A Week With Ashley (Saitama, Gunma, Yokohama & Tokyo)

Hi everybody!

As you can tell from my current social media posts, I’ve been having a blast with my dear friend Ashley! Ashley is back in Japan for vacation & she spent almost a week here in Saitama. She’s already on her way back to Hyogo-ken now though, huhu!

We actually didn’t have concrete plans & most of our days were really just chill but we’re both so glad that we were able to maximize our days together for both leisure and work!

To start our mini JP adventure together, we had a Yukata date on a Friday!

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Watch the #Hobonichi With Me video here & view our yukata date photos here and here.

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While waiting for her arrival, I spotted this corner inside the train station. Such a instagrammable frame, haha!

(..and I thought she would arrive at 6:05 AM.. when the actual time was 6:50 AM lolololol me being me)

After our quick nanaha lunch, we roamed around & took each other’s photos.

Yesterday, we had a sukajan shoot for Japan Lover Me Store.

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Went to Yokohama to meet common friends & witnessed the “Pikachu Outbreak”.

Lavender dreams unlocked for Ashley! Went all the way to Gunma prefecture so we could have a floral escapade together haha.

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Cute train ~

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Visiting Kurosuke’s House at Totoro’s Forest (トトロの森)

Hi everyone!

Yesterday, Yumi-san (a.k.a. my fairy godmother here in Japan haha) and I went on a mini hiking trip at Tokorozawa, Saitama! It’s amazing how there are SOOO many things to do, explore and discover here in Saitama Prefecture!

Been wanting to hike ever since my Poppy trip to Chichibu and coincidentally, Yumi nee-san wanted to visit Kurosuke’s house. I think that I did read about this news before (maybe from rocketnews JP? lol haha) and I also thought of visiting Totoro and Kurosuke.. but I had forgotten about it. Many thanks to Yumi nee-san for inviting me and for arranging everything! Her adventurous spirit and youthful energy are really inspiring and contagious.

Anywaaay, let’s get started! Here are the highlights of the trip! ^^

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Totoro-san contemplating about the meaning of life.

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Do watch out for the special Totoro Forest x #HobonichiWithMe video!

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Luckily, for a Saturday, it wasn’t too crowded!

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Seeing greens and trees just makes me feel more alive!

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Look how lush the trees are! They look like broccoli (and Yumi-san thinks so as well haha)~

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Many years ago, the local community started a fund for the preservation of the forests in Sayama Hills / Tokorozawa, Saitama. They called it “Totoro Fund / Totoro no Furasato Foundation”. Tourists are welcome to stay at Kurosuke’s house and you can donate by purchasing the special edition Totoro fund merch / or you can just leave any amount in their donation boxes. Up to this day, because of the pooled money, the organization has bought and acquired enough land to sustain and preserve the forests.

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Printed the maps / guides from their website. 

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Yumi-san woke up at 4:30AM to prepare our kawaii Totoro bento! OMG! *_*

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Hobonichi Diary Updates + Wisteria Date + See You Tomorrow at #KawaiiMarket2016!

Hello everyone!

Good morning from Manilaaaa! Yes, I’m in the Philippines right now for Kawaii Market 2016, happening tomorrow at The Open Space PH, Makati City!

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Ang init!! (It’s so hot here, huhu)

A preview of what will happen tomorrow 🙂 So much excitement!

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Brought some Japanese snacks for mini Rainbowholic Cafe stall haha.

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