Sunday, January 15, 2017

Our Two Day Stay in Narita Japan...Part Two

You can read Part One here!

I woke up by about 10:45pm, on Saturday evening. I looked over at the girls, both in a deep slumber. Instead of falling back to sleep myself, I decided to use the bathroom, and then try to go back to sleep. But, it was not as easy, as I had hoped. Instead, I checked my emails and the usual facebook messages, just in case my husband was trying to reach me... He did leave a message and all was well back home. I had to force myself to sleep, and luckily, I worked.

By about 5am, Sara was the first to wake up, then I. Taby was sound asleep. I was surprise, we all didn't get up at 2am from sleeping at 6pm the other evening. LOL

We started to do the usual ritual of washing our faces, breakfast bentos, etc. By about 7am. We were figuring out our plan of attack for the day. I told the girls that maybe we should check out, leave our bags with the Concierge, and take the shuttle bus to the mall? or pay for a late check out, then mall and check out upon returning to the hotel? We decided, nah, we'd just check out and go with the first plan.
 I took this shot Saturday night, when I woke up. I wanted to show, the house is a bar or restaurant I believe in the evening.
 After checking out, we left our bags, and decided to explore the grounds a bit before taking the shuttle bus to the mall. We saw the Koi pond, Sara and Taby were enjoying the brisk morning air and seeing their breathe. LOL

 The area by the pond was very zen. There was one huge orange Koi, as big as Sara's leg. Wow!
 I didn't take too many shots of the hotel inside, I even forgot to take some of our room?! Brain not working properly. Ha. We headed back inside to wait for the shuttle bus.
 By the gift shop, was a row of Gatchapon machines, we saw panda toys, bug toys, anime keychains, "Fantastic Beasts", desserts, and a few others. Ugh, forgot to take a pic. We bought a few toys from them, and checked out the gift shop. Nice and simple, a few souvenirs, bentos, and toiletries. But we left the gift shop not buying anything.

We waited, and finally, we caught the bus to the mall. Sadly, we waited awhile, because we misread the schedule, and that the shuttle bus was captioned with a circle. So, it didn't come til' 2 hours later. We should've just stayed in the room a bit longer... oh well. Live and learn. On the City bus, it was quite loud, mostly foreigners talking loudly about where they were going, as people were telling them about what to see or enjoy. After a drop off at the JR station, our stop was next. About 30 minutes later we arrived at Aeon Mall by the Daiso shop. We exited and made our way to Daiso first...

 But, Taby saw the shop next door to it called, "Book End". It had DVDs, Mangas, vintage toys, figures, etc. She was like Mom, let's check it out?!
Taby and Sara taking a quick pose for me. Anime toy heaven, similar to one of the shops we saw back on our trip through Akihabara.
 I was a bit hesitant at first, but, then I saw the vintage stuff!! OH MY GAWD!! If you didn't look carefully, you might miss some of the vintage treasures... There was Mahou no Mako-chan coloring book, and Attack No.1!
 I was going to get the Candy Candy memo, but told myself, I needed to limit my spending and be frugal, Gigi. So, I was being good. Haha. Love seeing the Monkey bank, I know its from a vintage anime, just can't think of the name at the moment.
 Some vintage dolls. Not too big of a selection, but still it was like finding a treasure, you didn't even expect too.
 I was tempted to get the little rubber bunny necklace, but having to go and get someone to open the glass, eh, it's okay, I really don't need to buy it. So, I took some sneak shots for the memory instead, free too.
 I spy an Ultraman vintage toy figure. A shelf filled with Kaiju figures, Awesome!
Sara said, "Hey Mom, your name!" Yup, I'm premium too. LOL  Taby bought a figure from the shop and then we headed to the Daiso. Yes! There were so many goodies I wanted to get, but we just decided to get some treats for Sara's teacher, and some treats for ourselves. I wanted to buy some of the succulents I saw there, but, I don't believe we could bring them through customs on Guam. Darn.

We then, headed into the mall itself. Sara was complaining she was hungry and rightfully so. It was already 1pm. We went to the food court and ate. It was very crowded. We found a place to sit, which wasn't easy. After eating, we decided our plan was to go to Claire's because Sara wanted the foxy plush she fell in love with the other day, while Taby wanted to check out some shops she saw earlier. There was one particular shop that caught my eye, when we went through with Shizuka, called, "1 Chome, 1 Banchi". She told me it is an address of vintage or retro shops from long ago, that sold candies, sweets, etc. growing up. There were many young and old in the shop, looking, buying and picking the candies, and snacks they remember from their childhood.
 Oh my...
 There were all kinds of sweets, even I remember as a child, and also new one's I've seen on Oyatsu Cafe, etc.

Remember these? They are chocolate candies, you can find them even as a toy Rement. They're almost like M&M's chocolate candies.
 As I made my way towards the back of the shop, I looked up and saw some vintage toys!! OH MY GOODNESS, I spied a Takara Miss Take dress fashion, ET, Moncchichi, Doraemon coin bank, a few vintage dolls, Candy Candy, etc. Sadly, they were not for purchase, but, rather a part of the nostalgic decor. Darn.
 As I made my way out on the other side of the shop, I did find these vintage looking rubber boy squeaks, Moomin character toys, and Kewpie dolls of all sizes.
 I wanted a memory of my visit here, so I scooped up a few things and you can see them at the end of this post...
 Robotic information desk. By the time we were done seeing the places we wanted to check out. We decided on dessert. We headed to Baskin n Robbins. I ordered this yummy Pop Soda drink. Taby got a vanilla ice cream with chocolate brownie crepe, and Sara a strawberry ice cream crepe.

 Mine was quite unique and delicious, Blue Hawaii flavored soda, with ice cream that had pop rocks inside it, along with these cute star shaped fruit jellies, yum! Very refreshing too.

It was close to the time we had to catch the next shuttle bus back to our hotel. But just before doing so, Taby wanted to try the crane machine at the game place we saw on the way in. It was her lucky day too and she won a Star Wars: Rogue One robot K-2SO! Wow, lucky girl. Of course that was after a few tries. Still she won it for a bit less then actual price.
 We sat outside facing the sun just to keep warm while waiting for the bus. We made it back to the hotel, got our bags, and waited to take the shuttle back to the airport. In the end, we made it safely back home, and it was definitely an amazing experience for a quick trip to Narita. Though one may think there isn't much to do in Narita, there is actually a lot more you can do and see there. We hope to take another quick trip soon, when its a bit warmer to check out what else Narita, Yokohama, etc. has to offer. A great memory, from another awesome adventure...

My loot from our two day trip.
 I bought these cute polka dot ribbons from Daiso.
 These cute gatchapons from the airport machines, "Little Forest Fellow", Minnie mouse, and Pompompurin bag tag.
 These gatchapons were from the hotel machines, "Fantastic Beasts" locket, and strawberry shortcake rement.
 From the "1 Chome, 1 Banchi" shop, I couldn't resist getting the boy in green, rubber squeak toy, a tiny kewpie, and my fave, the coffee beat large box candies.

This rubber cutie, is not vintage, and Made in China. But, I love his coloring, so nice an bright and new. Nicely priced too. He will be a souvenir of my visit to that cool candy shop...
Until my next adventure... Thank you for reading! ~ ggsdolls

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