Sunday, 3 May 2015

Japan Photo Diary: Tokyo

So after a week of living in Osaka and travelling to Nara, Hiroshima and Kyoto, we headed to our final destination of the trip: Tokyo!

Warning - this post may be quite photo heavy! For me, Tokyo was a lot like London. Some areas were amazing and bustling with energy, others were a little seedy and dangerous. So make sure you read the guide book before heading out.

Photo Diary: Tokyo Where To Go What To See

Photo Diary: Tokyo Where To Go What To See


First thing we did when we arrived in Tokyo was to head up the famous Sky Tree! The views were pretty amazing - all the buildings are so crammed in - and we just managed to get a peak of Mount Fuji in the last photo. On clearer days you can see it all the way from Tokyo!

Photo Diary: Tokyo Where To Go What To See

Photo Diary: Tokyo Where To Go What To See

Photo Diary: Tokyo Where To Go What To See


After that we headed to the Senso-ji Temple and shopping area, which sold local Japanese crafts and had beautiful surrounding parks with cherry blossom everywhere!

Photo Diary: Tokyo Where To Go What To See

Photo Diary: Tokyo Where To Go What To See

The famous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo is a must-see. Although auctioning starts at 4:30am, I wouldn't recommend getting there before 9:30am because it's so rammed with angry fishermen and people buying their fish. Some fish were still alive, so you might not like it if you're squeamish but it's such an eyeopener in seeing how many fish pass through Tokyo every day!

Photo Diary: Tokyo Where To Go What To See

 Tokyo Imperial Palace is quite central and has lovely grounds, so it's a great one to stroll around and take in all the history.

The well-known Shibuya Crossing is as crazy as it looks! With five different points, you never actually bump into anyone...

Photo Diary: Tokyo Where To Go What To See

Photo Diary: Tokyo Where To Go What To See

Photo Diary: Tokyo Where To Go What To See

Photo Diary: Tokyo Where To Go What To See

The Shinjuku National Garden is a must-see on my list. You do have to pay to get in, but they give you an English map so you can guide yourself around from garden to garden. My favourite was the cherry blossom of course!

Photo Diary: Tokyo Where To Go What To See

Photo Diary: Tokyo Where To Go What To See

Photo Diary: Tokyo Where To Go What To See

Tokyo National Museum was another fab site I'd recommend. There's tons of Buddhist artifacts, as well as statues from India and Asia. Their gardens also had tea rooms which felt so tranquil.

Photo Diary: Tokyo Where To Go What To See

Oh look it's the Eiffel Tower! Tokyo Tower looked pretty cool at night, the orange glow just stood out against the dark night.


Tokyo Golden Gai area reminds me of tiny little lanes in Brighton, but these were filled with the smallest bars you've ever seen. Most would only fit about 4-5 stools inside so it was an intimate but friendly atmosphere in each.

Photo Diary: Tokyo Where To Go What To See

Photo Diary: Tokyo Where To Go What To See

 And if you're looking for some night-time views of Tokyo, the Metropolitan Government Offices have a free observatory which you can go to.

Photo Diary: Tokyo Where To Go What To See

And to conclude my Japan trip, I ate A LOT of sushi. Seriously. The best tuna, salmon and tempura I've ever had the treat to taste!

So there's my photo diaries done! If you want to catch up on Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima and Kyoto just click on each one. I'm planning to do a tips post on Japan soon, so make sure you see that one :)

Hope you enjoyed these posts and thank you for reading!

Rhiannon x

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Why It's Okay To Be Single

It's always that awkward conversation when you haven't seen a friend or family member for ages and they drop this question bomb: "So have you got a boyfriend yet?" as if you can pop into Boots on your lunch break and pick one up along with a new mascara.

Can you tell this has happend to me a lot? After a while you start questioning whether you should have one, because everyone else seems to be in a relationship, getting married or making babies and you're still living the single life with a bar of Dairy Milk and a Harry Potter marathon on a Friday night (true story).

But do you really need to feel like this?


My usual reason for not having a boyfriend is because I don't have the time. Literally. My wild single nights are filled with Daniel Radcliffe fighting You-Know-Who whilst painting my nails with a face mask on. And also the fact that I don't feel the need to go look for a boyfriend. 

I was out the other night discussing the woes of my single life with my best friend (in a happy relationship) and she just said "You're so strong for being single." And it just got me thinking about why people feel like being single is something that is weak. 

Of course there are pros to being a singleton:
  • No make-up Saturdays
  • Being able to go into Primark without someone rolling their eyes at the chaos inside
  • Tucking into a burger and not feeling guilty at all
  • Not having to double check everything I do or where I go with someone else
  • Wearing whatever I want and not being judged because I'm wearing my 5 year old jumper and slippers

But there's also the downsides like having someone to share your day with and spending time going to places and doing things. And eventually I will wave goodbye to my single status and become.... someone's other half (cringe).

Why It's Okay To Be Single

So if you're feeling the pressure to get a boyfriend or other half, then just tell those people to bugger off and mind their own business. Concentrate on being yourself, work out where you want to be and staying happy. Because being in a relationship doesn't define you, you're your own person and having another person to share it with is just another dimension to it.

Now pass me that Dairy Milk and box set. (other chocolates are available)

Let me know you're thoughts on being single or in a relationship and whether you agree or disagree with the above.

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x


P.S. After recently attending a wedding, the dreaded relationship question is always asked here. So avoid AT ALL COSTS. 

Thursday, 30 April 2015

The Sisterhood of the World Blogger Awards Tag


Elizabeth Ann over at Nelly & Noopy nominated my blog for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award a little while ago - so thank you Elizabeth! I haven't heard of this tag before, so it's interesting to do a new one :) Hope you enjoy!

1. Are you a cat or dog person?
Oooh cats! I'll definitely be that crazy cat lady one day.

2. What beauty advice would you give your past self?
Choose what make-up suits you, I went with the general trends and turned out they were all the wrong colouring for me!

3. Where’s your favourite place to shop for clothes?
H&M, Zara, Primark, ASOS and Forever 21 have to be my favourites.

4. Bright or nude lip?
Nude all the way. I'm pretty useless at applying bright lips without looking like a scary clown.

5. What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
Paramore Bright Eyes tour when they came to Brighton and played at the Brighton Centre.

6. Shimmer or Matte eyeshadow?
Matte, it's more wearable in the day and for work.

7. What’s the one thing you can’t leave the house without?
Lip balm. My current favourite is the Burts Bee's Grapefruit Lip Balm.

8. What products would you use for a 5 product face?
Light foundation, eyebrow pencil or powder, eyeliner, mascara and blusher.

9. What hyped up product disappointed you the most?
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - it's good but not that good.

10. What is your most worn pair of shoes?
Converse! Without a doubt, my white pair currently look like a shade of grey....

Thank you again to Elizabeth for nominating me. I nominate Joise, Sarah, Karen, Emsypickle and everyone else! Let me know if you take part in the tag - I'd love for you all to get involved, just answer the above questions using the main image.

Thanks for reading
Rhiannon x


Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto

From all the guide books and online sites I've read about Japan, Kyoto was the place everyone recommended. Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan for over 1,000 years. It has a beautiful culture of Geisha's and blossom trees everywhere (my favourite!) so it's a must-do on anyone's Japan bucket list.

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto Where To Go What To Visit


Cherry blossom! This was the first proper blossom we saw on the trip, so I was getting snap happy with it...

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto Where To Go What To Visit

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto Where To Go What To Visit

We first headed to Nijo Castle which had stunning grounds and views and a beautiful archway. You couldn't take any photos inside because they had super old screens with paintings that couldn't be exposed to too much direct sunlight. There were a couple of tiger and cherry blossom paintings that I so wanted to get a picture of, but couldn't because of all the guards watching you!

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto Where To Go What To Visit

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto Where To Go What To Visit
 
Next up was the Golden Pavilion, also known as Kinkaku-ji. The top two stories are covered in pure gold leaf which looked breath-taking in the sunshine.

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto Where To Go What To Visit

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto Where To Go What To Visit

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto Where To Go What To Visit

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto Where To Go What To Visit

Japan Photo Diary: Kyoto Where To Go What To Visit

And lastly we headed to Fushimi Inari-taisha which is a shrine that sits at the base of a mountain with over 10,000 torii gates that lead up to the top. There were quite a few Geisha's in the area too, so it was interesting to see them in their outfits.

The torii gates along the trail are donations by individuals and companies, with the donator's name and the date of the donation inscribed on the back of each gate. The cost starts around 400,000 yen for a small sized gate and increases to over one million yen for a large gate - which is a lot of money!

So that's Kyoto ticked off the list! We found Kyoto city to be a lot more European that the others we'd visited, but enjoyed it nonetheless. They also have some brilliant japanese souvenir shops too!

Catch up with Osaka, Nara and Hiroshima and Miyajima Island here.

I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading!

Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

A Japan Beauty Haul

Japanese Beauty Haul Cleanser Mask Moisturiser Eyelash Curler Cotton Pads

During my trip to Japan I couldn't but help check out a few of their beauty stores, crammed full of things I didn't even know existed! Beauty products in Japan are ridiculously cheap compared to the UK, so they mainly have massive beauty discount stores on every street. I did do a bit of research beforehand to see what people recommended, but because it was all in Japanese, it's pretty hard to tell anyway! 

First up is my favourite purchase. This cost 800 yen (which equates to about £6) and I actually got it in duty free on the journey home, but most Shiseido stores offer tax free discounts anyway. I always curl my lashes before applying mascara, as I find it makes a massive difference to my eyes. Before buying it, I did read a few reviews from people saying it's even better than the famous Shu Uemura, and even though I haven't got much to compare to, I do really like this one. Holding it for about 5 seconds does the job and it lasts all day. 

 Japanese Beauty Haul Cleanser Mask Moisturiser Eyelash Curler Cotton Pads 
You're probably wondering why I picked up a cotton puff, but I was running out of my own and these are massive squares so I only need to use one to take my make-up off. They're also tripled layered so they soak up my make up remover easily and don't flake or break. Plus they're super soft! 
 

I pretty much used the diagrams on this one! Obviously I could tell they were masks, and I know there's a lot of amazing Japanese masks out there, so I had to pick some up. These are super super hydrating and you can tell from just 10 minutes that they're doing some good stuff for your skin. The only thing I find with masks are that they're literally soaked in a nourishing gel, which can be a bit messy and it also depends on the shape of your face how well they fit! Overall, I do love these but I'll be sticking to my cream masks for now. 

This product literally saved my skin. From not drinking enough water and the constant plane travelling, my skin was so dry and flaky that my usual moisturiser wasn't cutting it. Again, I went mostly on the diagrams and by the looks of it, it was super moisturising. And at around £1.80, I couldn't really complain. It's pretty similar in texture to the Origins Gin-Zing Moisturiserand quite gel-like, which felt like such a relief on my dry skin. After a day or so using this my dry skin cleared up and I'm still using it now!

Japanese Beauty Haul Cleanser Mask Moisturiser Eyelash Curler Cotton Pads

 Probably slightly gimmicky, but I've never tried a foaming cleanser before and this was suppose to be the best on the market.You only need a teenie tiny bit to make a lot of foam, so this tube will go a long way! To me, it's just a bog standard cleanser with the cool foaming point. It does the job and leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed.

Japan also has a crazy amount of hair products, which I would've love to bring back but had no spare room in my suitcase :( Next time I'll definitely be picking a few of those up!

What's been your best holiday beauty buy?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x


Sunday, 26 April 2015

Japan Photo Diary: Hiroshima and Miyajima Island

Using our JR pass, we caught a super early train to Hiroshima. It was definitely one of the best days weather-wise, with bright blue skies and sun!

Hiroshima is best known as the first city in history to be targeted by a nuclear bomb by the USA on 6th August 1945, directly killing an estimated 80,000 people with approx 70% of its buildings completely destroyed over 4.7 square miles.

Hiroshima's A Bomb Dome is probably its most famous landmark as it is the only building left standing near the bombs hypocentre. It was currently under renovation when we were there, but it's still a sight to see. Local information people were also there in case you had any questions. 


Japan Photo Diary: Hiroshima and Miyajima Island Photos Where To Go What To See


Japan Photo Diary: Hiroshima and Miyajima Island Photos Where To Go What To See

There are various monuments and sculptures in the Peace Park, but one of the famous ones is the Children's Peace Monument dedicated to the children who died during the attack. The statue of a girl with her arms outstretched was based on a true story of a girl called Sadako Sasaki who died from radiation from the bomb. She believed that if she folded 1,000 paper cranes that she would be cured, she actually folded over 1,000 but sadly died. 

People from across the world and school children fold paper cranes and send them to Hiroshima to be placed in plastic boxes nearby. It's continuously replenished too!

Japan Photo Diary: Hiroshima and Miyajima Island Photos Where To Go What To See

Peace Flame to the left hand side.

Japan Photo Diary: Hiroshima and Miyajima Island Photos Where To Go What To See
The Memorial Centograph in the middle of the park holds all the names of people who died from the nuclear bomb and is aligned to hold the Peace Flame and A-Bomb Dome down the centre. The Peace Flame has burnt since it was lit in 1964 and will continue until all nuclear weapons have been destroyed and the planet is free from nuclear attacks.

We spent most of our time in the museum, which was interesting and draw dropping to see the devastation and results from just one bomb. Because the city was so new, it almost felt like a different and unrealistic world and too fake-like. Bit hard to describe really!

Nearby to Hiroshima is the Miyajima Island, which holds the famous floating red tori gates. It's super easy to get to from Hiroshima, just take a train then a ferry which is all included in the JR pass.

Japan Photo Diary: Hiroshima and Miyajima Island Photos Where To Go What To See

Japan Photo Diary: Hiroshima and Miyajima Island Photos Where To Go What To See

Japan Photo Diary: Hiroshima and Miyajima Island Photos Where To Go What To See

Japan Photo Diary: Hiroshima and Miyajima Island Photos Where To Go What To See

The floating tori gate is also known as the Itsukushima Shrine, which is dedicated to the three daughters of Susano-o no Mikoto, Shinto god of seas and storms, and brother of the sun goddess. It was actually a very sacred island and commoners were not allowed to visit in order to protect the purity of it.

Fun Fact: To this day, pregnant women are supposed to retreat to the mainland as the day of delivery approaches, as are the terminally ill or the very elderly whose passing has become imminent.  Burials on the island are also forbidden.

One some days when the tide is out, you can actually walk up to the tori gates, but I think they look more impressive floating!

Japan Photo Diary: Hiroshima and Miyajima Island Photos Where To Go What To See

 There's also quite a few sake barrels at various shrines, which hold sake rice wine. All of them are branded with restaurants, shops and sushi bars who use sake.

Japan Photo Diary: Hiroshima and Miyajima Island Photos Where To Go What To See

Japan Photo Diary: Hiroshima and Miyajima Island Photos Where To Go What To See

We also saw a few pagodas and shrines, but once you've seen a few, they start to get repetitive!

Japan Photo Diary: Hiroshima and Miyajima Island Photos Where To Go What To See

I hope you liked my Japan Photo Diary of Hirshima and Miyajima Island!

Catch up with Osaka and Nara photo diaries here.

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x



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