Day/Jour 27

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[Eng]
Disneysea!
It was a really sunny day, hopefully for us! We got up at 6am to leave the house at 7am, so we could get fast passes at Disneysea. And this is the first time we experienced rushing hours! Everyone was pushing to get in the train omg!!! And I’m still wondering how come we went to Disneysea a weekday but there was so many school students there? I thought they started school on the 7th of April XD but anyway, we arrived there at 8:50 or something like that so the doors were still closed. And the queues were huge! But when it opened, we didn’t wait long to get in the park. It was really surprising. We then rushed to the famous attraction Journey to the center of the Earth. We first wanted to get fast pass but the waiting time was only 5 minutes! So we get in the queue XD we really were lucky xD and the attraction is really well made! But well, it’s not really a roller coaster, more of a discovery then just a little surprising fall but nothing more. But I really enjoyed the attraction for the animations inside the attraction ^__^ We then went to the next famous one: Tower of Terror. The waiting time was 40-60minutes XD but we didn’t really “wait”. The queue was moving fast and there were so many things to see and so many details on the decorations that we didn’t see the time passing. Also there is some “introduction” in japanese to get you in the atmosphere. So it was really entertaining. The attraction in itself isn’t really fast or anything and Dave couldn’t really feel anything from it. But we got a nice view on top ahahhaha. Also, something that really surprised us is that all the attractions don’t have any luggage lockers. So we had to keep our stuff with us. Maybe that’s the reason why there is no high speed roller coaster. We then went for Raging Spirits, a 360°loop roller coaster. Well, kind of. I’m used to more speedy one so this one didn’t really impressed me and the 360° was really a small one ahahhaha. Nothing beats the Steel Dragon 2000 from Nagashima resort XD
Dave’s friend then joined us at that time and since she isn’t really a roller coaster kind of girl, we just did some small attraction. Well, every attraction were not really speedy ones so … We also discovered that Japan has so many different flavors of popcorn!!! In Belgium, we only have sugar or salt ones… so we tried in Disneysea some curry popcorn! Ahahahha Dave was in the 7th heaven XD it was spicy and too salty though. Then we discovered the best popcorn ever: caramel!!! Omg I bought three boxes that day XD. At 1pm, we moved to the parade. It was really nice and everyone was really mesmerized by the attires. But even though the day waw sunny, it was kind of cold so we took a break in a cafe. And I ate a cheesecake. Yeah, well, those who knows me know that I don’t like cheesecake but this one was good because it was more of a simple cake than a cheesecake ahahahhaaa. We then went for other attractions like Stormrider and ToyStory Mania but the sun was already setting when we did Stormrider. So we just went shopping and I bought a Little Green Men patterned pants for my brother and same pattern but on a card case for me so I can put my transportation card on me for more easy access xD
We then waited quietly for the finale animation: parade, fireworks etc at night! It was a blast!!! Have I told you it was my first time in a Disney park? Well, the real first time was when I was 1y/o so it doesn’t count… but I was sooooo mesmerized by the show! Sooo good! With real flames, a giant dragon, a lot of water animation,… it will be my most beautiful memory of that day *–* it made me want to rewatch some Disney movies ahahaaha XD
After the show, we waited again for other fireworks. It was really cool but it was really getting colder and colder. So after it finished, everyone rushed to the train XD
We got home at 22! It was really a long day but surprisingly, I was less tired than when we got 4-6hours visiting and sightseeing Kyoto XD
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Day/Jour 24

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[Eng]
Daytrip
It was a nice day and we attended an event at Zozoji temple. There was different ceremonies like the Lion dance, walkshow of different monks with singing, a prayer from a high priest,… it was interesting but too long and since I don’t understand it we didn’t stay long. We then went to the Tokyo tower that was really close by to enter the One Piece attraction. We had bought our tickets some days ago at a 7-eleven at 3000¥/pers instead of 3200¥ at the attraction’s counter. We had to choose an hour to enter the attraction though so we chose 16-18h… and we shouldn’t have bought in advance. Once we arrived, everyone who has bought in advance has to wait in line to enter at 16… well more like 16:15 for us since we had to go exchange our tickets for another qr ticket at the counter… we saw people buying their on-the-same-day ticket at the machine and they didn’t have to get on any queue at all… so my advice is to pay those 200¥ more and avoid the queue and enjoying the attraction with less people. So when we finally went in, there was some kind of exposition with One Piece pages and some lighting. The attraction were a bit disappointing. Well, it was aimed for kids but as a fan, I thought there would be more entertaining. The Chopper attraction wasn’t good, it was all in japanese and we don’t really understand what was going on. The interior of the ship was well reproduced though. Then we went to an horror mansion with Brook. But not really horror-like XD I just got surprised when some wind came from nowhere…  and there was a big figurine, lifesized I think, of Perona. Really well made but the attraction in itself isn’t worth it. We entered then the Zoro attraction but omg… the queue… almost waited 30-40min… and only for 5 min of sword swinging… and I really hoped they made some english explanation…. Π_Π We then did Usop’s game, a shooting one. The wait wasn’t long and it was fun. Even if I’m really bad at aiming XD after that, we didn’t have much to do since the Robin’s quest was a 30min long and I think it was all in japanese so not really interesting for us. Also, the Nami’s was too crowded! So we gave up since we didn’t have that much time, we had a meeting on the evening. So we left Tokyo Tower (Mugiwara shop didn’t got as many goodies I’d like… was searching for tees but none was worth enough to pay these high prices). We headed then for Asakusa to meet Dave’s friend. We ate Yakiniku! First time ever and the meat were so good!
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Day/Jour 23

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[Eng]
Daytrip
Special festival today: fertility festival, or Kanamara Matsuri that can be translated by the iron penis festival XD We went to the temple early but it was already super crowded… and we weren’t lucky at all since it poured rain all day long… The temple had many stalls with penis or vagina shapped stuff like a whistle penis shape xD and there were lot of people cosplaying as a penis too… but since it was really crowded and I couldn’t see anything because I’m short and there were so many umbrellas, we went to Akihabara.
We went to Maidreamin, a really famous maid cafe. Dave went there on his first trip to Japan but apparently it wasn’t called Maidreamin and it has changed a lot since there. I took an bear-shaped omurice and he took the curry, as usual ahahaa xD they’re really playing the maid at the maximum, they put some animal headband on us and then they asked us to mimic some moves to make our dish more delicious. Like “oishii moe moe kyuuuun~~” while forming a heart with our hands. It’s really a nice experience but really expensive so I won’t recommend going there often. We got lucky too because we could attend to a live show from one of the maid. She waw dancing and singing and we noticed a customer mimicing the moves like her XD really synchronized! He must be a loyal customer xD
After that little show, we finished our dish and asked to get a picture with one of the maid. It was counted on the price when you take a debut set (Dave took it).
Then it was time for Akiba shopping! We went to lot of figurines shops and Dave spent so much XD As for me, I found a beautiful Tony Tony Chopper *–*

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Day/Jour 18

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[Eng]
Daytrip
Once again, there is no day 17. On the day 17, we only went to the Tsuruma park for enjoying o-hanami then we headed back home because David got a massive headache. So we went home for a rest and I just played Bravely Default lol. So on the day 18, we moved out of our Nagoya stay and went to Tokyo! Our new accomodation is located only 5 mins away in metro from Meguro river. So we first went to the Imperial Palace gardens (because we couldn’t enter the palace) and then Meguro. The sakura are really in full bloom everywhere in Tokyo! And I thought sakura were pink but they are actually white with a tiny tint of pink. I think that the super pink flowers we saw before were maybe ume blossoms (plum tree flowers). We also went to a Cocokare once again ahahaa so it will really be Hanami no Kare! Then we had to went home early because Kuroneko was on its way to deliver our luggage. And once again, Kuroneko doesn’t failed its reputation! This is really a nice delivery service, the best if I may say! Our room was on the second floor and we thought we had to take our own luggages upstairs but nah, the delivery men did it for us XD and for only 15€/case XD I wish belgian service was like them Π_Π 


 

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[Fr]
La journée
Encore une fois, il n’y a pas de jour 17. Ce jour-là, nous n’avions fait que le Tsuruma park pour essayer de célébrer le Hanami comme les japonais mais David a eu une grosse migraine alors on est rentré plus tôt pour qu’il se repose. Pendant ce temps-là, je jouais à Bravely Default XD
Donc pour le jour 18, nous avons quitté notre logement à Nagoya pour aller dans celui de Tokyo ! Cet appart’ est juste à 5min en métro de la Meguro qui est très connu pour ses sakuras. Nous avons commencé par les jardins impériaux, on n’a pas pu faire le palais impérial car on ne pouvait pas y entrer apparement… puis on est allé au canal Meguro. Les sakuras étaient vraiment tous en fleur à Tokyo ! J’ai toujours cru que les sakuras étaient roses, mais en fait, elles sont plutôt blanches avec @un très léger rosé. Je pense donc que les fleurs roses que l’on avait vu avant étaient plutôt des pruniers. Mais je n’en suis pas très sûre XD dans tous les cas, elles sont belles ^__^ Avec les sakuras en fleur, on a pu faire un vrai Hanami no Kare! David n’a pas failli à sa réputation et on est allé manger au Cocokare XD On n’a pas pu rester trop longtemps dehors car on devait rentrer pour réceptionner nos valises qu’on avait envoyé de Kyoto avec Kuroneko (ils ont un service gratuit qui livre les bagages quand on le veut). Et franchement, je ne suis vraiment pas déçue d’utiliser ce service ! Pour seulement 15€/valise, ils nous la montent même à notre étage (2e étage, que des escaliers). La poste belge devrait prendre exemple sur eux XD

Day/Jour 10

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[Eng]
Daytrip
Nothing special today… I think we really add fatigue from day to day so we are really tired and didn’t want to do much. We were still in Tokyo but had to move back to Kyoto the evening. So we went to Shibuya for a small trip to see Hachiko and stroll around there. We saw the 109 building but it wasn’t opened yet, we were still too early so we went for a walk around the Yoyogi park, not that far away from Hachiko. The park has some flowers on trees, all pink but wasn’t sure if that was sakura XD We saw a lot of tourists jogging there. Where on earth do they find all that energy XD We also saw a photoshoot happening in the park. It was a traditionnal wedding photoshoot! It was cute ahahha but I think they should have waited for the sakura to bloom, it would have been so much nicer *-* Then we just went back to Kyoto.


 

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[Fr]
La journée
Rien de spécial aujourd’hui. Je pense qu’on est vraiment en train d’accumuler la fatigue de jour en jour. Du coup, on a voulu faire soft et economiser notre énergie pour les 20 jours restants. On était encore à Tokyo mais on devait rentrer pour Kyoto dans l’après-midi. Vu qu’on était tout près de Shibuya, on a été rendre visite à Hachiko. Le seul problème avec cette place, c’est que Hachiko est vraiment à côté d’une zone fumeur… donc on a pas trop tardé Π_Π On s’est donc dirigé vers le bâtiment 109, une sorte de city 2 chez nous mais vraiment plus grand et centralisé pour les filles (il y avait aussi un 109 hommes). Les portes n’ouvraient qu’à 10h et on était arrivé trop tôt donc on a poursuivi notre chemin vers le parc Yoyogi, qui n’est pas très loin. Il y avait quelques arbres en fleurs mais pas moyen de savoir si c’étaient vraiment des sakuras xD Il y avait beaucoup de touristes qui… faisaient du jogging. Mais comment trouvent-ils la force pour encore faire du jogging après toutes les visites ? XD respectttt
On a aussi pu assister à une séance de photo d’un mariage traditionnel. Très beau kimono ! Mais je pense qu’ils auraient du attendre un peu pour avoir les sakuras en fleurs. Et puis, voilà, on est reparti sur Kyoto.

Day/Jour 9

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[Eng]
Daytrip
We activated our JRpass that day because we went for a small trip to Tokyo for the Anime Japan! I was really curious about the differences with their convention fairs and ours. The first thing that stroke me was that there were no queue even though there were so many people! The staff really did a good job in managing the crowd. And talking about the staff, they were so many! Really amazing. Also this is a convention fair where you really don’t need to buy anything, they give away free goodies like plastic sheets with anime characters on them. They were not a lot of stands that sell stuff… this is really for showing new manga/anime, to make people discover new stuff or showcasing figurines. There were no food stand, except a lawson stand LOL. They are everywhere XD Also something that was really surprising is that they’re not a lot of cosplayers… I think they prefer cosplaying outside. The few cosplayers were the staff giving stuff, and it’s really like the Salon de l’Auto where they “use” women xD The halls were huge! There was enough space to walk without bumping into someone too often so I’m happy with that. There were a lot going on the different stages but not knowing the language, I couldn’t relate much. Well for +-10€ the ticket, it’s a good enough convention fair but will not spend a whole day there, not worth my time when I can’t understand anything. I saw japanese really enjoying it but some of them were just sleeping on the bench or on the ground LOL they were all on their phone, resting on the benches /: even though it’s a big convention, you can see everything in a hour… But I can say I’ve appreciated some exposition that were translated in english. So the good points are the space management, the service and the organisation.
Even though we only stayed for a few hours, we were exhausted. I can’t stand a crowd. We went to our logement in Tokyo (for a night). And then combini and sleep mode on xD


 

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[Fr]
Daytrip
Nous avons activé notre JRpass pour ce jour-là car nous allons à Tokyo pour l’Anime Japan ! J’étais assez curieuse de connaître la différence qu’il pourrait y avoir entre nos conventions belges et les leurs. Déjà, il n’y avait pas de file à faire quand on est arrivé, il y a effectivement beaucoup de monde mais le staff gérait très bien l’afflux des gens et donc on a marché jusqu’à l’entrée sans problème. Il y a vraiment beaucoup de staff aussi, c’est incroyable quoi. Et on donnait beaucoup de choses gratuitement comme des petites fardes plastiques avec des personnages d’anime dessus. Sinon, en soi, je pense que la convention n’est pas là pour vendre des choses mais plutôt pour faire la pub d’un nouveau manga/anime, expliquer la production,… il n’y avait aucun stand de bouffe, à part les restos qu’il y a à l’étage et aucun stand de fanzinat. Vraiment que de la pub en fait. Et beaucoup de figurines. Et contrairement à ce que je croyais, il n’y avait pas tellement de cosplayers. Il devait sûrement y avoir beaucoup d’activités sur scène (il y avait 3-4 scènes) mais comme on ne comprend pas le japonais, ça ne nous parlait pas… bref, c’était +-10€ la prévente, le salon était immense et il y avait beaucoup d’espace pour circuler sans trop de problème. Il y a aussi beaucoup de bancs. Mais en soi, ça ne vaut pas la peine d’y aller quand on ne comprend pas le japonais. J’ai quand même pu apprécié certaines choses qu’ils avaient traduit en anglais mais sinon, c’était bof. Donc les bons points restent l’organisation, le service et les deux salles énormes.
Malgré qu’on ne soit resté que quelques heures à l’Anime Japan, on était mort crevé, la foule tout ça tout ça, ça ne m’a jamais réussi. On est donc allé à notre logement provisoire à Tokyo, entre Shibuya et Roppongi. On s’est vraiment étalé sur le lit et on a regardé des animes à la TV XD Puis souper au combini et dodo @–@