My third day in Japan marked the date I became an adult-- my 18th birthday! I decided to spend the day doing more 'indoor' activities as a way to steer clear of the continuous rain and winds. We had originally planned to go to the Ghibli Museum today but a short while after speaking to the hotel concierge we found out that tickets had been sold out months in advance, so with our quick can-do attitude we switched things up and headed to Sanrio Puroland instead. Afterall, What better way to celebrate becoming a legal adult than at a Hello Kitty theme park?
We started off taking the subway to the Tama Center Station, a little ways outside of Tokyo. There, we found tons of fun things to do, including a typical Japanese arcade. It was everything I would imagine it to be- with rows of UFO catcher games to win fun prizes from stuffed alpaca dolls to anime figurines, to the Purikura machines (sticker photo booths) in the back.
After our time in the arcade we followed the pastel colored road that led us to the one and only Sanrio Puroland! Sanrio of course doesn't only make Hello Kitty, but a lot of my other adorable characters. To be blunt, I don't even like Hello Kitty that much and much prefer their other characters (such as Little Twin Stars and My Melody) over her. Luckily, the theme park was crawling with cute in forms other than just solely her. Everything was decorated with cotton candy rainbow colors, flowers and Sanrio characters faces on everything. I felt like I was in kawaii heaven.
|So many adorable character goods!|
|colorful, Sanrio name tags|
Right when you walk in there is a huge Sanrio store just waiting for you to explore. I spent a good hour wandering around and admiring everything.
|The Little Twin Stars wave to you as you shop!|
|In my personal fantasy heaven!|
On the floor below was an entire Sanrio village. Sadly we bought the wrong tickets to go on the one ride that they had, but we had just as fun walking around and taking in the scenery. On this floor there were many dessert shops as well as more character good stores. I felt my wallet getting lighter and lighter as we walked on. (For this reason Sanrio Puroland is a dangerous place-- I am not immune to buying pointless items as long as I find them adorable)
|Hello Kitty Dippin' Dots!|
Food was a plenty at Sanrio Puroland. The second floor had nothing but cute, sanrio-ified meals and snacks to eat. The main cafeteria had lunch options passing by on a conveyer belt for us to choose where as the Cinnamon Dream Cafe sold sweet Hello Kitty shaped donuts.
The second floor also included a prize wheel and a caricature artist!
|How cute is it? She nailed my outfit down to a tee.|
There was another special surprise in store for me. I found out that if it is your birthday while visiting, you get an adorable badge to wear around your neck with your photo that you can decorate with stickers. They also put that photo in an colorful picture frame and pocket keychain for you so that you can keep the memory of your day.
|Adorable sofas! Sitting on them made me feel like the queen of kawaii. (Look at that sass).|
My outfit for the day was somewhat of a scramble as we were in quite a rush to get out in the morning. I threw on a lot of basic pieces, such as the cherry dress I had just bought in Harajuku (cherries seem to be everywhere right now in Tokyo), my comfy cardigan (with a little monchichi pin), boots and tights for the cold. I slapped on a bow to throw the look together and keep it a little more refined. My little square backpack I bought my first day in Japan I now seem to be bringing everywhere. It is the perfect size for everything I have and keeps my arms free to explore my surroundings. As the days go on, my keychain collection on it is beginning to accumulate. At this point I only had one keychain, but let me tell you, that will all change soon! Around my neck I also wore my little birthday picture badge which I am now proudly sporting it as part of my 'look' for the day.
On the way back to the hotel after our day, we spotted a Ladurée shop. Ladurée is a pastry shop originating in Paris that is famous for it's different flavored macarons and other delectable desserts. They currently don't have any stores in Los Angeles yet so I almost cried when I saw one in the train station and just had to stop by and sit down to get some birthday treats. It was the perfect way way to end the busy day!
|Eating rose flavored macarons! (My favorite)|
Dress: From Japan
Cardigan: Forever 21
Bow: American Apparel
Shoes: Steve Madden
Necklace: Marc Jacobs
Backpack: Wonder Rocket