The first shrine (jinja) I've seen
Combini (corner shop) ramen /// Daiso buys (these two were around under £1 together (!)
Raisin bread for breakfast, literally so delicious // Fruit sandwiches!
Nagasaki udon, which was interesting // Pocky that was more chocolate than bread stick
So, an explanation for the long blogging absence! I've moved to Tokyo for study abroad for a year, and the month before my family moved to the coast so I've been super busy. I've been in Japan for 4 days now and it's amazing, very different to England. Some first observations are that there are very few bins around in public but the streets are uber clean, there's pretty much no littering in Tokyo at all as people would feel ashamed if others saw them dropping rubbish - something we could maybe learn from! Also you can pretty much find a cute version of anything - I bought a mini kettle yesterday (it's literally smaller than my head) and it's pretty adorbs.
I've been dashing around buying things for my room (experienced Japanese Ikea already), and using vending machines like nobody's business. I've also discovered I don't like grape flavoured things in Japan, and that regardless of how good you think your Japanese is before you leave, you will probably spent quite a lot of time smiling and nodding and having absolutely no idea what the cashier just asked you. I also had an interesting experience trying to flush a loo at Narita airport, managed to make the loo do a flushing noise (so people can't hear you pee) multiple times but couldn't find the flush button so gave up haha.
It is ridiculously humid (and mosquito-y) as Japanese summer isn't quite over so after leaving a pretty autumnal England I am having a seasonal wardrobe crisis, and having to go sans foundation as it just melts off my face. I'm off to study for my placement test in the Japanese language classes, more soon! xx