11 February 2016

FYeahJapan: Nerdy Shopping in Nakano Broadway

Nakano Broadway

Akihabara is probably one of the most popular and famous places in Japan for nerdy shopping but there is another place which is just as awesome and only a couple short stops away from Shinjuku station Nakano Broadway. We visited Nakano during our first few days in Japan and it was amazing I had honestly never seen so much awesome nerdy stuff in my life it was even better than comic con and the prices were pretty damn reasonable to.

Nakano Broadway

Nakano has several Mandarake stores which I only discovered whilst I was there and now I'm addicted, they even ship Globally to but the best thing is that if you're looking for anything in particular you can check online to see what store has it AND they will tell you exactly the store to find it HOWEVER be prepared to search, these stores aren't really organised and there are boxes of random stuff everywhere! I wanted to get a Nana Hello Kitty keychain and it was in a box with literally hundreds of other Hello Kitty charms so I had to dig but I did eventually find it YEY!

Nakano Broadway

As with Akihabara it's good to shop around in Nakano because prices can vary drastically from store to store for example I bought a Sailor Moon figure for 500 yen from one store but there were other stores charging 1500 yen for the exact same figure, as Japan isn't custom to price haggling it's best to search all the stores first for what you want before you buy to find the best price.

Nakano Broadway

Nakano Broadway is a great place to find items from older anime which is great for people like me as I haven't really watched much of the newer stuff, other stores like Animate were completely alien to me aside from their tiny Sailor Moon and Attack on Titan sections. There were quite a few superhero related things there to which caught my eye (ALL Captain America Hot Toy's) but most things were Asian based (YEY Kamen Rider) and there was a lot of Disney things to so if you're a big Disney fan definitely check them out!

Nakano Broadway

Most stores in Nakano (and Japan) only accept cash so be sure to bring lots with you and if you need to use an ATM the best ones to use (re: the only ones that worked with my card) are ones by 7/11 which you can find in their stores of some bigger department stores, so if you want to shop be prepared and bring the cash.

Nakano Broadway

Gashapon are everywhere in Japan and of course you can try your luck with them in Nakano a there are rooms dedicated to them and they have anything from Sailor Moon to garbage cans to banana birds to used panties.... Errr yeah... but if you don't want to risk your yen getting something you don't want you can just but the ones you want from the stores there which is what I ended up doing after many failed attempts of trying to complete my dog sandwich collection.

Nakano Broadway

Nakano is just like Akihabara but on a smaller scale and more focused on the nerdy side rather than the electronics, both places need about a day dedicated to them to explore as most of the shops are tiny but packed full of things and as I mentioned nothing is really organised so there's lot's of digging through random boxes to find the things you want but it's totally worth it as you can find some awesome stuff you never even thought existed.


Be sure to check out the videos above for our Nakano Broadway and Akihabara hauls
Love & Robots
Cate
xoxo



06 February 2016

Valentine's Day Choco-Orange Cupcakes ♥ (Vegan & Gluten-free)

Choco-orange Cupcakes (Vegan & Gluten-free)>
Valentine's Day is just a week away and what better way to surprise the one you love than with some yummy homebaked treats. If you didn't already know during my holiday in Japan I got obsessed with Kamen Rider Gaim and its handsome male lead Gaku Sano and so I thought I would bake something in his honour and what could be more perfect and delicious than some choco-orange cupcakes.

Choco-orange Cupcakes (Vegan & Gluten-free)

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups self raising gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup rice bran oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
For the frosting...
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free butter
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tsps orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp cacao powder
(Makes 12)


♥ Preheat and oven to 180 & line a cupcake tray with 12 cupcake cases

♥ In a one bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and orange zest.

♥ In another bow mix together the orange juice, oil, vinegar and vanilla.

♥ Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix it into a smooth batter.

♥ Divide the batter in half so you have two bowls and add the cacao powder into one of the batters and mix together thoroughly, if you don't want two different flavours you can omit the cacao for a plain orange cake or double it so the whole batter is chocolatey.

♥ Divide the batter equally into the cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes.

♥ Once baked removed the cupcakes from the oven and allow them to cool on a wire rack.

♥ Mix together all the ingredients for the frosting leaving the cacao powder until last unless you want your frosting to be all chocolate in which case again double the amount or if you don't want a chocolate flavour you can leave it out altogether.

♥ Spoon about a teaspoon of the frosting onto the cupcakes, making sure the cupcakes are completely cool before frosting or the frosting will melt.

♥ Decorate with some love hearts or cute sprinkles.

♥ Eat and enjoy with your special someone ♥

Choco-orange Cupcakes (Vegan & Gluten-free)

Happy Valentine's Day
Cate
xoxo


03 February 2016

FYeahJapan: Sanrio Puroland

Sanrio Puroland

I have wanted to visit Sanrio's Puroland (AKA Hello Kitty Land) ever since I was a kid and I was super duper excited to finally get the chance to on my visit to Tokyo, Japan. Hello Kitty has been a part of my life ever since I can remember and I have at least one Hello Kitty themed thing with me wherever I go, in fact I didn't realise until recently just how many Sanrio things I have so I think it's safe to say I'm more than a little obsessed.

Sanrio Puroland

Sanrio Puroland

Puroland is quite small in fact it's only 3 floors and the top 2 floors are mostly for food and shopping if anything Puroland is probably a big Sanrio shopping mall and yes I wanted ALL the things! There were rides and games on the lowest floor, more shops, food and cute shows you could watch featuring all the Sanrio characters.

Sanrio Puroland

The other and possibly most fun part of Puroland is meeting the characters and taking lots of photos, I probably got a little too overexcited at this and although I missed out on meeting one of my favourite characters (Kuromi) meeting the other Sanrio characters was a pretty fun experience and had me bouncing around like a giant 4 year old.

Sanrio Puroland
Sanrio Puroland
Sanrio Puroland

Japan is all about the fun selfies and I totally embraced this whilst I was there and had so much fun taking silly photos and playing on all the little games. Puroland is definitely more child orientated but there were lots of us "adults" there and I think we had more fun than some of the children visiting.

Sanrio Puroland

Sanrio Puroland

We ended our day at Puroland, which also happened to be Violet's birthday with a cute show featuring Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel and the magical tree, although the shows are all in Japanese you don't need to know the language to enjoy them as they're so cute and fun to watch. This was definitely a dream come true for me and I had so much fun being a big kid, hugging all the characters, taking lots of silly photos and playing on all the fun little games, I would definitely go back there one day and do it all over again!


Be sure to check out the little video I made of our day there!
Love & Kitty Hugs
Cate
xoxo

31 January 2016

Things That Make You Go Oooooo (January 2016)

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HAPPY NEW YEAR and long time no see blogger! I returned from my adventures in Japan just over a week ago and have slowly been adjusting to life back home. I had an amazing time travelling and I can't wait to start sharing all my adventures with you all. 2016 has already been amazing year and I'm very much looking forward to what else it will have in store for me.

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 Why Giving to Others Is Also Giving to Ourselves

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 Celebrate The Little Things: 5 Ways To Recalibrate Your View Of Success

 5 Things to Keep You Healthy At Work

 27 Tips For Mastering Anything

 How to Create Blog Content That Goes Viral

 10 Ways to Make the World a Nicer Place

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 10 Ways to Show Love to Someone With Depression

 4 Things I Learned from a Friends Marathon on Netflix

 Keep Your Blog Files Organized!

 The Circle of Seven: Creating Your Very Own Badass Gang Of Inspiration

 The Best 9 Tips For Cutting Costs {That Work On Any Expense}

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 9 Ways To Be More Positive

 How to Be a Happy Blogger

 Dealing with Fomo

 20 Things You'll Learn in Your 20's

 Goals For a Happy & Healthy Lifestyle





Love & Orange Tea
Cate
xoxo

28 January 2016

January eBay Sales!


I'm back from Japan and in dire need of new wardrobe space so I'm having another HUGE clearout so consider this part 1 of many! Lot's of items are new or hardly worn and start at the super low price of 99p so be sure to check them them out as there's only a few days left, thank you so much everyone xoxo

Good Luck
Cate
xoxo
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