Trip to Japan 2015 Day 1- Shinjuku, Akihabara

This is a super late post and I still have too many backlogs to do but just want to share our trip to Japan last March. We only stayed there for a week but how i wish it was a bit longer. Just like we did when we were younger, we would always spend a month in Japan. Although I've been to Japan many times but this is my first time to experience Sakura season. It's been 15 years since my last visit. So imagine my excitement when I got my booking ticket from Aivy. 
Visiting Japan during cherry blossom season has always been on my wish list that I've been counting the days to finally made this happened. 

So, I would also like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to Aivy, Christopher and their cute son/my little photographer, Enzo and to the BEST MOMMY in the whole world for making this trip to Japan possible. 
We went to Shinjuku to meet up with my brother and Sarah. They also went to Japan to celebrate my brother's birthday last March 23. Sadly, they had to leave the next day when we arrived that we only had  the chance to spend one day with them. 

We had lunch at Memory Lane, (also known as, Omoide Yokochō,  it is one of the best place to eat Japanese street food in a traditional old-feel Tokyo. My brother and Sarah explore the narrow alley and went on a yakitori-hopping, where they tried almost everything there, while we just settled ourselves in the restaurant upstairs. 
I ordered Prawns bento box ♥  Itadakimasu!

A walk down Memory Lane with Sarah 
After eating lunch, we went to Akihabara 
It is where most of the major shops are situated. Most of the electronics shops are just west of the station, and the anime and mangashops and the cosplay cafes are north of this place. 
We went inside their arcade and spend hours on the Purikura Photo Booth

Purikura is a popular Japanese Photo booth phenomenon. Each machine features different specific features and technology, ranging from altering your face, making the skin smoother and lighter, creating the illusion of longer eyelashes, thinner legs and slimmer faces, bigger eyes or colored hair. It will make you look kawaii like an anime character or freaky like an alien. 
They also offer clothes rental so you can dress as an anime character, princess, Japanese school girl or like a maid and you can even have your hair done so you can make sure your hair looks perfect on this photo shoot.
After posing inside the photo booth, we went to the other side of the booth where we had so much fun decorating the photos on the monitor using the two stylus pens. We decorate our photos with backgrounds, glitters, frames, stickers, colorful writing and of course, more makeup. After that, we just waited a few minutes for the sticker sheets to print, which can be cut up and distribute them among everyone on the photo. There is also an options to send the images digitally to the cell phone by simply inputting Japanese cell phone email address. 
and then we went to Bic Camera and I bought Hello Instax Mini Camera that costs only 8,491 yen (Php3,114) and Instax films with Hello Kitty and Mickey and friends designs for only 728 yen each (Php266). 
Then for dinner we went to a Japanese style restaurant that serves Shabu-Shabu (Japanese style  hotpot). 

On the way home, we spotted lots of beautiful hanami. 
Where we took the opportunity to take lots of photos with our first experience with sakura ♥ 

Check out my Trip To Japan post on Instagram with hashtag #RochelleRiveraTripToJapan 

Also check out:

Trip To Japan 2015 Day 2

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  1. Grew up here and I'm glad you enjoy Japan :) Looking forward to your next posts for this trip.

    It's been a while since I visited your blog. God bless!

  2. there's so much to see in Japan, no wonder it's one of the best country to visit....that hanami is so cute, luminous at night!

  3. That photobooth is so interesting and cute! And mas mura nga yng instax. Though yung film medyo konti lang ang difference, but still cheaper. :) Food looks yummy too


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