Heike and Ralf in Japan 2024

 








Return Flight from Japan to Germany.

Welcome home! Landing in Frankfurt International Airport with Lufthansa flight LH 717 in Boeing 747-8.
This is our plane.
Thank you to the Lufthansa crew and pilots for the entertaining and safe flight!












Return Flight from Japan to Germany.

Landing in Frankfurt International Airport. 

Please watch the video of the landing here










Return Flight from Japan to Germany.

Wonderful sunny view!






Return Flight from Japan to Germany.

Before Landing. Main Course 2: Chicken Stroganoff Style with CasareccePasta and Broccoli.
Dessert: Seasonal fresh Fruit.




Return Flight from Japan to Germany.

Before Landing. Main Course 1: Japanese Beef Hamburger Steak with Mustard Sauce, roasted Potato, grilled Leak, sautéed Carrot and mixed Mushroom.
Dessert: Seasonal fresh Fruit.











Return Flight from Japan to Germany.

How long will it take till the meal will arrive? Please don’t be impatient, haha






Return Flight from Japan to Germany.
🌏 Actual location: North Greenland Sea.









Return Flight from Japan to Germany.
🌏 Actual location: Northeast Greenland Nationalpark 









Return Flight from Japan to Germany.
🌏 Actual location: North Greenland 










Return Flight from Japan to Germany.
🌏 Actual location: North Greenland 










Return Flight from Japan to Germany.
🌏 Actual location: Monchhichi over North Greenland 









Return Flight from Japan to Germany.
🌏 Actual location: Greenland 









Return Flight from Japan to Germany.
🌏 Actual location: Monchhichi over Greenland.









Return Flight from Japan to Germany.
🌏 Actual location: North Pole.
That is so fascinating! Our Lufthansa flight took the Polar route.
















Return Flight from Japan to Germany.
🌏 Actual location: North Pacific.








Return Flight from Japan to Germany.

Cheese:
Comté, Kuromatsunai Camenbert and Fourme d’Ambert with fresh Fruit. And I had a very sweet Dessert wine.









Return Flight from Japan to Germany.

Dessert:
Chocolate Truffle Cake with Almond Cream and fresh Fruit with a very sweet Dessert wine, haha









Return Flight from Japan to Germany.

Main course:
Tenderloin of Beef with Burgundy Sauce, Potatoe Gruyère Gratin, green Bean and sautéed Mushroom








Return Flight from Japan to Germany.

After Takeoff Appetizers:
Smoked Duck Breast with Rillettes and Papaya Sauce with Fresh Field Greens with Cucumber, Beet Julienne and Cherry Tomato with delicate Dressing. 🥰











Monchhichis at Return Flight to Germany.









 Monchhichi at Return Flight to Germany.








Watching Mt. Fuji after Takeoff of at Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan. Return Flight to Germany.









Watching Mt. Fuji after Takeoff at Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan. Return Flight to Germany.









Watching Mt. Fuji after Takeoff at Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan. Return Flight to Germany.












Takeoff of at Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan. Return Flight to Germany.


Watch the Takeoff video 1 here

Watch the Takeoff video 2 here

Watch the Takeoff video 3 with Mt. Fuji here










Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan. Return Flight to Germany.









View from our Hotel room in Asakusa, Tokyo.








View from our Hotel room in Asakusa, Tokyo.







View from our Hotel room in Asakusa, Tokyo.








View from our Hotel room in Asakusa, Tokyo.








It is 5 o'clock in Tokyo and I can hear a melody!










Tokyo’s 5 o’clock Chime

In most Tokyo neighbourhoods and towns across Japan, a chime will sound its eerie tune at precisely 5pm (or, depending on where you live, earlier).
Some regions change both the tune and time they are played as the seasons change, but most keep to one song, at the magic hour of 5 o’clock.
These sound systems are in place for emergency announcements and the daily ring is a way for both the government
and the people living and working in the area to confirm that everything is in order.
These are similar to siren tests in Germany for example at Saturday 12:00 p.m. (midday),
though in Japan it’s a daily occurrence rather than weekly due to the high risk of earthquakes and other natural disasters.
Also, because the tests occur so often, it’s thought better to have a nice melodic tune playing daily,
rather than an actual siren sound, which might alarm residents needlessly.


The melodies are mostly from children's songs or local town anthems depending in which area/town they are played.

I noticed, that at some days a woman's voice tells a message in Japanese after the melody and at some days we can only hear the melody.


Watch the video of Tokyo's 5 o'clock chime which I recorded here









           






Monchhichi at Kaminarimon Gate. 

Kaminarimon ("Thunder Gate“) is the outer of two large entrance gates that ultimately leads to the Sensō-ji temple in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan.
The gate, with its lantern and statues, is popular with tourists.
It stands 11.7 m tall, 11.4 m wide and covers an area of 69.3 m2.
The first gate was built in 941, but the current gate dates from 1960, after the previous gate was destroyed in a fire in 1865.
























Entrance of the Licca store at Hakuhinkan Toypark at Ginza in Tokyo.







Licca store at Hakuhinkan Toypark at Ginza in Tokyo.







Licca store at Hakuhinkan Toypark at Ginza in Tokyo.









Japanese vintage traditional toys Hakuhinkan Toypark at Ginza in Tokyo.

















































































Hakuhinkan Toypark at Ginza in Tokyo. 

Hakuhinkan Toypark is one of the biggest toy stores in Tokyo.
It is located at Ginza and has about 200,000 items of toys, stuffed toys, games, figures, Japanese goods, character goods of Japanese origin, etc. in the space from the basement to the 4th floor.
The toy park accommodates Hakuhinkan RACING PARK, a slot car circuit where minicars can run
and a separate Licca store in the basement.
















A new Morning in Asakusa









Skytree. Night Walk in Asakusa, Tokyo.








































Painted Roller Shutters. Night Walk in Asakusa, Tokyo. 

All the roller shutters were wonderfully painted with ancient motifs.
I tried to catch those paintings in the photos. The old streets of Asakusa had a great atmosphere.

 









Night Walk in Asakusa, Tokyo. 

The old streets of Asakusa had a great atmosphere.









Vending Machine. Night Walk in Asakusa, Tokyo. 

On nearly every edge you can find cute vending machines. Some of them in Sakura design.









Vending Machine. Night Walk in Asakusa, Tokyo. 

On nearly every edge you can find cute vending machines. Some of them in Sakura design.









Pagoda and Skytree. Old and New in Tokyo! Walk in Asakusa, Tokyo including Sensō-ji temple
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Asakusa Kagetsudo. Night Walk in Asakusa, Tokyo including Sensō-ji temple 

These flowers are decorated as windmils on the walls of Asakusa Kagetsudo, a famous store that sells jumbo melon bread.
It should spin around when the wind blew. Melon bread got its name because its shape resembles a melon, but it doesn't actually taste like melon, nor does it contain melon.
Thank you Kaoru for the explanation.
































Night Walk in Asakusa, Tokyo including Sensō-ji temple 

It was a magical atmosphere to walk on the area of Sensō-ji temple with all its little gardens, statues and ponds.
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Night Walk in Asakusa, Tokyo including Sensō-ji temple 

It was a magical atmosphere to walk on the area of Sensō-ji temple with all its little gardens, statues and ponds.









Statue with red bib. Night Walk in Asakusa, Tokyo including Sensō-ji temple 

In Japan, the color red is associated closely with a few deities in Shinto and Buddhist traditions, and statues of these deities are often decked in red clothing or painted red.
It was a magical atmosphere to walk on the area of Sensō-ji temple with all its little gardens, statues and ponds.









Main Hall and Skytree. Old and New in Tokyo! Night Walk in Asakusa, Tokyo including Sensō-ji temple 

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple.
It is Tokyo's oldest-established temple, and one of its most significant.
It is dedicated to Kannon, the bodhisattva of compassion.
Structures in the temple complex include the main hall, a five-story pagoda and large gates.
It is the most widely visited religious site in the world with over 30 million visitors annually.
After sunset, the pagoda, Kaminarimon, and Hozomon gates, are all illuminated.
The lighting is designed to highlight the vermillion color of the temple, and you can enjoy a different scenery from the daytime.


Main Hall(Kannondo Hall).
Built by the 3rd Tokugawa shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, and designated a national treasure, the Main Hall was destroyed in the Great Tokyo Air Raid on March 10, 1945
. It was rebuilt in 1958 with donations from followers all over Japan.
The immediately apparent characteristic of the Main Hall is its dramatically sloping roof that is quite tall compared to that of other temples.
This hall is divided into the naijin (inner sanctum) and the gejin (outer sanctum).
Senso-ji’s principal image, the Bodhisattva Kannon, sits in a miniature temple in the middle of the naijin. 









Pagoda. Night Walk in Asakusa, Tokyo including Sensō-ji temple 

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple.
It is Tokyo's oldest-established temple, and one of its most significant.
It is dedicated to Kannon, the bodhisattva of compassion.
Structures in the temple complex include the main hall, a five-story pagoda and large gates.
It is the most widely visited religious site in the world with over 30 million visitors annually.
After sunset, the pagoda, Kaminarimon, and Hozomon gates, are all illuminated.
The lighting is designed to highlight the vermillion color of the temple, and you can enjoy a different scenery from the daytime.



Pagoda.The five-storied pagoda is one of the most famous in Japan.
Its height is 53.32 meters, which is about the height of an 18-story building.
The original pagoda is said to have been built in 942 A.D.
In the Edo period, along with the pagodas of Kan-eiji, Ikegami Honmonji, and Shiba Zojoji, it was regarded as one of the "Four Edo Pagodas".
It was destroyed in an air raid during World War II, and then rebuilt at its current location thereafter.
There is a stone monument standing at the original site.







Night Walk in Asakusa, Tokyo including Sensō-ji temple 

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple.
It is Tokyo's oldest-established temple, and one of its most significant.
It is dedicated to Kannon, the bodhisattva of compassion.
Structures in the temple complex include the main hall, a five-story pagoda and large gates.
It is the most widely visited religious site in the world with over 30 million visitors annually.
After sunset, the pagoda, Kaminarimon, and Hozomon gates, are all illuminated.
The lighting is designed to highlight the vermillion color of the temple, and you can enjoy a different scenery from the daytime.








Main Hall (Kannondo Hall). Night Walk in Asakusa, Tokyo including Sensō-ji temple 

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple.
It is Tokyo's oldest-established temple, and one of its most significant. It is dedicated to Kannon, the bodhisattva of compassion.
Structures in the temple complex include the main hall, a five-story pagoda and large gates.
It is the most widely visited religious site in the world with over 30 million visitors annually.
After sunset, the pagoda, Kaminarimon, and Hozomon gates, are all illuminated.
The lighting is designed to highlight the vermillion color of the temple, and you can enjoy a different scenery from the daytime.


Main Hall(Kannondo Hall).
Built by the 3rd Tokugawa shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, and designated a national treasure, the Main Hall was destroyed in the Great Tokyo Air Raid on March 10, 1945.
It was rebuilt in 1958 with donations from followers all over Japan.
The immediately apparent characteristic of the Main Hall is its dramatically sloping roof that is quite tall compared to that of other temples.
This hall is divided into the naijin (inner sanctum) and the gejin (outer sanctum).
Senso-ji’s principal image, the Bodhisattva Kannon, sits in a miniature temple in the middle of the naijin. 






Hōzōmon Gate.Night Walk in Asakusa, Tokyo including Sensō-ji temple 

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple. It is Tokyo's oldest-established temple, and one of its most significant.
It is dedicated to Kannon, the bodhisattva of compassion.
Structures in the temple complex include the main hall, a five-story pagoda and large gates.
It is the most widely visited religious site in the world with over 30 million visitors annually.
After sunset, the pagoda, Kaminarimon, and Hozomon gates, are all illuminated.
The lighting is designed to highlight the vermillion color of the temple, and you can enjoy a different scenery from the daytime.


Hōzōmon ("Treasure-House Gate“) is the inner of two large entrance gates that ultimately leads to the Sensō-ji (the outer being the Kaminarimon).
A two-story gate, the Hōzōmon's second story houses many of the Sensō-ji's treasures.
The first story houses two statues, three lanterns and two large sandals.
It stands 22.7 metres (74 ft) tall, 21 metres (69 ft) wide, and 8 metres (26 ft) deep.
Unlike the Kaminarimon, which houses four different statues, the Hōzōmon houses two guardian statues that are located on either side of the gate's south face.
These 5.45-metre-tall statues represent Niō, the guardian deities of the Buddha.












One of the statues at Hōzōmon Gate.Night Walk in Asakusa, Tokyo including Sensō-ji temple 

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple. It is Tokyo's oldest-established temple, and one of its most significant.
It is dedicated to Kannon, the bodhisattva of compassion.
Structures in the temple complex include the main hall, a five-story pagoda and large gates.
It is the most widely visited religious site in the world with over 30 million visitors annually.
After sunset, the pagoda, Kaminarimon, and Hozomon gates, are all illuminated.
The lighting is designed to highlight the vermillion color of the temple, and you can enjoy a different scenery from the daytime.


Hōzōmon ("Treasure-House Gate“) is the inner of two large entrance gates that ultimately leads to the Sensō-ji (the outer being the Kaminarimon).
A two-story gate, the Hōzōmon's second story houses many of the Sensō-ji's treasures.
The first story houses two statues, three lanterns and two large sandals.
It stands 22.7 metres (74 ft) tall, 21 metres (69 ft) wide, and 8 metres (26 ft) deep.
Unlike the Kaminarimon, which houses four different statues, the Hōzōmon houses two guardian statues that are located on either side of the gate's south face.
These 5.45-metre-tall statues represent Niō, the guardian deities of the Buddha.

















Night Walk in Asakusa, Tokyo including Sensō-ji temple 

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple. It is Tokyo's oldest-established temple, and one of its most significant.
It is dedicated to Kannon, the bodhisattva of compassion.
Structures in the temple complex include the main hall, a five-story pagoda and large gates.
It is the most widely visited religious site in the world with over 30 million visitors annually.
After sunset, the pagoda, Kaminarimon, and Hozomon gates, are all illuminated.
The lighting is designed to highlight the vermillion color of the temple, and you can enjoy a different scenery from the daytime.










Hōzōmon Gate and Pagoda. Night Walk in Asakusa, Tokyo including Sensō-ji temple 

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple. It is Tokyo's oldest-established temple, and one of its most significant.
It is dedicated to Kannon, the bodhisattva of compassion.
Structures in the temple complex include the main hall, a five-story pagoda and large gates.
It is the most widely visited religious site in the world with over 30 million visitors annually.
After sunset, the pagoda, Kaminarimon, and Hozomon gates, are all illuminated.
The lighting is designed to highlight the vermillion color of the temple, and you can enjoy a different scenery from the daytime.


Hōzōmon ("Treasure-House Gate“) is the inner of two large entrance gates that ultimately leads to the Sensō-ji (the outer being the Kaminarimon).
A two-story gate, the Hōzōmon's second story houses many of the Sensō-ji's treasures.
The first story houses two statues, three lanterns and two large sandals.
It stands 22.7 metres (74 ft) tall, 21 metres (69 ft) wide, and 8 metres (26 ft) deep.
Unlike the Kaminarimon, which houses four different statues, the Hōzōmon houses two guardian statues that are located on either side of the gate's south face.
These 5.45-metre-tall statues represent Niō, the guardian deities of the Buddha.


Pagoda.The five-storied pagoda is one of the most famous in Japan.
Its height is 53.32 meters, which is about the height of an 18-story building.
The original pagoda is said to have been built in 942 A.D.
In the Edo period, along with the pagodas of Kan-eiji, Ikegami Honmonji, and Shiba Zojoji, it was regarded as one of the "Four Edo Pagodas".
It was destroyed in an air raid during World War II, and then rebuilt at its current location thereafter.
There is a stone monument standing at the original site.









Nakamise Shoppping street at night.



















Night Walk in Asakusa, Tokyo including Sensō-ji temple 

I found this house installation in front of a shop in Asakusa. You can see a lot of Omikuji on it.
These small papers are ''omikuji'', a fortune-telling paper strip.
Omikuji is a small slip of paper that describes a person's future.
Omikuji are available at shrines and temples. The omikuji contains a single Chinese character, which represents the overall fortune for the year ahead.
In addition, the omikuji also contains advice on various aspects of life, such as health, work, wealth, and love.
After read omikuji carefully, You can take the omikuji home with you or tie it to a tree branch.
Thanks Kaoru for your eplanation
.















Night Walk in Asakusa, Tokyo including Sensō-ji temple 

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple. It is Tokyo's oldest-established temple, and one of its most significant.
It is dedicated to Kannon, the bodhisattva of compassion.
Structures in the temple complex include the main hall, a five-story pagoda and large gates.
It is the most widely visited religious site in the world with over 30 million visitors annually.
After sunset, the pagoda, Kaminarimon, and Hozomon gates, are all illuminated.
The lighting is designed to highlight the vermillion color of the temple, and you can enjoy a different scenery from the daytime.
























Azone Label Shop Window Shopping

























Entrance of the Azone Label Shop in Akihabara, Tokyo

We went to the Azone Label shop at Radio Kaikan, because my Blythe dolls have Azone bodies,
 so I would surely find cute stuff for my Blythe dolls.










Cute cosplay dresses in Akihabara, Tokyo
















Akihabara, Tokyo

We went to the Azone Label shop at Radio Kaikan, because my Blythe dolls have Azone bodies,
 so I would surely find cute stuff for my Blythe dolls.
















Toys at Kiddyland in Harajuku, Tokyo.






Monchhichi department at Kiddyland in Harajuku, Tokyo.





Entrance to the Peanuts floor at Kiddyland in Harajuku, Tokyo.





Sylvanian family wall at Kiddyland in Harajuku, Tokyo.









Character staircase at Kiddyland in Harajuku, Tokyo.




Colourfull elevator doors at Kiddyland in Harajuku, Tokyo.





Pupupu elevator doors at Kiddyland in Harajuku, Tokyo.





Miffy elevator doors at Kiddyland in Harajuku, Tokyo.





Snoopy elevator doors at Kiddyland in Harajuku, Tokyo.





Kiddyland in Harajuku, Tokyo.

Kiddyland is one of the biggest toy stores in Tokyo. You can find nearly everything of every theme or character here.
 I also like the collurfull doors of the elevators, the staircases with character paintings and the Sylvanian family 
and Snoopy wall. They have an own floor only with Peanuts products.
 And I found a lot of cute character toys above all Monchhichis.





Good Morning Tokyo!

A new day and a new adventure at Kiddyland in Harajuka, Tokyo.






And this time Asakusa Tartine freshly made for me at the Hotel Breakfast.





This time baked potatoes and pasta with meat plus fruits at the Hotel Breakfast. 
I will miss my baked potatoes for breakfast :o)





Bento boxes at Ozeki supermarket.









We found some German products at Ozeki supermarket.









Wall of colourfull drinks :o) at Ozeki supermarket.

















Seafood at Ozeki supermarket.




Ozeki supermarket.

Besides our hotel there is a little neighbourhood supermarket. 
I am always astonished about the amount of seafood which is offered there as opposed to German supermarkets.
 So I took some photos. I also like to watch the coloured walls of drinks which are all foreign for me. 
We also found some German products.





Ozeki supermarket.

Besides our hotel there is a little neighbourhood supermarket. 
I am always astonished about the amount of seafood which is offered there as opposed to German supermarkets.
 So I took some photos. I also like to watch the coloured walls of drinks which are all foreign for me. 
We also found some German products.





Our Hotel in Asakusa, Tokyo.








Eggs Benedict at the Hotel Breakfast. 

I like the unconventionel food for breakfast which the Gate Hotel offers their guests at the buffet,
 for example baked potatoes and cooked zucchini/paprika vegetabels. 
But there were also classics, like croisssants, butter and orange marmalade. 
Additional to the buffet you can chosse every morning between
 1. eggs benedict or 2. french toast or 3. Asakusa tartine which were freshly made for the guest.



Wall painting at Asakusa, Tokyo.











Monchhichi shop Toys Terao in Aasakusa, Tokyo: Toys Terao Second Store. So many Monchhichis to buy!










Monchhichi shop Toys Terao in Aasakusa, Tokyo: Toys Terao Second Store, view at the store window with my Monchhichis!











Monchhichi shop Toys Terao in Aasakusa, Tokyo: Toys Terao Second Store, view at the store window with my Monchhichis!




Monchhichi shop Toys Terao in Aasakusa, Tokyo: Toys Terao Second Store




Monchhichi shop Toys Terao in Aasakusa, Tokyo: Nakamise Shoppping Street First Store





Monchhichi shop Toys Terao in Aasakusa, Tokyo.

Some footsteps behind the Kaminarimon gate you will find Toys Terao the only Monchhichishop I know in Tokyo.
They have two shops: the little Nakamise Shopping Street Store and the bigger Toys Terao Second Store some streets besides Nakamise street.
The shop exists since generations! Due to a little research in the internet I come to know, that the toy shop opened in 1885 near Senso-ji Temple.
In an interview the 5th generation owner Mayumi Terao said, “My mother loved Monchhichi, and when we renovated the store in 2003,
it was the same time as the 30th anniversary of Monchhichi, so we turned this store into a Monchhichi themed shop.
I was happy to visit the store again after 2019.The shop assistant was so lovely to put my Monchhichis in their shop windows.
My Monchhichis were so happy about it.

























Shopping Haul from Rainbowholic Stationery Cafe
The wrapping of all my goodies was very kawaii.
I am looking forward to use all this.


























Jujo Ginza Shopping Mall.

...where the Rainbowholic Stationery Cafe is located. Some impressions of the Jujo Ginza Shopping Mall with many different food spots and cute shops.

 




The toilet there is certainly super cute in Gibli style.










Guestbook corner with cute journals to write in, which I certainly did, haha.










Stamp corner with a lot of cute stamps for free using. I certainly used my Japan stamp book for all the lovely stamps.




There are always little kawaii corners!




Stationery heaven, haha!




A very cute painting of the shopfront!








Rainbowholic Stationery Cafe. 

Since a very long time I watch the videos of Kaila at her Youtube channel about stationery, journaling, traveling through Japan, Whats in my bag etc.
Her videos are always very relaxing and entertaining. Thank you for sharing all this Kaila! Now she has her own stationery cafe, which I wanted to visit.
The shop itself is super cute from the outside and the inside. And there is certainly a gachapon machine.
There are a loooot of kawaii photo points which I used. I love the desk where the customers can feel free to make journaling.
There are a lot of free stationery stuff which you can use, like stamps, washi tape, pens and so on. and I certainly leave a message in one of the cute journaling books.
Congratulations of 1 year anniversary of this store! I got a a cute 1 year anniversary sticker.
The shop is very inspiring for future journaling projects in my mind. If you are a stationery/kawaii lover and you are in the area of Tokyo I can highly recommend to visit this kawaii stationery cafe/shop.
Rainbowholic Stationery Cafe at Jujo Ginza Shopping Mall, Kita City, Tokyo

Rainbowholic

 

 



A lot of cute presents were exchanged at that evening!








Some evening vibes in front of the Sunshine City Centre, Ikebukuro, Tokyo.
I am still impressed by the huge advertisement video screens which you can see a lot here in Tokyo
and through that you can hear sound/music at many places in Tokyo.

Sunshine City Centre Video 1

Sunshine City Centre Video 2


Sunshine City Centre Video 3

 




Even a mail box is kawaii/cute in Japan. I am impressed!




Even a mail box is kawaii/cute in Japan. I am impressed!
Tonkatsu Restaurant at Sunshine City Centre. This was the first Tonkatsu meal I ever had at a Japanese restaurant.
It was really delicious.

 






















Sylvanian Families store at Sunshine City Centre. In this shop there were a LOT of cute Sylvanian Families stuff to buy.
Above all I like the different layouts they exhibit. They also had a great 3D-flatlay layout with 9 different coloured Sylvanian goods in it.

 















Observatory Deck at Sunshine 60. Super great view at a sunny say. I like the Sakura design in which the rooms were prepared.




Gibli Shop at Sunshine City Centre. There were really super cute Gibli stuff in that store. At the entrance a huge Totoro says „Hi!“.
In the store there was a cute fire layout.




Gibli Shop at Sunshine City Centre. There were really super cute Gibli stuff in that store. At the entrance a huge Totoro says „Hi!“. In the store there was a cute fire layout.





Sanrio Shop at Sunshine City Centre. Kaoru and me we made our own DIY stamps at the stamp machine in that Sanrio shop.
That was big fun. The My Melody stamp is with my name in Japanese on it.
For every stamp you get a little keychain present.







Sanrio Shop. Kaoru and me we made our own DIY stamps at the stamp machine in that Sanrio shop. That was big fun.
The My Melody stamp is with my name in Japanese on it.

 




Sunshine City Center. J-Pop performance by Sevenday. Coincidentally we were viewers of music performances of two Japanese boy bands.
That was really entertaining. I like their music and performances.







Sunshine City Center. J-Pop performance by Jamheads. Coincidentally we were viewers of music performances of two Japanese boy bands.
That was really entertaining. I like their music and performances.




Rilakkuma Pop up Cafe. The postcards were presents form the Cafe.































Rilakkuma Pop up Café with cute Rilakkuma entertaining.




Rilakkuma Pop up Cafe with videoscreens.













Rilakkuma Pop up Cafe.

Like in 2019 I was so lucky to meet my Japanese friend Kaoru again.
We got to know each other 13 years ago, through our beloved hobby Monchhichi.
Since then, we became the most closest friends. We spend a memorable sunny day together at cute and fascinating spots in Tokyo,
like a Pop up Rilakkuma Cafe, a Giblistore, a Sanriostore with a DIY stamping machine, a lovely Sylvanian families shop and the observatory deck at sunshine 60.
Kaoru has made a reservation for us at the Rilakkuma cafe, because this was the requirement to get in there.
In Germany we do not have Pop up character cafes or kawaii character shops.
So I was very happy to visit them. In the evening we visited a Tonkatsu restaurant together.
This was my first try to eat Tonkatsu and it was delicious.
Tears were falling down at the end of the day. It was hard to say „Good Bye“.
Dear Kaoru thank you so much for that wonderful day, with super lovely memories.
See you!
❤️❤️❤








Good Morning Tokyo! I discovered a mini shrine on one of the roof tops. How fascinating!

 

 














Ice cream wonderland!

 




 

On the food hunt at Seven Eleven store in our neighbourhood.

 




                  

First look out of our hotelroom at the Sensoji temple in Asakusa, Tokyo. It was the only day with rain, haha





                                                                                       

Taxi drive from Haneda to our hotel in Asakusa, Tokyo.
This taxi has the typical little screen with advertisement in front of the customers.
I always like the white blankets on the seats.







                 

Landing at the airport Haneda, Tokyo, Japan.







Good Morning! Breakfast.











Good Morning! 🌏 Actual location: Hebei, North China, People's Republic of China. The view reminds me of a watercolour painting.

 








Good Morning! 🌏 Actual location: Ulanqab, Inner Mongolia, People's Republic of China.




Good Morning! 🌏 Actual location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, People's Republic of China.





🌏 Actual location: Tacheng Prefecture in northern Xinjiang, People's Republic of China












After Takeoff. Dessert:
Mascarpone and Vanilla Mousse with Raspberry and Citrus
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After Takeoff. Main Course:
Corn-fed Chicken breast servd with Carrot Cream, Sherry pickled Shiitake Mushroom and Broccoli.





After Takeoff. Appetizers:
Saddle of Veal Slices served with Celery, Nectarine and Tarragon with Seasonal Salad with Pommegranate and Hazelnut, accompanied by Balsamic and Olive Oil Dressing.










Start of our adventure Japan with Lufthansa flight 716 in Boeing 747-8 from Frankfurt, Germany to Haneda, Japan.





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