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Still in the Marui Annex, I figured while I was there, I might as well look around.  Got off the escalator at 2F and was right in front of ragtag.

Tsumori Chisato top + detail.

The Marui Annex is pretty cool.  There’s a movie theater on top and the atmosphere is a bit more relaxed than the normal OIOI.

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This was also bought in the post-JLPT frenzy.  I love this brand, what will I do when I leave Japan and can’t get it easily?!  I was a little hesitant to buy this because I don’t own anything with that type of collar, but I decided to branch out.

The same day that I went to Fushimi Inari, I spotted this top in Emoda, but I was all gross from hiking up the trail, so unable to try it on, I had to leave it.  Fast forward to Sunday, where in the frenzy of shopping with Alyssa to forget the horrendous JLPT N2, I bought it.  I love the breezy, summery, vaguely nautical feel.

Impulse buy….after the trip to Benetton I went wandering….right into OPA.  On the plus side, it was a sale impulse buy.  Cropped navy jacket from Spiral Girl.  I’m really just making packing harder on myself, aren’t I?

I broke my non-western brand rule because I just love this shirt!  I was browsing Benetton before my last nail appointment and saw this shirt, but decided not to buy it at the risk of it being an impulse buy.  But on Sunday, I was still thinking about it and ran into the city to buy it.  Now I’m left wondering if I should have bought it in white too, since I own so much black.  It’s a shame it didn’t come in like an electric blue…

Ahhhhh the 109, place of many a bad financial decision.  I love the energy in the 109; dinky OPA in Kyoto does not compare.  This shirt’s pretty standard in the front, but I like this open draped back.

Egoist, Shibuya 109 4F. Hachiko exit; bear left. Shibuya 109 is the gigantic silver cylindrical building.

Omg the live was awesome.  When I think about it; I’m happy.  Actual post about the live to come later when I have all the pictures (I stupidly forgot my camera and had to borrow my friend’s boyfriend’s and I’m waiting on him to send them to me).

Staff pass shirt.  This was definitely the cuter of the two shirt options they had, as evidenced by the S size selling out before I could get one.  But the bigger size isn’t too ill-fitting.  It also has more of a 20th anniversary feel than the other one did (which simply had a logo saying 20th anniversary on it on top of some horrible looking hot topic-esque horizontal black and yellow stripes).

I wasn’t originally going to buy this, but when I finally got up to the cashier I ended up buying it.  Caught up in the moment?

I feel like all Japanese concerts have what I refer to as “the towel song”; a fast-paced song that is punctuated by throwing or swinging the band’s branded muffler towel (as these are called) at the chorus….excellent marketing, Japan, exxxxxcellent.  I did not have said towel at VAMPS or Jasmine, so I figured what the hell I’ll be prepared this time…and then the towel song never came!  But as it was raining the entire time and got cold when the sun went down I was glad to have this to use as a scarf.

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.

On my second day in Fukuoka I hadn’t even spent half the budget I allotted for myself and I thought, “Wow, I’m going to come back with money.” …and then I found rt produced by ragtag.  At first I thought the store was a multi-brand boutique until I saw the price tags listed the original price and the rt price and realized it was a second-hand store.  The prices weren’t cheap, but very fair.  In Japan, they’re very picky about quality, so despite this being a second-hand store, I’ll bet that some of these items were never worn or worn maybe once.

Burberry Blue Label dress.  A steal at $130 (approx. usd) and a close up of the material.

 

mason by Michelle Mason top.  Hard to see, but it’s cut out in the back.  Surprised to find this in Japan because a cut out back is super revealing at home, let alone Japan.

The first time I came to Japan was in 2002 (with an excellent program called AFS) and, while it sounds cliche to say, it changed my life; so much so that I minored in Japanese in college and am here again to work almost 10 years later.  I may be leaving at the end of the this summer, but this is by no means the last time I will be here.  National AJET, an independent association that cooperates with the JET Program, created a facebook event called “Man (万) Up for Japan” which I thought was a good idea.  Man is 10,000 in Japanese, so the idea was that you would donate 10,000yen to Japan aid.  So I did in the form of the following charity items.  I had these sent to my house in America, so I don’t have any of my own pics.  I don’t claim to own these.  Donations can be made to the Red Cross here, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10.

Ralph Lauren Japan Hope Polo, 100% of the proceeds go to the Central Community Chest of Japan, a part of the United Way worldwide network.

Kate Spade Japan Relief Tote, 100% of the proceeds go to the Japanese Red Cross.

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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