a The Transit Lounge: Disney Bedazzled

Back in the Day: I had a quarter life crisis, headed to Osaka, Japan for the unknown–only to discover that a passport plane ride are not necessarily a ticket to escape. Some Years Later: Settled back in Oz, the man of my dreams ended up in Tokyo for work–which is how a passport and plane ride showed me home is where the heart is. And Now: Well as luck would have it, we are about to embark on Japan Mark 3, with a baby in tow and another on the way...

Monday, November 2

Disney Bedazzled

Looks like someone took to Mickey in Harajuku with the bedazzler in an an effort to give him a touch of razzle dazzle.

He looks even scarier than usual. Even his fingernails have been attacked!

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Blogger Jeeves said...

Hi Miss Riz,

Been reading your blog for a while - loving the insider's perspective you give on all things Japan. I'm coming over for my first trip to Nihon in early December - can't wait!

I was just wondering what camera you were using for that hilarious "Donald Mcdonald" clip? The quality was really impressive.

Also are there any aussie bars and such in Tokyo so I can meet a few fellow countrymen in b/w chatting up the locals? Sorry about the long post...I guess I'm just real excited about taking all the delightful craziness that is Japan!

9:09 am

Blogger Miss Riz said...

Hi Jeeves,

Glad you like it! I have a lot of fun over here, I don't think I could have been here as long as I have if I didn't learn something new every day from it all.

To shoot lovely old Donald I was using a Canon G9 Powershot. They are really good cameras, I think though Canon have brought out the G10 since then. I had a G5 for about 5 years until I literally used it to death and then inherited my fiance's G9.

There are a few Aussies bars n stuff. I am heading out of Tokyo today for 2 days so let me have a think and then I will post another reply to this on Thursday or Friday. I am so happy to hear you are excited for your first trip to Japan, how long are you coming for? It really is such an interesting place to visit. You never know what you will find; as I always say, this place has to be seen to be believed.


2:54 pm

Blogger Jeeves said...

Hi Miss Riz,

Me and my mates will be in Tokyo for a week, and Kyoto and Osaka for 4 days each. Seeing as we're all poor Uni students we'll be doing it all backpacker style - staying in hostels, eating at 7-11 & vending machines and basically doing everything short of selling our bodies to make the good old AUD go further! ;)

Thanks for the tip on the cameras - prob out of my price range, but I suppose a g5 will do the trick.

Also I have to admit that I first found your awesome blog through your great work at dating Japan. I've always been a bit of a shy guy and I'm only recently getting out of my shell. I think Japan will do amazing things for my confidence in this space...but rest assured that I won't be turning into a charisma man any time soon!

Just curious though - do you think it's a good idea to check out those online "friends" sites to meet some locals who can show you the places that only the locals know about? I'm keen to do a bit of sight seeing but I don't really went to get stuck with the typical tourist traps - Tokyo tower and the like.

Anyway thanks for prompt reply. Look forward to getting the inside word on the Aussie joints in Tokyo.


5:27 pm

Blogger Miss Riz said...

Hey Jeeves,

I will start with Osaka - my old stomping ground. Head to Zerro (a local bar, free entry), Cafe Absinthe for something a little bit classier (a local bar/restaurant) and to Pure (a club where it is on for young and old). Pure is also in Tokyo and is basically a set entry fee for all you can drink. These places are guaranteed to have a heap of foreigners and Japanese ladies. Also Cinquecento another bar and Sam n DAve, which is a club, are also great to check out. The owner of Cinquecento is an Aussie and he is a really lovely guy.

As for Tokyo, head out to Roppongi. There is a bar called Geronimo (no entry fee) on the main drag of Roppongi. And as I said Pure is in Tokyo too (just google it). For a club atmosphere, head to Warehouse 702 near Roppongi, Ageha in Shin Kiba (has a swimming pool) or Feria in Roppongi. The clubs and bars are endless. Roppongi is your best bet. For cheap all you can eat and drink go to karaoke at Big Echo or Jumbo Karaoke.

Just be careful in Roppongi that they don't drag you into the hostess clubs with the offer of one free drink and the chance to meet girls as this will end up costing you a fortune. The guys who try to drag you into these places are normally African. Also be aware of acting like a drunk dickhead out in the street as the police in Roppongi do look to ping the foreigners for anything. Also legal age is 20 and most places will ask for ID so have it on you or be prepared to be denied entry.

As for the online sites, I reckon no. You will meet plenty of people heading out anyway - just say hi. Especially to the JApanese girls hanging out at foreigner bars. They are there to meet foreigners!

As cliche as it sounds, the typical touristy things are the best things in Japan...you can't escape the tourists especially in a place like Kyoto.

Send me a comment closer to your arrival and I will give you some places to check out in tourist wise in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. You will have so much fun. It will be cold though so rug up. I am on the base of Fuji at the moment freezing my ass off but it is all good times!

9:16 pm


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