plan a trip to japan

pretty boy

anonymous asked:

Hi! How are you? I saw the pictures of your previous trip to Japan. They are awesome. I plan to visit Kyoto this April and I would like to ask which Shinsengumi related places are worth the visit? Are there any places where I can buy Hakuouki related things? Last year I watched the whole Hakuouki anime series (all of the seasons, movies, specials) and I became a fan and I would like to visit the places which were mentioned in the anime. As you were there in April was it crowded? Best wishes, Éva

Thank you! I didn’t post nearly enough of them, honestly, I have so much more to talk about because the whole experience was just… completely surreal, but what is time? 

There are books dedicated to touring Japan to visit significant sites relating to the Shinsengumi, including two Hakuouki ones (one of which JUST came out). Of course, the biggest issue is that this information is all in Japanese and that’s something you’re going to come up against if you want to visit these places. You definitely don’t have to understand Japanese (I’ve heard of people managing) but it honestly helps.

My personal trip started in Tokyo, then we went down to Kyoto, back up North to Aizu-Wakamatsu and then onto Hakodate. We really just focused on many of the big spots but there’s just so much to cover, two weeks was never going to be enough, especially as it was my friend’s first time in Japan too so we had other things to do. 

As to the crowds, being hanami (cherry blossom viewing) season Tokyo and Kyoto were crowded, but I feel like that’s always a thing since it’s Japan, but the more you go off the beaten path, and the Shinsengumi sites kind of are off the beaten path, it’s not so bad. Aizu and Hakodate are definitely not as crowded, especially with foreign tourists. My friend and I were definitely standouts.

As far as being able to buy Hakuouki related goods, if it’s related to the Shinsengumi your chances of finding Hakuouki things to buy is high but it really depends on the location. I had the best luck in Kyoto, Aizu, and Hakodate since… they’re kind of big Shinsengumi hot spots, but we didn’t spend a lot of time in Tokyo for me to really go looking for stuff there. (I will say there is a disappointing lack of stuff in the Animates I went to.) I’ll be going back in April and focusing more on the sites in Tokyo so I’ll have to report back on that.

Here’s some of the major highlights of my trip that might be most worth noting:

**Warning: Long post is long! Click the location names for relevant links!**

Tokyo

Hijikata Toshizou Museum

The Hijikata family residence where Hijikata’s family resided during his lifetime has evolved to include a museum. Since the site is still a private residence, the added on museum is only open during certain days of the year. Typically two Sundays each month. Hino is considered part of greater Tokyo, but it’s quite a hike from the city itself. This is one of those places you have to be prepared to go to and spend a good chunk of your day at. The museum is small and you won’t be there long but it’s a wonderful place to go. The family runs it and is very pleasant to visit with. This is also where you would go to see Hijikata’s beloved sword, Izuminokami Kanesada. 

Sekiden-ji

Being that Hino is Hijikata’s hometown, there’s more than just the museum to visit. Just a few minutes journey from the museum is the Sekiden-ji or Sekiden Temple which is one of at least four places, I believe, with a grave for Hijikata. It’s a temple with a cemetery, containing many members of the Hijikata family, so it’s important to be respectful but it’s easy to find the stone marker and the grave itself is nearby. 

Hino also has a big Shinsengumi festival every year in May. One of these days I’m going to go to it. 

It’s good to wander around the city a bit. There’s so many houses with the Hijikata name plate and it’s clear this town is proud of it’s famous historical figure. I’m looking forward to going back and exploring it more on my own to see what I missed last time.

Itabashi - Kondou Isami’s Grave Marker

Itabashi is where Kondou was executed and after the war was over, Nagakura Shinpachi built the grave to memorialize the commander in 1876. Hijikata’s name is also inscribed on the stone pillar. Nearby is also a grave for Shinpachi as well. It’s a straight shot from Itabashi station so it’s not too difficult to find. The grave honestly is a memorial to the entirety of the Shinsengumi, but being that this is where Kondou was executed, it has special significance for that reason.

Other places to visit in Tokyo, that I intend to visit when I go back this year, include: 

Shieikan dojo - There’s nothing much remaining here beyond a stone marker, but this is the origin of the Shinsengumi and worth visiting.
Ryuugen-ji - Kondou’s body was brought here (sans his head) after his execution and buried. 
Imado Shrine - This site is primarily famous for being the birthplace of the manekineko or ‘lucky cats’ but it’s also significant for being the site of the hospital where Okita Souji was supposed to be recovering from tuberculosis. It’s not his grave or where he actually died though.
Sensou-ji - But his grave is close at the famous Sensou-ji, however, it is only open one day a year.
Chofu/Mitaka City - Birthplace of Kondou Isami and many members of the Shinsengumi. 
Kashio Bridge - Former site of the Battle of Koushuu-Katsunuma, the battle the followed the Battle of Toba-Fushimi and Kondou Isami’s last battle before his execution.

Kyoto

Mibudera / Yagi House

One of the sites of the Shinsengumi’s headquarters, these two places are a must see. The nice thing is that once you find one, the other is right down the same road, practically around the corner. You’ll see big “makoto” banners that signify they’re Shinsengumi sites. The Yagi House does do tours but they will not be in English (hopefully you get the nice man with the strong Kansai accent–he’s super nice). After the tour you get to go to the little shop that’s out in front for some tea and a treat as part of paying for a ticket for the tour. There’s a little garden in Mibudera that you pay 100 yen to get into but that’s where all the statues and memorials are that are the highlight. Including this really neat prayer board:

Nishi Honganji

The second headquarters of the Shinsengumi. It’s HUGE and it’s beautiful. Definitely worth a visit. Seriously, my pictures do not do the size of this place justice. It was immense. No wonder the squad wanted to relocate here. 

Ikeda Inn/Hana no Mai Restaurant

Now the site of the Hana no Mai Ikeda Inn branch but there’s a stone marker outside that states that this is the site where the Ikeda Inn used to stand. You need to make reservations but worth it for a good meal and where I drank my way through the Hakuouki Shinsengumi XD

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle is a good place to visit just because it’s Kyoto and it’s where the Shogun lived when he was being protected by the Shinsengumi. As I recall it’s the site in the Hakuouki game where Kazama and the other demons reveal themselves to Chizuru while the Shinsengumi are guarding the Shogun.

Sanjo Bridge

We weren’t able to make it here, being on a time crunch, but it is near the castle. A site that is also famous to the Shinsengumi and all of Kyoto in general. This is the bridge where the notice was that Sano protected in Hakuouki. It’s also said that there’s a sword wound on one of the pillars on the east side from the Ikeda Inn Incident. 

Shimabara

Our ryokan was here so we got kind of an intimate experience of the area but it’s a nice little area to explore if you have the chance. The infamous red light district, this is where many men, the Shinsengumi included, would go to relax and drink off-duty. The entrance gate is kind of the major tourist attraction but this is where you can find the Sumiya.

Sumiya

This is the ageya famous for being visited frequently by Serizawa Kamo and the location where Hijikata and Kondou got Serizawa drunk before later assassinating him at the Yagi House. It’s also the oldest remaining example of an ageya still in existence. There’s sword marks inside made by Serizawa on the first and second floor. You need to make a reservation to see the second floor but it’s so worth it. We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside (which is pretty typical) but there’s one room that is just covered all over with inlaid mother of pearl and it’s just insane. And they still don’t know how they did it! 

You are allowed to take pictures on the first floor and this is supposedly one of the sword marks from Serizawa:

Our ryokan was literally two houses down from this site and when I realized where we were I might have had an emotional freak out… >_>

There’s soooo many places in Kyoto though, one day I hope to go back and find the others that I know we missed. Fun side-story, one of the things one of my friends wanted to do what do some Shinsengumi cosplay, so he found us a shop that did it and on our last day in Kyoto we dressed up and got to visit the Mibudera in our outfits, it was pretty embarrassing but I’m glad we did it XD

Here, have a picture:

Ironically, it was the one day in our stay that it was RAINING LIKE CRAZY -_-

Aizu-Wakamatsu

Tsuruga-jou (Tsuruga Castle) aka Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle

When Saitou talks about defending Aizu, this is the castle at the center of it all. Tsuruga Castle was the home of Lord Matsudaira Katamori, who is the man responsible for sponsoring the Shinsengumi in the first place. He is the man that they feel indebted to and is basically the man they answered to, ultimately, and this is where he and his family resided. And for me, this is where my fascination with this period in history started, so naturally I had to go back. The original castle had been so riddled artillery fire during the Battle of Aizu, that it was demolished by the new government in 1874. The tenshu, the largest tower of the castle, was reconstructed in 1965 and currently houses a museum on the inside. It really is a must-see for anyone interested in the Bakumatsu and the Shinsengumi. 

Iimori-yama (Iimori Hill) / Byakko-tai Memorial

The Byakko-tai was a squadron of young teenage boys from the Aizu domain that fought to defend Tsuruga Castle and the city of Aizu during the Battle of Aizu. They were fighting along with the remnants of the Shinsengumi that stayed behind (such as Saitou), perhaps not directly though under the same banner of Aizu, but tragically, when the boys saw Tsuruga Castle burning they assumed the castle had fallen and each committed ritual suicide on the hill. While the castle would eventually fall, the tragedy is the boys’ death was premature. At the top of a long path of stairs climbing up the side of the hill (mountain? Feels like a mountain lol) is the memorial dedicated to them. This was the site where I really felt my first interest in the Bakumatsu and the Boshin War blossoming, so while not exactly a Shinsengumi site per se, it’s still related history and worth visiting. 

Hakodate

Goryoukaku

The famous site of the last battle of the Boshin War. Goryoukaku fort is where Hijikata retreats with what remains of the pro-Shogunate forces when they flee to Hokkaido, at the time called Ezo. Now the site is a park that is infamous for it’s gorgeous cherry blossoms. I was sad that unfortunately we were there a little too soon for the cherry blossoms but practically all the trees on the site are cherry blossom trees so when they are in full bloom it is quite a site I’m told. 

The Magistrate’s Office (lower picture) was only recently rebuilt as a museum over the site of the original office and is the location of Hijikata and Chizuru’s infamous kiss in Hakuouki ;) Though in reality it is the last stand of Hijikata and his beleaguered men. Walking through it is rather incredible as much detail was put into the restoration and one of the rare sites that lets you take pictures throughout the interior. They had DVDs for sale that went through the details and the lengths that they went through to reconstruct the Magistrate’s Office and it is beyond fascinating, I purchased a copy and hope to be able to share it some day.

Goryoukaku Tower

Not necessarily a Shinsengumi site historically speaking but if you want a nice aerial view of Goryoukaku Fort this is where you want to go. Also, personally, there’s two wonderful Hijikata statues here that are worth seeing, and a whole blow-by-blow of the Battle of Hakodate that’s really neat and that I have pictures of that I hope to share at some point.

Shomyo-ji (Shomyo Temple) / Memorial Monument for Hijikata Toshizou and the Shinsengumi

Here’s a description taken from the sign on site:

“After joining Enomoto’s army, Toshizo Hijikata (deputy leader of Shinsengumi) was killed in the battle of Hakodate. Opinions are divided regarding the exact location of his burial; Ippongi in Wakamatsu-cho, Tsuruoka-cho, or Eikokubashi in Jujigai. A record taken from the Kongoji Temple in Hino, Hijikata’s hometown in present-day suburban Tokyo, only noted that Hijikata’s memorial monument was erected in Shomyoji Temple in Hakodate. The monument did not survive three fires during the Meiji era, and the present monument was erected in 1973 by volunteers. 

Four others names of Shinsengumi members’, whose tombstones in Shomyoji Temple were destroyed during a typhoon in 1953, were also engraved on the monument.”

Monument Marking the Site of Hijikata’s Death

Located in front of a rather normal office building, this was the end of our pilgrimage, which I’m not a religious person necessarily but the weight of standing here and having come so far, I cried. Finding this was a little difficult but we had managed to get lucky and when I explained to our taxi driver why we were there and what we were doing and he literally drove us to our last two destinations pointing out highlights and patiently waiting for us at each site. It’s really cheesy, I know, but coming here was the pinnacle of a long journey and I really hope I can go back again one day to pay my respects again.

This person’s blog has some great suggestions of things to see in Kyoto relating to the Shinsengumi: 

http://matome.naver.jp/odai/2140320228711779601?&page=1

Of course, as I said earlier, the only downside is that none of it is in English, which is going to be the struggle for anyone really wanting an immersive Shinsengumi or Bakumatsu experience. While you can get around not knowing the language I feel like, honestly, there would be a lot lacking. Especially if you try to venture further North to Aizu or Hakodate, Aizu in particular would be tough for non-Japanese speakers. 

There were so many places to see and since I was not on my own there was just not enough time to hit them all, but these were the major stopping points on our tour along the path of the Shinsengumi. 

NCT 127 reaction to their foreign girlfriend wanting to visit her hometown with them

Taeil: He would really be interested in learning more about you so as soon as you mentioned going to where you grew up he would be all for it. He would want to know everything and do everything that you liked to do there. “I’m gonna make a list of things to do together for when we go,” He would tell you smiling brightly.

Originally posted by localbadgirl

Johnny: He would understand how much you wanted to share where you came from with him because he knows how it feels to be a foreigner. Like as soon as you even mentioned it he would find out when he next had a long enough break and then book flights. “Of course we can go, that would be so epic babe!”

Originally posted by turtles-are-better-then-people

Taeyong: He would be really eager to go, slightly nervous to meet your family and friends from back home but only because he would want to make the very best impression. If the first language in your family wasn’t Korean he would learn some phrases so he could communicate more easily with your family to make a better connection with where you came from. 

Originally posted by nctaezen

Yuta: He would be really happy to go with you and it would inspire him to take you to Japan with him too, to see his friends and family from back home. HE would plan you this surprise trip that started off in Japan but then he also took you to your hometown without telling you as a gift. He would tell you that you were on a flight back to Korea but then you would see the departures board and realise. “If the place my babygirl wants to go most is her hometown, then it’s the place I most want to go too.`’

Originally posted by rebel-bee


Doyoung: “I thought you’d never ask me to go with you!” He would be so happy that you asked him to go with you to your hometown. He knew it was special to you and that you wanting to take him meant he was important to you. He would want to know you entirely and would definitely feel he needed to go to your home country to do that.

Originally posted by nctaezen

Jaehyun: Jeffery would be on a plane faster than you could say ‘i lived in California for four years and that’s why I’m here man,’. I think he would really love visiting new places and experiencing new cultures and if he got to do it with you in a place that was special to you then it would just make him a million more times more excited.

Originally posted by yoonohthings

Winwin: He would so ready to go. He would have a list prepared of all the different foods you could get where you came from and all the statues to see and where the best place to get ice cream was… of course. He would ask you lots of questions before you went to he could act as naturally as he could with you when you visited. “It’s what they say jagi, when in Rome do as the Romans.”

Originally posted by weyoungbynctdream

Mark: “YES!” would be his only reaction when you asked him. He wanted to meet your family, your friends, your neighbours everything. anything to do with you and Mark Lee would be interested. He knew how integral Canada was as well as Korea to who he was and so assumed that you too felt your home country was a deep part of you and so would go with you without hesitation.

Originally posted by minhyunq

Haechan: “How long is the flight tho? JUST KIDDing! y/n and Donghyuck world tour yay!” He would scream after you asked him if he wanted to go. Any other people around you would look at you in distinct alarm. He would give you a hug and dance around. “My girlfriend likes me enough to take me to ____ to meet her family and friends!” He would be so proud of your relationship is so great at such a young age.

Originally posted by dovounq

Cherry Blossom (Yuta x Reader)

Admin: Candi
Request: “Could I have a scenario where you and Yuta are vacationing in Osaka and he takes you to see the cherry blossoms??? Thanks! You guys are awesome!!! (: - anon”
Fandom: NCT 127
Member/reader: Yuta x Reader
Genre: Fluff
Warnings: None
Words: 1.3k
Authors note: Kinda a life lesson at the end lmao ily x

           Yuta has been planning a trip to Osaka, Japan for a while now. He wanted to go back and visit his beloved country. He surprised you with plane tickets so you could go with him and obviously you accepted, you couldn’t turn down such an amazing opportunity considering you always wanted to visit Japan. He chose the perfect time to fly out; spring. Spring was the time where everything blossomed and Osaka was at its peak in spring, everything looked so beautiful and colourful. The whole city was full of life and excitement.

Keep reading

Japan Trip 2017 log

I’m back from my Tokyo (and Yokohama) trip AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

This is the first time I managed to go with friends and plan my own trip! Since all the times I’ve been to Japan I’ve only visited the countryside and not Tokyo, I was really excited. It’s like a dream come true!! I wanted to log in my incredible experience somewhere, and leave this as a gesture of gratitude to everyone who helped make this trip possible. To those curious, beware my spastic commentary and plush toys photobombing every now and then

I travelled with @selinawen and @b-sim was very very kind to let us bunk in with her during her stay. We’re very thankful uwu

 Spoilers More under cut (Warning: It’s long)

Keep reading

Hospital scare + update

A lot has happened in my life recently, so I thought I’d make an update or sorts.  First off, I got married last month which was awesome!  But recently my husband had a really big medical scare that landed him in the hospital for four days.  Most of the tests being done trended towards it being a fatal illness.  As you can imagine we were both incredibly distressed… I made mental plans for a funeral, for raising money to do a bucket-list trip to Japan, for all kinds of things.  I can’t convey just how scared I was, and this isn’t the first time we’ve had medical scares like this with him.  I would really like to go a while before the next death scare please!

Things turned out better than expected though (he’s not gonna die, yay!) , and he’s been home for a couple days now.  Still not feeling his best, but definitely getting better.  We’re still unsure of the cause, but it’s a 50/50 chance between two options.  One would involve a future surgery, and the other would mean it’s over forever.  So now we’re on the alert for any of those same symptoms to pop back up, so we can rush him back to the hospital for surgery.

I’m being purposefully vague because I don’t think he’d appreciate me giving the details of his medical fiascos publicly, but I also want everyone to know kinda where I’m at mentally right now.  I’m tired, coming down from a big scare, and doing my best to catch up on an already FAR behind schedule.  I was hoping to have Halloween commissions available by now, and to have wrapped up (or be near to wrapping up) a 10 page comic from Patreon.  But I’m not anywhere near any of that, life just walloped us with a bunch of big things at once.  I mean, getting married was our choice and a WONDERFUL thing, but holy hell it really took a lot out of my work schedule.

I owe many emails, need to update the queue, and want badly to get some cool Halloween art out there.  I also need to take care of Preston at the same time though, since he’s not all better and needs a lot of help right now.  Thank you all for your patience, I’m working on it!  <3

4

Kyaa it is almost time for everything to turn to pink! (◕‿◕✿) Plan a pink filled trip to Japan by checking out this kawaii Sakura forecast! 🌸💖 Or simply join in the Cherry Blossom excitement by watching the lovely pink sceneries!😍💖 Sakura season is just about to start to bloom so there is still time to get your tickets!😘🌸 Kyaa, so kawaii and exciting!💖✨ ► https://youtu.be/bQTEyFiyL2U



Minseok and Jongdae had planned a Japan trip for a very long time and decided to use the opportunity of Travel Without Manager Season 2 to go to onsens (hot springs) in Hokkaido. However it was never aired because things got… a bit steamy.

anonymous asked:

Hanzo finding notes from his s/o about plans of visiting Japan and later surprising them with a trip?

I should just make a Hanzo blog since y’all love him so much xD I’m not complaining though, I love him too <3


Originally posted by inccption

Hold the thin paper in his fingers, Hanzo frowned slightly as he re-read your cursive handwriting. …Japan… Tokyo.. Maybe Hanamura? Flights cost $500 - must save $60 a month… May have to borrow some money maybe. Sell laptop?Reading your thoughts on the paper, a small smile formed on the mark-man’s lips. He knew you had a great interest in his home country, since you always seemed to ask him questions - your eyes filling with adventure when he described the mountains, the temples, the cities and the people to you. Making a soft humming noise, Hanzo neatly folded the notes and slipped them into his pocket. 

“Where are we going?” you asked, your arms outstretched in front of you as Hanzo kept one hand gently over your eyes and the other on your waist. “You’ll see” he replied softly, finding this more endearing than he originally thought. Whining softly, you cooed his name before he guided you to a halt. For the entire journey here, Hanzo had insisted that you wore his hair ribbon over your eyes as he drove you to an unknown destination. You honestly felt as if you were being kidnapped and made a point of saying so in the car, but you trusted Hanzo with your life and you knew he wouldn’t try anything foolish. 

Removing his hand from your eyes, you squinted as you adjusted to the bright sunlight. Around you, taxis cued up and people hurried along carrying bags and pulling suitcases. “The airport?”. You could hear the soft whirs of planes flying overhead as you turned to face Hanzo. He stood there, smiling shyly, a large backpack over his shoulder and one of your bags under his arm. Hair done up in a neat ponytail, he wore a plain black t shirt and jeans fixed with a leather belt. Nodding, he set one of the bags down as he begun to rummage in one of his pockets. Tilting your head, your eyes widened as he passed a ticket to you. Taking it in your hands, you read the flight number and title as a massive grin spread onto your face. 

“We’re going to Japan?” you squeaked, looking up at Hanzo as happiness began to radiate off you. With a short nod, Hanzo chuckled and ran a hand down your arm. “I hope you don’t mind my intrusion, but I found some of your notes regarding a trip…”, tilting his head, his dark eyes looked away slightly, “So, I thought I’d treat you to it myself”. Without any warning you caught Hanzo off guard as you leapt towards him, jumping up into his arms and looping your arms behind his thick neck. Laughing, you pressed a tender kiss to his lips as he, once he got over the shock, returned the embrace. 

Setting you down, Hanzo placed his hands on your waist as he smiled at you lovingly. “I take it that it was a good idea hm?” he asked, amusement lacing his words. Nodding quickly, you hugged him again, pressing your cheek to his chest. “It’s a great idea!! Thank you so so so much Hanzo! I really love you so much oh my gosh” you barely managed to spurt out due to your excitement. Patting your head, Hanzo kissed your forehead, “You know I’d do anything to see you smile”

7

Random photos of Kyoto :)

Details are always quite important to me and despite Kyoto being a very clean touristy place there are still a lot of hidden gems left that make Japan Japan to me :)

Like someone nailing a small Torii to a random place on a wooden wall :D
<=the other panels didn’t have a Torii stuck on them :D

I’m always awed by the beautifully carved wooden panels I saw in Japan :o
caring out landscapes like these takes a lot of time and skill :|

A blue VW bug for @todayintokyo :D

And a happy and relaxed cat :3
It could not be bothered by the people wanting to enter the shop (^-^;)
Basically it just ignored the people stepping over it and just continued to doze on its doormat :D

A more sporty version of a typical Japanese scooter :)

A random golden bowtie laying around in the rain in Gion (^-^)
I had some confused people stare at me for taking photos of it (^-^;)


I’m sorry for the long pause between my last articles (^-^;)
I’ve been working on a new job since the end of May and spent most of my spare time with friends :)
I’ve just been too exhausted to do much else (^-^;)

I’ve been working on a few small projects but haven’t had the time to take proper photos of them but you can find mobile phone snapshots of them on Instagram :)

I’m currently planning my trip to Japan and so far the things that are certain are that I’m going to stay in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Otsu (close to lake Biwa and Kyoto :)
I also want to visit Yokohama, Kamakura, maybe Enoshima, Nikko (Egon falls :), Saitama (to see some friends and to see Kawagoe :), Ise (to see the Geku and the Naiku and to take better photos of them :), Izumo, Himeji, Kanazawa :) 
I need to visit Kanazawa after a friend described it in such a lucid way that I just cannot ignore it :D
and last but not least to Kobe to visit the Takenaka carpentry museum :3

I hope to write some more articles soon :)
This week should be somewhat calmer so I may be able to get a few more things done :)

If someone wants to meet up with me in any of the aforementioned place feel free to contact me :)

I wish everyone a great Sunday with sweet dreams of things you like and some of your favourite ice-cream :3

Random Rounds...

Basic intro for new followers, the “Random Rounds” posts are generally my whenever-I-get-to-it blocks of texts where I discuss, debate, rant, ramble, vent about things in real life and the blog, but are usually firearms related.

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I’ve been busy at work but so many other things have popped up lately.

Aside from the AR builds which are my priority, I have been toying with the idea of making a very unique H&K/PTR build. Having priced it out with the parts I want and need, I’ll probably be spending close to $2,500+ on it…so that’s on the back burner for now.

Usually near the end of the year I buy one or two guns just for the hell of it. Yet I’m conflicted about spending so much when I’ve got a lot of travel plans next year. Possibly heading over to Israel, then the United Arab Emirates (Dubai for the most part), then heading back to Europe to go to Italy. Also planning a trip to Japan and then New Zealand for some Red Stag hunting.

To complicate funds even more, I just got house #6 which killed off my plans to get either a new Jeep, H1 or G55. My bosses at the gun shop are planning on retiring soon once their son graduates high school and plan on moving. Now I have a couple years to decide if I want to buy the gun shop.

2018 might be a busier year and we’ll see how it goes. I almost wish I had a twin (or preferably gun loving girlfriend) who could post and help me out on the blog but alas a one man show must go on.

Its still really nice to get all the messages from followers who enjoy the blog in spite my inability to keep it maintained or improve it. I’ve also been planning on changing the theme cause it keeps glitching but I haven’t got around to it yet.

Hopefully you guys and gals are also having a productive year even though 2017 is slowly winding to and end.

If you’re having a hard time planning your trip to Japan, then don’t! You can avoid all that stress of fitting everything into your schedule and trying to see the best spots by simply avoiding the planning. Taking the road less traveled can yield a more authentic experience and is a sure cure for the itch of adventure.

This week Koichi, fresh off a trip from Japan, and Michael sit down to discuss the joys in exploring Japan with limited or no itinerary. They give you insight on why traveling free from guide books and blogs can improve both your language skills and overall experience. Initially, this may sound crazy but after listening to the episode, you’ll realize taking an adventure can be even more fulfilling than planning a ton of activities.

Made with SoundCloud
re: adulthood is garbage (and so am i)

shysweetthing: This puts you in the top 50% of adults because you’re actually saving.

serpensthesia: I mean, listen, man… priorities. YOI is an immediate need… debt will always be there, so it can wait.

kixboxer: Important Yuri!!! On Ice questions: which one’s the avocado and which one’s the toast.

cocopines: im praying the movie comes out around the time im planning for my japan holiday trip. IF IT IS, LET’S MEET UP

cutthroatpixie: you could eat avocado toast while watching the yuri on ice movie in japan

cafecliche: oh god that’s a good point. time to start saving.

look!!! look. lets all go to japan together.  i will pack us all avocado toast and we can take millennial selfies and all wear shirts that say FUCK DIAMONDS

Twice Realizing They Love You (REQUESTED)

You and Sana would be at dinner. You were planning a trip to Japan, to visit her hometown. She was just staring at you and it hit her. She loves you. After a while, she’d notice you had stopped talking and would try to jump back into the conversation like nothing happened.

You and Nayeon were in the middle of a prank war. She was hiding from you who had a supersoaker full of orange juice. “You can’t hide!” you’d call. She’d smile to herself, a smile that only you can make her do. That’s when she knew. She loves you. She came out from her hiding spot with both arms up. “You win!” she’d yell.

Dahyun was throwing an aegyo storm at you. You were dying from how adorable she is. You were beaming a huge grin at her. She was watching you and she couldn’t help it. “God, I love you,” she blurted. She was so shocked when you heard her. She tried to play it off.

Mina was trying on different outfits for Twice’s comeback. She walked out in a black floral dress. You stared at her in awe, completely captivated by her. She could tell by the look your eye. You love her and she loves you.

Jihyo was into Twitter. People were tweeting about her body. She was so down. You saw that and began to being a total goof. Eventually, she started laughing and she knew in her heart. She loves you. More than anyone else.

Tzuyu was away with the group, promoting. At the end of the day, she called you. You started going on about your day. Then you stopped, you asked her about her day. She told you how long and exhausting it was. You told her that you wished you could be there for her. The fact that you wanted to be there, for her, helped her see it. She loves you.

You were scolding Momo for not sleeping for 3 days. She had spent the past couple nights at the dance studio, dancing till dawn. She sat and took it, knowing that she couldn’t stop you. You were the only person who could get her to take care of her health. Not in a motherly way, it came from a place of genuine love. She knew it from the beginning, but it was clear now. She loves you.

Jungyeon asked you to come to her photoshoot. She wanted you to be apart of her life, including her career. She was doing her poses when she looked over at you. You were smiling a huge smile and encouraging her. You were completely supportive of her and it made her feel like a million bucks. She loves you and she couldn’t wait to tell you.

You and Chaeyoung were spending the night in. She was writing rap lyrics and you were scrolling through tumblr. She kept running what she wrote by you and each time you would give her your full attention. She was just staring at you. When you took notice, she blushed and hid her face. She couldn’t help you. She loves you.

anonymous asked:

Not totally fairy kei related, but where do you recommend best for secondhand fairy kei shopping in japan? Like Closet Child for lolita, is there a big secondhand fairy kei market in jp?

Oooooh man, there’s quite a few good shops! I’ve selected a bunch in Tokyo, since it’s where most people will go.

  • Kinji Resale is Harajuku the number one - Most of it is offbrand, but it sells amazing CHEAP items and has a section dedicated to pastels. It’s where you can find tutus and peignoirs! 
  • Closet Child - It’s not just for lolitas! Seriously, it also carries Nile Perch, 6%, Chocomint, and other brands depending on which branch you go to. My friend who went to Japan recently recommended the Ikebukuro shop for fairy items! Some lolita brands like Angelic Pretty also do fairy kei items.
  • Romantic Standard - Vintage and resale shop which is loved even by models like Mimmam/Kyary!
  • G2? - Vintage shop specialising in girly items.
  • Santonibunnoichi - Recently boomed in popularity, sells oversized items that look adorable paired with tutus or cute printed items.

Nadia Florez En El Corazon - Sells original and vintage items, some of which are perfect for fairy coords!

Image sources: KinjiCloset child, Romantic Standard, G2?, Santo, Nadia

You should also check out shops like Book Off! for secondhand issues of KERA and FRUiTS ☆

There are also quite a lot of fairy kei items being sold on secondhand sites like Yahoo! Auctions, Mbok, Fril, etc

So basically the market is quite big!

I hope that helps, and hopefully it’ll help other people who are planning trips to Japan!

Hi guys! Sorry I haven’t shown myself recently :( Been piled up with full time work and lots of planning for my end of year JAPAN TRIP AHHH /hyperventilates/

Anyhow! For this request, I wasn’t able to write for all the characters asked as I’m not satisfied with keeping it short but if I don’t, the post gets too long SO I have only written for Aomine, Kise, Midorima and Murasakibara here. If anon or anyone else really really wants me to finish the other half I will do that and post it up separately! 

Oh man longest intro ever D: 
I hope yall enjoy this one as well! ♥

  (▰˘◡˘▰)
♥Admin Arimura


Aomine: The two of you were in bed, shifting around until his body met with yours comfortably, as he spooned you. He presses his face to the nape of your neck for a kiss but instead of your skin, he met his lips with your long hair.

your f/n, your hair…” He grumbles softly into your ear so you lift your head and swipe all of your hair to the side, allowing him access to your skin. This was the usual routine every night almost. 
“Why don’t you just tie up your hair. You’ve got so much.” He hums into your skin a small complaint that bothers you more than you’d care to admit.
You were quite proud of your hair. It was a healthiest of anybody else’s and was smooth as marble, this was because of your meticulous upkeep. So when someone complains as if it’s just a hassle, of course you’d get prickled right? 

Nonetheless it didn’t stop you from making a trip to the salon first thing in the morning. You had decided to cut majority of your lengthy hair as it would be more convenient and would stop your boyfriend from eating your hair all the time.
As soon as your hairdressers hands felt your silky soft hair, he allowed himself to gawk and question your methods.
Wow, how do you keep your hair so healthy? This is top of the top!” You smiled proudly at your hairdresser before thanking him sadly for the praise.
“I’m actually going to cut it today. Up to above my shoulders.” The sad tone of your voice prickled the hairdresser, causing him to nervously confirm with you over and over and over again if you were sure of this decision.
Not wanting to allow yourself time to change your mind you nodded and urged him to cut it quickly. 
By the end of the beauty session, you walked out with a cute and wavy bob.
It had turned out a lot better than you expected. You were so delighted you practically skipped home, looking forward to the surprised face of your boyfriend. 

“Daiki I’m home!~” 
“Ouh” He grunts a greeting without looking away from the T.V. 
“Daiki~” You sang his name as you pranced over to stand in front of the T.V in attempts to achieve his focus. At first, he had tried to look behind you, not giving you attention in hopes you’d give up and come sit by his side instead, but when you persevered he finally turned his gaze up towards your face to tell you to stop blocking the T.V.
“Oi, stop standing there and- Whoa! Your hair!” He stood up upon laying his eyes on the new hairdo and pulled you to him to inspect the cut. After a good few dozen seconds, he leans into your neck approvingly to give you a peck.
“Oh, I see now.” He spoke in a knowing tone after not having met his lips to your hair like usual and instead landed his kisses on you neck.
“You’re offering now huh. Even got rid of your precious hair for my kisses huh, babe?” Your face flushed a vibrant pink before stuttering your denial.
“N-no! Not everything’s about you baka!” Wriggling in his arms, you tried to pry away from his grasp but that only resulted in him tightening said hold. 
“Babe, you look amazing.” Spreading his signature smirk across his face as he spoke.



Kise:
“Kise!! GANBATTE!!” “Kise-kun! Kise!!!”  Kise’s fan club could be heard a mile away with this loud screeching of a cheer as everyone one of them preyed on his attention as he held a practice game on a Sunday morning. Honestly it does get on your nerves, just the obnoxiousness of the group but on the other hand you host enough faith in your boyfriend that it doesn’t bother you one bit that 80% of the school’s females are fawning over him constantly… except for her.
The fan club president could be seen standing at the back, with her arms folded over before casually flipping her blonde locks to the back. She’s gorgeous. You couldn’t help but let your gaze linger but soon it became uncomfortable as your admiration soon turned into self loathing. Shifting awkwardly in your seat, you tried to block out the negative thoughts. Someone like her would look so much better standing next to him than me… UGH. You slap your knees before jolting up, and out the gym towards the nearest salon to do something! anything! to your appearance as a confidence boost and to get the damn self loathing out of yourself.

–time skip salon makeover–

You had arrived back just in time to see the match end as you nervously pushed aside the door and sneaked in, trying hard not to attract too much attention. Ugh idiot! you did it so to attract attention! Have to look decent next to Ryouta so GET A GRIP ON YOURSELF WOMAN! You gave yourself two loud sandwich slaps on your own face that turned out to be louder than you intended as people turned their heads in a domino effect towards the sound.Your cheeks flared up in shades of pink as you darted your eyes around in search for a secluded spot to hide in before meeting your gaze with Kise’s.
He had followed the gazes of his senpais, towards you and as soon as he landed his eyes on you, his body reacted before his mind could take in your change visually.
Dashing towards you with arms wide seeking for an embrace, he had stumbled half way and fell on his face upon finally noticing the now caramel-blonde coloured hair that replaced your blue-ish black.
“Ah Ryouta! Are you okay?!” You rushed to his figure on the floor, still completely flustered from all the attention, not knowing what to do hide or help??!
“Y-your hair! When did you do this!? Why didn’t you tell me sooner!” He lifted his head instantly as you reached out to him.
“Ah- I-I… I thought I may need a make over to match you a little more…” You looked down away from him as your voice grew softer and softer.
Not caring for silly thoughts he had beamed out loudly promptly “IT LOOKS AMAZING ___-cchi! YOU LOOK LIKE A MODEL” He shrieked and pulled you on top of him on the floor, into a tight embrace.
“Ah no! There are people around!”
“Who cares! Everyone can stare at how gorgeous you look!”


Midorima:
“Make sure you’re on time okay? And wear something conservative today okay? Remember to bring the fruit bask-”
“Hai, hai. Shintarou do you know how good you are at nagging” You giggled into your cellphone before continuing.
“Don’t worry I have it under control, when have you known me to mess up big events? Okay? So just go to sleep, I’ll be there 6 pm on the dot so wait for me outside yeah? Goodnight Shin”
“W-wait! Don’t forg-” beep. You hung up on him and waited, knowing he wouldn’t not say goodnight. one…two…three- ding ding!
“Shin, you can be so cute you know?” You squirmed around in your bed as you read his goodnight text.
Content with the amount of affection you’ve received, you got up to pick an outfit for the dinner you’ve planned with Midorima and his parents at a nice restaurant. It’s not the first time you’ve eaten with his family, but this time was different. They had invited you out to celebrate your birthday. This act was so kind, it had caused you to feel stressed, even though you were quite good at concealing your panicked self.
Pressing your outfit up to yourself in front of the mirror, you shook your head slightly. Something feels off… the dress is nice but… is it my hair? You stared at yourself as you played around with your long, red hair, trying different partings and styles. No, this isn’t working. I’ll go to the salon in the outfit early tomorrow and figure something out then! So you called it a night and went off to bed.

Upon arriving at the salon in the late morning, you had already figured out the problem with your current look. It might be drastic but change is nice right? You convinced yourself before stepping into the store.

–time skip salon makeover–

5:45pm- “Where is that girl?” tap tap tap. Midorima can be seen outside the restaurant with his arms crossed, tapping his foot impatiently. As you came closer and closer to the restaurant, he starts to notice you. Can he not recognise me? You giggled to yourself and by the time he realised it was you, you were only 3 meters away from him.
“Y-your hair! When did you get this done? Why didn’t you tell me about this nanodayo!” He almost shouted from being too flustered at the new appearance. The once sleek red hair you wore tided back was now curly and a dark brown colour. You swept your locks to one side of you neck with a content smile on your face, happy with the results and the reaction.
“I just thought to be even more presentable and fitting to your parents as your girlfriend” You beamed at him before reaching to hold his hand as to keep him from running away from you. His eyes meets yours before he focuses his gaze back onto the red rug that ran down the front steps. You couldn’t make out if it was the reflection of the coloured rug from the light hitting it and bouncing back onto his face or if it was just his body responding to you.
“W-whatever! Just COVER YOUR NECK! IT’S TOO EXPOSED!”

Murasakibara: You were making your way to Murasakibara’s homeroom during lunch break before coming to a halt by the door. You overhead the boy’s conversation that piqued your interest as they lead to answers you pondered over, yourself.
“C’mon Mura, tell us!” “Yeah, what kind of girl are you into?” “No stupid, he has a girlfriend. It should be what attracts him the most, in her!”
Seems like your boyfriend was getting bombarded by personal question, yet he didn’t seem to get too bothered at all and answered calmly.

“Mm… I guess I like tall girls? It’d be too difficult to kiss them if they were too short…” The words came out so easily, it shocked his classmates.

“Yabe! How can you talk about kissing so easily to your classmates! You’re more than I thought!” The boys teased.

Now you weren’t the shortest girl but you definitely weren’t tall, so naturally you’d be at least a little bothered. The new information had stained your thoughts and taken over your mind throughout the whole day. Having enough of being saddened at how bothered you were by the new information you decided that you’d go to the salon after school to get a make-over for a self confidence boost.

–after school @ the salon–

When the hair dresser asked you a simple question of “What would you like done today?” you were left stunned by your own impulsiveness and lack of decision so you said the first thing that came to mind.
“Make me look taller please!” Little did you know that the hair dresser would be cutting off 10 inches leaving you with a cute bob that curled inwards at the ends. The hair dresser explained that long hair on a shorter person can ‘drown’ the height even more and that showing the neck can extend a person visually. 
Accepting the logical explanation, you paid and headed back to the school gym, expecting your boyfriend to be there.

You could hear the game as you came closer and closer to the gym entrance. The nervousness that swam in your stomach slowly grew as you came to the door. Fiddling with your hair with one hand, you open the door with the other.

Murasakibara was sitting on the bench surrounded by bags of snacks, he did not seem to notice you coming in, so you silently move to sit beside him.

Barely anyone had the guts to sit next to this giant let alone a girl. He glanced at you in the corner of his eyes, wondering who would sit beside him so calmly. He couldn’t see your face but saw the strangely familiar, slender fingers that blocked his view as it twirled around a strand of hair. Without thinking, he reached out and pulled you by the wrist to face him, completely taken over by curiosity.
He stared at your face blankly for an awkward few seconds before finally realising it was his own girl friend. 
“___-chin?? Wait when did you cut your hair?” He leaned in a little too closely to observe the new do, causing you to flush and turn your head in embarrassment.
“I-I didn’t mean to cut this much off… does it… look bad?”  
“No, not at all. Now I can do this-” Taking advantage of the exposed skin, he buries his face in the crook of your neck before giving it a sweet peck. 
W-what are you doing?!” You tried to push him away but lacked the strength as his breath against your skin, weakened you to the bones. 

anonymous asked:

As someone who's planning on a trip to Japan, any must see locations?

oh boy oh boy i have a lot of favourite places, and keep in mind I live in Yokohama so my suggestions are going to be around here, but here’s a few: 

Minato Mirai - a terrific place for shopping and touring, especially at dusk where the cityscape is gorgeous! it’s near the bay so it has a very cozy feeling to it, a lot of seagulls flying around and many pretty parks, a small amusement park with a Ferris wheel, 4 shopping malls, and China Town close by! 

Akihabara - if you’re into anime, this is the place for you! there’s a lot of anime merch stores, theme cafes (maid cafe, madoka magica cafe, gundum cafe, etc), electronics stores, etc! 

Kamakura - we locals call Kamakura “Little Kyoto” because it has a lot of shrines and temples in a more compact space where in Kyoto, there are many shrines and temples but in a more wide area. If you like Japanese history and traditions, this is for you!! Kamakura is great for one-day visits to all the shrines in the area, and it’s a very traditional-type town. It’s really my favourite place to visit, there’s so many traditional stores in Komachi Doori where they sell Japanese sweets, gifts, and many other goods you wouldn’t see any where else. Personally, I love the Zeniarai Benten shrine, to get there you go through a small cave, and then a few Toriis which gives it a nice feeling, I think. It’s between crevices in a mountain so it’s a small area, but very pretty nonetheless. “zeniarai” means “money washing,” and in one of the caves a bit into the area there is a place where you put your bills and coins into a little basket and pour water onto it to cleanse them. it is believed when you cleanse your money, more will come back (the faster you spend the money you washed, the better!) THERE’S SO MANY OTHER GREAT PLACES IN KAMAKURA BUT I WILL BABBLE ON AND ON SO I SAY CHECK OUT THE WIKI AND SEARCH AROUND YOURSELF IT’S REALLY WONDERFUL

Tokyo Solamachi - This is a little shopping mall right under the Tokyo Skytree, which is the tallest tower in Japan next to Tokyo Tower. The little mall has a lot of nice stores, good for gifts and looking around! They also have a planetarium and an aquarium, but if you have a chance to climb the Skytree, it’d be a nice opportunity to get a nice look around Tokyo from above. 

Hakone- a mountainous prefecture, there are active volcanoes in the area so there are a lot of hotsprings! There’s also many different museums, personally I loved the Glass Museum. There is also the Yunessun Spa Resort my family visits often, it is a spa resort with hot springs and a several water parks. It’s a very nice place to experience traditional Japanese hot springs and also relax. 

ugh gosh and if you’re into Disney (AND EVEN IF NOT, IT’S FUN FOR EVERYONE HONESTLY) I recommend the Tokyo Disney Resorts! There’s two different parks, DisneySea and DisneyLand, where DisneySea is more close by the sea and is more bayside-based than disneyland. I’ve been to DisneySea twice already this year, and planning another trip to DisneyLand next month IT’S THAT FUN OKAY I LOVE IT A LOT I WISH I COULD LIVE THERE