Hello from Japan! If you follow my Instagram or Twitter accounts, you’ll know I’ve been in Tokyo since this past Saturday, and I’m having a wonderful time! Before I left, I filmed a video of what I packed in my Kanken bag for my flight from Brisbane to Tokyo. If you want to know what kinds of things I bring when I travel internationally, check it out!
I’ll admit that I bought the pink neck pillow just for this trip and it turned out to be way to firm to actually be comfortable to sleep with! When I put it on on the plane, it pushed my head so far forward that I had to take it off and just use it like a regular pillow to lean against the window. Whoops!
Do you have anything you always have to take when you travel? Let me know in the comments!
Did you tune in to the 15 minute Nintendo Direct dedicated entirely to the long-awaited Animal Crossing mobile game that aired yesterday? The game, titled Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, was finally unveiled, with a worldwide release slated for late November. However, it turns out that Australians get to play the game early! It’s already available to download on both the Google Play Store and iOS App Store in Australia, so I jumped on the opportunity to try out the game. (Pokémon Go was also released in Australia and Japan before other territories, so it seems like we’re a popular spot to test out apps before their worldwide release)
Check out the above video to see a little over 10 minutes of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp in action! I share my current campsite, visiting villagers, all the different areas you can explore in the game, and more! My first impression from the Nintendo Direct was that the game seemed way more involved than I had previously assumed an Animal Crossing mobile game would be, and so far the game itself is living up to that.
As you may know, I’m a huge fan of Animal Crossing and even purchased the Japanese limited edition Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS XL back in 2012 so I could play the game before it came out in English! While Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is not a completely fleshed-out Animal Crossing game in that some of the customization is stripped away (you can’t make your own clothing or decor patterns at this point in time, for example), but it’s dripping with the same adorable charm.
What do you think of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp so far? Does it look like it’s going to live up to a proper Animal Crossing release, or will it fall prey to microtransactions? Share your thoughts in the comments!
I can’t believe it’s been 6 months since my last food video! This one is extra special, too, because it’s a collaboration with my friend Meivu and her Meivu Makes series! We both decided to make Japanese food-themed Popin’ Cookin’ videos that include both footage of the candy kit making process and our thoughts on how the food tastes. Be sure to check out Meivu’s video after watching mine below!
You can tell it’s been a long time since I did a candy kit because I make a real mess of it! I also wanted to film the video while I still had good lighting, which meant that I didn’t read the directions very carefully and ended up “free-styling” a few things. Looking at the photo on the package, I think I should’ve put some of the gyoza filling candy in the soup, as well! Whoops!
Regardless, this video was a ton of fun to film! I have a lot of candy kits left in my cupboard, so expect a few more DIY candy videos over the next couple weeks!
Well look at that! It’s nearly the end of February, but here I am posting about my January favorites. When I took on the (self-imposed) task of posting a 4-part guide to blogging every week for the month of February, I may have underestimated how much time would be involved… But I wouldn’t want to miss out on sharing my favorite things from last month! This month’s favorites will be short and sweet since my February favorites will go up in two weeks, but there’s still a lot to be excited about!
Sake Kit Kats are the latest in Japan-exclusive Kit Kat flavors, and after covering them back in February, I simply had to get my hands on a box! Not only did I get one for myself, but I also got one extra to give away to a lucky reader! Check out my Apricotsushi Samples tasting video to see what I thought, and if you want to give sake Kit Kats a try yourself, enter the giveaway using the widget below!
The giveaway is open worldwide and ends on April 25th at 11:59 pm EST. Don’t forget to do the daily entries for more chances to win!
On my last trip to Japan, I pledged that I wouldn’t leave the country before visiting the Kit Kat Chocolatory, a one-of-a-kind store in Tokyo that sells Kit Kat flavors you can’t find anywhere else. Well, a whole year and a half later, I’m happy to say I did visit it, and I even tried some of their special edition flavors!
It’s been a little over a month since I last posted a video, but I’m back with a vengeance! Today I’m unboxing two random blind Re-Ment boxes I purchased a few weeks ago: one from the Sailor Moon Café Sweets Collection and another from the Rilakkuma Totte Oki Gift series. I just love the anticipation that comes with not knowing what will be inside! I won’t spoil it, so watch the unboxing to see what I got:
To be honest, now I’m not sure what to do with them! If you like miniatures, how do you use them? Right now I’ve just got mine displaying on a shelf. They could also be good for props in figure photos… Well, for the time being, I’m happy just to look at them!