Japan Series – Where We Plan To Go

Hello and welcome to the second post of the Japan Series! I posted last month on my blog the exciting news about how me and Dane are FINALLY going to Japan in 2020. It still hasn’t sunk in, but almost daily we are talking about it and where we want to go, whether it be to visit, shop, eat and drink.

We are constantly asking people and researching. I thought I would share with my gorgeous readers where we are planning to go and why!

Image taken from Ghibli Museum website

This is a place I have wanted to visit ever since I heard about many years ago. I LOVE Studio Ghibli so much and alongside Elfen Lied it’s what actually got me into anime in the first place! I have fond memories of my dad and me watching Spirited Away one day after school during a rain storm outside. Years later I bought it on DVD and not long after me and Dane got together, I took the DVD to his house so we could watch it. I even want a tattoo of Haku on my bicep! It’s just a film I adore to the bottom of my heart. The museum apparently isn’t mind blowing, but I don’t care. I still plan to go! You have to book tickets a month in advance, so Dane has daily reminders a month before we’re off to Japan to book the tickets so we don’t miss out! I plan (if I’m allowed to do so!) to take loads of photos of the museum and possibly spend a little bit too much money in the gift shop. 😛

Image taken from teamLab Planets website

These gorgeous light museums are somewhere I have wanted to visit for quite some time now and I am so excited to finally have the chance to go when we visit Japan. I’m not a massive museum or art exhibition person… I can at times find them quite boring, but these interactive light installations look amazing. You can download an app to use alongside the experience, which I really like the look and sound of. You need to book in advance and from memory it said two months, so myself and Dane will be keeping our eyes peeled for when we can book!

Image taken from Sanrio Puroland website

This is a place I’ve ummed about for ages because I really want to go, but I don’t know if I love Sanrio enough to… In the end however, I would really love to go! It looks like it’s a good day out to go and explore, see a couple of shows (maybe) and just go around the area. Of course there’s lots of shopping to be done throughout too. I say I don’t love Sanrio, but I do have a lot of memories with Sanrio. I remember back when I was coming towards the end of primary school and in my first couple of years of secondary school, I adored Sanrio and couldn’t get enough of it! I fell in love with Chococat, Cinnamoroll (alongside his friends Azuki, Milk, Chiffon, Espresso, Mocha and Cappuccino) who came out in the early 00’s and especially Pompompurin! The most recent character Aggretsuko is amazing and I adore her so much. The more I write and think about it, the more I really would like to go to Puroland whilst we’re in Japan!

This is somewhere in Japan I REALLY want to go to but I don’t know if it’s going to happen or not… Basically Nara Park is located in Nara, which is nearly 4 and a half hours away by train… Unless we get up really early and go to Nara for a day… I don’t know if we’ll be able to go or not. In Nara Park you can feed the deer that live there. They bow their heads for food and as a reward, you feed them. Both me and Dane love animals, so it’s something we would both love to do whilst we’re out there. I feel like Dane will sort it so we can go, but I’m worried it won’t be able to happen… We shall see! 🙂

Violet Evergarden : the Movie

Image taken from Kyoto Animation website

This isn’t somewhere me and Dane thought about going before the tragic arson attack that happened at Kyoto Animation on the morning of 18th July 2019. We LOVE loads of anime that has been released by Kyoto Animation such as K-ON!, Nichijo, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, A Silent Voice, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid and Violet Evergarden. It broke out hearts when we heard about what had happened to the studio and it still to this day upsets me. It hurts even more that the director of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid died in the attack of Kyoto Animation. This is by far one of my favourite anime and manga series to date and I know they had just started to work on a second season too. I want to go and pay my respects to be honest and I’m hoping that when we’re out in Japan, Kyoto Animation will have begun to rebuild and me and Dane will be able to see how it’s forming and growing again.

The white color of TOKYO SKYTREE blends into the blue sky.

Image taken from Tokyo Skytree website

This is somewhere I really do want to go to in Japan… However I am also shit scared. I’m not a massive fan of heights in all honesty and I especially hate using lifts. Of course, both of these need to be used when it comes to visiting the Tokyo Skytree. This being said I know Dane really wants to go and visit this whilst we’re in Japan and to be honest with you, I would hate to come back from our trip and think, “I wish we had gone and done it now.” So yes, I will suck it in and go! If anything whilst I will be scared, I know I’ll also love it!

Honestly guys, I could go on for hours about all the places in Japan that me and Dane plan to visit, but I could be here for ages and would definitely bore you all! 😛 These are the main places we plan to go and would love to go whilst we’re in Japan.

Our holiday STILL hasn’t sunk in for me and honestly, it won’t until we’re boarding the plane and I’m beginning to have a mini panic attack!

What do you think to the places both me and Dane would like to visit in Japan? Make sure to let us know in the comments and hey! Even suggest any if you’ve visited Japan yourselves!

Next time I plan to talk about food and drinks places we plan to visit, including cafes! 😀

Until next time, take care all and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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Cereal Killer Cafe

On mine and my boyfriends last day in London, we decided a month previous to going that we would be visiting the Cereal Killer Cafe in Shoreditch for breakfast. I had looked online for cool places to visit in London to have breakfast, and this was at the top of the list and one that we knew we needed to go to.

I don’t eat cereal much, as it makes me feel sick after eating it after a while but this was one occasion where I wouldn’t let that stop me. It was a little out the way from where we traveled from but it was so worth it when we got there.

The place is only tiny and we nearly missed seeing it due to how busy the market area was outside of the cafe itself. Luckily we managed to get in and it was quiet enough so that we could get first in line to order our breakfast.

The first thing you notice when you go into the cafe is that three of the walls are just lined with boxes of cereal, both current ones and ones from the past. One of these included Pokemon cereal, which I never got to try as a kid, but I wanted to! One wall of them aren’t edible and are just for show, whilst the main wall and one beside it are what the staff use for orders. You have the wall with British cereals on, and the massive wall with American, as well as Asian and other global cereals on.

One cereal I asked for was the Oreo cereal, which they admitted they stopped selling, as the makers of it stopped making it, which sucks! Not only could you  pick what cereal  you wanted, but you could pick toppings for your cereal too, and whatever milk you wanted. If you wanted to be a little different you could choose from their cocktail menu, which is what my boyfriend did.

I decided to go for Reece’s Puffs cereal, with Oreo toppings, and chocolate soya milk. I recently discovered that the combo that I had was all vegan, which is pretty cool! My boyfriend went for the S’more Than Words cocktail cereal which has golden graham  cereal, marshmallow toppings, and chocolate milk.

I have to say how amazing my cereal was! I know you can pick this up in places that specially sell American cereal, but it’s really expensive for what it is, and high calorie too. I would definitely get this again though, and maybe in the future buy me and my boyfriend a box to share.

Whilst mine was really yummy, my boyfriends cocktail cereal was amazing and I immediately regretted not getting the same as he did! I would love to try and make this myself in the future as a Sunday treat for us both, but that would involve trying to find the graham cracker cereal to use for this.

Me and my boyfriend have this weird thing where we’ll go into a shop or a restaurant and it’ll be dead, but after we go in it’ll be rammed! This happened with the Cereal Killer Cafe and not long after stepping in and getting into the queue, the place was rammed and we worried we wouldn’t get anywhere to it and eat.

However there is a larger downstairs seating area where we ended up going to sit, and I’m glad we did really as it was lovely down there. It reminded me of something you would see on a 90’s TV show and it was very nostalgic with more old cereal boxes from my childhood, as well as some toys from cereal boxes too.

The decor of the place was also pretty awesome and it made me wish I could get something like that for my own home in the future.

My favourite piece in the cafe has to be the huge picture of Dexter Morgan from the show Dexter which is made out of cereal, pretty cool huh? There was also one of Hannibal too, also very cool!

The staff were so lovely there though and you could have a good chat to them about cereal and what the cereal section of supermarkets look like in America.

Looking back at our trip there I’m so pleased we went, and I’m sad we didn’t go more than once to be honest. I just wish that Birmingham had a Cereal Killer Cafe, as I feel it would do really well. I’m unsure of what I would have if I could change what I ordered, probably the same as my boyfriend, but with soya chocolate milk instead of normal chocolate milk.

Other than that I don’t know what else I would have tried, as I said I’m not a huge fan of cereal. Either way I loved Cereal Killer Cafe and it was a definite highlight of our trip to London.

I’m going to leave the links here for all of Cereal Killer Cafe’s handles, I recommend you check them out if you’re taking a trip to London soon, and especially if you live there!

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Facebook

Twitter

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What do you think of Cereal Killer Cafe? Would you visit there? Check out the menu on their website, what would you have from their to eat? Let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’ve all had a great week!