So my first impression of Japan: Nostalgic. Even though I've never been to Japan until that moment, there was something about Tokyo that felt so familiar and made me feel that this is where I belong. Plus the warm welcome and hospitality from Take-chan and his loving family made me feel right at home. In fact, I wouldn't have been able to go to Japan in the first place if it weren't for them! So for that, I'm very grateful... ♥ I even got two separate gifts from his parents and grandma for New Year's! All of which I spent at Shibuya 109, of course. xD
The day after we arrived in Japan was Big Gyaru Me2, and I had no intention of letting jet lag stop me. xD In a way, the jet lag sort of helped because I was able to wake up extremely early to get ready. I also got some shopping done before meeting up with the other gals.
Take-chan's dad was very generous to drive and drop us off right in front of Shibuya 109. It was the last day of 7 Days Bargain!
About to enter gyaru heaven... xD
First stop: Liz Lisa! This is Nan-chan, the sweetest shop staff ever! (´▽`) She helped me so much, making my first shopping experience at 109 very enjoyable. ♥
She's so cute!!! I just had to snag her outfit! I bought the same coat and boots that she was wearing. ♥
Next stop was W♥C. It was so crowded in there! (ﾟдﾟ) I'm lucky I was able to snap a photo with this shop staff. Unfortunately, I didn't get to ask her for her name.
In front of W♥C! The mannequins' hands move slowly as if they're playing the drums. Take-chan thought it was so amusing. xD
Taking a break at SBY. Their treats are really yummy! ^__^
I felt bad that Take-chan was carrying all of my shopping bags, but he kept saying that it was fine. Thanks, baby! ♥
This is one of the shop staff from Golds Infinity. I totally snagged her outfit too... U.U The gals in 109 sure know their marketing!
After shopping, Take-chan and I went back to the entrance to meet all the gals for Big Gyaru Me2. I was very surprised to see a camera crew there! Little did I know that it was NHK's Tokyo Kawaii TV! (ﾟдﾟ) I'm so bad in front of video cameras... I must've said a lot of embarrassing things. U.U
With my Diamond sister Bambi and her pretty friend Heather. ^__^
I can't believe I met Sara Mari! She is hands down one of the sweetest gals I know, and she's absolutely gorgeous (just like in her photos)! ♥ A big thanks to her for organizing the meet!
More awesome bloggers! xD Bloomzy on the left and Lou on the right. ♥
Group photo! Look at how cute Sara Mari is! :3
After filming in 109, we met up with more gals and headed over to Eggnam for purikura. Here I am with the beautiful Theresa! Isn't her hair amazing? *__*
I also met Nicola and her lovely friend Katja! :3
And last but not least, Thanh Thao! She is so sweet. ^__^
Inside of Eggnam. It was nice that it wasn't so crowded!
Even their trash can is all glammed up. xD
Another group shot! This time with Tokyo Kawaii TV's camera crew. ^__^
After purikura, the camera crew treated us all to karaoke and non-alcoholic beverages! xD I sat at the same table as Charlotte and Rox. They sang YMCA! It was so much fun! :3 These two lovely ladies also helped organize the meet. Thank you both so much! ♥
Shiena was there too!
She was helping me find the song I wanted to sing. She must've done it about three different times because we couldn't figure out what version it was! I didn't know that there were so many. U.U
Shiena's pretty phone deco. ♥
Our last group photo with everyone! This was taken right outside the karaoke place. I wish there was more time in the day to hang out, but Take-chan and I had to leave. We were going to have an amazing dinner with his family. ♥
We took the train back home. It was my first time riding it! Even though it was crowded, it was a fun experience. ^__^
Sushi feast prepared by Take-chan's mom! She is such an amazing cook. ♥ This is just my plate... Everyone had their own! *__*
Apparently these were very expensive! I forgot what they're called, though.
Champagne too?! Man, this dinner kept getting better and better.
And it wasn't just any champagne. ♥
To top it all off, we had macarons for dessert! :3
And I somehow stayed awake for all of this. *__* It was just so much fun! My first full day in Japan was a major success. ♥ Thank you so much, Take-chan, for taking me around!