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Hama-rinkyu Gardens

One of my favourite places to relax in Tokyo is the Hama-rinkyu Garden, located a short walk from Shiodome station.

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The park costs 300¥ to enter and you get a pretty ticket and visitors stamp.

Nakajima-no-ochaya is a teahouse from 1707 and you can still go and enjoy tea there today. Just 500¥ for matcha and wagashi.

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I had mine cold and J had his hot. I really love wagashi it’s possibly my favourite thing to eat!

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In case you are worried about etiquette the staff provide you with English instructions on how to eat the wagashi first and how to hold and sip your matcha. But it also says you don’t have to follow the rules and just enjoy yourself!

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View of the tea house.

The park also has a lovely walk, you can visit a small shrine, Peony Garden and 300 year old pine tree.

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The peonys weren’t in season but the Ume trees were ripe.

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The park also affords you a wonderful view over Tokyo Bay and Rainbow Bridge.

I’m not sure how long we were at the park relaxing and taking it all in but before we knew it the calls were going out for the parks imminent closure at 5pm.

I really look forward to going back in a few weeks.

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Hanging in Harajuku

Yesterday was such a lovely fun packed day.

We met some friends at the station and went for bubble tea. Afterwards we swung round a few shops including closet child where I picked up APs tokeimeki bracelet that I’d wanted for a while.

Of course we took some purikura! The booth was bambi themed and was meant to elongate your legs!

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The iris garden at Meji-Jingu was open so we decided to go in.

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At the end of a garden is a magic wishing well, so we joined the que and washed our hands in it! I hope it brings us luck!

Next up was gaming at Shibuya kaikan, where Emer and I attempted some DDR!
Dinner was some tendon at a small eatery and then we went to 8-bit cafe for some cocktails and to peruse the retro games.

Lastly we ended the night soaking up the fantastic views at the Tokyo Metropolitan Building.

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On my way home at the end of the day!

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Yokoso!

We have arrived! :)

We landed early yesterday and took the new Narita Express into Tokyo.

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Having not slept for 36 hours really took its toll but we had to keep awake to get in sync with Japan time.

We wandered around Ueno until it was check in time and then made a brief stop in Shinjuku.

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My purchases in Shinjuku! Headbow from innocent world (they had a 50% off sale I was so tempted by some lovely classic dresses), eyelashes by eyemazing, cute ankle socks from Marui One and some Palty hair dye.

Lastly we ate dinner at a small noodle place – it really hit the spot.

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Essential Packing

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Yorkshire Tea!

I do enjoy drinking green tea but not sure how long I could go without a proper brew! What could you not live without?

Only a few days till we set off now, backpacking and lolita dont necessarily go well together so far I’ve only found room for two outfits in my case. One for meeting my friend Emer and another for the Tokyo International lolita meet both of which I am really looking forward to! I’m sure a few more pieces will work their way into my bag whilst we are there…. :)

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Drizzly Durham

Today I went to Durham to meet my lovely friend Livi.

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I had a great time in the light rain looking at shops, the cathedral (where some scenes from Harry Potter were filmed!) and having coffee and cake.

What I wore:

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Jsk-innocent world
Pocket watch-my grandfathers
Blouse-off brand
Cardigan-metamorphose

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Happy 60 years to the Queen!

This past weekend was a double bank holiday for the Queens Diamond Jubilee – 60 years on the throne! Well done Liz!

To take advantage of the extra long weekend we went away to a cottage in Stratford with my family.

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My mum as the Queen

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Our lovely champagne afternoon tea!

The weather was quite poor but we still had lots of family fun – board games, bbqs and watching the jubilee celebrations on the telly.

Hope all the other UKers enjoyed it too!

(Japan in less than 3 weeks! Weee!)