donderdag 31 juli 2014

JAPAN | Shinjuku - Metal bar

Adventures still continued after the Festival Brasil in Yoyogi park. I will show you about it in this blog :). If you want to see what we did earlier on this day then go HERE. I also got a video about it that you can view over HERE

Towards Shinjuku
After a lot of dancing in Yoyogi park we became quite hungry. We already planned to go to the metal bar in Shinjuku, so it would be more than appropriate to get something for dinner there too. From Yoyogi park we walked to the station of Harajuku to take the train to Shinjuku. Within a couple of minutes we were walking through Shinjuku. It was a bit rainy, but luckily we had our umbrella's with us. 

Before we could eat dinner Rob needed to get some new shoes, because his foot were hurting the whole day from the ones he had on. The ones he had on were already new though... 

The rain was starting to settle, as did we in a very nice Ramen place in one of the streets of Kabukicho. A friendly little lady helped us with our orders. She was so kind and helpful, refilling our glasses constantly and making sure we were doing fine. If you think about it... They don't even get tips for their hard work and drinking water is just free everywhere in Japan. In The Netherlands you can't get water for free. Maybe only if you order alcohol you may. Greedy Dutch people..

The Ramen was tasty! The guys ordered some more noodles, I was fine with just one portion. The weather in Japan doesn't make me hungry at all. But yeah, good for me or else I would be eating way too much of all the good stuff there!

Godz Metal Bar
This place is wonderful. I never really thought there would be places like this were you could have a drink and listen to metal music with others that enjoy doing the same. We needed to walk down a couple of stairs to get to this place, it is pretty hidden. When you walk in you notice the intriguing lights, CD collection and coziness of the room right away. The bar isn't that big. Probably an approximate of 20 to 30 people could fit in there, but that doesn't make it any worse!

The songs they were playing could be heard loud and clear. Next to that there is a flat screen on the wall where you can watch the video clip of the song that is playing at that moment. You can even request a song! Make sure it is a metal song, nothing for wusses in there haha. I requested some songs of Chimaira and it was all fine. They played it and showed it on the screen, but when I asked for ONE OK ROCK he said: "We don't have that!". HAHA! I still love you One Ok Rock XD... 

My beer. I don't like beer but, yeah. Now I drank beer in a metal bar whoo~

They have a nice range of drinks to choose from there. On the other hand it is a bit expensive. My beer cost like 600 yen, which would be around 5 euro! Expensive, right? But taking the atmosphere, decoration, seats, chillness and bartenders in consideration it is worth it. It was a nice place to visit Rob, thanks for bringing us.

So like I said I asked for some songs of Chimaira. The first one was Year of the snake. I really love that song. They are actually one of my favorite bands. I also requested Resurrection.

AHAHAHA, now I actually see that I wrote down SNEAK XD.. retard. Glad I took a picture of that lol.

It was so awesome spending some hours there. Hopefully I can go there again this vacation.

woensdag 30 juli 2014

JAPAN | Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival - 隅田川花火大会

Noon in Shibuya
Setting a foot outside the door is like walking into a pool of hot steaming water here in Japan. On these hot summer days there is barely nothing that will keep you staying fresh and fruity. Even standing still outside in the open air will make you sweat! Now luckily there are air conditioners in every store for you to cool down. But what I have learned is to not go out in the middle of the day if you don't want to get friend like an egg.

We hadn't eaten breakfast yet so we were deciding where to go to fuel up our energy levels. I was kind of craving for fresh oven baked bread and pastries, but at that moment we didn't know where such a place could be found. Then we encountered Starbucks. So we went there to prevent ourselves from a heat stroke or whatever. I got an iced coffee and Tatsuya a regular one. On the table you see a blueberry scone and underneath Tatsuya's hand a chocolate scone. Breakfast was not so rich in nutrition, but yeah..

Midday in Shinjuku
We took the train towards Shinjuku. On our way to the train station of Harajuku we entered some shopping malls like Marui, Omotesando and others. It think I will blog about those malls some other time! They are very large and interesting places for shopping.

We were supposed to meet up with some friend in Shinjuku, but first we wanted to eat some lunch. Also here we wandered around for quite some time before we choose a place. I don't remember the name of were we ate, but it was good! Tatsuya had rice with salmon fish eggs on top, next to that a miso soup and lettuce. I had Japanese curry with rice. Unfortunately no picture of that. 

When we were done eating we headed back to the station of Shinjuku to meet up with Hana and David. After some time struggling with meeting them we finally found each other! Our chilling time could begin, haha. 

We drank together in an English Pub a few minutes away. We chatted a lot and shared some stories. It was really fun hanging out with them. I got a bit cold in the bar though, from the air conditioning. But other than that, nothing to complain!

On our way to Minami-Senju
Tatsuya told us he new a nice spot to check out the fireworks at night. It would be a spot on the street, with a nice view and without being too crowded. We were all in for that! Unfortunately David already had some plans for the night and could not join us. Therefore it was only the tree of us (Tatsuya, Hana and me).

First we went to a combini to get some food and snacks. Of course we needed to eat dinner so it was very practical for this day in particular. We could sit outside and eat while watching fireworks! This was the first time for me eating prepared food from a combini, but although it isn't really proper, it tasted very good! In Japan they will heat up the food for you and it even comes with chopsticks. Better than McDonalds lol.

My meal. Rice with tofu. I love tofu.

I forgot what Hana's meal is called like. She told me though. It was very tasty.

Aaaand, Tatsuya's meal!

On the right side of the picture above you can see a bit of the Tokyo Sky Tree. Next to the Sky Tree is where we saw the fireworks lit up. I only shot some films of it, so no pictures. ごめんね~!But I can tell you it was so amazing! I even saw smiley faces and pikachu!!! Japan, you are awesome XD! I will be uploading a video about this night so you will see how the fireworks looked like.

Relaxing in a local bar
When the fireworks were finished we were a bit tired. Tatsuya suggested us to leave a bit later so we wouldn't be heading home in a busy train. Because of that we went to a bar a couple of blocks away. We entered, got welcomed very friendly and took a seat. The table was pretty neat. It's made for playing chess on it. I definitely want one. It's so cool. 

When we walked back to the station we had some more interesting conversations. Then we wished Hana a good rest of the night and went our own ways.

It was really nice to meet you Hana! You are awesome. I hope we will meet again soon. This day could not have been more fun. I had such an amazing time.

Thank you for reading everybody! If you have any questions about Japan or whatnot, don't be afraid to ask! Leave a comment or mail me :). Mail is in my bio. 

dinsdag 29 juli 2014

KASUMIKRISSTV | A day in The Hague - ハーグので一日

Hello there! I'm glad to present you my next video: A day in the Hague. I made this video a while ago on hot summer day before my vacation in Japan. My friends and me went to hang out, get a drink and eat some dinner. I decided to record some of it, with as main purpose improving my video taping and editing skills. It turned out pretty sweet so I just put it on my youtube channel for others to see :).

A day in The Hague

The hamburgers were amazing! I really recommend Burgerz. They have various options and it is pretty tasty. 

I hope you liked it ^__^! Stay tuned for more cool stuff and things and more and yeaaaaaaaaah <3! THANK YOU

maandag 28 juli 2014

JAPAN | Tateyama and Tateyama Castle

We spend a beautiful, hot Sunday in Tateyama, a place located in the prefecture of Chiba. Although located in the same prefecture as Tatsuya's home, it still took us four hours to get there. But long drives in a car are pretty enjoyable. Especially for me, to what everything is something new to see. Not that it didn't fall a sleep a couple of times, hehe.

Screen shot from HERE.

The region we visited is richly cultivated with flowers. A good way to see some beautiful colored flowers is driving along the Flower line. This is a main route in the South area which has a length of 40 km. Next to spotting the flowers, you can check out the sea that can be seen from the same route on the right or left side, depending which way you are traveling (lol).

We stopped at several spots to check out the great views! 

It looked pretty tropical. The only thing missing for it were the palm trees. Other than that the blue sea and humid weather were there!

This is a station.

Even this looks like it could be from somewhere in the Caribbean.

For lunch Tatsuya's parents took us to eat sushi. Just one plate is really more than enough! We had some Japanese tea and soup with it.

Back to sight seeing..
Here we walked up a large hill. It eventually got very steep and we needed to enforce ourselves to go up. It was a pretty good work out I must say. Burning legs in the end!

Tateyama Castle 館山城
What you see on the picture underneath is a castle. It was a pretty breathtaking scenery around there. Also there were a lot of birds and butterflies flying around. This castle has a whole history behind it and the people who lived there, very interesting.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures! It was very interesting and fun to walk around there. A place so different from what I have seen in Tokyo. Very thankful for the experience ^^.