Yesterday's walking around had me exhausted so I slept the whole night! I usually wake up at ~7am every day (and then promptly go back to sleep hehe) but I think jet lag also helped me snooze. While I was sleeping, Matt and Mariyah went to Koreatown which was literally right down the street from our hotel! I wish I had gone with them!!
Besides Kyary, Little Tokyo was what I was looking forward to the most. It's pretty much the closest I can get to actually going to Tokyo, haha. We woke up in the morning and went next door to a place called Nue Studio Cafe and Salon. The hotel lobby had a sign with the cafe's hours, and also on the hotel's website it has a section about them so it was very convenient! Here are some pictures from their website:
The girls working there were also very cute and nice, which is always a plus!
According to GPS, Little Tokyo was only about 15 mins away from our hotel so after we had our fill, we went on our way!
Read more to see the purikura we took! :)
One thing worth mentioning during our trip is that we never had to use a parking meter. I had brought a TON of quarters just in case, but we were able to find public parking lots and neighboring streets to park on. The lot we found for Little Tokyo was just a block away and super cheap, when we were leaving I think it only cost around $7!
We actually got lost trying to find everything, thanks to my crappy little phone. We walked past the Toy District and into a bad looking part of town?? My bad!
We soon found our way back and I could not contain my excitement!! I wanted to look at anything and everything possible! They had little convinience stores that sold dolly wink lashes (among other things, obvs) and there was so many Rilakkuma items! There was a macaroon place, a cafe that only served bread, mochi ice cream shop, and food food food! We found our way to the "mall" and the first thing I see is the purikura place!!
I pretty much became a kid in a candy store! I'm guilty of sometimes abusing purikura apps on the iphone, and I would always get so jealous when I saw KERA or Zipper models taking these with their friends, or even just people on tumblr that have a purikura place in their city! I was already aware of the prices of the machines, they were either $8 or $10 each. As you can see on the wall in the back, they also sold anime merch, cosplay, and wigs. They even have a system where you can rent cosplay from them! I think that's perfect for casual cosplayers that don't want to spend a lot of money/time on the costumes, shipping, etc.!
|The inside of one of the purikura!|
So you put your money into the machine and the fun begins! Usually a screen will pop up with an arrow notifying you which side you'll be editing your pictures on after you're done. Some booths will have you pick backgrounds before they take pictures, while other booths just have a green screen and you can edit the bg later!
The booths will take up to (I believe) 6 - 9 photos.
I'm not sure what I enjoy more, taking the pictures or decorating them after!
I wanted to spend all my time and money in that shop, I loved it so much! It's where I truly belong~ hehe.
Thanks to EGL, I had read that there was a lolita consignment shop in the area, and it was just a few feet away from the purikura place. It was called Fairytale.
sweet! (I'm more classic or gothic)
It's a tiny shop but she had quite a few items! A majority of the items I saw were Angelic Pretty or Baby The Stars Shine Bright, and I think I saw a few Emily Temple Cute and Innocent World pieces! She also had some things from Hello Cavities, Kreepsville, and Swimmer; she was also selling issues of KERA and Gothic Lolita Bible! There were a couple of wigs on the top shelf, also a few bags, shoes, and socks. I liked that she had the same pattern socks in multiple colorways!
I didn't want to walk out empty handed, so luckily I found some pre-owned OTK Metamorphose socks for only $20!
One of the great things about lolita is that the clothes are well-taken care of, even the socks! The ones I bought were practically like new!
She also sells her items online on her store's website!
|I took a quick lil snapshot|
There's not really much to say about the shop besides the fact that it had A LOT of items. Figures were reasonably priced, they also had posters, bags, patches, pins, magnets, etc., basically everything they have in their online store haha! I was tempted to buy something but didn't because I usually just buy my merch when I go to cons, and I didn't come to LA to spend all my money on anime figures!
We stopped by Yogurtland across the street from the plaza. I got strawberry lemonade sorbet because dairy doesn't treat me well lol.
There's a community store on the bottom corner of the building, but to get to the flea market, you're directed by security to go up to the second level.
It was enormous! So many clothes, but not enough in my size haha! The items they sell here are overstock or defective and are cut at prices that I actually don't mind paying. I bought about ~$110 worth of clothes, but I'll share all the goodies that I came home with in my next post.
We drove through Rodeo Drive because we didn't feel like getting off and walking around when we knew that we weren't going to buy anything haha.
We went to Buffalo Exchange where I found a bunch of plain t-shirts, which is something that I don't really buy/wear often... but they were too good to pass up!
After that we all had our first ever meal at In-N-Out! Of course I forgot to get animal style, but I did remember to get cheese fries! It was so yummy, much better than McDonald's or Burger King! Though I'm not sure if that's only because it was my first time eating it haha.
The sun was already beginning to set so we headed back to the hotel. We all wanted to go out and do some more things, but were clueless as to what there was to do at night! The only things I had looked up were daytime things, oops!
Next post will be about more purikura (hehe), the Kyary show, and all the things that I bought!