Liebster Award

Last month I had a nice surprise when I checked my notifications and found that I have been given a Leibster award. Thank you to Through the Looking Glass and Down the Rabbit Hole for giving me this 🙂 Check out her blog it’s super awesome if you enjoy Japan.


“The Liebster award is intended to give some exposure to small blogs with less than 200 followers. The rules are as follows:

1] Link back to the blogger who nominated you
2] Answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you
3] Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
4] Go to the blogs you nominated and notify them of your nomination
5] Give your nominees 11 questions to answer.”

1) What was the last thing you bought?
Fabric for my lolita Halloween costume. I made a skirt, hat and collar.

2) What’s in your handbag?
Ah too much! But off the top of my head is a wallet, mirror, chapstick and lipstick, utility knife, measuring tape for sewing, lotion, sunblock, first aid things, small travel nail kit, this awesome super small bag that is no bigger then a soap box that has 16 necessities for women and tissues. I know there is more but that the basics.

3) Tea or coffee?
Tea but only japanese green tea.

4) What are you most looking forward to at Christmas?
I have to say giving and receiving gifts is one of my favorites but also lights, they just look so dreamy at night. Oh and can’t forget the cookies!

5) If you could choose a wardrobe from any given decade and century what would it be?
Either the later 60’s since I’m somewhat a hippie at heart but I also like the late 1800’s(Maybe the 1880’s?). I love the victorian fashion and all of the fancy clothes. Kind of the reason I like lolita with all the petticoats and ruffles.

6) What was the last book you read?
Actually it’s a blog I follow, the woman wrote a series called An only in Tokyo Mystery. It was the latest one I read.

7) Name the first 5 items you see right now if you open your fridge.
Pickles, soy sauce, apple cider, matcha and a big vegetable pile.

8) What was your favourite childhood story/book and do you still like it or have you grown out of it?
Probably Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I still love it.

9) When socks disappear, where do they go?
Hm… Good question. Sometimes my dog(but not so much any more since she grew out of that) or behind my laundry basket in my closet.

10) Give us a description of what you see when you look out the window this very moment.
Lots of trees, my deck with potted plants and herbs and a beautiful sunny day(but a bit cold out).

11) What does blogging mean to you?
Sharing things I find interesting and hope others find them interesting too.

Now for the blogs I have chosen:
(I only have 7 but I will try to add more!)

Awesome illustrations and info on Japanese culture and history.

Great illustrations and life in Japan.

The kimono fashionista.

Great photos and more about Japan.

Most adorable craft and sewing projects.

Everything about ramen and other Japanese foods/restaurants.

Everything you need to know about exercise and nutrition in great detail.

Questions for you to answer:

1) What is your favorite holiday?

2) If you could choose a wardrobe from any given decade and century what would it be?

3) If you could travel any where in the world what would your top 3 places be?

4) Tea or coffee?

5) What is your zodiac sign?

6) If you had a past life what country and time period would you be from?

7) Which is your favorite cats, dogs or fish?

8) What was the last book you read?

9) Name the first 5 items you see right now if you open your fridge.

10) What is your favorite flower?

11) What does blogging mean to you?


たびする ぬいぐるみ Traveling Daru is the cutest 10 minutes of my life


Last night a friend on Facebook recommended this extremely cute 10 minute animated short from Japanese animator Tazawa Ushio. I instantly fell in love with cute character that looks like a super cute stuffed daruma doll. He gets lost from the little girl who played with him as a child and travels the world for her.

タクシー Best taxi driver in Kyoto

When I was in Japan in 2007 I was able to visit Kyoto. Luckily we found a really nice taxi driver who spoke english to show us all the great sites to see. He taught himself English and spoke it very well. He spent at least 3 hours driving us to different places and telling us the history of each thing. Not only driving but getting out of his car to personally walk us through everything. I was happy to find his business card today after wondering what happened to it after all these years. I’m not sure if he is still working for this company but if you are in Kyoto please give him a call and he will be more then happy to show you around!


しろぬり How to get geisha white makeup

I found some interesting sites about what products are used by geisha’s and kabuki actors. Also how to make your own too!


I found this at click on the photo to go to the site.

This site shows you the products and techniques used to apply the makeup. You can find them on in sets or just certain products by theirselves.

Next is a website I found on how to make your own that is fragrance free. It looks pretty simple if you can find the ingredients needed. You can find this at

ホテル Types of Hotels and Inns in Japan

Japan has many types of hotels that are quite interesting, some are common in the west while other are uniquely Japanese. One of the obvious is a western style hotel which are like Hilton’s and other chains. So now to the unique ones!



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Ryokan’s are a very traditional type of Inn, dating from the Edo period. They have the traditional  tatami floors, some times an onsen(hot spring) and you get to wear a yukata and geta(japanese sandals).  A common thing to find inside the rooms are supplies for making tea. The very traditional ones have the futon you sleep on while modern style ones might have a mattress on a platform. Also there is usually a traditional dinner served. If it is a small family owned one you get to enjoyed a home cooked style meal. On the fancier scale it might include a kaiseki meal. The smaller ones you usually share a common bathroom(showers and toilets are always separated in traditional Japanese homes), while the larger ones you will have your own bathroom. You can find ryokans in rural areas but also some in the cities too.   Here is a website of ryokans. And here is another.


Capsule Hotel (26)

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Capsule hotels are the budget friendly hotel($20-$40) and for those that are not looking for many amenities. They are stacked on top of each other creating two rows. Most come with a small TV and internet access. For privacy there is a curtain(though it doesn’t eliminate sound) and any luggage can usually be stored in a locker(though I would think most stays are from missing the train at night or drinking too much and needing a cheap place to rest). Bathrooms are communal.

Love hotel 

Love hotels were made for the couple that need a place for some private time. Say if you have kids, living with your parents to save money or have a room mate this is the place to go. The interaction with staff is minimal making checking in for the short stay discreet by using buttons to pick the room. Often rooms will be themed like Hello Kitty, Batman, a time period or anything you can think of.

もしもし Why is moshi said twice

Moshi is said twice because it is said that foxes can only say it once as もし(moshi). So when you answer the phone to say hello you say  もしもし(moshimoshi) it insures you are not a fox. One story that is of a fox who turns into a woman and tricks men into marrying them.

Picture 16

So each night she would meet her husband as a woman and leave as a fox. The word for fox is きつね(kitsune) in old Japanese kitsu-ne means “come and sleep” and ki-tsune means “always come”. Because of this combination of the words, the fox got it’s name きつね(kitsune). Though nowadays stories with foxes are usually more mischievous. So like above, always say もしもし(moshimoshi).

The other myth is that ghost can also only say もし(moshi) once and if you answer back they will take your soul!



…と もっと しゃしん Otakon Saturday 2013 Part 2

Here is the last of my photos from Saturday at Otakon. Again if you know the characters that don’t have a caption please leave a comment so I can add the character name. (Also the photos with me are taken by my fiance.)


No face from Spirited Away.


Me as Chii from Chobits with R2d2. He was controlled with a PS3 remote.


With her Cavalier that’s a service dog.


This was the most beautiful costume ever!


Judge Magisters Final Fantasy 12


Me with a kimono clad Chii!


Howl’s Moving Castle


Miyazaki characters!


Sailor Moon characters!



Human Luna from Sailor Moon



Tombo and Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service


Crowd at the end of Saturday night



もっと しゃしん Otakon Saturday Photos 2013 Part 1

Here are Saturday’s photos Part 1. More to come soon! (Note only photo not taken by me is the one with me in it (^_^)!) Also if anyone knows the characters that don’t have a caption under leave a comment.



Cloud Final Fantasy 7





From Chobits, me in the blue and another Chii.




Star Wars



しゃしん Otakon 2013 Friday’s Photos

So I had the most awesome time at Otakon. Here are my photo’s of Friday’s cosplayers (sorry some are a bit blurry).  I will have another post for Saturday’s photo’s.





Harley Quinn




Zidane from FF9



Lolita/Mori girl


Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service


And my favorite, Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask

ねこ Final Fantasy Cat

Found this while browsing google and it brought a smile to my face (and some giggles). This is a white mage cat!


Here is the original link.

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