What I did in Japan – Fashion Features And Travel Tips

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Today’s post will be a recap of my two trips to Japan, the first was to Tokyo in 2013 and the other to Osaka and Kyoto just last year. As we have taken thousands of photos on these two trips, I have chosen only my favorites and condensed them into collages so as to keep the post short and easy to read. This post holds great memories for me and I am so happy to be able to share it with all my lovely readers! For those of you planning to visit Japan, I hope that this write-up will provide you with some insights or tips on what you can do there.

I visited Tokyo, Japan for the first time in 2013 to attend my Japanese girlfriend’s wedding held in a hotel close to Disneyland!

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For this small but glamorous wedding, the beautiful bride was wearing a wedding dress designed by me and tailor-made by a seamstress of my recommendation! The sakura (cherry blossom) and crane-print Japanese fabric were specially sourced to make the dress as these motifs are symbolic of Japanese culture. The gorgeous headpiece worn by the bride was also specially made-to-order through a Japanese website. I really love how perfectly the headpiece matches with the dress as it also bears a similar crane and sakura design!

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I really have to share these photos as the wedding fashion is really unique and interesting in this particular case! As my girlfriend’s husband is of Indian origin, she had also chosen two absolutely stunning saris to wear during the reception, apart from the wedding gown.

TOKYO – DISNEYSEA

Besides beautiful hotels, the Tokyo’s DisneySea also boasts magnificent architectures and breath-taking views right out from books and tales!

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Top – A Life-like Volcano; Bottom Left – Gondola Rides; Bottom Right – Near Main Entrance to DisneySea

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Top – The Sea Palace Of “The Little Mermaid”; Bottom Left – The Place Where Aladdin Stays; Bottom Right – The Sultan’s Palace Where Princess Jasmine Stays

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Top – Stunning Lights In Disneyland By Night; Bottom Left – The Whimsical Mickey Mouse Magician In The Background; Bottom Right – Group Photo With Donald Duck In His Mexican Home

There are many amazing rides and entertaining shows to watch in DisneySea as well! If you want to relive your childhood days or just have a blast of your time, it is highly recommended that you visit DisneySea for at least one full day. You will not regret it!

TOKYO – AKIHABARA

If you are a hardcore fan of electronic gadgets and all things anime, one place you would not want to miss is Akihabara, a district in central Tokyo famous for its numerous electronic stores.

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Top – Numerous Blocks Of Buildings Selling Electronic ProductsBottom left – Beautiful Female Characters From Manga Form A Big Aspect Of Japanese “Zai Nan” Culture; Right Top – Waitress Outside A French Maid Cafe; Right Bottom – A Young Woman In Cosplay Costume Spotted On The Street Posing For The Cameras

According to my Japanese girlfriend, Akihabara is very popular with “Zai Nan” (i.e. young men who stay at home all the time). I suppose it is because this particular group normally prefer to stay home to play computer games and watch television rather then socialize with others. The usual interpretation of why “Zai Nan” behave the way they do is due to their weak social skills. Interestingly, despite how shy or socially inadequate the “Zai Nan” may be, they are still young men who wish to seek the solace of female companionship, which likely explains the presence of a very famous French Maid Cafe in the area.

Needless to say, all the waitresses in this cafe are all young ladies dressed like French maids. Apart from serving food and drinks, these young ladies also make small talk with the customers (90% male) as well as take polaroid photos or/and play games with them (for a fee). The concept of such a cafe is really quite amusing and interesting to me, although I have to say we were all quite puzzled over the popularity of this place! As like most well known restaurants in Japan, we had to queue for about 45 minutes before we got our seats. Although the charges (i.e. entrance fee and cost of food/drinks) were pretty expensive, I guess the novelty of the whole experience was worth the wait and visit :)….at least that once!  

TOKYO – GIANT GUNDAM AND RAINBOW BRIDGE

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Left And Right – Giant Gundam At Odaiba By Day And Night Respectively

I am not really a huge fan of giant robots but I have to admit that the gundam statue in Odaiba, a man-made island in Toyko, is absolutely impressive! I felt like an ant standing at its feet and I can imagine how much I will freak out if it moves! I don’t regret visiting Odaiba as it is really interesting to take pictures with the massive gundam and there are also shopping malls in the area. My friends and I bought many local snacks such as the popular strawberry mochi and Tokyo banana cake at the mall to bring back home.

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Top – Romantic Light-Up Bird Cage Structure At Odaiba; Bottom – Stunning View Of The Rainbow Bridge From Odaiba

On the other side of Odaiba island is the beautiful Rainbow suspension bridge, which links the heart of Tokyo and the Odaiba waterfront centre. The view of the lighted-up bridge in the evening is both spectacular and mesmerizing, definitely a wondrous sight not to be missed!

TOKYO – GINZA

Ginza is a well-known upmarket shopping district in Toyko where all the leading brands can be found. What struck me as most memorable about this place is the twelve storey high Uniqlo building! As all of my friends on this trip are huge fans of this clothing label, we spent a significant amount of time shopping within the building and also took some fun group pictures in the process!

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Top And Bottom – Fun Group Pictures With The Cute Monster Inc Characters Inside Uniqlo

There are also many restaurants in Ginza and a highly recommended one by the locals is the Ginza Bairin. The succulent tonkatsu served in this restaurant is not only delicious, but also big in portion!

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Top And Bottom – Mouth-Watering Tonkasu Meals At Ginza Bairin

TOKYO – SUSHI ZANMAI

There are many sushi restaurants in Toyko but the one recommended by my Japanese girlfriend is Sushi Zanmai, a well-known chain selling sushi at an affordable price. As expected, the food is fresh and tasty with a reasonably wide range of selections to choose from.

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Top And Bottom – Delicious Sushi And Snow Crab Soup At Sushi Zanmai

OSAKA – OSAKA CASTLE AND SAKURA VIEWING

If viewing sakura in full bloom is an expectation you have of your trip, it is best to visit Japan in early spring, which starts in late March/early April. In our case, we deliberately stayed in a hotel near Osaka Castle as we knew that it is a popular spot to view sakura and to take photos!

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Top – Magnificent Stone Wall Structure In The Vicinity Leading To The Castle; Bottom Left – The Regal Castle Tower; Bottom Right – A Couple Taking Their Wedding Pictures In The Osaka Castle Park

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Top – Lovely Pink Sakura Blooms; Bottom Left And Right – What I Wore To Osaka Castle, Full Outfit Features Can Be Found HERE And HERE

OSAKA – THE NATION’S KITCHEN

Osaka is hailed as the “Nation’s Kitchen” and we were determined to try as many delicious food items as we possibly can accomplish during our one week stay there! My husband and I did manage to savor a wide range of tasty food ranging from traditional Japanese Grill to the popular local snacks. For the purpose of this post though, I will only list a few of our favorites items.

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Top – Sumptuous Sushi At A Highly Recommended Restaurant, Central Market Endo Sushi Kyobashi; Richly Filled Okonomiyaki In A Restaurant Along Kyobashi ; Delicious Ice-Cream And Fruits Croissant At St-Marc Cafe

KYOTO – KIMONO RENTAL FOR A DAY

I had wrote an entry covering full details of how you can rent and wear a traditional kimono for a day previously. View the post HERE. And below are some of the things you can do in a Kimono, apart from taking tons of pictures!

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Top –  Walking Along The Charming Streets Of Kyoto In A Kimono Is A Really Great Experience; Bottom Left – Hiring A Rickshaw Ride At Yasaka Shrine; Bottom Right – A Picture Taken Outside A Restaurant Serving Traditional High-End Japanese Cuisine, After We Had Taken Our Lunch There

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Left And Right – It Is Not Uncommon To See Women Dressed As Geisha Walking On The Streets Of Kyoto

My husband and I only had a day in Kyoto so we spent the rest of the time we had, after returning the kimono, on some window shopping. Some of the shops were really crowded, especially those selling local beauty products. Unfortunately, as everything was written in Japanese and I could not understand a word of it, I did not make any purchases at these shops.

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Left And Right – Kyoto With Its Beautiful Sakura blooms By Night

What a better way to end the post than with more gorgeous pictures of sakura in full bloom! Hope you have enjoyed this write-up and do visit the links inserted throughout if you need more information about the various locations mentioned!

Thank you so much for reading and wishing you a great weekend!

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51 thoughts on “What I did in Japan – Fashion Features And Travel Tips

  1. I love how you have written this article. This way we can always get back to it and follow the links and read more when we have more time or need to look up something.

    First I must comment on the wedding dress. I loved it and I did notice the sakura details instantly. I just love the cheery tree fabric (print) on the dress, it blended it with the rest perfectly making it look special but still very much a wedding dress. You did a great job designing this one for your friend…and how cute does she look in that sari she wore at reception!

    I actually thought about choosing a wedding dress that wasn’t white but in the end I compromised and chose one that had bronze details. I was really happy with it, love at first sight and all that (both for me and my husband). It ended up being the only wedding dress I ever tried and I really spotted it by accident while I was shopping for shoes with my husband.

    I do like all the outfits you’re sporting in this post…but most of all I’m drawn to the kimono (no wonder as I do love them). If I ever visit Japan, I’ll rent a kimono too.

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    • Glad you love the way this post was written Ivana and very happy to know that you also wore a wedding gown that is not so conventional! And should you visit Kyoto one day, do give kimono renting a try as it’s a really memorable experience!

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  2. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing your experience and useful tips Pru! My boyfriend and I are planning to visit Tokyo, but after reading your post, I want to visit Osaka as well haha! I love cherry blossoms and I would love to visit the Osaka castle if it’s not too far from Tokyo! (many people say that Japan is an expensive country..I hope that’s not true!) 😉 xo Vivian

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    • Glad you find the tips useful Vivian! There is a lot to see and do in Tokyo so hope you enjoy your trip there! As for the cost, I think that it is about the same as in any developed countries, hope this info helps!

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  3. I loved all your photos and comments–it was very well put together, compact but thorough! My son is a Japan-o-phile, especially media, music, culture, technology, and automobiles. I showed him your post and he enjoyed it as well–not the fashion stuff, he’s not into that, but he really liked the parts about Akihabara, the photo of the Giant Gundum, and so on.

    It is an amazing country. Did you ever feel crowded there, with the large populations in the cities?

    –Mark in Ohio

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    • Thanks for dropping by Mark and glad you enjoy this post! The trains do get crowded during rush hours but other then that, I do not find Japan particularly crowded. But this may be because we visited during the non-peak season. Hope this information helps!

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  5. Lovely! So jealous you were there to catch the sakura! I hope I get to go in the Spring sometime, we always end up there in the Fall and I honestly don’t think I’ve done any of these things! Excited to try some this coming Fall, thanks for the post!

    Gina
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