Ahhh~ All done work, so on to part deux of our Tokyo adventure. <3
So, when we last left off, our heroes were sleeping in their ninja hostel. :D
We work up and decided to head off to Akihabara. I love Akihabara. I really do. I've only seen a bit of it, but it's amazing. There's always adorable maids out and about, there's lots of anime/game/manga/geek stuff about and it's just a fun loving place.
¥2,500 on one claw game trying to win a Lucky Star figure. But, I got it in the end. Yay. Go me. I collect figures of this character, so I think it was worth it. She's sitting with her brethren on my shelf right now.
We walked over to Animate, but it had already closed for the night. Oh well. There's always next time. We also did some cosplay purikura. It's amazing. We both at this point decided we wanted a parfait. Maid cafe's always have amazing parfaits on the menu, and since we had originally wanted to go to one we decided that we needed one. Just not a from a maid cafe. So, we spent about 30minutes walking about trying to find somewhere that would serve a parfait! And everywhere that would was already closed. Even Baskin Robbin's was closed. But, we found a Denny's that was open, so we popped in there. And what did we get? French Toast.
Yes~~ Delicious french toast! We quite enjoyed it. After our dessert we hobbled back to our hostel and promptly attempted to pass out. I use the term 'attempted' because our neighbours made it VERY difficult. We were right next door to a group of really rowdy and loud Italians. Italians that sounded strangely like Talia, actually. It was weird. But, it really just made us feel like we were back at BH. Yep. So, it took us a while to get to sleep.
The next day dawned rainy and cold, sadly. We both got all dolled up and set out to meetup with Hiroko. Hiroko was a guest at BH in January and she and Angel stayed in touch by email. I think it was her idea to take us to the butler cafe. So, we met up at Tokyu Hands in Ikebukuro. (It's a big department store.) We had a little time before our reservation, so we went and did some purikura. As an aside, I just cleaned my room and made a new corkboard for my purikura. It's hanging above my desk and my old corkboard is on my end table, now.
So anywho~ Purikura avec Hiroko was fun. And then it was time for BUTLER CAFE! OMG. They are the most amazing thing EVER! Canada needs them. Just sayin'. If I EVER win the lottery that will be what I do with my vast fortune. Open a butler cafe. It's soooo amazing.
Alright, we ended up at Swallowtail, which is one of the best butler cafe's out there. Hiroko had made our reservation and we arrived about 5 minutes early, just in case. The butler at the door greeted us by saying 'Okaeri!' which means 'Welcome home!' And then he took our names and invited us to take a seat while we waited. Well, we waited about 15 minutes. It was fully booked that day! And then they came and asked us in. So, we walk into the entryway and there's an older gentleman serving as 'head butler'. He took our umbrella's and then introduced us to our butler, Aragaki. He was cute. With gravity defying, perfectly styled hair and glasses. He was pretty cute, just sayin'~ Sadly, I have NO photo's! There's a strict no photo policy at Swallowtail! It made me sad. But, oh well.
So, Aragaki greets us, takes our purses and leads us inside. Now, it's in an underground cafe, so no windows. But, they had 3 really lovely chandeliers on the ceiling for lighting and lots of little antique lamps all over. It kinda made me think of like an rich old lady's tea room. It had like a Rococo/Victorian mix vibe to it. It was amazing. I could just live there. So, we got to our table and he pulled out the chair for each of us, then placed our bags in a basket beside our table. He even put a cloth over it, just in case there was a spill! And then he put our napkins in our laps for us. Eeeeeeeee.
Now, Aragaki didn't speak ANY English, but Hiroko was able to translate for us. And they must have an English clientele, because they had English menus. He explained the menu and then instructed us to ring the little bell on our table when we were ready to order. We dithered for a few minutes about our order, then I rang the bell and he came over. I ended up getting the 'Janus' lunch set. It was a salad (with Caesar dressing! OMG I've missed that!), a tomato and shrimp soup, homemade quiche and a strawberry mousse pastry dessert. I also got Catherine Rose tea to go with it, since it reminded me of mum. It was all reeeeally good tasting! And the portions were bigger than I thought! I actually couldn't finish! I felt bad, though. I must've dropped my napkin about 2 times. I bounce my leg, as everyone knows. And I kept forgetting I had a napkin on my lap until it wasn't there anymore. I would retrieve it almost as soon as it fell, but then a butler would instantly be beside me and replace it with a new one.
Did I mention that they called us all 'hime-sama'? That means princess. Eeeeeeeee. ＼(*^∀^*)/
So, anywho, I feel like I've written too much about this place. Ahahahaha. But yeah. It was amazing! And it only cost me about ¥2,800! CHEAP! I'm totally going back next time I'm in Tokyo! It was amazing! <3
After that, we wandered about Otome Road for a bit. Otome Road is in Ikebukuro and it means 'Maiden Road'. Basically, it's called that because that's where all the butler cafe's and yaoi (boylove) centric manga shops are. It was rainy, though, so there wasn't really anyone out and about. We DID see a few amazing lolitas, though! One was going to Swallowtail and she looked fabulous! We hopped the train after a bit and headed next to Odaiba.
Odaiba was what I was excited about. I really wanted to go to the FujiTV building. It's a really cool looking building with a viewing platform on the top floor. On a nice day we'd have had a really nice view. Also, it's where they film VS Arashi, and I wanted to take a peek at the exhibit for it upstairs. It was pretty cool, actually! I'm so glad we went. It was cold, though! Odaiba is on Tokyo Bay, so it was right against the water and really cold for a girl in just a flimsy little dress. But, fun none the less!
After FujiTV we walked over to PALETTE TOWN. Yes. It really does exist! We even too photographic evidence!
I'm sure you're all duly jealous~ But we walked over to the Venus Mall. It was the most amazing mall EVER. We went in so that I could buy myself something to keep warm. I settled in a little shawl hoodie thing. It did help a lot! But the mall was amazing! It's styled to look like a Roman city complex thing! And every hour they have a 'sunset' and the lights dim and whatnot. And they had a cute light show going on for the winter. At the end of the show they made it snow! (Little soapsuds floated down from the ceiling and it looked like snow!) It was sooo cool! There was a really pretty fountain in the middle of the mall.
Recently, George has gone on a random spree of putting up Keanu Reeves pictures in the house and around BH. There's one in the common room, in the girls bathroom,on Tatsu's monitor in the office, on a shelf in the pub, etc. And Lucy decided that the picture in the common room needed a friend.