Merry Christmas/Hanukkah From Japan

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE ! I HOPE YOU HAD A PEACEFUL & HAPPY HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!

So Christmas went and New Years is coming coming fast ! Our Christmas here in Tokyo went very well with delicious Christmas chicken that we reserved from KFC before and with a tasty Christmas cake from Baskin Robins that we got on Christmas eve.

In Japan two most important things to have on your Christmas table are chicken and cake.

At baskin Robins we could not get a christmas cake since all were reserved but we did get a normal cake from there that was great !

There was a long line at 24th as well

Christmas in Japan

This is the normal Christmas box that you get when you order a Christmas cake.

Christmas in Japan

This is what we got !
Christmas in Japan

Luckily we had our Christmas chicken reserved from KFC november already so we got the set that we wanted. I have to say that I love KFC in Japan ! In that box was the perfect amount for us as well.

Christmas in Japan

I actually forgot to take a photo of the chicken because I was starving.

But this the cake we ate.

Christmas in Japan
Christmas in Japan

And after we got everything eaten we took a breather and relaxed a bit and then we started to make the Christmas house that we bought and here are the results 😀
Christmas in JapanChristmas in JapanChristmas in JapanChristmas in JapanChristmas in JapanChristmas in JapanChristmas in Japan

Now we are in a hurry with packing and getting ready for our trip to Aomori, to be exact Hirosaki city. We’ll be staying there about a week. Today we will go there from Tokyo station with a night buss and we will be coming back at 3rd of January in a Shinkansen (bullet train).

I’ll have my camera with me so I will try to get some beautiful winter landscape photo as well as photos of the Hirosaki castle.

Also I will be updating at least a little from my ipad while I am there! but for now Have a great week and HAppy new year 2012 for everyone ! thank you so much for following my life in Japan so far !

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My Sony in Kyoto

In the recent posts I only added photos that I took with my Nikon but in this one I will show you all kinds of photos that I just quickly took with my Sony pocket cam. Mostly photos of food we ate and so on ! I hope you like them and don’t become too hungry while watching the photos !

This is us leaving to the trip in the evening.
Ready for our trip to Kyoto !Ready for our trip to Kyoto !
I look so horrible in that photo !

The first and second High way stops we got off to stretch our legs, Very interesting places those highway stops !
Highway stop Tokyo-KyotoHighway stop Tokyo-Kyoto
Finally arrived to Kyoto at 5.30am
Arrived to Kyoto station

Our breakfast/lunch that morning
Japanese SaladBreakfast hotdog 朝食のホットドッグBreakfast hotdog 朝食のホットドッグNormal morning set in Japan cafeBreakfast hotdog 朝食のホットドッグ
I had the Hotdog morning set and my girl had a normal bacon morning set ! found that small cafe by accident and it was sooo delicious !

I ate way too much of Macha icecream (green tea) in Kyoto ! I’m in love with it !
Green tea icecream 抹茶ソフト
While I was having my ice cream my girl was eating this delicious dish called Zenzai!
ぜんざい

Someday I want to try one of these over sized plates
Restaurant where everything is big

Had quite normal dinner as well since we were both tired after the first day and too bored to start searching a better restaurant.
Mix grill set (in Kyoto)Mix grill set (in Kyoto)

Here it is ! our room at the Ryokan we stayed at! We were there two nights, it was not bad at all considering it’s price which was about 6000yen a night and it had a goodish onsen downstairs and very close to the Kyoto station (about 3 min walk) ps. Sorry that it is quite messy ! was too lazy to clean for a quick photo.
Ryokan Kyoto 京都の旅館
Ryokan Kyoto 京都の旅館
This Fanta looked good at the store but when I tried it I was so disappointed
Delicious fanta.. NOT

Normal Morning McDonald meal (morning set)
Morning set at mcdonnalds

After the first Temple of the day I ate one of the best icecreams ever ! mixed with many Japanese flavors including Macha(green tea),Maron,other tea and vanilla.
Icecream mix , 四種のミックスソフト

Had a delicious late lunch the second day !
udon うどん湯葉丼抹茶パフェ Macha icecream抹茶パフェ Macha icecream抹茶パフェ Macha icecream
Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Delicious it made me cry !

Quick hot dog at Kyoto station the third day
Hotdog at Kyoto stationHotdog at Kyoto station

My breakfast after climbing the fushimi inari shrine mountain
breakfast toast

Our dinner before the buss back to Tokyo at Kyoto station
Spaghetti スパゲッティSpaghetti スパゲッティ

Delicious icecream ! no idea where I ate it tho, Macha flavor of course
Green tea icecream 抹茶ソフト

My girls Takoyaki (octopus balls)
たこ焼き takoyakiたこ焼き takoyaki
(my cola)

and some of the souvenirs we bought at kyoto.
Souvenirs from KyotoSouvenirs from Kyoto

More to come…

Hellooo ! Shopping day at Akihabara and Myoden !

This morning we went to Akihabara to get me my photography gloves since the weather has become quite cold and that I have always wanted them !
Testing the new photography glovesToday's Catch ! Shopping day!Testing the new photography glovesToday's Catch ! Shopping day!Testing the new photography gloves
At Akihabara there was a flea market of figures and everything anime related !! was amazing ! cheap figures everywhere ! I wish I could have bought all of them but since I’m going to Kyoto this weekend I had to save some money. When I came here from Finland I promised myself to find one figure that I have wanted a long time and at that flea market I found her cheap and got her finally ! It’s not exactly the figure I wanted but close !
Today's Catch ! Shopping day!Today's Catch ! Shopping day!
Also in akihabara they were giving free Map/calendar of 2012 which of course I had to take ! I had a similar one at Finland but 2005 version.
Today's Catch ! Shopping day!

At Akihabara we also ate at MOS burger quickly since we were a bit hungry ! After Akihabara we went to myoden to do some shoe shopping ! I found great shoes for myself and so did my girlfriend !

Here are my old shoes that I have been using ! tell me what you think ? was it time for me to change ?

Old broken shoesOld broken shoesOld broken shoes

Here are my new shoes ! water proof this time ! yattaa 😀 cheap as well !
New water proof shoes !New water proof shoes !
After we were done with shoe shopping we had a delicious icecream break!
Delicious icecream at MyodenDelicious icecream at Myoden

At home today I “tried” to cook meatballs and potatoes but did couple of mistakes and totally ruined the dinner or that what I thought, it was actually eatable !

Sorry that todays post is a bit smal. I’m pretty sleepy (my eyes are closing while I am doing this !)