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15th-Sep-2007 05:11 pm
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Hi minna, no I haven't died of sadness from being back in France XD It's just that I was too tired to do anything. When I went back to my place, it took me 3 hours to unpack all my stuff, and I had hardly slept in Paris so I was still really tired (stupid jetlag), and first I did when I turned on the computer was going to Clubbox and downloading my 3 weeks lateness on Arashi >A< (luckily Arashi is the only fandom I'm following now @_x), I haven't even checked the community or I'll go crazy with all the posts I'll have to read to catch up XD And then I had to go back to work only two days later T0T I LOOKED LIKE A ZOMBIE!!!! Because no matter at which hour I'm going to sleep (at first it didn't exceeded 9:00PM @_x) I woke up at 5:00AM. But last night I went to bed at 1:00AM (because I was watching "Letters from Iwo Jima" and the bonus DVD) but still I woke up at 7:00AM T0T STUPID STUPID JETLAG!!!

Iwo Jima kara no Tegami... in French... WTF HAPPENED TO SAIGO?Collapse )

I want to make babies to my wall so badlyCollapse )

So enough of my stupid life and moving on to the most interesting part:

How to make it to Japan, see Arashi and come back in one piece

So I though it might be helpful to say what it has costed me and all to make this trip to Japan, because more than one year ago, I though Japan was like... unreachable, but it's not, and it's absolutely totally worth all the hard work you can put in it. Also a lot of people will tell you that Japan is expensive. Yes it's expensive as Paris can be expensive, depends on what you're willing to do, and how wisely you're spending your money (you can say I've bought too many stuff but that's why I went there, and I stayed in the range of money I brought with me. Of course if I had decided to travel everywhere around Japan, I would have bought wayyyyyyyyyyy more less, it all depends on what you want to do, but save money ok XD), like eveywhere in the world. When I went to Japan, I brought with me exactly 393000Y (which is around 2000€), plane ticket not included, and were to be include in it the hotel, the transport and the food for 17 days. Hopefully I had to pay the hotel first thing, so I didn't have to worry about it for the rest of my stay. And I stayed exactly in the money I had, (the day I left Tokyo for Narita, I had eactly 1000Y left for the train and 140Y for a bottle of water, that was all XDDDDD). I only used my credit card once at HMV (which is one of the rare places in Japan where you can pay with a credit card) and it was just for a DVD, and the second time was at Nartia airport, for the post office to send my stuff to France. You can go for less (Jennifer only brought 300000Y and she was OK at the end, she just bought less), so just save money depending on what you want to do, AND CHECK WHAT YOU HAVE LEFT EVERYDAY!!!! That's why I mainly bought at the end of my stay, so I didn't have to worry about the things left to do.

The planeCollapse )

The hotelCollapse )

The foodCollapse )

TransportCollapse )

Do I have to learn Japanese?Collapse )

Arashi concertCollapse )

The Harajuku Johnny's ShopCollapse )

Hummm... I think that's all, if anybody has any question, I will be happy to answer them.
I will post soon enough again now that I have a scanner, I have tons of stuff to share \ooooooo/ make graphics make graphics people, make pretty wallies!!!!! XD~

28th-Apr-2008 03:35 pm (UTC) - desperately searching for...
Hi, Im from the philippines...
im actually looking for THIS uchiwa:
(if you have this, i wanna buy it from you!)

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2nd-May-2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it helped :)
From Narita, the cheapest is to take the Skyliner to Ueno (1000Y), then the Yamanote line to Ikebukuro.
If you feel unconfortable at Narita, just state you want to go to Ueno by train ^^
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21st-May-2008 02:15 am (UTC) - traveling to Japan
hello!~ Firstly Thank You for putting up all this information about your trip to Japan! It is so much help to me...I know u don't know me but i'm planning on traveling to japan in december/january this year...i was wondering if you could give me some advice/help? Arigatou Godzaimasu!!!! *bows*
21st-May-2008 04:41 am (UTC) - Re: traveling to Japan
Can you be more precise about advice/help? Because I've said all that could help people in this entry. So if you need to know something specific, tell me precisely, thanks.

Edited at 2008-05-21 04:42 am (UTC)
24th-Nov-2008 04:07 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this, I'm from Mexico, but my dream is to do everything you did, so thanks!!! I envy you, the futon looked really confy!! I'm really really grateful to you, for having posted all the steps and the things you experienced...ja ne~
24th-Nov-2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
Hi winkychan! I wish I could've read your entry before my Harajuku trip in Oct 07! (went to Yoyogi Kouen in the vicinity before that) I wasnt there for a concert but I could've planned a little better in order to go to the JE shop (I stayed in Aoyama in Akasaka, near Shibuya).

As it is, I went to Takeshita Dori on a Sunday afternoon when it was crawling with godawful many people! If I just stop *once* to peep into a shop, the person behind me would bump into me for sure1 T_T It was that kowaii da... *think crowds in a con*

Erm I didnt have time for the shop in the end, but maybe next time if I m going Tokyo again (I m thinking next spring, fingers crossed) can I ask you for directions? Arigatou gozaimasu for sharing your experience with us. ^^ Sorry for the long post.
8th-Jan-2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
you have many experiences
such..met Nino, watch their concert, and JE shop
I havnt done something before
but i try to...and earn some money
before beg my mom XDD
from all your written, I think i went there with you!
nice journal :)
however, i have some doubt, the picture that show lot of Arashi's single and cd
where did you get it?
did it from concert, i read it but not clearly understand what do you mean
please excuse for this doubt.. .

Arashi is almost10years debuted
will you go to their concert?
i really want to be there
wanna see them in real, wanna touch them XDDD
what's going onnnn to me!
this is your journal...sorry
by the way, would you ans for my doubt
thanks very much

you are really big fangirl
you notice that place was in their movie
im esteemmm!
7th-Apr-2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
@_@ I am thinking about going to Japan this summer, by myself. and the idea of being in the Harajuku shop for 3 hours scares me. XDDDDD
And I would also be wanting to go to an Arashi concert when I am there. @___@ So much work.

30th-Apr-2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
Hello!! I'm rather new to lj, and i chanced upon ur journal and this very informative entry! I'll be going to Japan this year, and this entry has helped me a lot!! Thank you very much! (^^*
Can I add you as friend?
30th-Apr-2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it helped you. Some things have changed since this entry was made (it was back in 2007), for a first, the price of the Arashi ticket on the black market went up UP UP orz Also the JE shop has been reorganized but it's still the same system as I mentionned.
Also if you're staying in Tokyo and not using a JR Pass, it'll be better to make a Suica card that you can buy at most auotmatic machine in any station (I bought mine last year at the one at the entrance of Harajuku station).
that's all for the update, I hope you'll enjoy your stay ^^
There's no need to ask to add me :)

Edited at 2009-04-30 05:18 pm (UTC)
2nd-Jun-2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
heyy i know this is kinda late but your post totally makes me wanna go japan. ^^

If you still rmb xD, around how much did you need for this trip for basics? Like flight, hotel, food. yup! Thanks in advance!!
21st-Jun-2009 05:17 am (UTC) - broken heart
with your information made me jealous. in thailand it seem to be very difficult to access ARASHI even in the entertainment shop. i start to know ARASHI from youtube. i am not good at english and i am not the expert in computer, so it mean not easy for me at all.

All of you are great
22nd-Jun-2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
0_0 je suis pas trop mauvaise en anglais mais je suis pas sur d'avoir tout saisie pour le shop à Harajuku. Je vais vivre au Japon pour un an dans 1 semaine. Et bien sur étant fan d'Arashi je voudrais aller m'acheter des goodies et tout. Ce serait possible d'avoir une bref version de comment faire en français ? Merci d'avance, et si non merci quand même pour les explications en anglais ^^.
19th-Jul-2009 06:39 am (UTC)
Wow ! I wanna go japan ! I was considering whether or not to go, but after reading your entry, it totally made me feel like going. With all the details of the places, the prices, even the hotel. The entry might be 2 years ago but i guess the excitement is still there. :D
30th-Jul-2009 11:34 am (UTC)
This was so helpful X] and i like your way of writting it was interesting. YAY~! JE stores but i hope Arashi has more concerts in 3 years because i really want to go see them *-*
(What's Furigana? lol)
Thank you~!!
7th-Dec-2009 09:51 am (UTC)
but queueing at th JE shop sounds really sounds worse than queueing at some Chanel or LV shop(from wad i see those ppl who are stupid enough to queue for those stuff whoch are not nice at al in my opinion)
31st-Dec-2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
uhmmm ... question is u don't mind answering ~ but how do u know if they are asking you if your going to queue ~?? XD ~ oh! and what is queue~?? ... sorry if im dumb with word ... gomen .. ^^" ~

Thank You ~ you a re a very lucky girl! ♥
1st-Jan-2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
I mean you have to get in line and wait with other people. When you go to that place I mentioned, there will be a staff guy with tickets and with a jacket from the JE shop and he will ask you if you want to go into the shop, if you say yes, he will give you that ticket.
Though, my report is from 2007, I've been to the JE shop in 2008 and the shop as changed drastically. Also I've been there in November 2009 but didn't go to the JE shop in Harajuku, although I walked passed it, and girls were giving their tickets directly at the entrance of the shop and there was nobody at the place to stay I mentionned, so the system might have changed again.
Anyway, the shop is still at the same place as ever, so as long as you go there early, some staff will give you directions on what to do.
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