Sunday, August 25, 2013

Usai in Japan 2013 - Sanrio Puroland

Hello my cute mauw-mauws,

here's the first part of my recently announced new series. This posts focus will be about our visit of the Sanrio Puroland, which if often also called and/or known as "Hello Kitty Town" or "Hello Kitty Land". ATTENTION HEAVY PICTURE POST!!
In particular, you can find in Japan two Sanrio / Hello Kitty - Themeparks: One is the Indoor-Themepark "Sanrio Puroland" nearby Tokyo in Tama which we visited during our stay and the second (and bigger) themepark is an outdoor one called "Harmonyland" which is in Kyushu.

Due to the fact that Puroland isn't located in central Tokyo we decided to drive by car. It took about 40 Minutes from Tokyo, Chiyoda-Ku, to Puroland.
I was really, really so excited to see the Themepark! <3

Puroland sells two different kind of tickets: The passport tickets and the admission tickets.
The admission ticket costs 3,000 Yen and allows you to enter the Puroland and to see free shows. The passport ticket costs 4,400 Yen and you can enter all attractions.
As I bought some Hello Kitty flip-flop's at Isetan in Shinjuku I discovered later that I received also a sort of  coupon for Sanrio Puroland. So it came that I had to pay only 2,000 Yen instead of 3,000 Yen for the admission ticket. YAAY~
We first decided to buy only the admission tickets but then we figured out that it would be better to have bought the passport tickets. Luckily, it is possible to upgrade the tickets inside Puroland. ^__^
The target audience of the Themepark Puroland are, of course, kids.

In the Foyer, a big Hello Kitty statue greets the visitors:

Before we went to the attractions we had a look at the area which is named "Festival Plaza". When entering we discovered that the Festival Plaza is a big Sanrio Store which sells some exclusive products:

I've bought the Hello Kitty Plushie. At the back of her suit the slogan "Sanrio Puroland" is printed. Those plushies are only sold at the themepark.

cute statues of Sanrio characters

After strolling through the Festival Plaza we visited some attractions and entered therefore the main area. Unlike the entry hall and the festival plaza the main area looked very Fairytale-like and not very pinkish:

Märchen Plaza =D

You could allso watch some free shows/musicals at the main hall

The main area during Puroland's main musical show "Believe"  ~ beautiful

The first attraction we visited then was the "Sanrio Character Boat Ride"
The "Sanrio Character Boat Ride" tells the story of (Hello) Kitty's wedding with Dear Daniel and during the Boat Ride you can watch Cinnamoroll and other friends how they prepare a lot of yummy stuff and how they set off to the wedding finally. You see the whole attraction while sitting in a cute boat:

We really loved how all those detailed are that well worked out. <3

Next, we went to "Lady Kitty House". Lady Kitty House is one of three brand new attractions Puroland offers. It is part of the new built place called "Hello Kitty Town".

Here you will be invited as a sort of "celebrity guest" and discover the world of Kitty room by room.

Lady Kitty House - Foyer

Kitty's care and beauty stuff

As you can see, at the last photo I am posing with a little japanese girl. While my friends and I took some photos of us at this cute attraction, a japanese mother was watching us and asked me thereafter if it would be okay when I would pose with her lil daughter together. The lil girl was quite shy but she seemed happy that I agreed. I don't know why, but I really had some really cute situations and conversations with japanese girl's / women in Japan. For wahtever reason they seem to like me. =D
In the next and last hall you had the chance to take a photo with Kitty herself. Her high majesty! X'D Of course we did.. and I bought the photo thereafter, too... this was the only thing which was quite a bit costly at Puroland X'D

Our next stop then was the attraction "Mymeroaddrive". Main character here is My Melody.
We had to wait for ~30 minutes before we could finally take a seat in a lovely My Melody "car":

During this ride tour you'll discover "MARILAND", the home of My Melody. To be honest, I have to say that we all were a lil disappointed of mymeroaddrive. We had to wait here for such a "long" time and the attraction was only.. good. I guess we expected too much. The Sanrio Character Boat Ride is much better than Mymeroaddrive but when visiting Puroland, you shouldn't miss a ride at Mymeroaddrive also.

It was getting already afternoon and we were getting pretty hungry and so we decided to have a meal. I personally bought some chips (potato) and my boyfriend bought some chicken nuggets:

cuteness in every detail <3
Mochi ordered a menu for first not such a favourable price, then afterwards as we wanted to bring the meal tray's back a staffmember told Mochi that he can keep the printed Hello Kitty plate where his meal was offered also. The plate is a special gift which were sold with the menu! What a great deal he made! <3
After having some chips I really wanted to have some dessert and so we went to the "Cinnamon Dream Cafe".

Cinnamon Dream Cafe
Here I bought some mousse au chocolat (which was actually declared as Cupcake ö_Ö). It was served in a cute Hello Kitty cup which I could keep also after finishing eating! ^__^

Now it was time to visit the third and last new attraction of Sanriotown: "Kiki & Lala - Twinkling Tour"

Home of Kiki & Lala
Before entering Kiki & Lala home you enter a smaller room in which the story of Kiki & Lala is told (Fortunately, the video got english subtitles). The Twinkling Tour of Kiki & Lala is very cute and you have to visit it during a stay at Puroland but the new best attraction is absolutely  "Lady Kitty House"! <3

During our stay we had another ride at the "Sanrio Character Boat Ride" and explored Puroland further more:

Awesome! I really need my car to be "pimped" like that <3

pink, rose, kitsch - pure love for me!
When you like/love Hello Kitty and/or other Sanrio characters you have to visit Sanrio Puroland when you're in Tokyo. It's like a wonderland and I love how there is cuteness in every detail! <3 The prices are really average and the Themepark should be also easily accessible by train/bus, too.
I will remember our stay at Puroland forever.. I am such a big Hello Kitty Fan and for me a lil dream came true! <3 When visiting Japan again I really would like to visit Puroland again.. or if I have the chance, "Harmonyland" in the south of Japan also!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Back home from Japan

Hello my lovely mauw-mauws,

I am back home from Japan. Time has gone fast in Japan and I really enjoyed every minute. I made a lot of experiences and I really want to tell and show you as much as I can about my journey. At first I was kinda unsure how I should structure my blog entries about my Japan journey because there is so much to tell and show you, starting with the japanese people, the food, fashion, shopping, cultural aspects and so on. I want my entries about my Japan journey also to be helpful for others, like I already mentioned in my last entry we had a few rude surprises during our first days in Japan and there were also still a few ones later on during our journey so I want to mention f. e. addresses and specific features also. I guess I will launch a sort of new "Series" here on my blog, like I have the "My Cosplays"-series and the "Hello Kitty Collection"-series already. So, please stay tuned I will write very soon the first Japan related entries. =) In the meantime I want to show you in advance a few more photos of our stay in Japan:

Meeting "Hirorocky", a friend of Kuraude in Tokyo

Nagoya Castle <3

Don at Suzuka Circuit

Angelic Pretty Shop in Osaka

I am wearing a completely new bought Lolita Outfit in front of Osaka Castle. I wore Lolita only once in Japan.. japanese summers are simply toooooo hot

Kuraude and the deers of Nara

Kinkaku-ji  - Kyoto

garden of Ginkaku-ji - Kyoto

our japanese styled hotel rooms during our 2nd stay in Tokyo and our beautiful view on Tokyo

giant nelumbo's at Ueno Park, Tokyo

Akihabara - Mochis shopping day.. and this photo shows only his purchases he did in the first store! X'D

Me and Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland <3 .. I LOVED THIS PLACE <3

If you have the chance, please visit Japan. The japanese are really friendly and helpful, eventhough they don't understand what you're actually talking bout (our japanese isn't that great and so is often the english of the japanese people also X'D) they're trying their best to assist you. <3
 Japan is a many-faceted country and won't disappoint you. I will never forget this journey and will visit Japan as soon as possible again (but during another season.. summer is really hot hot hot), there is so much to see there.. <3