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Kawaii Japan goodies

Shopping in Japan – especially Tokyo – was so immense. I’m going to be paying off my credit card until next year, but how could I fail to stock up on all this cute stuff?

Japanese notebook
Sweet notebook

Japanese stickers
Mini toy camera stickers, what could be cuter?

Japanese stickers
More stickers. Can YOU understand this variation?

Japanese paper
Notepaper that folds into a papercraft cat head. This little San-x character, Kutusita nyanko, is so cute and I haven’t seen any other stuff with her on in the UK.

Russian doll stacking teapot
Stacking Russian dolls teapot, isn’t it precious?

Kitty socks
Kitty cat socks from Might Soxer, a Japan spin-off chain of Tabio.

Japan travelog

Roppongi night

I’m back from Japan! It was – as expected – totally amazing. I’m still on comedown. It’s a bit overwhelming thinking of all the things we saw and did, but luckily I wrote a daily travelog out there to remind myself. I’ve just cobbled it all together into a website, so click onto katiedoesjapan09.blogspot.com if you want to have a look.

Japan travelog

I’m also slowly adding all my photos to Flickr – there are a LOT of them and I still have ten rolls of film to develop, too. I’m so happy with my E-P1, I love how all my digital photos turned out.

Tokyo blogging

A reminder if you’re interested in what I’m getting up to in Tokyo, to check out my photolog of the trip at katiedoesjapan.tumblr.com. I’m having SUCH an amazing time, tokyo is as incredible as I thought it would be. Taking tons of photos and writing up a massive diary which I’ll share when I get back.

Go east…


Photo: Rache555

It’s finally here, we’re off to Japan tomorrow! I have my geektastic Google map ready and stuffed full of amazing-sounding things to see and do (probably much too much to fit in), I’ve loaded my cameras with film and charged up the E-P1, and got my guidebooks and rail-passes packed.

I’m going to try and upload some bits and pieces while we’re there (at least in Tokyo where we get free internet, not sure about Kyoto). I’ve set up a Tumblr at katiedoesjapan.tumblr.com should you wish to follow.

See you in 2 and a half weeks..!

Japan – booked!


Photo: Eric Testroete

I’m sooo excited. We just booked a two-week trip to Japan! We’ll have 9 days in Tokyo, then 6 in Kyoto, with a day trip to Osaka hopefully. In Tokyo, we’re staying in a great-looking serviced apartment in Shinjuku, and we’re going traditional in Kyoto and staying in a ryokan guesthouse. Sooooo excited as I’ve wanted to go to Japan for ages, so I’ve started gathering resources and must-see places together.


I bought the cute little zine and travel guide above from Asking for Trouble a little while ago, and I’m making my traditional holiday Google map – feel free to add your suggestions! I’m also excitedly watching this video over & over – might even try to make my own version over there.