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I know it’s not May yet, but I had to get them done before China (!!).  Red and white.  The nailist said they reminded her of Minnie Mouse, which was not what I was going for, but whatever.  I like them all the same.

Right about now, I should be in transit to the hostel in Chengdu.  When I got into the JET Program, my two big travel goals were China and Korea.  Korea I was able to hit very early on (see these old post on LJ), but China took some time.  I had really wanted to go to HK, Shanghai or Beijing; but the girl I’m traveling with has already been there, so we compromised and will be going to Chengdu and Chongqing in the Sichuan area.  Spicy food and pandas…that’s all I need.  Also, we have a 6hr layover in HK, so I’ll get a small HK bonus.  Back on May 7!

I will be so sad when I go back to America because Shu Uemura’s US operations are online only now and there won’t be any counters to peruse.  So for now, I’ll buy as much as I can while I still have the ability to go and check it out.  Stupidly forgot my brown eyeliner in the hostel in Fukuoka, so picked up this new one.  Pretty standard; I’ll def. be buying lashes before I leave, the problem is….which ones?!

Shu Uemura, cosmetics section of the JR Kyoto Isetan.  Isetan is on the JR side of Kyoto station.  Cosmetics: 1F.

I finished Gokinjo Monogatari as well as my book in English, The American (both the movie and the book ended up being disappointing after such a cool-sounding premise), so I needed something new to read.  Foreign books in Japan are ridiculously expensive, so I wasn’t about to shell out $20 for a book that costs $10 in the US and my Japanese isn’t up to reading an actual novel.  Looked in the use foreign bookstore and have two conclusions to draw: foreigners in the Kyoto area have really bad taste in books, or they’re holding onto all the good ones (for good reason if they paid $20 for them here).  So here we are.  Soul Eater, which I picked entirely because of its aesthetic (obviously the best way to pick reading material).  It looks vaguely Halloween-y/Tim Burton-y and that’s all I need.

Also, pretty sure the guy at the local used manga store thinks I’m a crazy.  After buying this book, I got on the bus, went to peruse it and…..it was gone.  Nowhere to be found.  So I ran back to the store and asked the guy working if I had taken the bag.  Made more confusing by the fact that I used the word fukuro (literally, bag), which I guess you can’t use in this instance in Japanese the way you can in English.  So then he kept asking me if I needed a bag, to which my response was no.  So then it was pretty established that I did in fact take the bag/book/whatever with me and I was left wondering how the hell one could lose a book in under 5 minutes and lamenting my lost 290yen.  Also he and the other employee at the counter looked at me like I was a complete crazy.  So then I went to go back to the bus and saw it departing, so I had to haul ass to the next bus stop on the next block.  I get on the bus and behold (!) on the floor of the seat behind the one that I was originally sitting in, was the book, in its bag.  I guess I dropped it and didn’t realize.  So…..yeah.

Cat’s Tsumori Chisato is having a pop-up shop in the JR Kyoto Isetan.  Of course I had to go.  I wanted to go on a spree because this stuff is so cute, but limited myself to a shirt.  I also got a free gift of cute star clips in a cat’s tsumori chisato case.

Cat’s Tsumori Chisato, limited time pop-up shop. 4/20-5/8 JR Kyoto Isetan.  Isetan is on the JR side of Kyoto station, take the main elevators up to 5F.  You’ll see the pop-up shop on your left.  The normal Tsumori Chisato boutique is also on this floor.

I wanted these tickets so badly.  I entered the L’Mobile preorder, the first Ticket Pia preorder, the first Lawsons preorder, the first Eplus preorder, the second Ticket Pia preorder, the second Lawsons preorder and the second Eplus preorder.  Ticket Pia 2 came through.  So I am 1/7 on these tickets and consider myself extremely lucky.  To those ordering tickets for via preorder, I really don’t think there’s any strategy to how to get your name drawn.  I tried entering the minute the preorder application period started, entering right before the application period ended and entering sometime in the middle.  Along the way I’ve also learned the kanji you don’t want to see 落選 (fail), 残念 (unfortunately); and the kanji you hope to see 当選 (success).

So yeah, hahaha.  If you know some Japanese the ticket ordering process isn’t hard at all.  Just keep google translate open in one tab to help you out.  Also, I’d recommended registering before the preorder starts; it saves you time.  Also, if you’re going to buy via the general admission sale (and not preorder), you need those precious seconds.

But yay, I’ll be heading to Tokyo at the end of May!

I realize I’m skipping a few installments since my last post about this series.  I did buy them and simply forgot to post them.  About 1/3 of the way through this, the last volume.  I made a concerted effort to not rush through books here to try to prevent myself from buying a lot of them and then facing the problem of getting them home.  Still, I’m surprised that I was able to pace myself to one per month.  Am fairly confident in saying that if you’re a fan of Paradise Kiss, which is more famous in the US, then you should read this one too.  Also, it is not a sequel, Paradise Kiss is the sequel to this.

Browsing the Neo-Mart in Kawaramachi, I came to their post card wall and immediately fixated on these fairy tale-themed ones from Yoko Tanaka.  As I was short on cash (had just gotten my nails done and still needed to buy my mom a birthday present), I only bought one for the time being.  Alice in Wonderland of course.

Neo-Mart is on a side street off Kawaramachi.  Pretty much smack in between Gion-Shijo and Sanjo.  See their website for a map.

On the way up to the temple in Dazaifu there was a store that sold a ton of Ghibli goods.  Oh weakness, lol.  Thankfully, just got this Totoro towel.  They also had a giant stuffed Totoro outside.  It’s my favorite Ghibli movie.  I have to go to the museum again before I leave Japan.

Japanese fashion magazine obsession continues…March, April and May issues of ViVi and March and May issues of Zipper.

Ashley

Grew up in philly, used to live in nyc, spent a year in japan. I like shopping. Gotta figure out what to do with this blog now...

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