Category Archives: Traveling in Japan

Coin Laundry in Japan! How much and How to use?

Updated on : November 21, 2016   *  Last modified on : December 2, 2016

 

Hi there!

 

I had a request on how to use coin laundry in Japan so will write about that on this post.

If you want to use coin laundry in Japan and do not know Japanese language, then this is the right post to read for you.

There are several types of coin laundry old and new so will write about what are found on the Internet + what is helpful.

Oh there are several useful YouTube videos that you can check.

This one is old type that is probably at your hotel in Shinjuku Dina :D!

As you can see, there are laundry machines (white ones) and dryers (yellow ones).

You can bring your detergent (and softener if you want to use it) or buy it at the laundry place.

For this washing machine, it costs 200yen.

1) Check inside of the machine and make sure nothing is in there and inside is not dirty.

___Press “Cleaning washing tub” if there is (orange button on the video below).

2) Put detergent.

3) Put the money.

4) Put your laundry (you can probably put your laundry at step 2). If you want to dissolve detergent well then step 4)).

For the dryer, I could not see the fee.

1) Check inside of the machine and make sure nothing is in there and inside is not dirty.

2) Put your laundry (and softener if you wish).

3) Put your money.

 

Newer type

OK, this one is new type of machine.

Usually there are more than one type of laundry machines with different capacity and price. In this video, there are 700yen laundry machine with 16kg capacity (at 0:50) and 500yen one with capacity 11kg.

The dryer is 100yen for 10 minutes at this place.

Looks detergent is automatically thrown for this machine. If you do not see detergent vending machine, then you can assume it will be thrown automatically.

Washing machine

1) Check inside of the machine and make sure nothing is in there and inside is not dirty.

___Press “Cleaning washing tub” if there is.

2) Put the money.

Dryer

1) Check inside of the machine and make sure nothing is in there and inside is not dirty.

2) Put your money.

It is not in either of the videos but there are machines with laundry and dryer together.

For this type, detergent and softener are thrown automatically.

Here is the steps for washing + dryer machine

1) Check inside of the machine and make sure nothing is in there and inside is not dirty.

___Press “Cleaning washing tub” if there is.

2) Put your laundry and close the door.

3) Choose the course from “Washing only”, “Drying only” or “Wash and dry”.

4) Put the money.

 

TIme & money :

Average time to wash — 30 ~ 40 minutes (200 – 700yen : old machine seems to be cheaper)

Average time to dry — depends on the weight of laundry though,

________________________20 ~ 30 minutes for ordinary clothes (200 ~ 300yen)

________________________35 minutes for jeans (400yen)

Entire time, about 1 hour to 1 hour and half depends on the laundry.

Budget is about 1,000 ~ 2,000yen.

 

Tips :

Try to bring many 100yen coins (1,000 ~ 2,000yen) since usually they do not take bills (could be money changer but may not).

Bring hangers if there are shirts and such that you do not want to be wrinkled, so you can hang them after drying.

When it is crowded, people may take out your clothes from the machine. If you are washing your underwear you want to be back before the machine will stop. The remaining time is displayed on the machine so you will know what time to be back at.

Drinking and eating are prohibited in most coin laundries to prevent the laundry get dirty.

Japanese letters you may see :

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You probably won’t see the last 2 kanji but if there are 2 machines set vertically then you will see this one. You need to choose which machine you will use.

 

P.S. There are coin laundry for sneaker as well XDD.

I didn’t know until I write this post.

Miyajima, Hiroshima Japan

Updated on : September 6, 2016   *  Last modified on : September 10, 2016

 

Hi!

 

I am writing about my home town today.

I was born and raised in Hiroshima. Have lived in several other places also :).

Hiroshima has one of the top scenic spot in Japan, called Miyajima.

Miyajima can be literary translated as shrine (miya) island (jima)

and as the name reveal, it has a shrine called “Itsukushima Shrine (“Itsukushima Jinja” in Japanese)”.

Itsukushima Shrine is uniquely built in sea area and it looks as if it is floating in the ocean when the tide is high.

 

Itsukushima Shrine

 

Shrine usually has a gate called “Torii” at the entrance

to separate god space and human world.


Otorii (= big torii) of Itsukushima shrine is famous as it is in the ocean.

When the tide is low, you can walk to the Otorii.

When I was little, I have been to Miyajima for clam digging at this Otorii area.

Miyajima Otorii in the evening

Miyajima is famous for wild deer also along with Nara (I lived in Nara for more than 6 years!)

Planning to go back~~~ for a very special reason <3.

Deer in Miyajima

 

If you are coming to Japan and would like to know more about Miyajima, visit following sites!

 

I am thinking about writing blogs on Japanese tourist info from now on,

if you have any suggestion to help me out, let me know from the comment!

Thank you!!

 

 

Meeting up with Ho, Kai & Phil!!

Updated on : May 11, 2014

 

 

 

Hello everyone!

How are you doing?

 

It is middle of the night here in Japan at 2:45 me woke up from my long 5 hour

nap at mid night and writing a blog here :p :p :p.

How was your weekend?

Mine was pretty awesome!!

 

I met up with Ho-kun, Kai-kun, Phil on Friday May 9th!

Here is the photo of us at a very nice Japanese restaurant, “Kasuga” near JR Nara station.

From left to right, Ho-kun, me, Kai-kun, Phil and some food at the middle XD!

Ho-kun, Me, Kai-kun, Phil at a nice Japanese restaurant in Nara

 

It was SO MUCH FUN to meet up with you guys

Ho-kun, Kai-kun, Phil!

 

Thank you SO VERY MUCH for coming to see me in Nara!!!

I was super surprised when I heard when Ho-kun said (actually messaged

me via facebook)

“We are going to Shinagawa now to take the train” around 2pm on Friday.

I went

“Eh? Shinagawa? Shinagawa you mean Shinagawa in TOKYO?!?!?!?!”

It was Shinagawa in Tokyo.

I was super surprised that you guys are coming all the way from Tokyo to meet

me in Nara.

Thank you SO VERY MUCH! I felt SO LOVED!!!!!!

This is the 3 guys in Shinkansen heading to Nara XD!

In Shinkansen

 

We eventually met up at JR Nara station a little before 6pm.

Moved to the restaurant “Kasuga” straight away.

On the way to the restaurant and of course at the restaurant we talked

over a lot of stuffs on music, food, things about the countries we all are from etc etc.

It was just really fun being with so happy 3 people!

For Phil, it was the 9TH TIME for him to come to Japan!

He is an expert traveler.

For Kai-kun, this is the 4th time and for Ho-kun this is the 3rd :).

So happy to hear that how you love Japan (*^^*).

 

This is the sushi we ate. It was SO DELICIOUS!!!

I need to go back and eat this again!!

Sushi at restaurant Kasuga

 

We also ordered “Tenpura mori (the left photo)”,

“Mentaiko dashi maki (walleye pollack roe rolled by egg, the right photo)”,

Tenpura Mentaiko-maki

“Umaki (eel rolled by egg)” and some others.

We could only chat about less than 2 hours since they needed to go back to Tokyo,

but it was a lot fun.

Really thank you very much Ho-kun, Kai-kun, Phil!!

 

Here are some photos of the guys at yesterday’s event they attended!

This one is the photo before the event.

WE ARE READY FOR ROLL BABE status XD!!

Ready to roll for the cheki events

 

The chekis with idols!!!

Chekis!!

 

Kai-kun and Phil will be leaving Japan for this time today.

Ho-kun has some more days to go!

Safe trip back to the countries today Kai-kun & Phil and let’s meet up

in November or December when you come back!!

xoxoxoxxo

Nozomi

 

Phil, thanks for the souvenir!

The first Macaron in my life from you (^0^)/~~! Oishii!!!

Macaron from Phil

 

 

Adventure in Osaka kids alone! Day 2

Updated on : March 26, 2014   *  Last modified on : October 25, 2016

 

 

The second day of the trip!

The girls woke up a little past 7am, pretty surprised to wake

up early after long day trip the prior day.

旅行2日目ー!

前日いっぱい遊んだのに、7時には起きてた。エライ!

 

よく知らないけれど、いちごを持ってテレビジョンのポーズ。

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ホンモノのテレビジョンでは、レモンを持って撮るらしいょw。

The girls took a photo with strawberries resembling a TV magazine “Television”.

The actual magazine is taken with lemons it seems…..

 

The destination of the second day is Umeda, north area of

Osaka. Going to Hep five to shop and get on the Ferris wheel on the

building roof.

2日目は大阪の梅田へ。

Hep Fiveでお買い物&観覧車に乗車!

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高っ!!!

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Spending the time around Umeda area till 15:00, the girls headed back

to their home to Shimane.

Oh day 2 became a lot shorter than I expected.

 

Well, well it was fun having the girls!!

みんな、楽しかったよ!ありがとね!!

 

 

Adventure in Osaka kids alone! Day 1

Updated on : March 26, 2014

 

 

Hi there!

 

Today I am writing about my niece and 3 of her friends graduation trip

to Osaka last week! In Japanese… it would be

日本語でタイトルを書くと、

子供だけで 大阪探検!1日目 かなw?

 

This entry, I will try to write a bit in Japanese so my niece and her friends

will know what is written =).

Has gotten pretty long so just check the photos if you like!

 

As many of you know, the school year start in April in Japan.

My niece has just graduated from junior high this March, so

she and 3 of her friends planned a trip to Osaka for their graduation.

It was trip alone for the 4 kids!!

 

Leaving Shimane 7:00 am took about 4 and a half hours drive on

high way bus (the red dot on the left of the map below to the right dot).

Shimane-Osaka

Here is the photo from the moment they got on the high way bus.

We are ready to roll :D!!!

高速バス乗車!出発進行ーーー!

高速バス乗車

From the left to right, Tomo-chan, Kan-chan, Meru (my niece) and Non-chan!

Good friends from volleyball club.

左から、ともちゃん、かんちゃん、メルちゃん、のんちゃん。

バレーボール部の仲間♪

 

The  bus arrived to Umeda station, Osaka before noon.

The kids headed to Shinsaibashi to roam around.

The destinations are Johnny’s shop, Adidas shop in

America mura (American village).

お昼前に大阪に到着、→ 心斎橋に移動~。

目的地はアメ村のジャニーズショップとアディダス。

 

After shopping, ate Takoyaki at Sankaku Kouen park.

Sounds SO OSAKA!! The weather was really nice too!

ショッピングの後は、三角公園でたこ焼き食す。ザ・大阪!

お天気にも恵まれ、よかったよね☆

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After the light lunch at Sankaku Kouen, the girls headed to Dotonbori.

One of the major spot in Osaka south area where there are bunch of

restaurants and shops. The famous Glico man is also here.

Yes yes they took the photos with the Glico man of course XDDD.

道頓堀で定番のグリコ氏と記念撮影。おのぼりさんw♡。

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This guy is also famous around Dotonbori area.

Kuidaore Taro. Man I did not know his full name till now :p.

これまた有名な「くいだおれ太郎」さんの写真も撮ってみたり・・・。

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Looking for place to eat and decided to eat in

Osaka Osho, raman and gyo-za restaurant chain.

晩ご飯は、迷った末に大阪王将に決定!

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After supper heading to Nara via Kintetsu line.

晩ご飯の後は近鉄で奈良に向います。

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Happy Tomo-chan to finally see the train to catch.

Running to the train!

やっと電車が来て喜ぶともちゃん。走ってる?

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Taking a photo in the train as well XD.

電車の中でも記念撮影~w。

 

After 40 minutes travel by the train + 20 minutes drive by bus,

arrived at my place! Welcome~~~~!
40分の電車と20分のバス移動の後、我が家到着~!

いらっしゃ~~~い!のパチリ。

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アディダスでの戦利品が後ろに写ってますwww。

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2 shot with my niece Meru-chan!

姪っ子メルちゃんとツーショ!

 

My room is really small so we all needed to sleep on the floor.

From the left, Tomo-chan, Non-chan who fell a sleep at first

then Meru and Kan-chan :D!

狭いので、みんなで床に雑魚寝しました。

左から、ともちゃん、1番に寝落ちしたのんちゃん、

メルちゃん&かんちゃん。

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Tomo-chan went down around 0:30 I think.

Meru, Kan-chan and I stayed up late to watch some videos on YouTube

and some videos on their cell phone.

I am glad I took a nap in the evening otherwise I would surely fell asleep

at first no doubt!

ともちゃんが次に寝落ち。

メルちゃん、かんちゃん、わたしはYouTubeのビデオや携帯で撮った

ビデオ観賞してました。昼寝しててよかったー!

してなかったら、間違いなく一番に寝落ちしてたね。

 

長くなったので一旦アップしま~す!

Uploading here since it is getting pretty long!

~ To be continued ;)! ~

 

 

Fun with Tony, Haruka & Miki!

Updated on : July 25, 2013   *  Last modified on : July 29, 2013

 

Hello———-!

 

How are you doing?

I went to Osaka yesterday to meet up with my friend Tony and his 2 girls!

 

It was SO MUCH FUN~~~!

Tony married to a Japanese woman so he gets to come back to his idol land Japan every summer!

Bet very envious situation for those idol fans oversea XD!! Tony seems to enjoy every minute of it.

 

We met up last summer for the first time (met up twice) so this was the second time for us to meet.

Tony has 2 cute daughters named Haruka and Miki!

I met Miki last year but not Haruka. Haruka had a plan with her friend and could not come but this time, yay!!

 

This is Haruka, Miki and me at a 31 ice cream shop after Yakiniku.

Tony took me to the nice Yakiniku dinner. Thanks Tony———!!!

 

Haru, Miki, me

Hehe, love this pic!

 

This is Tony, Miki and me.

 

Tony, Miki, me

 

We met up a bit past 1 in the afternoon at Kid’s Plaza Osaka yesterday.

There are many fun stuffs at this plaza that we can try and experience a lot of stuffs.

 

You can try being a TV caster, reporter. This is how that came out!

Pretty cool, isn’t it?!?!

We have tried voice acting too! That was pretty much fun as well =D!

 

Haruka and Miki tried crafting as well.

Making a ghost with pieces of wood.

Left photo is Haruka and right one is Miki.

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You cannot see it very well though, Miki (on the right photo) got really big and thick wood block.

I think it took her like 20 minutes to cut it XD. She got all tired up after this program XDDDDD.

Good job Miki and Haruka!!

This is Miki’s work.                                                                     And this one is Haruka’s.

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The instructor showed all the kids’ work at the end.

Haruka & Miki with their crafted ghosts!

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Miki enjoys drums and some other music instruments.

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Miki and I played “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” together with the instrument on the right photo!

Dina-chan a friend of mine from Indonesia taught me that the instrument on the right photo is called

angklung” a traditional Indonesian instrument!! Cooool! Thanks Dina-chan!!

 

Haruka is a fashion girl, trying on all kind of ethnic clothes they had =D!

 

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Close to this dressing section, they had a big globe that you can hear greeting and some other stuffs in many languages by plugging in a telephone looking tube.

 

It was so much fun!

Thank you Tony, Haruka and Miki!!! Let’s meet up again next year (^3^)!!!!!

Oh for the side note, Kid’s plaza allow us to go out and re-enter on the same day.

Maybe we can go there earlier if we gonna go again and in case girls want to be there longer =D.

Sounded they did (^ ^).

 

For those who are interested in visiting,

the admission fee is 600yen for elementary and junior high students.

1,200yen for adult.

For more info, check out the homepage.

Ah~ tanoshikatta——– (*^0^*) !!!!!!

 

P.S.  This is Miki last year.

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Did not think she has changed that much as we met and played but comparing the photos,

she has changed a lot!!!

Her front teeth must have got the adult’s ones I just noticed by seeing this photo!!

She looked more small child like with rounder face line and all!!

The cuteness has not changed a bit though <3 <3 <3 !!

 

 

What to do in Summer in Japan!

Updated on : July 17, 2013

 

 

Hi there~!

It is July 18th! It is summer, it is summer!!!

Japan’s summer is humid and hot and cannot say it is very comfortable, but I came to notice that I probably like summer the best among all the seasons!!

I feel like I have to do something fun!!

Spring and Autumn are really nice seasons with nice climate, but guess I like summer the best.

Did not really think about that till now ( *´艸`).

What is big in Japan in summer is FIREWORKS~~~~! Yay~~~~~~~!!!!!

Fireworks in Japan  Fireworks in Japan

We have so many fire works throughout Japan!

 

Since one of my friends, Tony is back in Kobe Japan,

I will make some lists of fireworks in Kansai area (Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Nara + Shiga & Wakayama)

where he and his family would probably be easy to reach.

So that would be in Hyogo and Osaka :).

 

 

Minato Kobe Kaijo Hanabi Taikai, Kobe city, Hyogo

Date & time : August 3rd (Sat)

Station : JR & Hanshin Motomachi station (15 mins walk),

JR and other line Sannomiya station (30 mins walk) etc.

Please ask if you need further information.

Number of fireworks : About 10,000 WOW~~~!

 

Tenjin Matsuri Hono Hanabi Firework, Osaka

Date & time : July 25th (Thu) 19:30 – 20:50

Station : JR Sakuranomiya station (west exit), Osaka subway Tenmabashi station

Number of fireworks : About 5000

 

Naniwa Yodogawa Hanabi Taikai, Osaka

Date & time : August 10th (Sat) 19:50 – 20:40

If it rains postponed to the next day August 11th (Sun)

Station : Can reach from various stations,

Hankyu Juso staion or Minamikata station, Hanshin Himeshima station etc etc.

Please ask if you need further information.

Number of fireworks : NA

 

Here is the list of the fireworks in Hyogo 2013

and in Osaka. It is in Japanese though, if you want further info on some of the fireworks,

let me know from comment, I may be able to help~.

This is the link to the fireworks site throughout Japan in case you are someone

who is visiting Japan now besides Kansai area ;).

xoxoxoxo

 

Fireworks in Japan

 

 

Meeting up with Ho-kun!

Updated on : May 28, 2013   *  Last modified on : November 14, 2016

 

Hi there!

I had a friend came over to Nara today~ =D.

Ho-kun from Canada!!!

I did not know it until after I meet up with him though,

he came to Nara to see me from Tokyo today.

Eh——————-?!?!

He was in Hiroshima yesterday,
so I assumed that he stayed there in Hiroshima last night and
passing Osaka or something today, but he actually went back to Tokyo last night from Hiroshima
and then come to Nara from Tokyo today OMG OMG OMG!!!!

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A snapshot of Ho-kun’s yesterday railway tickets (@<>@)!!!!

Leaving Shinagawa, Tokyo 6:34 in the morning to Shin-Osaka and Hiroshima.

Hummmmm as I checked on the internet, it seems

the distance between Tokyo station and Hiroshima station is about

900km.

Sugoi (= amazing).

Get to Hiroshima right before noon and tour around and go back to Tokyo in ONE DAY—- OMG!!!!

It is really amazing that people manage to travel around so much during their stay!!!

 

I am kind of lazy one who take a nap even when I go abroad, so people really amaze me!!!

When Ethan was in Japan, he also said something “Oh yeah, I can come over to meet you up one day” and he sounded like he was coming from Tokyo to meet me,
so I felt like “oh no- that is just too much traveling for you, isn’t it?!?!”
but… now I think people thinks pretty much differently from how I think (@.@)!!!!!

Bikkuri, bikkuri, bukkuri! (surprise, surprise, surprise XDDD).

 

Probably Ho-kun being Asian, I started to talk to him in Japanese today XDD

I think I do that to other people as well, but I think it was obviously more often today.

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We went to Yayoi-ken at JR Nara station and eat.

Ho-kun trying to buy a ticket for his menu.
And this is what he got :D. A Katsu-don & Udon set.

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2 people with unexpected gifts being happy.

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After that, we went out and walk around a bit.

Temple

Ho-kun said there are temples and shrines everywhere in Japan.

Without him, I would just pass by the temple.

When I walk with people from other countries, I just notice that there are so many things just
do not get my attention and pass by everyday??

It is fun to walk around with people since they are like a little kid?!
Just looks like notice EVERYTHING they see =D!!!

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Me in front of five storied pagada of Kofukuji temple.

I was kind of sissy today after getting over my recent cold, I needed ask Ho-kun to
take a break :p, so we went in to a Mister Donut, a donut shop and have some tea and chat =D.

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It was fun!!

Thank you for the visit Ho-kun—!
Have a wonderful time for the rest of your stay!!!!!

 

 

Osaka Castle with Ari!

Updated on : May 26, 2013   *  Last modified on : October 25, 2016

 

Hello!

Ariel is now back in Argentina adjusting his body to Argentine time, and me

writing about sightseeing blog with him XDDD. Lazy me.

On May 15th Ari and I went to the Osaka Castle. We were looking around about a couple
of hours I think maybe about 3 hours? But if you want, you can spend whole day there.

Much to see.

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Had neat conditioned walkway to the castle leading to a huge gate.

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I think this was right inside the first big gate though, there were water place that we often see at the
entrance of temples and that sort. Seems it is called “Chouzubachi“.

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At the entrance of the Castle Tower, there was this artillery gun looking thing.

Ari and I believed this was the actual gun used for wars, but it was said that this is used for
time signal.

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The drawing displayed inside the Osaka Castle.
It was surprising that in those small drawing, people were recognized who that was.

 

The guy who built the Osaka Castle is one of the most famous military commanders back at the
time around 16th centuries. His name is Toyotomi Hidayoshi.

He was born as a son of farmer family and became a military commander, so was pretty rare success.

He is known to love GOLD, so you can see gold something in the Osaka Castle.

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A glittering Shachihoko and there was a golden tea ceremony room in the castle, made me laugh.

In the souvenir shop, there were Shuriken set attracted me so much, but found out that was made by rubber,I did not buy…. it would be cool if that was made by metal.

 

We got hungry so gets out the castle and walked back to a nearby station.

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Ari having a Teriyaki burger set.
I was pretty curious about the McDonald’s size of food and drinks, but according to Ari,
those size are pretty much the same in Argentina.

Boy when I went to the US, EVERYTHING WAS HUGE. Especially drink!!!
S size there was almost L size here, and L size over there was like served in a bucket, haha!!!!

We saw something similar to a Dog Cafe in the building of IMP (mall).

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It says “This is not a Dog Cafe”….. but people were patting dogs…..

Maybe they don’t serve drinks and stuffs??? Was not sure what made them not a dog cafe….

The big white dog sat SO STILL that both Ari and I thought it was an ornament first XDDDDDD.

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With Reina fan around the world!

Updated on : May 23, 2013

 

Taking over from the previous post Sightseeing Osaka with Ari No.2

After the Umeda Sky Building we headed to the Umeda Akaso where the LovendoR live was held.

Since Ari got the tickets with No.17 & 18 for lining up to enter, Ari got the second row and I got first row!!!

The reason why I got in the first row was that there were

an area called “Girl’s zone”,

I thought it was kind of odd but since I can get close to the stage, no complaint needed to make you know ;)!

A girl from Thailand named June-chan also got in the first row right next to me due to the girl’s privilege =D.

LovendoR did about 10 songs during the live I believe.

This was the first live or concert that I attended but it was quite fun and with SUPER good location =D!

I quite got to like one of the guitarists Miyazawa Marin. She speaks at a very low voice with kind of low tension and  it kind of got me XDDD.

After the live, Ariel, Robert from Germany, June-chan from Thailand, Sabrina from Austria, Nathan from Canada, Eiji from Saitama, Japan and some other people waited at the area if we get to see Reina when she and her band members come out.

The van was parked right in front of the live venue door, so we were not sure if we get to see her but we did!

The van had the curtains around to hide Reina and other girls’ from the site, but

Reina opened one of the curtains and waved to us.

It was very cute and also nice of her.

After seeing the van go off, we went to an Izakaya, a Japanese style drinking and eating place.

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From the left, Ariel, Sabrina, Nathan, Eiji, Robert and June-chan!

Oh the Mentai Udon noodle (it is the plate in front of Ariel, the photo just recalled about it XD)
Ariel and I ordered was SO DELICIOUS!!!