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A Visit to Aomori

by kawaii_ninja:hellokitty.com

Late November K and I took the train up to Aomori to go visit the Aomori Museum of Art to see the Studio Ghibli exhibit. The exhibit was nice, it was concept art and story boards from all their movies. Some really gorgeous stuff. They had a pretty big store full of ghibli stuff, we picked up some fun and cute things like folders and stuffed animals.
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After the museum we went over to the Sannai Maruyama site. I really love the clay pottery and figures they’ve dug up.
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We wandered around the outside train station before catching the train back home and they had these interesting lantern displays set up.
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A few weeks later the first weekend of December, right before we left the country I went with 2 friends. Everything was getting decorated for Christmas. We stopped at an anime and manga shop, Village Vanguard a couple malls and then went to Ghibli exhibit. It was a fun trip!
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Tokyo

by kawaii_ninja:hellokitty.com

November we went back to Tokyo for one last hurrah. Since we had been to Tokyo already we had a much better grasp on how to get around and places we wanted to see. Our first day we went back to Ueno Park and visited the zoo, which was way bigger than I thought it would be. Later we went to the National Science Museum and they had dinosaurs!
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The next day we hit up the Pokémon Center. I was under the impression that it was going to be a museum and shop but it was really just a shop, but it was sooo cute I didn’t care. ^^ I picked up a Pikachu in a hula skirt, which I thought was perfect since I was heading to Hawaii in a few months. K got me a Ditto Pikachu too!

After that we meet up with some friends again in Asakusa. Our first stop was the Nakamise Street leading up to Sensoji Temple. I bought a pretty picture that looks like it might be of Hirosaki castle in the spring. Sensoji was done with their renovations and they had their own little chrysanthemum festival going on too. After that we went to Hanayashiki a little amusement park down the street from Sensoji. It is kid themed, but I wanted to go and check out the haunted houses. Unfortunately I can’t find any of the pictures I took there. ; ;
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The first haunted house we went to was called Ghost Mansion, which is an audio adventure. You go into a room decorated like an old swanky dining room and sit down at a setting and put on a headphone set. After that they turn out the lights and you hear creepy music and sounds and footsteps on the floor. It was well done and one little girl got so scared she had to take off her headset. The second was one where you sit in a little car and it takes you through it. It was cute. After the haunted houses we went and took an airship ride. Then did the Space Shot, where it climbs up and then drops you.

That evening we went back Akihabara and wandered around again. We hit up Don Quixote which I really like just wandering though to look at all the interesting stuff. Then we happened upon a shop called Yellow Submarine which is an RPG store. We didn’t even notice it was there last time we were in Akihabara, but I saw a giant yellow billboard with the name and RPG store on it and we had to investigate. We totally scored finding that place, we were able to find a copy of a game K had been looking for called Maid, one of the most popular RPGs in Japan. They also had these adorable handmade mini figures. After that it was off to bed for the long drive the next morning. It was a short trip but it was a ton of fun, and a lot less stressful going the second time.
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GenCon 2010 Part 1

by kawaii_ninja:hellokitty.com

August 5-8

Well, this isn’t about something I did in Japan, it is however, way to totally awesome not to write about.  The beginning of August each year marks the biggest gaming convention in the world.  They have every kind of game imaginable: board games, collectible card games, RPGs, etc..  This year there were a little over 30,000 attendees that descended upon Indy for “The Best 4 Days in Gaming.”  It’s so much fun, getting to meet lots of people and find all sorts of cool new games.  Plus all the geek related goodies are sooooo hard to pass up.

I’ve got a few pictures so I’m going to break this up into 2 posts.


Pictures from on the way there.

Awesome statues.

A cool and rather complex setup.

It’s not GenCon unless there’s lots and lots of dice.

From a game of Zombies!!! vs. Humans!!! vs. Martians!!!  It was a lot of fun, and worked surprisingly well.


A lock pick set and a belt pouch.

Dice Flails, to cool.

A T-shirt for the Jasmine Dragon Tea Shop from Avatar: The Last Airbender made by EcoGeek.

Cute beanies from pawstar.

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Well, that’s it, no more April trips.  On the 25th we flew back home, exhausted but happy.  I wish everyone could visit again!

I hope be able to take lots more pictures before I leave.  I’ve been using a Cannon T1i for almost all the April pictures.  Most of the pictures before that are from my Cannon point and shoot, a great little camera.  I haven’t a single complaint about either. 

If you just starting to read about my April trips and you are so inclined, you can start at the beginning: http://blog.sanriotown.com/kawaii_ninja:hellokitty.com/2010/05/28/april-visits-aomori-museum-of-art-the-sannai-moruyama-site-take-1/.

I also want to thank everyone who visited; me hubby and I had such a great time!  I hope all of you can visit us in Hawaii!

 ~またね (Bye!)

                                           

April Visits - Stuff I Bought

by kawaii_ninja:hellokitty.com

So I’m making a whole post about nothing but the stuff I got during the month. XD

Square Enix stuff

This is Lightning, a brand of perfume designed after the main character of Final Fantasy XIII.  It smells really good, so I got myself some.  It’s only for sale in Japan.  They had a Cloud Strife one, but it didn’t smell near as good imo.

From the Studio Ghibli store at the museum. I love the wash cloth.


It’s a letter opener.

Plushies!  The blue and white one is Fuji-pon, the mascot of Mt. Fuji.

From the pirate boat ride on Lake Ashi.

Yes, these are indeed light saber chopsticks (called hashi in Japanese).

These are Shisa, they’re like a combination of lion and dog.  They guard the entrances to shrines.

This is a postcard of the painting “Cow with a Beautiful Tail” by Jean Dubuffet.

Got these in Akihabara.
An awesome little bag, so cute!

Yay Gashapon stuffs!  Well I suppose not all of it is Gashapon stuff, but the stuff in the middle is. XD

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