Asakusa Temple

Travel Diary: Tokyo, Japan

So I finally managed to save up enough to go visit Japan. SO EXCITING! The boyf and I decided to stay in Tokyo for the duration of our stay. We ended up booking an apartment from Air BnB rather than a hotel since we wanted a place to ourselves where we could relax and cook if we wanted to.

On the plane
Leaving for Japan!
The city of lights below
Up in the sky

The apartment wasn’t big but was a decent size for two people. The downsize to it was that the kitchen was tiny and thus we had to use the space wisely when preparing and cooking food.

Making curry
Making curry in the apartment

Curry with an omelette on top :)
Curry with an omelette on top :)

The bathroom was small as well but came with a small bathtub. Which I believe is standard with most Japanese apartments. The area was in Gotanda which is in central Tokyo and literally on the JR Yamanote line, so all the main areas and attractions were within easy reach.

I quite liked our little space as it had a small sitting room for us to wind down after a long day and have our TV dinners.

Family Mart Food
Om nom nom nom

One Piece
Watching One Piece from episode 1 with cheap eats from Family Mart :)

We spent most of our time visiting shrines, Shopping (a lot) and going to cultural attractions. I’m planning to write about each day or attraction separately so stay tuned for these posts! I’ll be sure to link them all here as well 😁

Asakusa Temple
Asakusa Temple

For those interested we ended up visiting:

  1. Tokyo Tower
  2. Tokyo Skytree
  3. Character Street
  4. Harajuku
  5. Shijuku
  6. Akihabara
  7. Asakusa
  8. Kamakura
  9. Tsukikoji Fish Market

and many more… I’ll be posting up about it in the next few weeks so be sure to come back to check them out :)

we found Shibuya 109
Visitng Shibuya 109

It was an amazing experience and I would definitely visit again! Maybe to Osaka, Kyoto or Hokkaido.

All my love,
Kekidoll xoxo

I feel like making a chair out of Molang bunnies!

MCM Expo May 2015

Batman Cowls!
My little online kawaii store, Kekiko, exhibited at MCM Comic Con this May and it was a busy weekend for myself and my helpers!
Kekiko Stall :)
We had a great time meeting lots of new faces. As well as familiar ones.
Aisha Anime and Moi <3
There were a lot of great cosplayers some which I’ve managed to take a photo of who had past the stall. However, there were so many that were missed since the hall was huge and many people missed small areas.
Lulu and Ahri ^__^
For Hello Kitty’s 10th anniversary, she turned a large booth area into a mini garden fit with a caravan, teepee, photobooth and Hello Kitty chairs. There was free face painting, hair chalk, photos and a phone charging station to all their visitors for their #OneKindThing campaign. I went ahead and got pink hair chalk, my face painted (didn’t really wash it off…) and photos from the photobooth.
We got our faces painted :P
We’d definitely venture back in October!
I feel like making a chair out of Molang bunnies!
Check out the Facebook page for more photos from the weekend!

With love,

Kekidoll xoxo

Funko Collection. Collectable figurines.

I started seeing Funko pop vinyl figures at expos and received my first one via my NerdBlock I ordered last year. It was a Batman.

At the beginning I never found them cute, just weird blocks with little beady eyes but then out came Frozen and Minions and I just fell in love.
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My friend gifted me a Minion Dave for Christmas 💕💕💕
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I ended up purchasing Olaf for my little cousin for Christmas. She loved him and
wanted the whole Frozen collection, so my aunt ended buying Elsa for her and now I managed to get Anna as well!

So all we’re just missing Sven and Kristoff. I did see Sven but unfortunately his paintwork wasn’t good. I would order online elsewhere but I like examining the figures on the shelf before selecting one because I find the paint on the details are usually off with these painted figures.
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I also bought Dancing Groot for myself since he’s so cute! I feel like collecting all the minions, plus Disney ones too.

Have you bought a Funko toy? What do you own?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

London Anime Comic Con

I’ve been quite busy lately trying to get everything sorted so I could exhibit at London Anime Con at The Rocket Complex at Holloway Road. It was so busy that they had to turn people away!

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Ready for LACC!

The venue was split into many sections and I was hidden in the artists alley at the back of the hall. Many other exhibitors were upstairs in the main area.

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So many cool cosplayers!

The weekend was fun and lots of people recognised the store thanks to many amazing websites and press people; especially Aisha from Anime Picks! I took lots of photos of cosplayers that came by my stall, you can see them all on my facebook page: Kekiko.

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With YY from YY Kawaii

Some people managed to find the artist alley filled with amazing art and really cool looking hand made items ^^

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Scary anime masks

I heard that there is one in June as well but I’m unsure if I’ll have enough time to attend since I’ll be going to MCM in May and Hyper Japan in July. Busy busy!!

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These handmade Kigurumi Masks can cost up to a grand!

Oh, Happy Valentines!! What do you have planned today?

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Manchester Comic Con and Hyper Japan Goodies!

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I had purchased a lot of goodies during my visit to MCM expo Manchester and Hyper Japan. This is what I hoarded on my travels!

A Japanese snack making kit. This is really cute but I haven’t found the time to use it yet. It creates donut shaped jellies you can decorate and then eat!
You can buy it from Tofu Cute

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My little cousins are obsessed with My Little Pony and have even since forced me to watch it. I haven’t sat down and watched all the episodes (please don’t kill me MLP fans…) But I’ve watched a few clips on YouTube. So I bought them Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle keyrings for them. My friend bought a plugy with a Fluttershy design.
Shop:

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I came across a very cute store filled with handmade felt toys and acrylic earrings. All designs were created by Cherry Abuku. I couldn’t resist getting these little babies! If you didn’t know, I have enough pairs of earrings to wear every day of the year… Its one piece of jewellery I love to change and wear.
Shop for cute acrylic jewellery pieces here!

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I bought this necklace and ring from a lovely girl who makes her own jewellery pieces and sells them from her Livejournal blog. The bunny necklace was Alice in Wonderland inspired. The ice cream ring was just so sparkly and I absolutely LOVE ice cream!!
Shop for cute acrylic jewellery pieces here!

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I also visited the Nanoblocks store and bought some sets to try out! Here I bought the Toucan and Piano set. I was told the Toucan set was the hardest to build.

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I also bought an Owl a while back from MCM Expo. Isn’t she cute? I love the colour purple and her personality remind me of myself :)
You can order one from Artbox online.

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Last but not least, my cute and cuddly Alpaca! This was from my friend Jojo. Her store, Lovejojo, was very pink and she had an army of Alpacas to sell! After the Hyper Japan event she only had 12 left.
Grab an Alpaca before stocks run out now!

What should I name this little darling?

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

We Went to Manchester MCM Expo

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MCM Expo Manchester happened on Saturday 20th July. My friends and I headed up North on Friday morning but I missed my coach as I was busy sorting out personal errands for my family. So I ended up getting to Manchester 2 hours later than my friends. However the coach I sat on was more spacious, comfy and allows a pit stop at a service centre compared to the other coach I missed. This, I believe, was due to price as the first bus cost £5 and the one I rode on cost £17 on the day.

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Once in Manchester we shopped around in the city centre and ordered pizza to the hotel as we failed to find Pizza Hut before it shut. It was a fun evening.

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We arrived at the Manchester MCM Expo the following day. This venue was smaller than the London version but was very busy. So busy that the entrance was blocked for 10 minutes to control congestion. There were a variety of stalls where some exhibit in all the MCM expos so there were a few familiar faces. There were many new stalls local to Manchester that I’ve never seen before. People sold cute hats, tote bags, cuddly toys, jewellery, shoes, comics, art, t-shirts and much more. I didn’t buy an awful lot because I restricted myself and didn’t want to fill up my, already tiny, room with more toys.

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After a while of shopping, my friend called me to come over to the DDR machines. In London MCM the arcade/gaming area is always full and hogged by gaming enthusiasts. So to my surprise the DDR and Pump machines were clear and there wasn’t much of a queue nor crowd around them! My friend and I played a fair amount of games and on normal to hard modes which people thought was amazing. They should come to London, I’d be embarrassed to show my skills there with all the pros! However I loved how people of all levels were encouraged to play and weren’t scrutinised. I think it allows people to try out new games and ultimately have fun.

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I even tried out Picmen on the WiiU which I found was fun! The member of staff said I did very well and managed to get the hang of the game, plus almost finish the level, in 2 minutes (I jumped on after a few people attempted the challenge). *does the V pose*

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We left around 5:30 before the rush for the exit began. Had a shower after a ‘gym session’ on the Pump It Up machines and headed out for dinner. We went to Hard Rock Café at The Printworks since none of us had been there before. The restaurant had a good atmosphere with good music and really good food. I tried the local burger of the day which was a lamb and mint burger with fried carrots and onions on top of lettuce and tomato in a bun. Nom nom nom! If you follow my instagram you would have seen my array of foodie photos from my trip.

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The brownie ice cream was big! It was delicious. The strawberry cheesecake tasted really creamy too but it wasn’t as solid as a normal cheesecake should be. The presentation was disappointing compared to the brownie. Although costing the same amount we didn’t think the cheesecake lived up to the cost. Overall our dinner was delicious, the venue was very entertaining and had lots of really cool decorations. Our waiter was very friendly but would be MIA half the time. I guess we were very busy chatting a lot. *le shrug* The dessert was yummy but we just expecting a slice of cheesecake rather than a shot glass filled with the dessert.

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We all enjoyed our mini weekend road trip and plan to do it again next year!! MCM Manchester 2014 I’ll be waiting!

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With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Hyper Japan Summer 2013

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So I visited Hyper Japan over the weekend on Sunday 28th July. There was a lot to see! The venue was massive but there was a lot of unused space. This may have been due to allowing extra room for people to walk around in.

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Sunday wasn’t too busy, there wasn’t a queue at the door compared to Saturday. There was a gaming section where new and retro games could be played! I tried out Wonderful 101 on the WiiU. This is a cooperative game where two people fight monsters together using the joypad to create shapes to create weapons. The weapons are created from people, imagine pikmen and calling your minions to group together and produce a sword for you.

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I also played on the Taiko drums which I found rather hard to play since the drums weren’t as responsive. The second time I played, I used the controller but unfortunately I picked up the wrong one and was playing my friends drum; so we had two players on one drum. No wonder Player1 such a high score and Player2 zero points!

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Next I tried out a very old game called Ghouls and Ghosts. Its a Japanese game where you control a spear throwing knight to kill skeletons that pop up from above or the ground. This was a fun game. It was damn hard though! Every time something would catch me out like a random skull being dropped on you or a skeleton happening to emerge where you’re standing. There was also the Nintendo SNES and Sega Mega drive too but u didn’t have a chance to play. The 8-bit and retro console machines will be at Eurogamer in October!

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Shiro-A, an electro pop performance group, performed at Hyper Japan. They were also selling tickets for their event at their stall. I’ve seen them on YouTube and love them! Its so quirky and cool. They were wearing tubes on their head and was running around the whole hall. If you visited their stand they would also let you put the tube on :)

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The food court had so much to try but it was always very busy. Queues everywhere! By the time it died down and I was able to get some the stalls had sold out. :(

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There was a small stage in one corner where they were doing small performances. I saw a lady perform Rococo, usually a male act, which is a comedy performance told by one person. Her story was simple, it was about two kids buying takoyaki but was a coin short. So the older one tricked the owner by asking for the time mid-counting his payment, so he just continued from the number the owner said. Thinking this was clever, the younger kid decided to do the same the next day. To not screw up the trick he reenacted exactly the same scene, word for word at the same stall. This made the store owner worried and asked if the kid needed to see the doctor (because he was talking to himself, hehehe). When it came to payment, the kid asked for the time half way through counting his coins but of course the time was earlier than where he stopped so he ended up paying more than he needed. The end!

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The performer had really good emotions and acting skills! I found it funny ut think she could have told a better story.

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There was also a music performance from an international flute player, shimikansen and drummer. Separate it was boring in a way but it was what they would normally play in the theatre. The flute was piercing and really high pitched but when you put them together and add in a beat it sounds amazing.

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A singer was also singing along to them and taught the audience part of the lyrics. Its so cute! Da pon da pon da pon pon. Doesn’t mean anything but it’s catchy. Some lady was looking at me weirdly because I was singing along… I gave her a “What?! She taught you too yanno!” look.

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I saw many stalls selling cute items. However I only bought a few items because I didn’t take any money out in the morning! Only had £20 on me. Luckily some stalls took card ^___^ I’ll do a full post on that later.

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Did you visit Hyper Japan? What do you like about the Japanese culture? Would you like to visit Japan? I know I want to go again!

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

MCM Expo London Cosplay 2013

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As mentioned before, I attended the London comic con festival in the bank holiday weekend in May.

Ryu an Ken Cosplay
Ryu and Ken at a cupcake store

There were a lot of cosplayers this year, most in onesie costumes of unicorns *raises hand*, Pikachu or Hamtaro.

Necomini
We tried on Necomimi’s!

There were many lolita girls too, plus lots of famous game and anime characters as usual.

League of Legends was there too and held a tournament. Many fans attended and purchased merchandise. It was so nice! However I didn’t plan on spending money during my attendance so I didn’t buy any champion hats.

Teemo hat
He had a Captain Teemo hat on!
Rammus Hat
He had a Rammus hat on!

Here I’ve showcased the ones I loved and thought were really cool.

With Love,
Kekidoll xxx

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