ALSO ON CHICTOPIA
Hokkaido was slightly more chilly than Osaka or Kyoto, especially after it's been raining - which explains the grey cardigan that's not too thick and not too thin...it's jusssssst right (Goldilocks reference there, hahah). These ASOS culottes are the more comfiest things as they're so lightweight and baggy, but in a good way, that it feels like you're not wearing anything...but of course, you are. Culottes are my absolute favourite bottoms because they look like a skirt but protect your dignity as well. Also helps that these are in a gorgeous teal colour. My life mission (well, one of them) is to collect these ASOS culottes in every single colour and print, because there are some seriously cool ones. And as usual, I paired it with a simple basic navy blue crop top because let's keep it simple people (I should become a poet).
Took a super duper early morning 40 minutes flight from Osaka to Hokkaido and the air was definitely chillier - around 25 degrees Celsius? Spent the day wandering around the city of Hokkaido and familiarising ourselves with the place. It was much more quiet and less busy than Osaka was, with even more bikes. What I think was really cool about the city was that apart from a bus or subway, there was also a tram that brings you around the city for a relatively cheap price.
Also, we spent an hour (no joke) trying to find this ramen place that was supposed to be the best in Hokkaido. We ended up going in circles for ages because it turns out that the tiny restaurant was in a little alleyway so...don't forget to explore the little spaces on the streets of Japan because that's where all the good stuff usually are, hidden away. Stores, especially restaurants, in Japan tend to be on the smaller scale so keep those eyes open! Anyway, the ramen turned out to be quite pricey, around 900 Yen (US$8.60) and since I'm not a ramen expert/enthusiast, I can't really comment on how good it is compared to other ramen... :P
Another thing that is great about Japan is that they have tons of underground 'malls' i.e shops that are underground and at subway stations. So you can do some shopping whilst waiting for your train or just walk around. As a result, I bought my very first pair of boots (pictured below)! I love the detailing and I can't wait to wear it when I go to the UK where it'll be much much cooler! :D Ohhhh also, I heard that Japan was the land of weirdly-flavoured kit kats but during my entire trip there, the only 'out there' flavours I could find was green tea, dark chocolate, fried kit kat and strawberry :'(
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