Thursday, 8 January 2015

Mega Pokemon Center in Ikebukuro and Namja Town report

The center itself has been opened for a month, there is a separate one in Tokyo but it is in a really random and out of the way place, it is close to Ueno I believe. This one was launched in anticipation of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The location is in Sunshine city in Ikebukuro, on the newly opened second floor.

There is a lot of anime and otaku culture in Sunshine city and an aquarium, so even if Pokemon isn't your thing it's a good place to visit.

I was actually really surprised by the size, it was a lot more vast than I had anticipated, it made my heart flutter so much, I felt like a kid again <3

We even found Pikachu cosplay plushies that looked like us....

I think most of the products sold there are plushies, they had amost every Pokemon in plushie form - even really obscure ones!

The one I really wanted was the Charizard cosplay version of Pikachu, BUT that version was snapped up by scalpers in the first day of the center opening.

Mega versions of Pokemon could be seen everywhere too!

And of course tons of Pokemon Gatcha machines!

I wore Lolita for this trip, which made me feel even more like a child and harder for me to contain my excitement >w<

Namja Town

Namja town is also lying in Sunshine City, it is a big inside theme part with various indoor attractions. The attractions seemed pretty lame so we bought the cheaper ticket just to visit the two food parks "Gyoza land" and "Ice cream town"

The Dumpling town section was built old-style, maybe like Showa period? There were litle alley ways to sit that looked like old tea houses and izakayas. It was really neat. I saw maybe 80 types of dumplings that you could eat, from traditional styles to new fusion styles.

There was also some collaboration with Shingeki no Kyoujin, so there were SNK gyoza, ice cream, UFO catchers and also this attraction where you have to build the wall back as fast as you can to win a prize. The announcer was wearing a SNK cosplay too~

We ate about four kinds of Gyoza; regular Utsunomiya style (not pictured) which were of course delicious, but plain. Then we tried gyoza with fried cheese, which was amazing and cheesy gyoza that were all stuck together, Finally the ones on the bottom left were traditional style, but I found the texture to be too chewy and doughy. It felt like our stomachs were full of cement afterwards >w<

Next was Ice cream land~

You could have almost any flavour, and by any, I mean even the totally weird and bizarre flavours. For example there was beef tongue, garlic, wasabi and crab!

We settled on double cheese, cassis and orange, vanilla, green tea, strawberry milk and oyster!
My favourite was actually the double cheese, it was really cheesy but somehow still delicious. The oyster one was still sweet but with weird little oyster chunks in it.

I definitely recommend Namja town just to try the different kinds of food, the attractions themselves aren't so interesting but you have to try oyster ice cream~

Christmas and Christmas Eve~

This was my second Christmas in Japan; the first one I spent in Koshigaya and me and my friends played some animal related boardgame, ate some curry and had an early night so this years Christmas was way better in comparison >w<

On the Christmas Eve, Leo took me to the illuminations in Tachikawa. Tachikawa is a little ways out from the center of Tokyo so there was more space for a huuuuge park filled with twinkling lights, a mini-train, christmas concert, German market and Ice rink!

It was really nostalgic of the kind of thing we used to have in my hometown in England, so it really felt like Christmas to me.

The whole park was filled with sparkling lights, even on the trees and in the fountain, What really made it special was the little firework display they held at the end; there were fireworks that I had never seen before - some burst into shimmering hearts and others just kept exploding into a kaleidoscope of different colors, it was so magical!

We ate one of the special new years foods, it is azuki (red) bean soup with mochi in it, the name has actually escaped me but it was pretty hot and delicious.  I like bean flavored desserts because they're not too sweet <3 Although I am a little cautious lately with all these mochi related deaths!

There was this little glowing bunny everywhere, I think it is the Tachikawa mascot but I can't be sure exactly.

Before we started ice skating I told Leo I was really bad at it, he didn't believe me ;D
I think I fell over like three times? my panties got full of ice and I ricoched into some poor unsuspecting couple and nearly killed their child. BUT I got slightly better~
We got to keep these luminous orange gloves too. WINNING!

Then we had dinner in an Izakaya and went home for an early night.

I woke up at like 4am to wrap Leo's present, I nearly dropped it in the toilet like 4 times because I thought the bathroom would be sound proof x3

Christmas day

Our Christmas tree looked pretty impressive considering it was only two foot tall, don't you think?
When we put it up, Leo accidently broke one of the legs off it and glued it back on, he left the house saying "don't touch the Christmas tree".
Naturally I tripped over one of my socks and went flying headfirst into the tree, breaking the leg off. I sellotaped the leg back on, put all the decorations on but they fell off like 4 times and the entire process took me about two hours.... D;

Leo bought me so many Princess-style items for Christmas, it made up for me and my family being too lazy to send each other anything >w<
The bag and purse are My melody x Liz Lisa and the little Rillakkumma speaker actually dances to music!

We had a lazy day for the first part, but I had to head in to Shinjuku to pick up some ingredients for dinner. There is a little import shop in Kabukicho that does fancy, fine food so we went there to get Foie Gras!~

Whilst walking through Kabukicho my shoe somehow exploded and I had to hop to the nearest Kyaba shop the buy these Cinderella style shoes. If I can offer you any advice it's do NOT walk through Kabukicho with one shoe on, your foot will get super sticky and full of glass >w<

For dinner we cooked steak with foie gras, mash potatoes and meat gravy, breaded mushrooms stuffed with pate and tomato and mozzarella salad. We had cherry champagne too so after eating this we were pretty much K.Oed~
 I feel like this was pretty much a perfect Christmas, the only thing lacking was that we didn't have a TV or games console, as back in the UK I used to play games most of Christmas. I think that was more than made up for with adventures, good food and great company though <3

I hope everyone had a great Christmas!