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2013年07月01日

Japan's trip #2- The TYB visit spree

Shibuya - Kirishima Iori (CV: Suzuki Tatsuhisa)
Instead of visiting the machi, we visited the Meiji shrine, one of the famous shinto shrines in Japan. The garden surrounding the shrine is basically large and we were greeted by green scenery upon arrival. The atmosphere in the garden is cooling even though it was around noon since the trees are covering up the sunlight throughout the walking route.

As per the usual custom, we washed our hand at the chozuya near the tori before entering the shrine, went in and took a few pictures. I managed to get an omamori for my mom here~

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Look at the amount of ema hanging near the sacred tree XD



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Harajuku - TYB representative: None
Fashion~ fashion~ and fashion. The whole street is full of trendy shops from clothings to accessories especially cute ones. Aside from that I noticed that there are a few sweets shops especially those selling crepes are famous among the joshikousei and the line to buy their crepes are long~ Even though it was daytime & weekday when we visit, this street is still full of teenagers and young adults craving for trendy fashion to satisfy their thirst.
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Trendy shops all around every corner of the street~




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Shinjuku - Ninomiya Yuuto (CV: Suzumura Kenichi)
A mixed metropolitan city. You can find foods paradise, shopping heavens, entertainments, etc in this ward alone. We went to tryout Ichiran ramen, whereby you can customize your own bowl of ramen(this suits me very well since I don't really like to eat meat) so i ordered one bowl without pork meat. The soup and the noodle came out just nice even though without any meat

Of course, cheap shopping can also be found around the streets here~

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Nightlife at Shinjuku




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Ikebukuro - Misaki Koutaro (CV: Morikubo Shoutaro)
A place centered for otome. Basically, whatever you want and need to satisfy your satisfaction towards your fangirlism towards otome and BL related stuff, you can find them here. Walk towards Otome Street and you can see a red carpet lineup of merchandise shops, books, etc inviting you to walk in and come out with at least something in your hand. Oh! Did I mentioned Swallowtail Cafe, the famous butler themed cafe is just around the corner of this street as well?

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Swallowtail Musical at a nearby theather for fans. Some of title of the songs are funny though LOL


Our dear friend, Camelia made a booking about 1 month before the day we stepped into this cafe(yes, reservation prior 1 month is needed FYI) for teatime. It costed around 3,000yen+/- per person for the set of the teatime food and the service of a butler serving your table and calling you "Ojousama(My lady)". Some of you might think that's crazy going for 3,000yen for just a set of teatime food but the selling point of this type of shop isn't here. What you are paying for is mainly the experience of the butler service and the environment and of course, some portion of the money goes to the food that you are eating. BUT! Being a sweet-tooth person, I like their teatime desserts very much so, together with the service(although we were being served by a young & inexperience butler) and the environment, it is still worth it


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Ueno - Moroboshi Tetsu (CV: Toriumi Kousuke)
Okay~ He's my favourite boy from TYB(who wouldn't like this cute oniisan ), a representative from one of the shitamachi of Tokyo, Ueno. Ueno is basically a cultural place, housing museums(those artsy museums and a science museum) and a few halls. Our visiting spot at here is the Ueno Zoo(well, one of the dating place with Tetsu in the game ).

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Walk past through a park with Hideyo Noguchi statue(That's the 1000 yen man!!!) and you'll arrive at the main entrance of the zoo. Entrance fee needed.


Like normal zoo, this zoo also houses animals from the mammals to amphibians, from the diurnal to nocturnal and from the artic to antartic. I think the famous animal here would be the couple panda Shin Shin & Ri Ri. The only panda in view at the time of visit is Ri Ri since Shin Shin is pregnant. You can find a lot of panda merchandises at the shops in the zoo alongside with other animal merchandises.



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Akihabara - Isono Rui/Lucy (CV: Kaji Yuuki)
While Ikebukuro caters to ladies' thirst over otome and BL obsession, this Akiba denki gai caters towards boys. Girls dressed as maid standing in the middle of the street calling for customers to visit the maid cafes lying on the street are normal sight here aside from the shops selling various otaku based items from games to books. This is the best place to grab your latest electronic games(well for me as a gamer) and goodies from your favourite anime, manga & games. Some of the adult spots are located here too, mainly underground of buildings.

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Just outside of the Akiba's station~



TYB that is not in the list of my visit
Roppongi - Rudou Jesus(CV: Namikawa Daisuke)
Shinagawa - Hamada Shinnosuke(CV: Suwabe Junichi)
Meguro - Kujou Takumi(CV: Yusa Kouji)
Sugamo - Momose Ayumu(CV: Yonaga Tsubasa)


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2013年06月12日

Japan's trip #1- Yokohama & Tales of Festival 2013

Great escape from everyday routine indeed when I had a trip to Japan with my friend. We went to Yokohama for the first few days and resides at Tokyo for the rest of the trip. Of course not losing the chance to catch some seiyuu events to attend namely Tales of Festival 2013 & Otomate Party 2013 aside from the usual visiting the famous spots.

Day 1 - Day 2 - pre & Day 1 Tales of Festival
Our Day 1 to Day 3 mainly focusing on the Tales of Festival 2013 event. We went to the Yokohama Arena on the first day to grab some event goodies and to try out their cafe foods which came with free goodies. Perhaps we catch the good timing arriving at the event hall so we need not to lineup to purchase the official goodies although some of the goodies sold out for the day. Right after that, we headed to the Tales Of cafe to grab some character lunches(along with limited free goodies that comes with the lunches). After catching with what needed at the event area, we met up with Camelia and she brought us to walk around Yokohama and had dinner before heading back to our hostel to pickup some stuff.

Day 1 of the event falls on Day 2 of our trip. Lookie at the sea of human!!!!

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Just to take the flower bouquets alone. Mamo alone had 3 bouquets on display. 

While waiting for the event to start, we were greeted with opening movies of all of the released Tales of series games and of course, fans inside the hall was cheering along with the movies. Just around 20 minutes before the start of the event, we were further greeted with event rules and guides by our Tales characters!http://livedoor.blogcms.jp/blog/springyuki/article/edit?id=65751230

On the first day, we have Onosaka Masaya, Kawaragi Shiho, Iwao Junko, Konishi Katsuyuki & Okiayu Ryoutaro cosplaying their respective character in full force. Yonaga Tsubasa was wearing only the costume though while the rest of the casts did tried to wear some part of their own character costume on-stage except for Toriumi Kousuke and Midorikawa Hikaru. The most hilarious would be Okki. He first came onto the stage in Dymlos kigurumi on his head and the whole viewers in the arena was laughing out aloud.

The short skit this year is focusing on celebrating Yuri and Leon for topping the chart of the character poll. Near the end of the talk corner, there was a fruit cake brought out by the staff with Yuri and Leon character drawn onto it. Our celebratory stars of the night, Toriumi & Midorikawa even feed each other with piece of the cake!!!!  (and not to forget Shimono being kicked on his ass a few times...hard)


Not to forget the announcements of new releases especially Tales of Symphonia: Unisonant Pack, a game that combine both ToS and ToS & ToS sequel on PS3. We have Misono live performance right after that and Day1 event wrapped up after the closing words from the casts for the night.



Day 3 - Tales of Festival Day 2
Since we have completed our event goods shopping list, we arrived later on Day 2, just at the nick of the gate opening time. While we are waiting for the show to start, we noticed a girl at the front seat is playing ToHR on her PSV.

Before the starting of the event, we have opening movies as per day 1 but this time around, the fans in the arena hall were more proactive in cheering. The whole 10,000+ attendees(well most of them) were actually flashing their lightstick and the color changes depending on the title of the opening movies.

We have none of the casts cosplaying this time around but we have them down the stage running around the arena seats. Of course fans were cheering out aloud when the casts were standing and running around the area. The best memory from this session would be Sakupyon's live musical (while Kawaragi-san & Onosaka play along with him). Others, we have the casts of the day mimicking the voice of other characters present on Day 2 during the talk session. Right after that, a long winded promotions announcement by emcee Onosaka & Kawaragi-san and finally singing performance by Deen. The event wrapped up as usual with closing words by casts of the day.




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