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On my last full day in Kyoto, I moved out of my apartment and then had about 6 hours to kill until meeting the girls for dinner and then getting on the night bus to Chiba.  I am quite proud of myself for not buying everything in sight out of boredom.  This passport case by bombay duck was in a pop-up in the Kyoto Isetan.  This was totally an impulse buy, as I already have a passport case (boring and black, but it did the job).  There were a few varieties, but I liked the first class one the best.

I first saw these when I arrived in Japan a year ago, but I was not going to pay $6 for post its.  However, now at $3, I’ll take it.  I also saw a white board here that was in the shape of a speech bubble that I wish I had picked up.

Summer in Japan is hot and sticky, so these oil blotting papers are a must.  I bought the “Silk” kind for sensitive skin with a gold sakura patterned case.  From Zou.

One of the last things I bought in Kyoto.  I had gone downtown with Alyssa to the manga museum and then we went wandering.  After I left her at the nail salon, I stopped into a cell phone strap store and bought this cute goldfish one.  I’m a sucker for the summer themed stuff.

Last nail appointment at Speed Nail Kyoto!  Will be getting my final nail job done in Tokyo before I leave.  Since I will hopefully be interviewing for jobs at home, this is really the last set I could go kinda nuts on.  I originally wanted a gingham pattern, but as it wasn’t on the menu at the salon (good luck getting anything done off menu in Japan), I went with this instead.  I like the teal color, it has a cool feel to it and makes my hands look tanner.

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.

I’m a bit of a Kansai fail.  I had never been to Fushimi Inari.  So I resolved to go there (and a host of other places that I really should have gone to before).  It was very cool; but the day I went it was unbearably hot.  Still, I managed to do the entire trail and then treated myself to some goods.

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…

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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