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Kobe Luminarie

Yesterday J and I spent the day shopping in Tennoji then headed over to Kobe to see their light attraction. It is to commemorate the 1995 earthquake and here is the official website. It was very cold 0 degrees, so we wrapped up warm, covered ourselves in heat bags and filled a flask with coffee.

I wasn’t sure what to expect as on their posters it looks epic but wondered if it was just clever photography and in real life wouldn’t look so good.

When we arrived in Sannomiya we were early so nipped into an arcade to take purikura!

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And visited AP and other lolita shops which were handily located on one floor of the Vivre shopping centre. It was a lovely shopping experience a bit more like Shinjukus marui with everything together.

When we left we headed towards where we thought the lights were and noticed lots of official looking people holding boards and ushering people across the road and into some barriers. We joined the crowds and got swept along inbetween some barriers towards the lights. A sign we passed showed the route and said it would take 15mins to get there.

Eventually we turned a corner and saw this…
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Woah.

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There was soft choir music playing as you walked under the arches it was a lovely atmosphere. At the end you cross the road and into the park for more lights.

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So pretty!

There were also lots of food stalls in this area and we picked up some omuyaki.
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The event was free but they do ask for a ¥100 donation, which you can give to this guy.

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After a few hrs we headed home to warm up and thaw out! I really enjoyed the luminarie and it lived up to my expectations. If you get the chance you should go too! x

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Okayama

Yesterday I meet up with Leeds lolita Hannah who is currently in Okayama!

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The castle! It’s black therefore unusual!

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There were a few autumn leaves about.

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We ate lunch at a cute place over looking the river and the castle, it was so beautiful and we saw a wedding party going past as well.

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After the culture we went to a few shops and took purikura!

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Okayama has so many cute Christmas decorations up around the city, these little guys were my favorite!

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It took 3.5hrs on the train each way so after a quick drink I had to say goodbye and head for the station. Thanks for a fun day! x

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Osaka International Lolita Meet: Winter Loliday 2012

About loliday….it’s seems that since 2005 there have been bi-yearly international lolidays where lolitas from all over the world can dress up and celebrate.

According to egl –
THE PURPOSE OF LOLIDAY IS TO:
1. Educate the world on what Japan’s gothloli and lolita fashions are all about.
2. Have a special day just for dressing up in lolita, and nothing more.
3. Meet other lolies in our area.
4. Keep photoalbums of and record the progress of gothloli and lolita fashion around the world.

Even though I have been into lolita fashion since 2006 and part of egl since Jan 2008 this is the first time I have done anything in aid of loliday!

I met up with Sam and Lona to celebrate international lolita day, though we celebrated a day late as Sam had an exam and I had to work sat. We met in Osaka and went to an izakaya where we consumed various amounts of yakitori, beer and cheese based products.

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After enough beer and shochu to take the edge off my singing nerves we headed off for karaoke.

Luckily on the way we nipped in to take purikura, and from doing so got 30% off our karaoke bill!

Purikura:

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I kept doing pouty face for no reason!

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Karaoke! :D

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The end. (We forgot full outfit shots. However I wore APs Rose Drape Frill OP in black with my AP short coat from last winter).

Thanks for fun times ladies <3

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Koyo 2012

I think I blinked and missed most of Koyo this year, sadly I had to make an unscheduled return to the UK for family reasons and think I was out of the country at the foliage peak.

However I did go to Osaka-Jo koen as soon as I got back, one day before work and took these.

I hope you enjoy :)

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KFC = Christmas

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Yesterday I placed my order for my KFC Christmas dinner! Thought when in Japan…

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Looking forward to my big bucket of chicken and Moët after work on Christmas Day!

If you don’t know about KFC at Christmas in Japan you can read about it here.

Apparently Japan Airlines are going to serve KFC on all it’s Christmas flights this year too!