Sunday, August 21, 2016

Usai in Japan 2015 - Senso-ji / Asakusa Shrine

Hello my dear mauw-mauws,

after days full of Shopping and consumption, Mochi and I wanted to have a more "cultural" day again and we decided to make our way to the shinto Asakusa shrine / Senso-ji. Both are the most popular of their type in Tokyo.

The more we got close to the area the more crowded it got. The shrine / temple area is a real hot spot, but no surprise, it is simply gorgeous:

 At the Chozuya, a sort of water ablution pavilion, you actually can purify yourself before entering the main shrine.

five stored pagoda

 Next to the shrine there is the buddhist garden with several buddhist temples:

Mochi at Awashima-do

The sign of "O-Waraji" is a lucky charm and should support you in being a "good walker" by touching it.

Nakamise Street, the street of approach to the temple, is lined with a lot of small shops in old japanese styled huts. You can get a wide range of souvenirs and dishes here like f. e.  Kimono, Robes, Buddhist scrolls, T-Shirts, pendants, noodles, sweets...

..but the street is very crowded @___@

Askusa Shrine is a MUST see when you're in Tokyo. Its quite fascinating entering the "old / traditional" Japan admidst the loud, hectic Tokyo.

Thank you for reading! <3

Sunday, August 7, 2016

8. Golden Rhenania - Schloss Augustusburg Brühl

Hello my dear mauw-mauws,

last sunday the 8. Golden Rhenania Lolita Meet-Up took place and the Location for this Meet-Up couldn't be any better: Schloss Augustusburg in Bruehl.

I love this dress so much p__q / it is from "Metamorphose, temps de fille":  Fancy Egg

I went to Schloss Augustusburg already two years ago as part of another Lolita Meet-Up (1. Castles & Princesses - Lolita Meet-Up in Brühl ) and felt in love with the beautiful Augustusburg Palace and the gardens.
Due I had partaken at the guided tour already, Kuraude and I used the time for a lot of photos and simply enjoying the beautiful premises:

lovely Kuraude in lovely red 

We attracted the attention of quite a lot of people and they were all friendly and polite, asked whether they could take a photo with us and why we were wearing such fancy dresses. Some people just adressed compliments. <3
Sadly, those above written reactions are quite outstanding, usually not a single Lolita Meet-Up Ends without cathing up some silly comments and/or opinions you actually didn't asked for. But this time - not even a single one (this day is a turn-up for the books!)

Well, before we then had a seat in a nearby cafe with the whole lovely Lolita crew we need to take a group photo of course:

Thereafter we chatted for 3-4 hours in the cafe Time flew by very fast and the cake and cacao were both very delicious. I really had a fun day and looking forward to the next "Golden Rhenania"-Lolita Meet-Up in around two months. XOXOXO

Monday, July 4, 2016

26th Aix-La-Chapelle Lolita Meet-Up

Hello my sweet mauw-mauws,

summertime is picnic time! Or something like that...
Last saturday the 26th Aix-La-Chapelle Lolita Meet-Up took place. Due it is already July and actually mid of summer I thought it would be great to have a picnic - well, my hometown taught me better once again.

At least we could enjoy the picnic for around 1 1/2 hours.

Alpacasso and Hello Kitty form their friendship

yum yum food

Alpacasso PARTY X'D

While the rest of the group were still enjoying the picnic I started looking for a good place to have a group photo later on. Sadly my tripod got unusable and so I need a platform or something similar which narrows the choice.  This photo below occured by checking out:

Still sunny, right? But this changed within 10 minutes to this:

Pretty sudden, the dark clouds turned into rainy clouds and we flee and abide the stormy rain for now.

Lolita shakedown
 Here and there the rain became a little less and we took the chance to have a photo of us as "Lolita Print Triplets":

Toy Drops ftw!
Angelic Pretty's "Toy Drops"-series is still one of my absolute favorite Lolita Fashion series/prints. I love this series so much that I even had to buy the Salopette during my stay in Paris two years ago (Angelic Pretty Pop-Up Store Paris), too. I was so happy as Kuraude-chan (<3) told me that she will buy the JSK in red colourway a few weeks ago. And then, quite sudden-like, Schneeregen also bought the JSK, but in black! ^__^

During the next break in the rain we made our way to Papatai to have some sushi. By now, Papatai is the only Sushi Restaurant in Aachen (besides Oishii) which offers you to have a seat at traditional japanese short-legged (dining) tables (so called "chabudai"). This makes me always feel a bit like having holiday in Japan. <3
Weather was quite modest but I hope that everybody had nevertheless a great time at the Meet-Up. I enjoyed the Meet-Up pretty much even though I was ill all week before and it was therefore still pretty exhausting (I would do it anytime again). ^0^6

Monday, June 20, 2016

Usai in Japan 2015 - Hello Kitty Café Kyoto

Hello my cute mauw-mauws,

during our stay in Japan, I finally had the chance to meet up with Yui again. I got to know Yui in Vienna, as I visited Schloss Schönbrunn. She toured the europe back then and I met up with her two month later in Cologne during Christmas time.

Now, Yui was back home and acted as our personal "Kyoto tour guide" for one day. Among others, we visited the Hello Kitty Café in Kyoto. The cafe is located on a lil hill and is traditional japanese styled.
Yui is such a sweetheart, she know how I adore Hello Kitty and so she came up with the idea to have a seat in this cafe.

When entering the cafe, you will be kindly welcomed by the staff who also patiently takes photos of you with their giant hello kitty plushie:

Okay, what's on the menue here?
The cafe only offer a handful of warm dishes, but the ones we choose were very delicious. Prices are around 1,500 Yen. And you get as much water as you want for free - as is the japan custom. Moreover, you can take the chopsticks as a souvenir with you! <3

Gosh, I think this was my first hot meal in Japan. And it was already Day 4! The days before I only ate Inari and other stuff from the convenience stores, hahaha ^__^ While traveling I'm sort of restless. I need to see as much as possible due my time is very limited and therefore precious in Japan - so meals have to be ligth fare and go fast.
Well, while eating and enjoying a meal (finally), we all also enjoyed the beautiful view into a little garden. Somehow the staff recognized our enthusiasm for the garden and asked us if they should take a photo of us there, too (how attentive!).

sadly, the stuff cropped Mochi a bit off :-/

I'm really thankful that Yui lead us to the Café. It was very delicious and worth the money and time, the staff is really friendly and you can enjoy shopping in the next door's located Hello Kitty- and Ghibli store with unique Kyoto-only- limited items. ^___^

The cafe also got a official website in japanese: Hello Kitty Cafe Kyoto - JP

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Staycation - Monschau, the historical town

Hello my dear mauw-mauws,

sad but true most people forget or start being oblivious about the beauty of their homeland. I'm no exception.
Like a tourist, I started doing some research about the "Must see" / "Hotspots" of my area. The historical town of Monschau ended up as the first "must visit again" place. Last time I visited Monschau I was a very young child and could only barely imagine anything from Monschau. So it was really about time!

Monschau is a small town in the district of Aachen, only about 35km away from Aachen central.
Due to it's half-timbered houses and the lots of narrow streets Monschau probably looks like how many non-mid-europeans imagine germany. No wonder that Monschau is a tourist hotspot and got the nickname "pearl of Eifel" (eifel = low mountain range in western Germany and eastern Belgium).

Together with my boyfriend, I visited Monschau around eastern this year. Weather was still "modest", but as a result it wasn't crowded (accorind to several websites, Monschau get's pretty crowded during summer).

I LOVE river's flowing through town's <3

 As we strolled through the inner town, we tracked the sign "Panoramapfad" (Panorama path) which was partly a bit adventuresomely: small staircases, crumble stones & muddy ways.

doing my best to get through the mud in Lolita Fashion X'D
 But it was all worth the trouble:

my boyfriend storm a stronghold =D

Monschau looks so beautiful from on high. Very harmonic. And somehow also a bit like a toy town. If you stay in Aachen or nearby and still have a day off, you need to visit Monschau. Monschau simply got this peculiar charm you can't resist. <3