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Montag, 29. Februar 2016

Miss Neko in Kyoto: Nijō Castle, Imperial Palace & Updates ♥

Hi everyone ! ♡\( ̄▽ ̄)/♡
Ohh ~ It feels like I've been away from my blog for ages.
It's almost been half a year. But I had lots of important things going
on in my life recently. I actually might have never worked so hard in my life like
I do these days. And I have a reason for it that's really dear to my heart.
I can't wait to tell everybody about it. But I must wait until this may.
At least so far things are looking pretty damn good ! 
So more about this in may, that's a promise ;3

♪~   Update Time   ~ ♪
Today I took another very important Japanese exam at my University.
That has been the reason I've been hidden away in a dark cave for weeks.
Learning every day, only getting out once a day for lunch.
It' will pay out eventually, I guess ^^
I'm also currently still working at a Japanese bookstore called
Takagi - Books & more (高木書店・ドイツ)

Let's get to todays topic:  My trip to Kyoto 

On the picture above you can see me standing right in front of
Nijō Castle ( Nijo-jo in Japanese. 二条城
It's an UNESCO World Heritage located in Kyoto.
The person who ordered the construction of the castle was the famous Tokugawa Ieyasu.
 You should remember the name if you're into Japan.
It's one of the history basics ;3
Tokugawa Ieyasu 
was the founder and first Shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate,
which  ruled Japan from the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600
until the Meiji Restoration in 1868.
He was one of the 3 historic persons who unified feudal Japan (1185-1603)
and led to major changes for the country.
The other 2 were :
Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Just to give you the basic background informations.
I think it's really important to keep the history in mind that's so tightly
connected to these beautiful places in Japan.
I think you shouldn't just wander around air-headed at these landmarks
like one of the more ignorant tourists.
The castle was also a museum with lots of explainations and interesting
displays with lifesized puppets in the castle.
But enough history lesson for now,
I'm already getting nightmares as I'm reminded of my long ago
Basic Japanese History exam ...
I must say I was really awestruck when I saw this beautiful place with my own eyes,
thinking of it's past and the people who lived there.
I use to get really dreamy and thoughtful at historic places like this.
Me at one of the castle's moats. It has 2 fortifications looking like this.
You can also see the big wall on the left.
I climbed sooo many steps with my friend Bea for this pretty view over the area.
I love it how you can almost always see mountains at Kyoto's horizon, as
it's sourrounded by them with an opening in the south.
Therefore it's also insanely hot with super humid air. That day was one of the
hottest day's I witnessed in Japan. It was extreme for me as a German.
I've never been in such a climate before, but I still prefere it to the German weather.
Here you could listen to some of the history of Nijo Castle.
Fun Fact: The golden letters on the bottom of the sign
say Kyoto Rakuchuu Lion's Club | 京都 洛中ライオンズクラブ
and that instantly caught my eye as I only know of the existence of
Lion's clubs due to my boyfriend :D
His mother was/is (?) a member of a German one (they are everywhere)
and my honey once took part in an exchange program to Sweden trough them.
I didn't know they had this in Kyoto as well.
One of the doll displays :
They had lots more inside the Castle and that was truly the most beautiful part
but you couldn't take photos inside. You also had to take off your shoes before
going in. I really liked it, it felt funny to walk just in socks in such a huge building with
so many other people :D The floor was wooden and the one in the hallways is
even a very special one. It's called :
Nightingale floor
as it makes a chirping sound when you walk on it.
And it really did ^^ It was build for protection. So intruders
who snuck in at night would instantly wake someone up.
The moat:
I wanted to go inside the water soo badly as it was so hot but of course I couldn't :D
I'm still so in love with all the details of the architecture. Better than in any movie.
These things make me just wanna sit there and dream all day.
Kara-mon - the main entry to the Ninomaru Palace :
The Ninomaru Palace is one of the 2 palaces on the compound.
Here you can see the build in Japanese cranes (Red-crowned crane)
タンチョウ = Tanchou
They have always been an important symbol in Japan.
They are even the official logo of Japan Airlines ^^
There is lots of Japanese art portraying them but my favourite things
displaying them are - of course - Kimono ♥
Sadly they are endangered and on the Red List.
Uchikake with Red-crowned Cranes :
Can you see me hiding from the harsh sun under an umbrella on the photo below ?
Now that's at the Kyoto Imperial Palace :
I hope you have an idea now of how incredibly huge this Palace area is.
I think I've never been to a building that had such wide surroundings.
It felt a bit surreal and adventurous ^^
The Kyoto Imperial Palace  is the former ruling palace of the Emperor of Japan.
Since 1869 (Meiji Restoration) the Emperor resides in Tokyo which is Japan's
capital since then. Before all that Kyoto was Japan's capital.
And again you can see mountains and a shadow creature ( ̄▽ ̄*)ゞ
Another very cold and tempting river thing I found that day ;D
But I don't exactly know what this one is, I don't think it's a moat as it's so shallow.
I really liked it, please tell me what this is if you know ^^
While wandering around the area a friendly Japanese woman came to us and
asked us in English where we're from. It turns out she was doing a
homework for her english course. What a great idea and pretty easy in big cities in 
Japan due to all the tourists.
Using sightseeing spots as places to find language practise :)
How nice. We talked a bit and she was also surprised how we could just have a 
normal conversation in Japanese with her ^^ 
 That's it for today !
I hope you want to visit Kyoto now too ♥
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Mittwoch, 9. September 2015

Miss Neko in Harajuku: 6%DokiDoki, Crepes & my TV appearance ♥

Hi everybody (^-^)v
This entry will be about my first trip to Harajuku.
My dear followers know that I went to Japan last September
and wow, I seriously haven't even blogged about half the things I've seen
and done there. I've only been there for 3 weeks, but I went to
Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe, Osaka and Chiba. And yes I had a crazy time table !!
So let's go on with my travelling experience.
Like I said I had a crazy long list of places I wanted to go and one
of them was Harajuku and certain stores there.
My favourite of them being 6%DokiDoki
There I met the super cute staff girl Yuka :
She was so sweet ♥ and by entering the store it seemed as if you'd
just entered a magical wonderland ~♪ I absolutely admire the creativity of
6%DokiDoki's designs. They've also done the stage decoration for the
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu tour that I saw live. My entry about her Germany concert can be found here
The store is located on the 2nd floor (Japanese floor counting system)
 Of course I also had to take some things with me, so
I bought this sweet pacifier necklace :

It totally reminds me of those pacifier necklaces from the 90's,
I used to have lots of those. Well, I always loved this kind of plastic things.

This also somehow was some kind of foreshadowing to my
now full blown love to Melanie Martinez's fashion and
of course also her music ♥
I love the whole concept of her Cry Baby album ♪
These are the other accessories I got at 6%DokiDoki :
These are all rings : 
Of course I also did lots of shopping in Harajuku's famous
Takeshita dori ♥ 竹下通り :
There I also met Shani 
While I was shopping with my friend Bea, suddenly someone was tapping on
my shoulder & it was her ^o^ Telling me she knows me from tumblr.
I was super amazed *o* I think I was following her on some social media
 already, too. She's such a pretty girl *-*
I asked her if we could take some pictures together and after having a
nice talk we parted. I hope I can meet her again one day ♪
Later that evening I had my first Harajuku Crepes ♥
It all lookes so pretty *-* It was super hard to decide !
As it was so late already the Takeshita street was really empty and
Bea and I could even sit on top of the stairs that lead to the
Harajuku Bodyline store. We could see the whole street.

It was a really romantic atmosphere up there
(sorry Bea you're my girl when it comes to romantic moments and Valentin
is not there ;D no offense ♥♥♥ I love you both ;3 but you know that)
During one of our day trips to Takeshita dori I also met this sweet girl:
She began a conversation with me as we both carried loads of MyMelody
stuff and wore Ma*rs dresses. We also carried the exact same shopping bag
by Ma*rs (which you ironically can't even see in the photo,
you can see it a little behind my back, the vibrant pink colored thing).
Another super important place on my personal travelling to-do list
was the Harajuku Bridge (Jingu Bashi) near Harajuku station.
Neko's flashback story time - why I love Tokyo fashion :

This was really a childhood dream come true.
Since the day I started wearing Japanese street fashion I've been longing to go there. In 2007 (I was 13) I started loving and wearing Toyko fashion and Harajuku was the 'thing' that got everything started for me. About that time my older sister got me a handbag from her Au-pair year in America. This bag was from Gwen Stefanie's brand Harajuku Lovers.
Back then I didn't know anything about Tokyo street fashion, but I loved Gwen Stefanie's unconventional style and music. Of course I had to type "Harajuku" into google right after getting the bag, 'cause curious me had to see what it was about. When I saw all those beautiful street fashion snap shots mostly at the Harajuku bridge, from Fruits magazine etc. it hit me ♥ 
It was love at first sight.
That day, that very second I decided what I wanted to be in life.
How I wanted to be. I wanted to be a person as inspirational as the ones I saw in those pictures. I wanted to be myself. As free as those people.
Free to wear what I liked and felt comfortable wearing. I've always felt a little different to the "majority" of people concerning my taste in fashion & most other things. Now I saw I wasn't alone. There were actually many people living their creativity freely. This moment felt so liberating. 
You must know I grew up in a very small village where the majority of people are very conservative and "most people" tend to stick very tightly to the social conventions there. So breaking out of those rules was really a big and tough deal in that kind of environment. I've certainly fought a though battle, especially in my school life. Almost every single adult in my life that had some meaning in it or was an authority figure (such as teachers) have treated me with great respect. But as you might guess the children (remember I was 13-18 during the time I'm referring to now) did sometimes treat me very cruel and had a great lack of basic understanding and respect for my actions/appearance- meaning overall me as a person. This made growning up quite tough for me but I don't regret it a single bit.This whole process has shaped the person I am today and I wouldn't change a single thing. I'm pround that I was so strong and stood tall for my passion.
All I did was live what I truly loved ♥ My passion for a culture and it's fashion & phenomena.That is nothing to be ashamed of- I did NO harm.
Unlike lots of them, who did or tried.
Here I am now, an adult who is much wiser and stronger today. Surely still on my way in life like every body else. 
But I must honestly admit I am pround of the person I have become, despite and because of my past.
I'm telling this not to legitimize myself, but for all those girls and boys out there who need to hear this. Like I did when I was 13. There are tolerant people out there. Loving and kind people ♥ Accepting and maybe even admiring you for who you are and what you do.
Never let anybody stop you from turning your dreams into reality !!
The older I got the more people started telling me that they admire what I do, my creativity, my passion or my bravery. This gave me strength. 
After I finished my A-levels and left school for university I got a letter from two girls who also attended my school. They were a few years younger then me. 
They send me a birthday letter for my 19th birthday *-*
They found out when it was and also must have asked for my address at the school's office.
They wrote me that I had been a big role model to them and that I gave them lots of motivation to pursue their goals.They drew cute pictures all over the letter and it was super kawaii and colorful ♥ I must admit I totally cried when I read the letter. I was so deeply happy. 
I said to myself- it was worth it. 
All the suffering, all the fighting for the better. I had survived my school life with even quite good A-levels ;) And all this wasn't for nothing. I always thought if I could at least help or motivate 1 person than I can be deeply happy. And I seemed to have achieved my goal. I motivated you 2 girls.
Thank you so much for that cute letter- gosh sorry, I'm such a cry baby ;)
I'm crying again as I write this. I'll never forget you 2. This letter will always be one of my most precious belongings. This was kind of my pay off from all the suffering I had to endure during my honestly awful school years. It wasn't for nothing. It made me and other people stronger.
I must admit I like to think I was kind of a pioneer at this school.
I cleared the path for future generations, hoping that they would find more freedom and understanding than I did. Or at least I tried my best.
My younger brother who is 17 is now also attending my old school since last year, to do his A-Levels there. And from what he told me it has really gotten more tolerant there among the students. 
I can't say if if was me, or just times changing and getting more modern- maybe both, but it truly makes me happy ♥
This summer a German TV station (WDR) even broadcasted
a 5 min. report about me and my love to Japanese culture.
The topic of the report was:  personal fulfillment 

What a perfect coincidence ! 
So here is my first TV appearance : 

Miss Neko's TV documentary - click here for video
(It's in German)
Lets get back to Harajuku :
In Takeshita street I also went to Closet Child.
There I got my first dress from Baby the stars shine bright :

I'm not really into Lolita fashion myself, don't get me wrong ! I love to look
at it but I'm not really wearing it often or "properly". Let's better not get
started on "the rules". I rather use Lolita as inspiration for my own
fashion thing. I don't wanna be pushed into lables or fashion rules.

For example the lenght of the skirt, just to mentin one aspect...
I don't think my "body type" really allows me to wear Lolita according
to "the common rules" as all the dresses out there (that meet my taste)
are simply way too short for me as I'm 1,78 cm and hence have
really long legs.
But to me fashion is about freedom and the people who
matter know this ^-^
So I just wear what I like 'cause I don't wanna be
"A Lolita" or "A Gyaru" ...etc. I just wanna be me,
inspired and impacted by those and more great
fashion trends & life styles.
I also got some matching bows at Closet Child ♪
The one above fits so well with SPANK! and Fairy kei fashion, I think.
I also coincidentally stumbled across a Btssb store later on:
And now for those of you who just can't get enough of
Harajuku & Takeshita dori :
I took this one waiting in fron of the Daiso store =D
This was a cute store that reminded me of
Alice in Wonderland or Emilie Autumn inspired fashion ♥
Rabbits ~ clock necklaces ~ bows ~ a little steam punk ~ all you need

I got myself a grey sweater with a rabbit on it here:
PomPoms were just everywhere in Tokyo that September !
( Not only at Swankiss ;3 those here are about 1$ btw. )
Circle lenses ♥
You can also see it was about to be Halloween ^^
Harajuku station :
My friend pointed out this sign to me and said
"That's kind of you these days ;D"
and she had a point, not only the pink hair but we got asked so much for
pictures. I guess it was not only my hair and fashion but also
height...remember 1,78 cm. 
It was really hard not to be noticed on the street. Sometimes it was a little
stressful for me but most of the time we had really pleasant talks with some
Japanese people or other tourists, who wanted to take a photo  ^-^
Belive it or not, but I'm actually a quite shy person.
This might sound so contradictory but well, I talk a lot
and I'm also really extroverted, but I also always feel a little anxious around
strangers and love to be unnoticed *ahhh- those blessed moments* ♪
So basically I love to be a tortoise, hiding from people when I'm in my
shy and anxious mode but I also love socialising and find it really easy
to talk and connect with new people.
My personality has always been contradictory.
But I guess I'm by far not the only one ;)
Yamanote Line :
In the train with my travelling Fant ♥
You're never alone with travelling Fant ! ♥
After all that shopping we treated ourselves to some tea & Iced Coffee.
Can't live without it anymore.
Since I've been to Japan this is my treat after a long day of work at my 
part time job. Luckily we have some Japanese cafés here in Düsseldorf
that sell authentic アイスコーヒー ♥
Tokyo Plaza at Omotesando : 
Yes, they have a tiny forest/garden at the rooftop ♥
G2? shop in Harajuku :
I didn't know it before but I put the store on my list as I read
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu likes it a lot ^^
That's it for today, thanks for reading ! ♥
See you next time (^-^)v nyan ♪