Sunday, 31 August 2014

Japan Photo Diary - Day 5 (Lavender Farms)


Crochet top: unbranded (ASOS similar + Nasty Gal similar + Bank Fashion similar)
Bralet (inside): unbranded (American Eagle similar + Motel Rocks similar + Topshop similar)
Culottes: ASOS
Backpack: Boohoo (Debenhams similar)
Sunglasses: eBay
Sneakers: unbranded (Converse similar + Missguided similar + Vans similar)

  We were going to the Lavender Farms today so I thought I'd be smart and wear my lavendar/lilac culottes from ASOS and pair it with my floral crochet top - heheh, see what I did there? :P Anyway, this has to be one of my favourite outfits of the entire trip because there is just something about that combination that I love. I actually bought that crochet top to be a summer swimsuit cover up, but I quite like wearing it this way, with a black bralet inside. But, I could always turn this look from girly to edgy with a neon yellow/pink bralet instead perhaps? Hmmm, inspiration for my next outfit post! Again, ASOS culottes = most comfiest thing, hands down.

Day 5

  This is definitely my second favourite day (check back to see which was my favourite dayyyy) because we were going to the Lavender Farms in Hokkaido! After a 2 hour bus ride from the city center, we arrived at an incredibly picturesque area that look like they belong on postcards #nofilter. Think surrounded flowers of every colour imaginable arranged in rows with clear blue skies, mountains in the distance...I kid you not, there were heart eyed emojis everywhere. This place was incredibly beautiful...I shall let the pictures do the talking ;) But just imagine taking wedding photos in this area - amazing. Around the area, apart from souvenir shops selling lavender scented everything i.e soaps, perfumes, incense, candles etc, there were also lavender flavoured ice cream and soda - which were pretty cool. Never thought lavender had a taste eh? I was rather skeptical on how the lavender flavoured ice cream would taste like but it actually tasted quite good although I can't pinpoint exactly what the taste is...but it was yummy. And so was the lavender soda! Definitely a day I won't forget.

  After visiting the lavender farms, we had an not so smart idea to walk all the way back to the bus stop...let's just say that it was further than anticipated. But the amazing scenery around us made the long walk so much more bearable. On the way back, we stopped by the Furano winery and although it was kinda disappointing not to be able to see how they actually made the wine, we were able to sample the different kinds of wine and ended up buying wine flavoured jelly and jam. They were delicious :D

  These are no doubt one of my favourite set of pictures from the entire Japan trip so I hope you enjoy them too! Today I leave you with a collection of nature/scenic picture that you can't find in the city! God I love this place.

  By the way, these photos have no editing whatsoever...and I took them with my iPhone! Natural beauty at its best.

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Japan Photo Diary - Day 4 (Hokkaido)


Culottes: ASOS
Cardigan: unbranded (American Eagle similar + John Lewis similar + River Island similar)
Backpack: Boohoo (Debenhams similar)
Sneakers: unbranded (Converse similar + Missguided similar + Vans similar)

Hokkaido was slightly more chilly than Osaka or Kyoto, especially after it's been raining - which explains the grey cardigan that's not too thick and not too's jusssssst right (Goldilocks reference there, hahah). These ASOS culottes are the more comfiest things as they're so lightweight and baggy, but in a good way, that it feels like you're not wearing anything...but of course, you are. Culottes are my absolute favourite bottoms because they look like a skirt but protect your dignity as well. Also helps that these are in a gorgeous teal colour. My life mission (well, one of them) is to collect these ASOS culottes in every single colour and print, because there are some seriously cool ones. And as usual, I paired it with a simple basic navy blue crop top because let's keep it simple people (I should become a poet).

Day 4

  Took a super duper early morning 40 minutes flight from Osaka to Hokkaido and the air was definitely chillier - around 25 degrees Celsius? Spent the day wandering around the city of Hokkaido and familiarising ourselves with the place. It was much more quiet and less busy than Osaka was, with even more bikes. What I think was really cool about the city was that apart from a bus or subway, there was also a tram that brings you around the city for a relatively cheap price. 

  Also, we spent an hour (no joke) trying to find this ramen place that was supposed to be the best in Hokkaido. We ended up going in circles for ages because it turns out that the tiny restaurant was in a little alleyway so...don't forget to explore the little spaces on the streets of Japan because that's where all the good stuff usually are, hidden away. Stores, especially restaurants, in Japan tend to be on the smaller scale so keep those eyes open! Anyway, the ramen turned out to be quite pricey, around 900 Yen (US$8.60) and since I'm not a ramen expert/enthusiast, I can't really comment on how good it is compared to other ramen... :P

  Another thing that is great about Japan is that they have tons of underground 'malls' i.e shops that are underground and at subway stations. So you can do some shopping whilst waiting for your train or just walk around. As a result, I bought my very first pair of boots (pictured below)! I love the detailing and I can't wait to wear it when I go to the UK where it'll be much much cooler! :D Ohhhh also, I heard that Japan was the land of weirdly-flavoured kit kats but during my entire trip there, the only 'out there' flavours I could find was green tea, dark chocolate, fried kit kat and strawberry :'(

Catch up on Day 1&2 (Kyoto) and Day 3 (Osaka) whilst you have a nice dayyyy (:

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