I can’t say how happy I am to hear that the Tower Bridge is often mistaken for the London Bridge! I feel that I may be counted among a good crowd of fellow clueless travelers, now. Thanks for letting me know, guys! *(^-^)*
Miho and I entered through the Tower of London‘s back door (because that’s where all the parties are, right?) and came upon a large courtyard, reminiscent of something from Labyrinth (my favorite!). It was cooooooold, but that didn’t deter the crowds!
It turns out that the courtyard was home to the castle ravens, descended from times long, long ago. It seems that they may bite, but we were lucky enough to escape that particular tragedy.
Do you want to find out what happened next? Well, then, follow me in! Continue Reading »
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I’ll let you in on a secret…
On my first day with Miho in London, we woke up bright and early and had breakfast in the dingy, smells-of-mold “dining room” of our “hotel.” I write that with quotes because the terms, “dining room,” and “hotel,” only sort of apply. That is, if you’re using the most basic definitions of “a place where you eat,” and ” a place where you pay money to sleep.”
I was afraid to walk on the floor of our hotel room barefoot because most of the floorboards had separated and there was a rather large amount of mildew, dust, and trashy bits collected in the grooves. It was better than the bathroom, I suppose, where the tub had actually ran away from the wall and there was a gaping black chasm that seemed like it would be the perfect hideout for a family of spiders, cockroaches, or something else just as scary. It was warm, though, I’ll give it that. Warm and moldy, yay. (^o^)
The dining room was actually an open area next to the reception desk with a few long cafeteria tables set up, and only half of the lights on at any time. It was a very dark and strange affair. I guess you can’t expect ￡60/night to get you very much in London? It was warm, at least. I know that I’m repeating myself, but it was very nice to be warm since it was very near freezing outside.
This is all from the perception of a girl who grew up in the desert, though. Anything lower than 16C or 60F makes me run for my down coat.
Oh, right.. I haven’t gotten to the secret yet! Sorry, I was rambling for a bit there..
It will be coming up! Just keep reading. Come on! (>___>) Continue Reading »
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A friend posted this survey on her twitter, and as I was reading it, I began wondering if all of you awesome people taking the time to read my blog really know me. Living Tall in Japan is about me and my experiences, and it’s a huge passion of mines, but beyond the basics– that I’m super tall, I loooove manga/anime, and that I worship my cat, what have I really put out there?
Well, I’ve been blogging for over ten years, so I guess there is probably a lot more than I realize! But let’s add to that knowledge!
It should also help me relieve a little bit of stress! Life is one big ball of stress these days, and it seems like I’m always fighting to come out on top (don’t worry– I will!)!
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Yesterday, I did something that I’ve been meaning to do for a long time!! Woot!
You know JUMP Festa, right? The big yearly free festival that JUMP puts on in December for all of their properties? I even had my art on display there when I worked for Konomi-sensei! Well, there is a Ribon Festa too, every year!
I don’t know how it took me 8.5 years to actually go to the festival for Ribon magazine, which is the magazine that I want to get published in myself, but I finally made it!
Welcome to Ribon Festa 2013! Continue Reading »
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Why, hello there, Spring! I’ve missed you. :3
It’s a nice, pleasant 65 degrees, sunny with blue skies. And, the sakura are out. It’s not quite full bloom here where I am, but it’s almost there. Any day now, the trees will be bursting with pink petals, and just the hint of green leaves!
Where I live at the moment is a suburb of Tokyo, called Yokohama. It’s famous for Chinatown and the docks, although I’m not near either. ;D
So, instead of London, want to see what’s going on just outside my door?
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I woke up exceptionally cold on my second morning in London, and it was… that day in October was about as cold as it gets in Tokyo during the dead of winter. Crazy, right? I had left ninety degree weather for 30 degree weather. . for some reason. I am SO glad that I had brought a winter coat, just in case. ^o^;
I still managed to have a great day, because I woke up and grabbed some coffee and a croissant, and headed out to see a friend! I’d never been to London, or England at all, obviously, but I had a friend here. Namely William, whom I had known before he moved to Tokyo, and whom had ended up living in Tokyo for several years before returning to London about a year ago.
He clued me in that if I wanted to buy fun, kitschy London-things, and get a bit of visual inspiration at the same time, Camden Market wouldn’t steer me wrong!
I have to admit, it was pretty frakking awesome! Deculture-central! Continue Reading »
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Oh my, is it warm today! It’s around 70 degrees (Fahrenheit), and deliciously sunny! The birds are chirping, and it feels like the cicadas are going to come out soon!
So, what better time to revisit old photos, right? XD.. I am going to get out and take some nice new ones of the springyness and sakura sometime this week. :9
For now, I want to divulge a bit, and talk about an exhibition that I won some free tickets to. ^^
It was a cold day in December, and the Science and History museum in Ueno was hosting an exhibit about chocolate.
WELL, HOW COULD I NOT GO?
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