Enoshima 江の島 & Kamakura 鎌倉市, Holiday feeling near Tokyo 東京

My 6 months in Japan have passed so fast & I’m reflecting all the memories I made so far. There’s many ways to keep precious memories of your travel adventures, for example a travel diary, like my friend used to do it! She’s reflecting her days in a diary where she writes down every single day of her journey.

I’m a lazy person so I’d skip a lot of days so instead, I take a loooooot of pictures & videos which I cut into one single Video (If I find the time, of course)

Kamakura 鎌倉市

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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Kamakura 鎌倉市 is very lovely city at the seaside, south of Tokyo 東京. It’s one of myfavorite places to escape the busy city life of Tokyo 東京 & it’s not even that far away! Especially in summer, you won’t believe to find such a beautiful beach just so close to Tokyo City. Also, if you’re an Anime fan you may know some places, as Kamakura 鎌倉市 is often used in Mangas/Animes  (Elfen Lied, Fukumenkei Noise, Gokukoku no Brynhildr, etc.).

Kamakura also has a lot of very beautiful Shrines, & make sure to stroll around some neighborhoods as the houses there are really pretty.

 

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Bamboo Forest in Kamakura, Hokokuji Temple

Enoshima 江の島

Enoshima 江の島 is an island close to Japan’s coast. It is connected to the land with

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Sunset View from Enoshima

a bridge, from Kamakura 鎌倉市. Once in Kamakura 鎌倉市, you can easily go to Enoshima Station by train (Enoshima Electric Railway “Enoden”) & walk from there. This train is actually pretty famous during Summer time, as the Hydrangea are blooming & it drives right through some beautiful sceneries. The Island is very beautiful & full of nature, so

bring your camera to take some amazing photos!

 

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Walkthrough path on Enoshima

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Cute flower path on Enoshima (Good Photo Spot 😉 )

If you want to see more of Kamakura 鎌倉市 & Enoshima 江の島, check out my short Travel Video on YouTube! As I mentioned before, I like to keep memories in form of Videos 🙂

Japanese Fashion?!

If you’re as into Japan as I am, you know that fashion is a big thing there. Especially in crazy Tokyo! The feeling of being basic must bother the Japanese & so it bothers me. You can see this at how many different fashion styles that were created over the past 20 years:

 

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 Cute Lolita’s

Lolita

 

A 2008 New York Times report called Lolita fashion a cross between Alice in Wonderland and the Addams Family, whose influences include “Victorian children’s wear, the French Rococo period, goth-inspired darkness and Japanese anime” (Source; Wikipedia). There are 3 different Lolita styles: Sweet, Classic & Gothic!

 

 

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Gyaru street style

Gyaru

 

Gyaru (ギャル) is a Japanese transliteration of the English word ‘gal’Gyaru is a huge uproar of girly-glam style #yolo, breaking all the rules of “what’s pretty”, and dwelling in a party of man-made beauty (wigs, fake lashes, fake nails etc). Gyaru also is heavily inspired by Western features/fashion. (Source; Gyaru Wiki)

 

 

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Ganguro make up

Ganguro

 

The typical look of Ganguro (ガングロ) is a deep tan combined with hair dyed in shades of orange to blonde, or a silver grey known as “high bleached“. Black ink is used as eye-liner and white concealer is used as lipstick and eyeshadow. False eyelashes, plastic facial gems, and pearl powder are often added to this. Platform shoes and brightly coloured outfits complete the ganguro look. Also typical of ganguro fashion are tie-dyed sarongs, miniskirts, stickers on the face, and many bracelets, rings, and necklaces. (Source; Wikipedia)

 

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2 Kogals in the street of Tokyo

Kogal

 

Kogal (コギャル kogyaru) is a Japanese fashion culture that involves schoolgirls wearing an outfit based on their uniform, but with very short skirts. The girls may also wear loose socks and scarves, and have dyed hair. The word “kogal” is anglicized from kogyaru, a contraction of kōkōsei gyaru (high school gal). Kogals favor platform boots, makeup, and Burberry scarves. They have a distinctive slang peppered with English words.

 

 

 

 

Bōsōzoku

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Bōsōzoku Gang

(暴走族), literally “running-out-of-control” (as of a vehicle) tribe. Interested in motorcycle customizing, often illegal, and making noise. These bōsōzoku groups sometimes ride without motorcycle helmets (which in Japan is illegal), also engage in dangerous or reckless driving, such as weaving in traffic, and running red lights. The typical bōsōzoku member is often depicted in a uniform consisting of a jumpsuit like those worn by manual laborers or a tokkō-fuku, a type of military issued overcoat with kanji slogans usually worn open with no shirt underneath showing off their bandaged torsos and baggy matching pants tucked inside tall boots. Tokkō-fuku in Japanese means “Special Attack Uniform“, which is the uniform of the Kamikaze pilots. (Source; Wikipedia)

 

 

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Some Decora Enthusiasts

Decora

 

The clothes are usually in black, dark pink or baby pink, but other neon colors were also acceptable. A plain shirt and hoodie was often worn with short tutu-like skirts. The hair (often worn in low ponytails with long bangs) and make-up itself tends to be quite plain. However, the most significant part of decora is to pile on many layers of cute accessories until the bangs and shirt are barely visible. Stockings, legwarmers, armwarmers, and knee socks are also worn over each other in different layers. Common details also include leopard prints and patterned dental masks. (Source; Wikipedia)

 

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the usual Visual Kei

Visual kei / Oshare kei / Angura kei / Cult party kei

 

 

Visual: Created by Japanese musicians consisting of striking makeup, unusual hair styles and flamboyant costumes, similar to Western glam rock and glam metal. Androgyny is also a popular aspect of the style.
Oshare: The style focuses a lot on mixing different patterns, bright colors and punk elements to create a unique look. Unlike Visual kei, the make-up is toned down a bit and focuses more on the eyes alone. Facial piercings are also common.
AnguraAngura kei is the darkest visual kei style. The clothes of the style tend to be mostly black, but with spikes and chains. Make-up is worn dark and heavy. The style has been compared to the modern goth.
Cult Party: Based on Western religious artifacts like crosses or bibles. Common aspects include crosses wired in yarn, layers of fabric in soft colors, lots of cream lace, satin bows and bible prints. The Make Up is often worn naturally. (Source; Wikipedia)

 

 

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Lolita look-a-like

Dolly kei

 

Based on Japan’s view of the Middle Ages and European fairy tales, especially the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. It includes a lot of vintage-style clothing and sometimes has religious symbols. (Source; Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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Winter Fairy Kei style

Fairy kei

 

A childlike style. Outfits are made up of pastel colors (like lavender, baby blue, light pink, etc.), angel, toy, baby motifs and accessories from Western toy lines such as My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, Rainbow Brite, Barbie, Care Bears etc. Pastel colored hair is common although natural hair is also popular, hair is usually kept simple and decorated with anything cute or pastel; bows are a common theme. (Source; Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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Mori Style Room & Girl

 

Mori girl

 

 

Mori (which means forest) fashion uses soft, loosely fitting layers of garments such as floaty dresses and cardigans. It places an emphasis on natural fabrics (cotton, linen, wool) and hand-made or vintage accessories with a nature theme. The color scheme tends to be light and neutral, but patterns such as gingham and florals may also be used.

 

 

 

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Girl wearing a Kimono

Kimono style

 

Japanese fashion is influenced by historic culture, we can now still see Japanese people wearing kimono on the street in Japan, especially in Ginza. In addition they now still keep the culture of wearing kimono for special and important events, such as mitzvah, funeral, etc. The younger generation in Japan do also accept mixing kimono and modern style in fashion.

 

 

 

EXTRA

If you don’t know what cosplay is, I’ll explain it to you shortly: Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure ), a mix of the words costume play, is a performance art in which “cosplayers” wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character, like from mostly an Anime or any Movie or even from games. Like Pikachu, Superman or Sailor Moon. Many do this as a hobby, in which they create anything by their self!

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A cosplay from  “Sinon” (Gun Gale Online)

Hope you all liked my post! Tell me in the comments 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

8 things you should know before going to Japan

If you are about to travel to this crazy country, you should know a few things before getting infected by a culture shock!

Japanese people can’t say “no”

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somehow 

Well, that’s not bad right? But it is, when you are lost & ask strangers for the direction. Japanese can’t lose their faces and say “I don’t know”. They  will just tell you “eeh.. I thinks it’s this way” even though they have no idea. You should at least ask 3 people, or visit a local police cabin right away. Those police stations are simply there to help you if you’re lost or something like that, as Japans criminality is pretty low.

If you meet someone important, bow down!

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Short explanation

 

The deeper you bow, the more respect you show. This would be appreciated if you’re about to meet someone importent, like the boss of a company or a priest.

 

 

Bring cash instead of a credit card!

You should exchange your money at the airport before you go somewhere. Even though Japan is such a futuristic country, it’s also very traditional. So in most stores, you pay with cash (they also prefer if you give them just the right amount of money). There are a lot if ATM’s so don’t worry if you forget to exchange at the airport.

Don’t leave tips!

Seriously, in Japan it’s like you’d tell them they’d need money. Not even to the taxi driver! Even though the waitress is extremely friendly and helpful, it’s their culture, they don’t want anything in exchange. I’ve even heard that a taxi driver ran after some people just to give them back their money.

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an example

“Modern” toilets?

Everybody knows that the Japanese have the most crazy toilets; some play music, some of them even talk to you, but not everywhere! If you go to a public toilet, be aware to find only a hole on the ground. Japan, futuristic & traditional.

 

Enjoy going by train as a tourist!

There’s a cheap train ticket, only available for tourists! It’s the Japan Rail Pass! You can choose the regions (for example the main island “Honshu“) and the duration (1-2 weeks) and you pay a small amount of money (depending, 300-400$) and you drive train during these weeks! It’s pretty useful, trust me. Check it out on: www.japanrailpass.net

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Looks like a passport

The adapter plug!

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looks like this

This is a common thing to be forgotten when travelling to another country! Just go to a electric store in your country and ask for an adapter plug for Japan. If you forget to (like I did) there are adapters available in most hotels, don’t worry.

Avoid Summer in Japan

Summer in Japan is veeeery hot. And wet. That’s because the Taifun season takes place in Summer. Even though it’s hot, the air-condioning is going crazy, so watch out of getting a cold. Check out the weather before you go.

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Source “T-Online”

Well, I hope there few things have been helpful for you to plan your trip to Japan. Don’t worry, it’s just nice to know, but If you forget one of those things, they will just kindly remind you!

Sabrina
(all pictures in this post belong to their owners & are not mine)

Some unnecessary knowledge about Japan

Japan can be a strange country sometimes, but that’s one more reason I love it so much! I’ve researched some of my favorite facts about this extraordinary place on earth to share them with you:

You can buy isles in Japan!
They may not be cheap or too big but hey, an isle in Japan! If you are interested anyway, go check out www.aqua-styles.com/island_japan.html

The biggest crossing in the world
is of course, the famous Shibuya Crossing! Everytime the light goes green, up to 15’000 people are crossing the street!

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The Shibuya crossing from above, right next to the Shibuya train station.

Oshiya – Pushing people for a living? 
Maybe you’ve already seen it on TV or social media; a man in uniform, that pushes people into a full train – and that’s his job! Well, what else do you expect in a 40 million people city at rush hour? (Ps. Oshiyas exist since 1955)

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A very old picture of Oshiyas, pushing commutes into the train!

Hikikomori?
Japanese people, mostly young people, that live in their room. Only their room. For months or worse – even years! Yes, like the nerds in the movies that only watch Animes & play video games the whole day, but that’s not funny at all! They are overwhelmed by the tough Japanese society. Even the parents are ashamed to have a Hikikomori in their family, so they don’t talkabout it. Because of that reason, many Hikikomoris don’t get the help they’d need.

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Illustration of a Hikikomori

Fell asleep at work? Totally OK in Japan!

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“He must have been working hard”


Inemuri – that’s how they call it. Which means being awake physically but asleep in mind. There are any reasons: The Japanese have very long working hours & u
sually long trips to work, so there’s no time for sleep. So if you sleep at work, your colleagues will think “he must have been working very hard”

 

What does the chicken say?
In Japan, they use animal sounds (like meow or bark) for some animals, we wouldn’t even guess! some examples:

Cat/Neko                                    “Nya” (kinda accurate)
Dog/Inu                                      “Wan Wan” (hmm)
Chicken/Niwatori                     “kokekokko” (I mean, what?)
Kickup/Kakkou                         “ho hokekyo”    (say it loud!)
Horse/Uma                                 “hihiin“(depends on the pronunciation, I guess)
Monkey/Saru                             “kikii“(Never, ever heard a monkey speak)

Of course there are many more strange things about Japan, but for now this must be enough. Stay tuned for more soon!

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“KOKEKOKKO !!”

All pictures in this posts are not mine and belong to their creators