the hotel (which was situated right at Tokyo Bay) around 10amish.

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Sakura time?! )







And that was my lunch on Friday. I like that new low calory latte from Starbucks (*_*)V



Uhum ..... I still haven't posted ANY of the photos of my winter vacation and now I'm leaving for my spring vacation. Is it just me or is this getting kind of funny? (-___-'')>
I just don't have enough time, sorry



Alright, that was a long entry. Way too long, sorry
Hope you enjoyed it nevertheless.

ByE~bUu
 
 
[mood]: cheerful
[music]: 北出菜奈 - 鏡の国のアリア
 
 
chochajin
11 April 2008 @ 06:25 pm
[Japan]: 春休み (haru yasumi) - Osaka and Tokyo  
Oh, oh

I know it’s been a long time once again, but whatever. It can’t be helped. I’m sorry and I hope I can be around a little bit more often from now on!

I just came back from Tokyo on Monday night and had a great “haru yasumi” (spring break).
This might sound strange, but as soon as I arrived in Tokyo I had the feeling that I was finally home!
Yumi-chan’s family gave me a warm welcoming and I was soooooooooo happy to finally see them again!
The next day I met with my German friends who were traveling through the whole world. Their last stop was Tokyo and that just at the right time, so we just had to meet of course! I showed them around and we had a lot of fun. It felt so great to finally speak German once again!!

Sakura love ahead~ )



Hanami <3

WARNING WARNING THERE ARE REALLY REALLY A LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT OF PHOTOS THIS TIME AND IT WILL TAKE HOURS AND HOURS TO LOAD BUT I THINK IT IS WORTH IT!! XD )



Hahh~ how I miss Tokyo!
The next day my friends went to Hakone and I went shopping. (I already went to Hakone last September)
I had a strict “shopping plan” that looked like: Harajuku, Akihabara, Ikebukuro, Harajuku, Akihabara, Akihabara, Harajuku, Harajuku, Harajuku …
No comment ;P
Harajuku, more Hanami and stuff + Nikko )



More Nikko, return and I bought TOO MUCH STUFF!!!!! )



And even more stuff I bought (o__o'') ... )


I'm still in a pretty good mood because of Tokyo, but I already miss my friends and Tokyo as well *sigh* My next job gotta be in Tokyo!

What's more is that Read more... )

I THINK that was all! I'm sorry that it's gotten so long, but that's what I get for not updating for so long.
For people who are interested in my life in Japan, it would be good to read it all, for other people: just enjoy the photos .. I guess! XDDDD

Hopefully read you soon again and thank you sooooooooooooooooooooo~ much for all your nice comments last time! (;____;)
They really helped me!!! <33333

Bye-bu~
 
 
[mood]: tired
[music]: TV - jdrama: Around 40
 
 
chochajin
28 February 2008 @ 02:33 pm
[Japan Photos]: Saitama, Yumi-chan's house, cars, flight, random things!~  
Okay,

I'm kind of in a hurry, but as I don't know when I will have internet access again, I figured it might be a good idea to throw the (probably) last few photos of our Japan trip at you right NOW! (^^'')

Although they're pretty random, I hope you enjoy them nevertheless.
So here we go~


Saitama )



At Yumi-chan's home!~ )



Want to know what these thingies are? XD )



Return flight )




Hope you liked all of the photos and thanks for your lovely comments all the time!


P.S.: I (hopefully XD) will write a proper "goodbye entry" later, but right now I'm still a little bit busy (^^')>

Bye-cha~
 
 
[music]: 藤木直人 - Hey! Friends ~Remix Version~
[mood]: hungry
 
 
chochajin
26 February 2008 @ 08:42 pm
[Japan Photos]: Roppongi Hills + Tokyo Tower + Yanaka Graveyard + Tokyo at night  
Okay,

it's official! We are ALMOST through with the photos!! Yah~ .. I guess only 1 or 2 more photo posts and that's it! (^-^'') Phew~
As I thought I can't manage to post them all before I fly, but at least I've edited and uploaded all of them by now!
Hope you look forward to the random rest XD

This time I have TONS of photos of Tokyo Tower by night and day. I really love Tokyo Tower ... and if you look at the amount of photos I took ... one might say I'm obsessed? XDDDD No, not really.
Anyway enjoy~

I has a stalker icon! XD

Tokyo Tower at night + Roppongi Hills )



Tokyo Tower is higher than the Eiffel Tower by the way :)

Tokyo Tower at daytime + TEH inside )



Yanaka Cemetery )



Tokyo at night *-* )


Aaand~ that's it for today!
Hope you like the photos!

Bye-jaan~
 
 
[music]: Cagnet - Deeper and Deeper
[mood]: chipper
 
 
chochajin
22 February 2008 @ 05:26 pm
[Japan Photos]: Shinjuku + Shibuya  
Phew~ ... only a few more photos to go and we're done! Yay (^^'') ...
And only one more week and I'll be in Japan again. (o__o'')

This time it's Shinjuku and Shibuya - two very different places :D Hope you enjoy the photos~

In Shinjuku (新宿) we went to the ... I think it was the government building (Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building)?! ... can't exactly remember (^^') .... there you can go to the highest floor for free (!!!). Awesome view of Tokyo up there!

Shinjuku and the skyscrapers )



Shibuya and the gals XD )



And this time it's a Kameya??? O__O )



Shibuya at night )



Okay, that's it!!
 
 
[mood]: sick
[music]: FUNKY MONKEY BABYS - 泣いて笑って夢を見てた
 
 
chochajin
18 February 2008 @ 06:36 pm
[Japan Photos] Ueno + Tokyo University  
Okay, already another picspam post! (^-^)>

I guess I'm kind of ... in a hurry now?! XDDDD

Anyway in my 3rd week I went to Ueno (上野)! I wanted to check out the HUGE park and also Ueno zoo! :)
Here we go~


Welcome to Ueno!~ )



Ueno Zoo~ )



I have (again) NO idea what "that" is, but ... but .... this guy was really interesting! XD
I wonder what he's doing or at what he's staring?! ....

Tokyo University )


Hope it was not too boring this time with all the animals.

Bye-cha~ (^-^)/
 
 
[mood]: restless
[music]: Asian Kung-Fu Generation - After Dark
 
 
chochajin
04 February 2008 @ 03:16 pm
[Japan Photos]: Odaiba (Fuji TV)  
Okay,

so that this lj won't die because I'm neglecting it too much lately, here is another photo picspam of Japan.
This time let's go to Odaiba (お台場)

Welcome to Odaiba and WOAH FUJI TV!!!! Suogi (*-*) )



Okay, let's go in and find out XD )



Hero! (*____*) ... that's what Kimura-kun wore in the movie / series

And now off to New York?! )



Read more... )

Okay, that's all for now. Sorry I'm not in the mood to write much.
Hope you enjoyed this entry nevertheless~
 
 
[mood]: worried
 
 
chochajin
16 January 2008 @ 12:09 am
[Japan Photos]: Ikebukuro + Sakuragichou  
Eeeeerm .... actually I don´t really have time for this, but ............... my journal is half-dead lately and I just can´t stand NOT posting anything at all for a longer period of time XDDDD

Plus .. I really should post ALL of my Japan photos BEFORE I go to Japan again XDDDDD ... otherwise there will be no end to it ever! XD

Here we go~

Ikebukuro West Gate Park:

Come with me to TEH fandom paradise #2! )



Bukuro at night! )




Sakuragichou:

Sakura...nantoka! XD )



China Town )



Yamashita Park?!? ... wait Yama ... woah! )

I hope you enjoyed it! (^____^)/~
 
 
[music]: BONNIE PINK - Last Kiss
Current Location: still in Germany
[mood]: hopeful
 
 
chochajin
07 January 2008 @ 01:17 am
[Japan Photos]: TEH Drama Locations!♪  
Hey~ho!

Although I´m pretty busy right now here is another Japan photos entry - as promised. And a special one, too! (^_______________^)v
This entry contains photos of some jdrama locations we visited during our stay in Tokyo (e.g. Bambino, Hana Yori Dango, Akihabara@Deep, Ikebukuro Wet Gate Park, Pride).
AND! THE MYSTERY WILL FINALLY BE REVEALD *stares at [livejournal.com profile] mamoritai* Who was the (not so famous) drama actor I met @ Tokyo Tower??!!
Are you ready? Here we go!


Bambino: Tattoria )






Hana Yori Dango: Ebisu Garden Place )



Ebisu Garden Place - Surroundings )




Pride - Goodbye Bridge )




Akihabara@Deep: RANDOM )

HOMG HOMG HOMG11111!!!!! I stood at the EXACT SAME PLACE AS MY TOMA-CHAMAAAA~ ;o; *tears of joy* *fangirls* *faints*
That´s sooo awesome (*___*) .... am I exaggerating? XD ....




Ikebukuro West Gate Park // Hana Yori Dango: Bookstore )




TEH mystery: Who´s that actor? )



Me wants that truck! (°___O'') ...


That´s all!
 
 
[music]: UVERworld - D-tecnoLife
[mood]: hopeful
 
 
chochajin
27 December 2007 @ 12:18 am
[Japan Photos]: My beloved Harajuku (原宿)  
Hey, it´s time for the next photo session ;P
I´m sorry that I don´t update that often lately, but I´m so damn busy for various reasons (will blabber more about it soon - hopefully ).

Anyway~ FINALLY it´s time for my beloved Harajuku!
Actually the only place in Japan I went 5 times to!!! (^-^'') ..... although Harajuku is very popular among YOUNG people - I was definitely too old for that part of Tokyo, but I didn´t care XD ....
What I loved about Harajuku: Everything -> the weird + interesting people, the crepes, TEH IDOL SHOPS, TEH JOHNNY SHOP, SNOOPY! and ... EVERYTHING! XD ...

I hope I can give you a good insight with these photos, enjoy!~

Welcome to Harajuku - one of the fandom paradises! )



And idol shops like WOAH! )



Try NOT to faint ... yet ;P )

Ooookay, that was long, sorry, but I really do love Harajuku.
What´s with you? Did you already fall in love with Harajuku (as well)??!!!

Bye-cha~
 
 
[mood]: scared
[music]: Utada Hikaru - Time Will Tell
 
 
chochajin
19 December 2007 @ 05:25 pm
[Japan Photos]: Ginza + Yurakuchou + some random shots  
こんばんは!☆ミ

This time it´s Ginza (銀座) and Yurakuchou (有楽町).
Before I start blabbering, something totally random: The 町in 有楽町 can be read as either "machi" or "chou". In this case it´s read as chou. I was discussing this with some of my Japanese friends, because there are TONS of city-names with this kanji in it and each time you use another reading for it. But all of them told me that there is basically no rule and SOMETIMES even Japanese don´t know which one to use (I discovered this when I was checking out a map together with Yumi-chan).

Anyway ... I have rather good memories of Ginza where I went to a concert of a friend of Yumi-chan (more about this later) and also of Yurakuchou where [livejournal.com profile] hesaki and me went to meet a German fellow worker of her who´s working and living in Japan for over 6(?) years now.
I´ve decided to post some totally random shots of Tokyo ... and Kyoto this time as well, hope you like them.
Here we go!

Ginza: it was sooo hot! )



I told you he´s everywhere ... I TOLD YOU!!! (°_____O'')

Yurakuchou )



Random shots of the day: We found KAME!!!! ... well .. not really, but ARASHI!! XD ... )



WAAAAIIII!!! They were sooooooooooooooooooooooo cute!!!! (*____*)

What is the Japanese favorite sport? )

Ahem ... such a long entry. I´m sorry to spam your f-list like that lately.
 
 
[music]: Ne-Yo - Do You (feat. Utada)
[mood]: thoughtful
 
 
chochajin
10 December 2007 @ 07:52 pm
[Japan Photos]: Asakusa - Senoji // Kappabashi  
よぉぉ!♪
And here is already the next photo post!

But before I start the picspamming, I still have to tell you more about Akihabara.
I totally forgot to mention: Of course we went into a メード喫茶店 (maid café). It was really interesting there! I totally loved the furniture there (it was a little bit like in old Europe, I guess).
At the time we went there, the café was pretty empty, only some middle-aged man and apart from us, another Japanese woman.
The maids were SO cute ... but I have NO idea how young/old they were! I heard that in Japan teenagers are allowed to work fulltime at a younger age than in Germany. Well, Japanese usually do look younger than they are, so I guess that the maids were already of full age (^^').
The menu was interesting as well! Apart from the dishes there was also a notice which said that you are not allowed to give the maids any presents or take photos of them.
If you bought s.th. for over 1000Yen then you were allowed to take one photo together with the maid that served you ^-^
And this is what we ordered )


Okay, that´s all, let´s start with the next photos: Asakusa (浅草) - prolly one of the places with the MOST tourists around!
There are a lot of gaijins in Roppongi and Enoshima for example as well, but those are not tourists, they live and work there, but in Asakusa ... you´ll find tons of tourists!
I think for the first time we really saw MORE gaijins than Japanese people! (^-^') ....

Well, compared to the rest of Tokyo Asakusa is nice indeed, but we just came from Kyoto, so it wasn´t that special for us! XD

Asakusa: Senoji Temple )



Asakusa: Kappabashi )



And something totally random XD *lol* But smoking, playing with your cellphone, reading etc. while you´re driving (your bike) is allowed!! XD ... or not, but everyone does it XD



That´s all for now ^-^;
Guess we have reached half of the photos now .. more or less (^^') ... ahem~

じゃマタネッ(*^-゜)/~Bye♪
 
 
[mood]: envious
[music]: Yuko Sasaki - Pure Snow
Current Location: ドイツ、家、私の部屋
 
 
chochajin
08 December 2007 @ 09:27 pm
[Japan Photos]: Kame-Copy + Akihabara  
Eeehhhm~ ... I totally forgot to update my japan photos ... or rather I didn´t have time for it (^^')
Gomen, gomen!

Before we FINALLY start with the Tokyo photos, there´s "something" I totally forgot to tell you about ... or rather SHOW you ... how could I? ... at least I think I forgot. My brain´s getting older, too, you know?! XD



Please let me introduce you to Kame-copy! XDDDD ... Ahem~
We discovered him in our fav restaurant in Kyoto. Basically we were the only gaijins there ... all of the time (yes, we went there 3 times, I think - apparently it was Kame-copys fav restaurant as well *___* ..... so we got to see him more than just ONCE!!!)
Sorry for the pic quality, but that´s zoomed, so .. yeah (^^') ...
He´s cute isn´t he??? Ohhhh~ how I miss him (;o;) and Kyoto, although he´s prolly lightyears younger than me XDD

Welcome to Akihabara!!!~ )



... and a lot of otakus. Where´s Densha?? XD )
 
 
[mood]: chipper