Happy life in Tokyo

These couple of days were great, Cat cafes and delicious food !

Coming home after a long drinking night in Tokyo is always interesting. First train comes around about 5am-ish and in that train you can see a lot of weird things.

I arrived to Asakusa at 5.40am and the streets were so quiet and peaceful, very good time to take photos.
Early morning in Asakusa
I went straight to sleep but I did saw people getting ready for the Sanja matsuri.
Early morning in Asakusa

In Ginza there is a famous waffle shop that I never tried before and now I understand why there is a long queue everyday. They were deeeelicious and Cheap !
belgian wuffels in Ginzabelgian wuffels in Ginza

I’m absolutely mental about Ice cream ( you should know that already), in a hot day in Tokyo I normally eat 3-5 ice creams and most of them are macha (green tea) ice cream.
Eating macha ice cream

One of my weird traditions is to go to Shakey’s pizzeria and after I’m full I go to the cat cafe !
Shakeys pizza is a good place to go if you want ok tasting pizza, very tasty onion rings and 300yen drinks.
ps. that place is very cheap.
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Here are some very cute photos of the cats at my favorite cat cafe at shinjuku called Calico.
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In the last post post I wrote about the best Japanese fried chicken place (唐揚げ)
that is located in Asakusa. The chicken is very cheap so one evening I ate a lot of it 😀
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M.O.S Burger is best fast food restaurant in the world. Just look how tasty it looks ! When you visit Japan you have to go to eat there even once !
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I went to the famous One Piece event in Roppongi Hills which was great but the entrance fee was 2000 yen and you could not take photos inside there and it was in the same floor as the Tokyo city view but you could not enter to that side without paying 1500 yen more so I gave up and went only to see the One Piece event. It was worth the money but I would have been happier if I could have taken photos inside.
One Piece exhibition in Roppongi Hills
Long line of people getting the tickets to the event that was held in the 52nd floor if I’m not mistaken.
One Piece exhibition in Roppongi Hills
I did get a lot of One piece merchandise from there tho 😀
One Piece exhibition in Roppongi Hills

If you are going to the Solamachi mall in Tokyo Sky Tree you have to check out the kyoto green tea ice cream shop ! Look what I got and you understand why.
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Also when you visit the tokyo Sky Tree you absolutely have to buy a Tokyo Banana Tree from there, they sell these almost everywhere in there so would not be too difficult to find.
Tokyo Banana Tree (famous souvenir from the Sky Tree)

As a nice end to this post, here is a homeless man with an expensive Finnish design bag called Marimekko. 😀
Homeless man with marimekko

I hope you liked this post ! check out my facebook page “photographer ari helminen” where I will add details about my trips, life and photography.

Good night from ちびちゃん (chibi)

Was just about to start playing a game on my iPad but my girlfriends family cat called chibi came to the room and started to sleep so I decided to go to sleep as well!

Chibi is 17-18 years old so you could call her a grandmother already, but she has the spirit of 10 year old kitty! In the evening she is downstairs yelling にゃにゃにゃん (nyanyanyan) !!! Now that she is more use to me she comes upstairs to our room as well.

New years is just around the corner!
What are your plans for the new years ?
Party?
Alone watching movies?
Playing with fireworks?

Also have you made any new year promises that you think you could keep?

What was the biggest thing that happened to you in 2011 ?
For me it was to come to Japan at begin of march and falling in love with Japan more and more.

I took could photos of chibi with my Sony that you will see later, these are from my iPad camera.

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Isn’t she cute ?!?!?!?!?

good night everyone !

Day full of fun ! (Cat cafe,delicious food and batting center)

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The morning started kinda slow while watching tv and playing games with ipad2 but soon as we started moving things got faster. Had a delicious breakfast!
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Breakfast made us so full that we wanted to do something sportish so we decided to go to Shinjuku batting center, was my first time to actually have baseball bat in my hands, that must be a shock for many of you Americans!

Here are my girl and I doing some batting!
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My arm hurt like heck after it ! I did something wrong or everything wrong hah. I DID HIT THE BALL AT LEAST COUPLE OF TIMES !

I have wanted to go to Cat cafe for a long time and finally we had the time and chance to go at Shinjuku. Right next to Shinjuku station there is a big Cat cafe full of cats ! I went a bit crazy since I never actually  touched a cat in my opinion (my family are all dog people)
Sleepy Cat
They were so fluffy and cute that I just wanted to hug them to death!! I’m so going back there soon, kinda expensive but not too much 1000 yen for 1 hour and food and drinks there are not that expensive either and also you can buy snacks for the cats as well (snacks will make you popular with the cats)

Here are some cute photos of some of the cats there!
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After we got done with the cats, we visited BIC CAMERA to search a One piece figure I wanted but we couldn’t find it sadly so we decided to go to ikebukuro from shinjuku to check the BIC CAMERA there and there it was but SOLD OUT hehe my luck.

At this point it was already 7pm and we started to get hungry so we went to the main restaurant street at ikebukuro and chose a place, tasty pizza not the best but not the worst either !
Delicious Onion rings ! (best of tokyo)
One thing tho about this place is that it had the best onion rings I have ever in my life eaten ! SUPER DELICIOUS ! next time I go there I will order a lot of them and less pizza !
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Shinjuku and kabukicho is so beautiful at evening so next week I will go there with my camera to take some great photos.

Today I am going there again since I am having a big “welcome back to Japan” party for myself with my close friends. But it starts at 7pm so I will try to get some great photos before it as well since the sunset is about 5pm !

Disneyland Tokyo Halloween, 東京ディズニーランド ハロウィン

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Disneyland Tokyo Halloween, 東京ディズニーランド ハロウィン

At this post I wanted to show you more photos from Halloween Disneyland and few more cosplay photos, of course you could see all of them in my flickr right now but anyway wanted to post some to my blog as well.

Here are few photos of the beautiful Castle !

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Now to the Halloween photos

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As you can see Disneyland Tokyo is now filled with Halloween type of decorations! I truly do recommend everyone to visit there even if you are not that much in to Disney.

Here are couple of photos more of Cosplay since I know you love it !
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If you want to see more, Visit my Flickr!! there is much more photos of cosplay and Disneyland Tokyo !

I’ll be going to DisneySea Tokyo in December so keep in touch !

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Disneyland Tokyo Halloween, 東京ディズニーランド ハロウィン

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Last tuesday I went to Disneyland to see the beautiful Halloween decorations and as a shock I noticed that the place was full of cosplayers as Halloween time you can come there in a cosplay and normally can’t.

Sorry that I haven’t updated for these last few days, been kinda busy with things and trying to upload 262 photos from Disneyland to my flickr with a slow internet that you get with NTT Docomo Xi.

But it seems finally the upload is getting done ( few more photos left) and I can post some photos here as well!

This time we got there in good time and got those fastpass things that let you go to the attractions without waiting in line so we got to go to many nice machines! got a love that “big thunder mountain” !

But enough with the small talk and down to the photos right 😀

Our delicious breakfast at Disneyland ! My girl had the mickey!
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And our lunch was

I had the mickey pizza and she had that other what ever it is 😀 both were delicious !
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Beautiful entrance to the MaGiCal Halloween land of Disney !

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And now some cosplay for y’all !
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More Cosplay photos from disneyland you can see at my flickr !
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I will write another blog post about the halloween in Disneyland tonight after I come back from costco.

A small update what I have been up to this week:

Wendsday: Was out shopping all over Tokyo

thursday: International Anime festival at Akihabara and shopping after that.

Friday: Walked from Monzen-nakacho to Tsukiji and took some videos and photos and from there to Ginza and then home to cook 😀

Saturday: My girl and I went to Asakusa in the morning and did some praying and shopping and from there we went to Mita station and from there we walked to Odaiba ( got some great photos). Had a delicious dinner at Odaiba with the view of the rainbow bridge and tokyo tower.

Sunday: so today now to Costco and patting center.

one of the cutest cats in Japan

the Cats in Tokyo are so cute and this is one very good example of that statement !

She always guards that parking area and I see her daily 😀

ps. I’m sorry if a sound stupid 😀