Good Friends, Games, and Drinks at the Capcom Bar in Shinjuku

After visiting friends towards the middle and southern parts of Japan, I took one last trip up to Tokyo to hang with some peeps I feel like I never see often enough.

Although we’d all been contemplating visiting the limited Ani-ON Sailor Moon cafe, reservations were totally booked through, so someone else in our circle suggested hitting up the Capcom Bar that’s also on a limited run in Shinjuku instead. ¬†Hey, it’s not like I needed any convincing! ūüėČ

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White Day in Kawasaki & Yokohama

Valentine’s Day in Japan is a day where girls give chocolate and other baked confectionaries to their significant other or the guy they’re crushing on. ¬†But what do girls get out of it, you might ask? ¬†A month later, on March 14th, is when guys are supposed to offer up something in return. ¬†That usually means some sweets they’ve bought from a department store or a hot date.

Personally I prefer the American style way of celebrating Valentine’s Day, but because Mr. J and I didn’t have any time to spend the day of, we both had the weekend after White Day off, and so Mr. J promised to take me out somewhere then.

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Getting Your Glam On: Trying Out Some Aromatherapy

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© J // Washing Rice Blog

Last weekend a friend of mine invited me to join her and some other friends at a local cafe by her house for an aromatherapy seminar. ¬†The cafe a spokesperson from DoTerra to lead the course, ¬†which one of the ladies joined as a buyer/salesperson. ¬†It was kind of like the aromatherapy version of a tupperware party. ¬†ūüėČ

I pretty much went in on zero, though. ¬†Last year Mr. J bought us a cheap mist humidifier and some scented oils that we use with it, and I’ve really enjoyed the few times I’ve had the chance to get an aromatherapy massage. ¬†Still¬†it was something new and fun to try, and I came out a little more knowledgeable about the aromatherapy market in Japan, and how to choose and combine different oils.

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Breakfast in Tokyo

Although Japan has a lot of great restaurants and serves more varieties of ethnic cuisine than you might think considering 98% of the population is Japanese, one of the first things many foreigners start to lament here is the lack of breakfast options.  Finding a restaurant that serves a proper Western breakfast all day, let alone during actual breakfast time, can be a real challenge!

Last weekend my friend K and I were hungry for a real breakfast before heading off to another edition of Hostess Club Weekender at Shin Kiba Studio Coast, and hit up the recently opened Sarabeth’s Shinagawa for brunch, located in the Atre building of Shinagawa Station. ¬†We left with our appetites satisfied, and encourage you to check it out!

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Seasons Greetings from Texas!

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My grandmother did all the decorations this year.
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Hey ya’ll, it’s already Christmas Eve! ¬†I feel like December has flown by so fast!

I made sure to get all my New Years greeting cards in the mail before I left, and did most of my Christmas shopping and got it packed before leaving.  Still, there were a few people I was stumped on what to get, and decided to leave it until I was back in the U.S.  What a big mistake, lol!  >_<;;  Even with a week to go until Christmas, the mall was totally packed!

Hopefully everyone is past the holiday season rush and enjoying some quality time with friends and family, or with your significant other if you’re in Japan. ¬†ūüėČ

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Contacting Apple/iPhone Support

In Japan there are three main cellular service providers:  au, Softbank (previously Vodafone), and (NTT) Docomo
When the iPhone first came out it was only released by Softbank, and later au and Docomo started carrying it.  Mr. J and I use au as our mobile carrier, and when the iPhone 5 first came out my cellphone at the time was on its last leg, so I reserved one though them.

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© Someecards

The iPhone 5 battery is infamous for dying after little use, and fast forward over two years later, mine was on its last leg.  Like on the Kyoto trip my friends and I took, it would completely die after only taking 2-3 pictures or under 20 minutes of usage no matter if it was fully charged or not.  So after the trip, I decided I needed to get the issue remedied ASAP before my next trip back to the States, and started the process of doing just that.

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Local Korokke Festival

Mr. J and I live in a somewhat rural part of Japan. ¬†I really like the area we live in, but sometimes other foreigners that are new to Japan and get placed here go on about how there’s nothing to do and how they wish they were living in Tokyo or a bigger city. ¬†Besides easier access to concerts, conventions, and huge shopping areas, I can’t think of anything Tokyo and other bigger cities have that rural ones don’t. ¬†Believe me, I’ve lived in Tokyo. ¬†ūüėČ

I find most of the time the problem is that people just don’t know where to look. ¬†For example, the shrine we took a walk through in last week’s 7-5-3 post held a korokke (Japanese loan word for croquette) festival during the holiday weekend. ¬†Our area is always putting on various events to introduce local cuisine/culture like this one, but if we hadn’t seen fliers for it or heard about it through a friends, we probably wouldn’t have known it was going on.

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