Thank you to all the kind words wishing me well. We’re still getting aftershocks in Tokyo, but it’s no way near the problems up North. The situation in Tokyo when I left was feeling very sad and dour. Since I’m only in Japan for (now) 2 more weeks, I wanted to make the most of my situation. My plans previously were to travel with my man, but I decided to go early before he comes and tour the South of Japan by myself.
I went to Nagoya (one day), Osaka (three days), Kyoto (a stop-by), and Hiroshima (three days). Since I have limited funds I used Willer Bus and the Seishun 18 kippu from JR. Both are recommended. My travel to head to 4 cities was around 18000yen. Which is incredibly cheap, akin to a one-way shinkansen to Hiroshima. If you’re interested about travel tips or hotel recommendations comment and I’ll talk more on this in the next post, but since this is a fashion blog.
Since most of my travel time was by myself I got to control my schedule! :kumatan: I decided to spend most of my time there eating local cuisine and checking out gal in Nagoya. I’ve written about Nagoya before (already done the castle and aquarium bit), but in a very small blurb when I last traveled there. This time I spent most of my day talking to shop staff and learning about Nagoya gal. It was a great day!
Nagoya Passe Mall
Nagoya Passe like most gal malls outside of Tokyo (and 109 chains) are a mix of gal stores and other brands. It’s located attached to the Kintetsu line and a short walk from the Nagoya JR station. Look for Kintetsu signs and you won’t miss it.
|The giant SLY ad on the side of PASSE (and a grumpy looking taxi driver).|
|The entrance promoting Ank Rouge’s opening in Nagoya. Ank Rouge is really expanding this season to have 8 stores in total. That was quick! (As a note I try not to take full face pictures of people without their consent. However, since I’m taking pictures of places with people it’s bound to accidentally happen).|
|Popteen sensation and Ank Rouge director and image girl Okarie staring at you each time you open the door.|
|I thought this was clever. They’ve styled mannequins in capsules you can view as you head upstairs.|
|I know many gaijin gals love DIA so I’ve tried to get some pictures of what they’re promoting for Spring.|
|Not much Spring items yet. Hopefully in the next week or two it will change to more short sleeves and shorts.|
|Loved that top and the color. I wanted to buy it in Osaka, but it was sold out.|
|Their Liz Lisa store, long and in the corner. I’ll post shop staff pictures later, but I must say how much I enjoyed talking to the Liz Lisa staff there. So nice!|
|Their store was stocked full of the Chambre a Coucher goods.|
|The Rodeo Crowns Bear! Last seen with the shop staff in Kobe. It’s at every store.|
|Their simple American Casual offerings for Spring. A bit boring, hope to see more interest from them soon.|
|I don’t speak much about GOA, a mens and womens gyaru brand. However it’s in a lot of malls and it tends to become popular during the summer outdoor festival season with a lot of psychadelic trance fans enjoying the brand.|
|High school students flocking around the Gilfy store being helped by a shop staff. Lots of high school students to be seen in Nagoya Passe.|
|The grand opening of Nagoya Ank Rouge had lots of customers in it. I’ve spoken against the brand in quality of materials vs. price however their designs still are quite cute!|
|A poor shot of some great rock clothes this season. Glad News again designs some cute items.|
|Their accessories seem to be amazing this season. The ultra spiked and strapped wedges to the punk version of the Hermes Kelly all dazzle for me.|