🌸✨✌🏼London Paris Tokyo βœŒπŸΌβœ¨πŸŒΈ

HI GUYS LONG TIME NO BLOG 
soz for that – it’s been pretty hectic up in here since returning to Japaz!

 
So lol I had a 6 week break in which I went back home saw my pals and the fam, went back to Paris (it was a dreaaamm) and saw the very beginning of a beautiful English spring before heading back to Tokes with mum for cherry blossom mania πŸŒΈπŸŽ‰πŸŒΈπŸŽ‰
Here are some photos from my European excursion! I had a fab time and SO MUCH BRUNCH and food in general – life was deliciousπŸ˜‹



Paris in particular was super dreamy. A lovely trip down memory lane and I once again ogled at all the stylish peeps dressed immaculately, drinking coffee and smoking. All I did was sit in cafΓ©s with mum reminiscing and I had a cheeky wine and pizza with the lovely Hannah Lynn who I hadn’t seen since Leeds! So many memz and so much nostalge✨✨✨


Then Britain also brought delights including seeing Louisa Beadel grace the West End stage ONCE AGAIN,  this time with Daniel Radcliffe in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Jbaz and I lived out best lives cheering on the BABE in her starring role! 


I also went for brunch with the chipstead players (it was beyond dreamy) went down to Brighton to hang with Cristinita and went to Laura Green’s delightful wedding with the rest of the fam – loving life πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•


6 weeks in England and France went in a flash and before I knew it I was back to Tokyo this time with Vic_kickzout by my side!
There was so much cherry blossom in my life guys, I SWAM in a sea of sakura and was surrounded by pink at every turn β˜ΊοΈπŸ’•which I OBVS LOVED


Mum’s visit was lovely. We went to Kamakura and strolled around the temples, we marvelled at the canopies of blossom in Tokyo and hung with Tommy P, David ,Yeska and Lizzy-chan (who was in Tokyo for a day) living our best lives. 

Reunited with Lizzy chan πŸ’–


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It is so lovely to be back and back with my Tokyo pals πŸ’– particularly in spring – arguably Japan’s finest hour. 


The start of term at work has also been fab- the new teachers at work are LOVELY and we have been having all the lolz πŸ’–βœŒπŸΌβœŒπŸΌ
This weekend just gone has also been beyond. On Friday I went out with the teachers in Yokohama. It was lovely. Then on Saturday I made my way to the Yayoi Kasuma exhibition in Roppongi which was amazing. SO SO colourful and expressive and I remembered how much I LOVED going to galleries and appreciating ART. Back to my Parisian ways haha.  


On Saturday night I then met up with Tommy P for a cheeky al fresco frappucino. It was warm and almost like summer. After our frap we had dinner and a drink with Ruel before I headed off to meet Jess, Rhys, Will and the gang for Shibuya lolzzzz. We danced like mad things and we LIVED. Ended up obvssss getting back around 5 and crashing πŸ™ˆ
Sunday was then a gloriously sunny day and I popped my shorts on and headed out the door on my way to meet up with Tommy P, Zozo, Shaz and Ruel for our first picnic of the year! It was so lovely with blossom falling off the trees and blowing in the wind! It was magical! We were then joined by Nick (the babe) and caught up on life and got excited for a summer of lolz and loving life 😍 so so so excited! 

BABES πŸ“·: selfie professional and all round babe Tommy P

And yesterday it was back to work and back to teaching. All going well so far and the teachers went out for drinks- fab fab fab. All good vibes here in JP✌🏼✌🏼
So as usual feeling #blessed and loving my life. More positivity and sun kissed life hopefully coming your way soon ✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼 

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I’m a Tokyo Girl, surrounded by babes, loving my life.

WHADDUP BLOGGERZ 
Welcome back to hazvanmazinjapaz – last week I returned to Tokyo and spent all week having lolz, continuing to impulse buy everything and see all my top babes. I’ve been loving life (as per). 


I kicked off Tuesday by heading over to Suganami-ku to pay my rent and go and see Tommy P. We went to Precious Coffee Moments (first time in AGES) and caught up on our lives and our travels. He also bought me back GIFTS from Korea. So many fab kpop related things! I DIED. I loved them all and I’ve decided I need to go to Korea URGENTLY.

Thanks Tommy P – full time babe πŸ’–

After lunch we went for a wander in the sunshine towards Koenji stopping at this gorgeous shrine which was looking delightful in the sunshine. The plum blossoms are starting to appear and the whole scene was just beautiful πŸ’–


We then headed to this cuuuute cafe in Koenji which had murals of cute animals on the walls and served mega cute lattes. 


It was adorbz and another precious coffee moment πŸ’– We then wandered back and I headed home to the housemates for cups of tea, chilling and MANY a lol ☺️
On Wednesday and Thursday I kept it pretty chill ☺️ lazing about, going for coffee and on Thursday eve I braved the SNOW and wind to get to Japanese. 
It was my last class before the break and it was lovely. We talked about my Japan travels and all the food and I had a lovely time ☺️
Friday then brought sunshine and a ray of sunshine – Helen Bateman (BABE)We had a cheeky lunch at trendy Propaganda before perusing the shops and ALMOST buying this jumper…

πŸ“·:Helen BABEman

I couldn’t justify buying it for 4000 yen but I LOVED IT. Helen then took me make-up shopping and I’ve started my journey – watch this space (return of Harryana Grande in the spring πŸ˜‚) 
We then met Daisy and went for a coffee then a drink and hid away from the snow 😭 we had loads of lolz though (obvs) and eventually wandered home where Ida, Sophie and I cracked open some umeshu and had a fab time. I love these girls – the new danish girls that I live with are complete BABES. 
Saturday I then rose early to meet the lovely Mae Dunne for some seaside lolz in Kamakura. We hopped on the Enoden to Hase to admire the big Buddha. I hadn’t been to Hase since I first arrived and the Buddha was sitting gloriously in the sunshine. After wandering around and seeing the inside of the Buddha we strolled down the road and walked past a shop selling cheap kimonos and yukatas. Naturally we bought some and headed straight to the beach for a photo shoot (because life is for living) 


After frolicking in the wind (it was freezing) we went for Pho at Song Be ✌🏼️


We then headed home and after a quick change I was off to Tommy P’s for drinks, snacks and lolz. Ruel and Tom made the most delicious quesadillas and spring rolls and I ate EVERYTHING. Tom, Ruel and I also introduced Zoe and Nick to some Kpop big hitters (BLACKPINK in your areaaaaaa) and loved our lives. Tom, Ruel and I then headed to Dragon and PARTY ONNN. There was podium dancing and life loving. Also Tom and Ruel are such BABES and We had all the lolz and all the life. I’m surrounded by babes and I love it.


I then scarpered for the last train and collapsed in a heap haha. 
Sunday was then a very lazy start but wandered into Shibuya to meet the Danes for shopping, lolz and purikura. We had all the lolz πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•


 After saying goodbye to the Danes it was time to head over to Kichijoji to see Jess, Helen, Shannon, Will, Rhys and MARK WHITFIELD (Jess’ dad who is SO LOVELY)

We had delicious soup curry and MARVELLOUS time (as per) chatting and having lolz and making memz πŸ’•


We then went and had another drink before heading home. Love those babes so much – they bring SUCH JOY TO MY LIFE ☺️☺️☺️

Monday was quite quiet – I wandered around the hood- went for a walk down the Tama river and basked in the sunshine.


In the evening I went to the sento and chilled in the outdoor pool- feeling super zen ☺️

On Tuesday I decided to go plum blossom hunting in Shinjuku Gyoen and was not disappointed. My love of horticulture continues and I was snapping all the blossoms with my OAP Japanese pals and Korean tourist chums 


After a wander and a lot of picture taking, I wandered back towards Naka Meguro where I had exquisite meal at mine and Jess’ FAVE ramen shop – I had the spicy one with fried chicken in it- it was EVERYTHING. 


Mind-blowingly good. 

I had housemate lolz in the eve before heading out to meet up with Tommy P and Nicky-kun for a Chinese and draaanks. These boys =phenom. Gurus of life and lovers of lolz- we were all living our best lives and the Chinese woman gave us free chocolate because it was Valentine’s Day – we were #blessed.

We had drinks in Safari Safari – a hilarious bar with blaring Nicki Minaj and the friendliest bar staff EVER (when you go in they introduce themselves – cute) it was LOL and they took requests and so natch they played Ariana πŸ’…πŸΌ which I loved. 

I then sprinted home just catching my last train πŸ˜… – Tokyo struggles

Wednesday was pretty chill, started to pack and went for sushi.


And today I went for breakfast with queen of lolz Jess Whitterz. We laughed the whole time and it was great. 


I followed her all the way to work loooool we couldn’t stop the lolz. SO had a cheeky SAKURA LATTE in Skytree. Lolzzzzz it was so gross hahaha – tastes like soap BUT it got me so excited for cherry blossom season, spring and the fact that everything everywhere is pink πŸ˜πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–


I then wandered home stopping off at Kiyosumi gardens (recommended by east Tokyo expert Ms Whitfield) it was so zen and peaceful and cute.


I then went for a cheeky wander through the hood before grabbing some food and heading back to pack and clean. 


And just had some beers with CΓ©dric and the girls and now off to bed. Off to England tomorrow and honestly I don’t want to leave Japan 😭😭😭. Excited to see everyone though and chill out with the fam, the pals and the cat πŸ’–

Blog will resume after my return – back in Japaz on the 28th March and I will be returning with Vic_kickzout aka MY MOTHER – watch out Japan double trouble is coming at the end of March 😝😝😝

LIVING and relishing everything the kitchen of Japan has to offer

Here we go part 2 of the great West Japan adventure πŸŽ‰ Sooo I touched down in Osaka and I was back in a big city with people everywhere and a busy bustling metro = FAB. 

I headed over to my hostel, Hostel 64 – recommended by the king of hip Marcus (thanks babes I loved it) and met the ever so trendy and lol Kiyo ☺️ who presented me with a map of all local trendy hangouts (I loved it ☺️) and took me to a trendy cafe.


So I was already loving Osaka πŸ˜‚ and soon I walked through trend central (Horie area) down Orange Street through Amerika Mura (teen trendz) and to the famous Doutonbouri where THE WORLD were living their lives including about 1000 Chinese and Korean tourists.

 I worked my way through the throng in search of some okonomiyaki. I headed down a backstreet and into a cute little restaurant where I had the best okonomiyaki OF MY LIFE. Not with noodles like Hiroshima style but with shrimp and just simple, light and delicious. It was DELIGHTFUL. 
Osaka is known as Japan’s kitchen and the place to go for food and it DELIVERED. Everything has been exquiz πŸ˜‹



Post okonoms I headed back to the hostel for a quick shower before heading up to Umeda in search of the Osaka gay scene. After navigating my way through the very confusing read light district I made it to FrenZ- FrenZy a little rainbow covered bar once frequented by Lady Gaga (her picture is up and everything – I loved it and felt starstruck)


I drank some lethally strong drinks and made friends with some Australians, Hong Kong nationals and some Osakans. We had so many lolz and were all about that Friday night life. We eventually made it over to Explosion and GOT DOWN until I ended up walking back to my hostel (I walked miles,  I crossed Osaka) 
The next day the full effects of my two day bender hit and I rolled out of bed at 11 to see the sun shining and sightseeing patiently waiting to be done, so I dragged myself to Osaka Castle which was standing majestically in the sunshine. 


After taking a lot of selfies (haha SHAMELESS) I entered the castle and saw you could try on samurai armour and I thought WHY NOT? Most people were in a group but I bounded up to the people with my smartphone in hand loving my solo traveller life and donned the samurai garb. It was totes worth it. 

I then strolled around the castle, went to the top to see the view and then sat down in the sunshine marvelling at life. 

Before long I was back on the move and headed down to the Tsutentaku tower and Shinsekai area which is an old neighbourhood and a little bit run down and edgy.

I strolled down the arcade and saw this little cafe called CafΓ© Banana. Intrigued, I wandered in and ordered a tea and the owner started talking to me in Japanese. I had a full conversation (slightly stilted) with her, another customer and the chef in the back and we were all LOLLING about life and being hysterical and then just before I paid she said “let’s take a memory photo” so random and so lol- I loved it. Osakans are hilarious and love to make friends, I love it. 


After having lolz I wandered around taking in the sights before heading back to the hostel to crash out via Amerika Mura- teen trend central.

Amerika Mura πŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸΌ



After a rest I chatted to Kiyo (the babe ✨ )at the front desk about trends and life before heading out for dinner which ended up being a DELICIOUS curry – probs the best Japanese curry I’ve ever had – it was a delight (Osaka is where the food is at πŸ™ŒπŸΌ) 


I then headed back to the hostel and collapsed in my bed and fell asleep straight away. 

The  next day I headed out early to Kobe the nearby city famous for its harbour and its beef. Despite the rain I was ready for all the culture and to discover another new place. 

It surpassed all expectations. It was so so cute and precious. 

I first headed up the hill to Kitano the old foreign area where you can find a Jainist temple, a mosque, a church and a whole ton of western and American looking houses. Also the the most surreal Starbucks in Japan. 

There’s also a cute little temple dedicated to academic success which overlooks the city ☺️


After climbing the temple stairs I wandered down the hill and into Kobe passing so many cute little houses and streets and wound my way to the COOL Motomachi area which is full of cute cafes, shops and shopping arcades.


It’s also next to Kobe China Town which was full of people eating street food and even on a rainy Sunday was alive with people having a good time! I had some dumplings and some takeaway Chinese beef ramen which was delicious even if I had to eat it while standing with one hand – A CHALLENGE. 

After one handed ramen with limited spillages πŸ’…πŸΌ I headed to the port of Kobe to see the sea! A lot of port area was under construction but I still marvelled at the modern architecture and the kobe port tower 😊



I then headed back into town and saw this cute sign for a coffee shop on the side of the street and BEELINED FOR IT. 

It was as cute as I thought it would be ☺️ I loved my life. Precious Kobe moments πŸ’•


After coffee I headed slowly back towards the station and back to Osaka for my last night of my travels. I had lolz with Kiyo who introduced me to Naomi Watanabe – ICON.

 We talked Jpop and life πŸŽ‰ I then went out for dinner in Namba. I went to a cute little bar for okonomiyaki and a beer. 

The man sitting next to me made me some origami and I died – making friends with everyone always 

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After origami and befriending the world I went shopping and bought THIS tote bag – I’m obsessed 


After purchasing the bag of dreams I went back to my hostel went to bed and spent my last day wandering round Osaka before heading back to Tokes.


I then arrived back home to be greeted by my adorbz housemates Miles,I love you also CΓ©dric – hilarious babe and the new Danish girls are a RIOT βœŒπŸΌοΈβœŒπŸΌοΈπŸŽ‰


So so nice to be back in Tokyo- I missed it! I LOVED my travels and seeing two completely different parts of Japan but so happy to be back in Tokes. And I’ve got another week and a half before heading back to England for 6 weeks. Looking forward to chilling and anticipating the start of spring! 

So I’ll be back next week bloggers for Tokyo tales – hope you are all loving life πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

In love with Hirosh

Heyyyyy ladies! Welcome to a Hiroshima special edish of hazvanmazinjapaz  – I’ve been LIVING and loving all the random lolz travelling round Japan on your ones brings. I have been HIKING (gurl whut?) making friends with some hilarious and great peeps and making memz 

So Wednesday was my first full day out west and I started by hopping on the train to Miyajima! An island famed for it’s beauty, shrines, friendly deer and THAT tori gate β›©πŸ˜


I got off the train, found some delicious breakfast in a CUTE little bakery owned by an old lady (πŸ’–) I then boarded the ferry and was off to the island! It’s a beautiful island (very Lost) and it was looking spectacular in the mist.
I disembarked and headed straight for the tori.


 It is stunning and it acts as the gateway to Itsukima Shrine. This grand shrine proudly stands as an entrance to the island. I took a thousand and one photos (including many ‘lol’ now deleted selfies) 


I then headed up the hill to the Daisho-in shrine which was beautiful and then on a whim decided to tentatively hike the mountain. Before I could turn round and sack it off I was befriended by the friendliest Aussie bloke called Brett (he was perspiring and introduced himself as Sweaty Bretty I INSTANTLY LOVED HIM – Brett you’re a babe πŸ’–) both being reluctant hikers we egged each other on and eventually after many twists and turns (I was defs wearing the wrong footwear) we made it to the top. On the way we discussed EVERYTHING and I feel like I was taught so much about life πŸ˜‚ – Uncle Brett – full of wisdom (and loads of lolz) his big booming Aussie bloke voice echoed around the mountain often followed by my cackle. It was lolz. 


After making it up we had planned to get the rope way down, BUT IT WAS CLOSED πŸ™ˆ so we descended, babbling away and being lol. We then had a rice burger (looool) took pics and had a blast. 

I then made my way to Hirosh and went shopping 😍 I bought some cute pink socks and a cap that says fab on it (obsessed) – pre shopping I also went for Hiroshima style okonomiyaki – which is with noodles and it is divine. Basically an intricate savoury pancake with noodles in it. It was phenom (and mesmerising to watch the lovely little old man make it for me) 


After beautiful food and purchases I headed back to my hostel and collapsed in a heap. 
On Thursday I headed over to the peace memorial park and museum to learn a bit more about the atomic bomb dropped in 1945. 

72 years ago the US dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the only building left from before the bomb in Hiroshima is the A Dome which is preserved as a reminder of the destruction caused by nuclear weapons. The museum was fascinating and incredibly sad (definitely cried in front of strangers). It shares stories of the people, particularly the children who were affected by the blast and its aftermath. 


The museum also tells the story of a little girl Sadako Sasaki who got leukaemia as a result of the radiation. In Japan some say if you make 1000 paper cranes your wish will come true. She started to make the cranes in the hope of getting better but sadly died at the age of 12. Her classmates at school petitioned for there to be a monument built for the child victims of the bomb. The children’s monument sits in the peace memorial park and for me it was the strongest image of hope for peace for the future. Before I went, I didn’t know anything really about the bomb and I am so glad I went. It was powerful, informative and full of hope. 
After I finished in the peace memorial park I headed back into the shopping street and bumped into Derek! We had arranged to meet later that night but by chance bumped into each other and so we went for a cheeky coffee and a chin wag. 
After saying goodbye to Dezza I headed out to Mitaki temple – another fab recommendation from Rika-chan 😊after walking uphill A LOT I found the longest temple ever nestled in the hills. It was so quiet and peaceful and it was only really me and 3 other people there. Very zen. 


I climbed to the top and the mountain kept going and so I did too until I thought I was lost and I could feel my agoraphobia kick in. I headed straight back the way I came and had a delightful cup of a coffee and piece of mystery mochi at a cute little cafe ran by an old Japanese lady near the entrance to the temple. It was adorbz. 


I then made my descent to the train station and got to my hostel and crashed out, mentally preparing myself for a night out with Derek and the girls. 
We met at a sake bar in town and I met Risa and Sachiko for the first time. They are both crazy and wonderful. We had a lot of sake and beer and some mysterious food (lol) the dessert was INCREDIBLE a mochi with a strawberry inside – I DIED. 


We then obviously headed to the next bar where we made friends with a random and laughed A LOT. We then made our way to two more bars before I finally collapsed on my hostel bed not ready for my 6 hour bus ride to Osaka the next day πŸ™ˆ
I had such a good time- Risa and Sachiko were babes and I love Dezza so much – so many lolz had by all. 
So the next day I had to face reality and climb aboard the bus, eat a ton of snacks and watch the mountains and rivers go by. It was beautiful weather and quite a nice way to spend 6 hours (lol). I eventually arrived in Umeda at 3 and started my Osaka adventure which is coming in part 2 and it involves a big night out, trying on Samurai armour, making friends with the whole of Osaka, eating DELICIOUS food and discovering precious cutesy Kobe πŸ’•

catch me having lolz howboudah?Β 

Hey there bloggers welcome back to hazvanmazinjapaz – I’m lying on my hostel bunk bed in Hiroshima loving life – I am loving it here…
BUT FIRST let me get you up to speed with what’s been going on since my last post. I’ve gone out A LOT. I’ve been living life to the full as per and hanging out with some full time babes.
On Wednesday night I felt the chill so I hit that sento again and loved my life . It’s so zen and warming and relaxing. I love public bathing πŸ’–


On Thursday I hung out with Mae strolling around Harajukes and having kebabs outside in the sunshine listening to Pitbull (it was so fab) I then headed down to my Japanese class with Cat and Tanaka-sensei and it was so lovely. We talked about the joys of 100 yen shops and had a mini origami lesson and I made a crane!(with a LOT of help!) it was Cat’s last lesson as well 😭 sad times but happy times…LIFE

I then came home to partaaaay lolz. It was Onno’s last week and the whole house has been feeling the party vibe. So I had lolz with Onno, Rika-chan, Franz and CΓ©dric (BAAAAABES) and after a cheeky umeshu nightcap retreated to my slumber. 


Friday then arrived and I had the morning off (I lazed about and did nothing) before heading into work for my last afternoon of admin and end of term stuff. 6pm soon arrived though and David and I were on the first train to Shinjuku, ready for life. 

After a spot of dinner we headed on down to Aiiro for drinks and lolz. We met up with Tom and Bruce and celebrated the end of term and the start of life (haha) also hung out with Chase and Akio (babesπŸ’•) before wandering around a bit, meeting Ruel and then hitting the dancefloor in Dragon. Lolz were had, we danced and loved life and ended up crashing at Tom’s with a doria from 7/11 sitting in the kotatsu. Living πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

πŸ“·: David πŸ’–
Loving with life πŸ“·: Tommy P
The next morning Tom, Ruel and I found food. I had a DELISH pizza and drink bar where I drank all the coffee/soft drinks. After saying goodbye to the boys (love them SO MUCH) I headed home for a chill before going out to meet Jess (babe of life) for drinks and dinner. After a quick coffee, we met up with Helen and headed to a cool little bar called Enjoy!House which played techno and had stickers and rainbow lights, barbie dolls and knick knacks everywhere- it was COOL. 


We were then joined by Rhys and Sam (πŸ’•β˜ΊοΈ) and we headed to a cute izakaya in Daikanayama where we had loads of lolz, ate some delish food and loved life. 

I then woke up on Sunday ready for life and headed over to Jess’ new hood Kichijoji (place of dreams). We had a mega trendy coffee followed by photo shoot (haha NATCH) and then wandered around Kich and Inokashira Park marvelling at the surroundings and discussing our deep love for Japan. 


We then hopped on the Inokashira line to Shimokitazawa for the most delicious ramen IN LIFE 😍 at Oreryushio. Just phenom. They also play the Beatles 😍 and we had some cheesy gyoza as well which were delightful 😍


Honestly the best meal I have had in WEEKS (I’ve been spoilt though I mean Australia was a holiday of simply delightful food) 

After ramen and so much joy we strolled around shimo loving life being genki and trying on hilarious hats. 


We are ridiculous and I love it. 

We then parted ways and I went back home ready for Onno’s leaving drinks. We had some umeshu togeths at the house with Onno, Franz and the lovely Rika-chan before heading off to Naka Meguro for drinks, food and delights. 


We met up with CΓ©dric and a few of Onno’s mates who were super jokes and mega international (I loved it) I had lolz with Rika and her FAB friend Miki and soon it was time for karaoke. We were joined by Miles (the full time babe) and we all unleashed our inner diva πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

We then sang some bangers : Ariana, Britney but also  Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Perfume and some LOL anime songs (I loved it) it was super Japanese and super lol. 

We then reluctantly started to head home having all the lolz, being hooligans and loving life. Cashusoutsidehowboudah?! 

And then yesterday I had a coffee with Mae and then went to pick up a parcel from babe of all babes Jess Barrett who sent me GRENADINE from Paris πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– what a babe (also some penguin chocolates – I was TOUCHED) 


After pure joy I went to have even more joy with the delightful right hand man/ life guru Tommy P. We grabbed a coffee, strolled around Yoyogi Park and then had a cheeky Starbucks on the roof terrace of the Tokyu Plaza building in Harajukes. 

We then headed over to meet Zozo Delolz Smith for chicken, beers and lolz and had a whale of a time – what a complete babe. 

Babes loving life πŸ“·:Tommy P

And today I woke up, headed to Haneda airport and I got on a jet plane to Hiroshima. I had a window seat and I within the first 15 minutes I saw the magnificent Mount Fuji 


It was breathtaking. I was in awe. I LOVE MOUNT FUJI. 

I then landed and caught a bus to Hirosh which is so calm and serene and covered with little rivers and zen cyclists. 

CashmeinHiroshhowboudah?!

I strolled around the park outside Hiroshima castle and then had a fancy coffee in the town centre (which is pretty swish and so many shops) 


I then on Rika-chan’s recommendation went for Hiroshima tsukemen which was super spicy but super oishii πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–


And now I’m just maxing relaxxing and getting excited for more lolz to come.

Get ready for Hiroshima, Miyajima and Osaka lolz coming to you VERY soon 😍 xxxxx 

Β bear bars, cat temples and totoro treatsΒ 

Hiiiiiieeeeeee guys welcome back to hazvanmazinjapaz – the sun has been shining over here but the longjohns are on. I’ve been hitting the sento, eating all the ramen and getting down to all my FAVE jams in Nichome. Here’s a run down of LIFE 
Japanese class continues to be a joy – I can now talk about the temperature (lol) ask how much a train ticket is (with an actual sentence not just random words) and talk about holidaysssss (which are so soon! はるやすみ (spring vacay) come at me πŸŽ‰ I’m off the Hiroshima and Osaka next week and I’m EXCITED. So ready to explore the west of Japan πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

Last week’s lessons were cute. It’s been the last lessons for loads of my classes and saying goodbye to some of them was TOTES EMOSH. 30 peeps per class from April ’16 to now is a long time and a lot of people. So many goodbyes. 

So last Friday the end of the working week soon rolled round and I headed straight for the sento to get warm and get zen. After a cheeky bathe I grabbed some dinner and headed home to get changed and readaaaay to meet Tommy P and Michael for drinks and lolz. 
Destination : Nichome (OBVS) we met at Alama’s and caught up on life before heading to this new bear bar called Eagles which was great and had this rather racy picture on the wall πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

Eagles – my new fave πŸ“·: Tommy P

I LOVED IT. The barman also gave us free shots and soon we were ready to GET LOW in Dragon to all the hits. We danced forever, it was so fab. I loved my life so much. We finally got a taxi back to Tom’s and crashed out. 
On Saturday I woke up at quarter to one and realised that I still had to traverse Tokyo to get home (lol excellent). The day was therefore slow as the free tequila caught up with me. I mostly napped. 
However Sunday I woke up refreshed and ready for action. I headed over to Gotokuji a temple in Setagaya which has a whole section dedicated to the maneki neko. These are the beckoning cats which are supposed to bring wealth and prosperity. 


It was a lovely temples and SO MANY BECKONING CATS. I loved it. The weather was also beautiful and I had a “I never want to leave Japan” moment. 
After cats, temples and sunshine I headed over to Tolo Bakery (which I stalked on Helen’s insta – thanks baaaabes) and met up with the lovely Mae Dunne for lunch and TOTORO CREAM PUFFS. I can’t stop. I just love cute food (so much so that I hunt it down and revel in its wonder). 
When the totoros arrived I lost the plot and the people on the neighbouring table were LOLLING. We made friends, natch. 



After all the eating (it was all delicious) we headed over to Shimokitazawa to potter around the shops before heading home to chill. 
Monday was then my last class and I got given chocolate, snacks, handshakes and excitable selfies. Studes = babes 
Then yesterday we had an admin day at work. It was also my last time eating at Junko’s cafe 😭 she’s shutting shop and I’m devastated. Where am I going to get my vegetable filled lunches now 😭😭😭 the food was as always delicious and I’m really going to miss her! 


On Tuesday it was then announced that we had the following day off and so today has been a journey of discovery. I headed over to the new Hokusai museum in Sumida. Hokusai is the bloke who makes  all the wood block prints of Mount Fuji. He’s a bit of a big deal. The museum was sadly pretty small but the works were beautiful and I’ve always liked a cheeky woodblock print (loool). He even did a view of Mount Fuji from the Tama river which is a view I can see from the train every day on the way to work 😍😍😍. Hokusai and I have SHARED A MOMENT and I love it (I even bought the overpriced postcard #memz)

View from the Tama River

I then strolled around Sumida, BASKING in sunshine loving my east Tokyo life.


 I  headed over the river and found a cute little canal. Adorbz. I need to have more east Tokyo lolz I have decided. I grabbed some lunch in a rather gruff cafe. Katsudon with curry and egg – it was delish and I felt like a proper Japanese GEEZER. 


After embracing my masculinity (haha by eating curry with the ladz) I headed down to Hiroo for a coffee and a stroll around the gardens there. It was beautiful and super chill 😍

After strolling I headed home and collapsed in a heap – where I am now (lol) 

So all is good in this hood and be sure to look out for more cute food, cute snaps and cute life 😎 hope you are all living your best life baaaaaabes πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

5 things I’m obsessed with already in 2017

HIIIIIIIII FRIENDS welcome back to hazvanmazinjapaz your source of everything lolz, japaz, and pictures of cute things with a Mayfair filter…


This week I’m going to tell you about things I have been LOVING since the start of the new year – let’s get into it 


1. Sentos – the Japanese public bath is my way of dealing with the winter and I LOVE IT. Since being back, I’ve been twice and it let’s me feel super zen. Lying naked in an outdoor 40 degree bath while it’s like 4 degrees outside as you hear the gentle hum of the nearby train line is my FAVE thing. So relaxing, so liberating and so great. Everyone should get into public bathing – it’s my new favourite lifestyle choice. 

This is the pic of the ramen I had post nude bathe πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

2. My continuing obsession with all cute things. On Saturday I met up with the lovely Mae Dunne and had a latte with a crane on it, had a pizza interlude followed by a blossoming marshmallow hot chocolate. I can’t stop. Since returning from Australia I have been BASKING IN THE CUTENESS. I love it and I can’t get enough. So many cute people, places and things.


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3. My Japanese teacher. I offish LOVE HER. Cat and I had such a lovely class last week! She made us origami New Years gifts and I died. She is such a babe. 


4 My housemates. I mean what complete babes. The house is GREAT and we have been having all the lolz, ridiculous conversations, jokes and japes. What ladz, what lolz what BABES 

Onno loving life

5. People in life. Hot chocolates with Helen, lolz with the Shane Squad, going for coffee and then accidentally dancing on podiums to 24k Magic with Tommy P, going for beers in an adorbz local izakaya with Onno, exploring some lol parts of Shinjuku with Jess and Helen and going on a cute food marathon with the lovely Mae Dunne. I am surrounded by beautiful people and I love them all. 
I am also reading books and trying to stick to my resolutions (looool let’s see how it goes…)  and of course drinking loads of coffee and reading books – NATCH 


I’ll be back next week with more Japanese fun times and tales of life and lolz 
Xxxxxx