Saturday, December 21, 2019

Canada's Wonderland WinterFest

When I read about how Canada's Wonderland was hosting a WinterFest, I was super excited and looking forward to go. But it was extremely hard to take good pictures because I went on a Saturday and it was very crowded everywhere you go. Plus I only brought my phone with me and my battery was running low and I needed to charge it with a power bank. A lot of the light decorations looked much better in videos than in pictures. 

Pretty waterfall with lights. 

There are many different attractions with all sort of activities you can do which include live entertainment, shopping, rides and more. I have to say Planet Snoopy at the kids section was the best highlight at the park. The light decorations there was so much more colourful and pretty compared to the rest of the themed areas at the park. Definitely check it out if you go. 

The festival runs from November 22 - December 31, 2019. One-day ticket pass is about $24 for adults. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

As a ramen lover, visiting the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum was on my top must-visit places in Japan. I can't wait to go back to Japan to visit the Cup Noodles Museum located in Yokohama as well.  

A little background on the museum. It was founded on March 6, 1994 and it is the world's first food-themed amusement park. At the museum, you can freely enjoy the different regional flavours of ramen across Japan without stepping on a plane or train to get there. There are a total of 9 different ramen restaurants showcased in a street-scape replication from the year 1958 which is also the year when the world's first instant ramen was invented. 

You can easily spot the museum with these green ramen bowls at the top of the sign. 

There is even this moving ramen bowl with a TV screen from RA-HAKU TV the showing all about ramen from ramen world fairs, ramen history in Japan and famous ramen shops.  

Tickets can be bought at the front entrance to the museum. Adult (13 and older) cost 310 yen and child (6-12) and seniors (60 over) cost 100 yen and free for children younger than 6 years old. 

When you first enter the ramen museum, there is this wall that display ramen bowls used in successive ramen restaurants in different unique patterns as well as some history photographs of Japan and Japanese culture. 

You can also grab a pamphlet translated into many different languages as well as renting a locker to store your bag and other heavy duty things you may not want to carry with you around the museum. 

The ramen museum is divided into 3 floors. B1F and B2F is where all the ramen restaurants are and as well as some snack shops with snack and food from Japan's good old days. On the 1st floor there is a gallery where visitors can learn all about the history of ramen, museum shop and an IRIS slot-car race track. 

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Shiro-Hige's Cream Puff Factory: Totoro Cream Puffs

I'm pretty sure you have seen these cute totoro cream puffs all over instagram. Aren't they just the cutest thing ever? If you are a huge Studio Ghibli fan and especially if you love the animation movie My Neighbour Totoro, then you will love this cream puff factory!

The cream puff factory is located in a pretty hidden quiet neighbourhood in Tokyo in the Setagaya-ku district but you will see signs along the way to direct you to the cream puff factory so it is not hard to find at all. 

This little cozy cute spot with the wooden chair and logs at the front of the shop and cafe is perfect to take a selfie with the sign of the shop!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Crazy Crepes in Toronto

I read about this new Japanese crepes place opening on Yonge and College and decided to try it out with a friend. It is popular Japanese crepes chain originated from Japan but I've actually never seen or heard of them before when visiting Japan. 

You can eat in or grab and go and they even have the fake food sample of all the different variety of flavours they have displayed in the window outside of the shop just like they do in Japan.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Tokyu Hands in Shibuya

Like Loft, Tokyu Hands is another great department store for buying things like souvenirs, travel goods, home decor and appliances, stationary, beauty and health products. I highly recommend visiting one when you are in Japan and prices are affordable too! 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Loft in Shibuya

One of my absolute favourite department store to shop at in Shibuya is Loft. It has 7 floors that sell a variety of unique and special things including stationary, gifts, health and beauty products, household goods and home decor and interior items. I can spend hours at this place and not be bored! 

The working life in Japan can be quite hectic and you'll often find a lot of different health and body care products sold at department stores. 

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