Japan pt. 2 - Meiji Jingu

Still in Tokyo, we went to Harajuku station and went across the to Meiji Jingu- Shinto Shrine in Shibuya, Tokyo.
It was built in the 1920's and dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. It's a very beautiful place.

 These are barrels of sake that were donated to the shrine.

Entrance to the main yard of the shrine.

(Mom liked the gate, so she wanted a picture in front of it)

These trees were planted when the shrine was established, they are known as "Meoto Kusu" (Husband and Wife) which represent Happy marriage and harmony in life and family.

Prayer station. Many people stopped to say a prayer, I didn't want to be rude and take photos of anyone actually praying so I actually had to wait a bit to get the fountain pictures. They also had instructions on how to use the prayer fountain for the non locals which I thought was very nice.

Walking through the grounds some more, we headed to the museum. Unfortunately it was closing time so we didn't get to go inside. So we just checked out the "park" area.

coming soon- Japan pt.3 ...

Belle's Town Dress

Grandma surprised Sprout with the new Beauty & the Beast movie the other day and she was so excited. She got to see it in the theater while I was in Japan (so I hadn't gotten to see it yet). Sprout went and got her gold ball gown and we sillily danced along with the ball room scene (I of course had to play the Beast) lol.
Well the next day we had to watch it again. Now I know I'm not the only mama that has had to watch every Disney movie about 100x the first few days of getting them on DVD... Right?? Yeah you know what I'm talking about.
So while watching it about the 3rd or 4th time (they all start to blur after a while, it could possibly been the 12th time and I wouldn't truly know) Sprout looks over and ask's "mommy? where's my blue Belle dress?" 
So I "tore" myself away from the movie and scowered Pinterest for a pattern. I swear when the movie first came out in the theater my local Jo-Ann's had Simplicity patterns for both the gold ball gown and the blue town dress in adult and child sizes. But I wasn't sure I'd ever use the pattern so I didn't buy it *hangs head in shame* but now for the life of me I cannot find the town dress pattern anywhere!

By this point it was already 6pm and I really didn't want to drag Sprout out to the store. I looked through the material I had to make the dress for her and ended up just having to go off of pictures from the movie.
~photo's from google~

What I had wasn't exactly what Belle wore, but hey, I had a similar color scheme and that's all Sprout cared about.

I made my own pattern pieces and got to work, I even made her some long bloomers similar to Belle's. It's definitely not my best work, I do plan on getting more materials closer to what the dress truly looks like. But for now, this smile says what I made for her I awesome! and that is all that matters. 

 We forgot to put the bloomers on for the pictures cause she was so excited to have the dress.

Japan pt.1 - A bit of Tokyo

A few months ago I got the opportunity to go on an amazing trip to Japan with my family. We had a lot of fun. So much to see. Though we were only there for about a week we still had fun and got to see some great things while there. If you follow my personal account on Facebook then you've probably all ready saw all these as I was there.

We left the last week of March on a Monday, 
We arrived in Shinjuku, Tokyo Tuesday afternoon (it was still Monday back home). I had a total tourist moment and just started taking random pictures on the shuttle to our hotel.

It was actually a little overwhelming at first. Signs, people, lights everywhere, If you can believe I was a bit intimidated by it all. But I think it was a mixture of excitement, tiredness for the 13hr flight, and just being in a new place. 
Our hotel was awesome! It had Gojira! Eeekkkkk!!!! Yes, We stayed at the Godzilla Hotel (okay that's not what it was called but that's what I am calling it)

This is Don Quijote, it's where you can find almost evvvvverything! Like 7-11's, you find Don's all over the place here in Japan. It's a multi-level store (most of them are) that you can get groceries home essentials, hobby supplies, toys, electronics, clothing, even fitness equipment and all at a discount than you would find in regular shops. It's almost like an overstock type store. I wasn't sure if I could take pictures inside, but my sister happened to take this one of me. Yes, i know I look tired. It was 8 or 9pm at the time and I think my body was finally realizing I lost almost an entire day.  

Japan pt. 2 coming soon...