These last 2 weeks I've been coming to 2 Japan related event: Little Tokyo Ennichisai and Butler Cafe. It's my first time to come to Ennichisai and Butler Cafe. I decide to write it in two parts.
Last week, at 25 May I come to Tokyo Ennichisai. It is an event for welcoming summer, held by some Japan organizations in Jakarta. The event was being held at Little Tokyo, Blok M. I went there with my little sister, her friends, and my 3 of my college friends (actually 4, but we walk separately and he went home first). I was wearing yukata my father bought for me at Japan last year (finally I have a chance to wear it! WooHoo!!).
My "journey" began at Friday, May 24th. That day I went to the boarding house where my little sister live. I depart from my own boarding house at 3 PM because public transports to my sister's are very little if the day has get dark. Since I never go there using public transport before (usually my sister stay at my boarding house at weekend), I decided to depart a bit early. My trip didn't go very well. I brought my yukata set (inner yukata, yukata, 2 obi, geta) and my toiletries in my quite big back pack, also yukata bag, water bottle, and 1 kg barbell for my sister in hand bag. It is troublesome to brought two quite big luggage while using public transport. I have to go from my place to Islamic using white colored minibus then change to yellow colored minibus which will bring me to my sister's boarding house. Unfortunately I didn't know that there are two kind of yellow colored minibus: one with blue line and one with black line. Yellow minibus with blue line goes to my sister's while one with black line goes to a place named Legok. I thought all the yellow minibuses are going to my sister's, and I stupidly chose the one with black line. Actually, at that time in Islamic there are so many white minibuses waiting for passengers. I can't find the yellow one. So, when this yellow minibus came toward my direction, I jump to it without really noticing that it will take me to Legok. I didn't get suspicious when it just went straight passing the left turn to Kelapa Dua, because my sister said, sometimes it will make the left turn at Paramount Serpong gate. I got suspicious when it kept going straight passing the gate. So, I decide to stop at a place that a little bit crowded, so I won't look like that I (actually) got lost, and I jump to another minibus which will take me to Islamic again. I stopped at Kelapa Dua, jump to the right minibus-yellow one with BLUE line-and safely got to my sister's place. Journey that supposed to take about 45-60 minutes became about 100 minutes because of my stupidity. AND when I wait for my sister to open the door, I checked my phone and there is message from my sister, warning me about the yellow minibus with black line =.='a
If only I opened it sooner, but I have habit that I won't check my mobile phone (esp the expensive looking one) when I'm in the public transport. Oh well, the most important thing is I managed to get to my sister's place save and sound.
I went to my sister's place because one of her friend will go there using her car. I didn't mean to be spoiled girl who doesn't want to use public transport, but since I plan to use yukata, I can't use public transport. Well, actually I can use public transport then change my clothes to yukata at Blok M, BUT it means I have to bring bag containing my clothes all day, and I think it will "ruin" my yukata wearing by bringing big bag everywhere the whole day. Not to mention I am not a pro in yukata-wearing field, I have to disassemble my yukata two times and my obi three times before I managed to wear it correctly, while watching the tutorial videos at youtube, which I absolutely can't do at public restroom. Beauty is pain, right?
Friday "adventure" hasn't finished yet my friends, that night I have to sleep in the same single bed with my little sister and I woke up about 3 times because my neck got stiff. Me and my sister plan actually is to borrow rollaway bed from one of her friend. But, when I arrived her friend wasn't at her room and when it's about time to sleep, looks like her friend had slept already. But, that small obstacle didn't match for me and my sister power!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!
The next day I woke up pretty early because I knew wearing yukata is difficult and I also have to wash my hair and wait for it to be dry before I can use hairpin (my hair took a very long time to get completely dry, about 3-4 hours). So I woke up at 6 AM even though we plan to depart at about 11 AM. I washed my hair, and doing morning-facial-treatment routine (thanks to my acnes) then searching yukata and obi wearing video tutorial that I can understand with my stupid-fashion-sense. I began to wear yukata at about 10 AM, and like I say before disassemble it two times and disassemble obi three times-even though I watched the tutorial videos two times before and I have try to use it right after my father back from Japan last year- and finished at about 11.10 AM and only have 10 minutes to put powder, lipbalm, and hairpin. Whew~
Then off we go to Blok M!!! Luckily we didn't get lost, google map didn't help at all-when we got to intersection google map shows that we are in the straight road- but we managed to get there at about 12.30 PM. We park at the Plaza Blok M mall, I drew so many attention when we got in the mall because of my yukata, we cross the crossing bridge to Little Tokyo. As soon as we arrived there I didn't look like odd people since there are so many cosplayers and people wearing yukata.
The event is very exciting. So many cosplayers and Japanese people. As for the cosplayers there are so many traps. The cosplayers are using great costumes and wigs, but most of their face aren't really supporting. Sorry, didn't mean to mock, I also want to cosplaying but I know I will end up like them: "Woah! Her clothes are really good! I wonder if she is pretty... OMG!!! Better look around..." (read her = me). But there are some good cosplayers too. There are also so many Japanese food: takoyaki, okonomiyaki, taiyaki, kakigori, candied apple, sushi, onigiri, soba, ramen, etc. As for food I love kakigori most! It was hot and humid there, me and my friends got thirsty so we bought kakigori. Eric bought the strawberry one, as for me and Hans we each bought the melon one and it was SUPERBLY DELICIOUS!! I feel like in heaven's gate. The melon taste is so sweet and really like melon (not like melon syrup), and I also try Eric's and it also taste like the real strawbeery, sweet and sour!! Oh God, I want to buy it again!!! But, for takoyaki and kyabetsu I ate, it was so-so. We just going round and round, looking at cosplayers, watching mikoshi, until at about 5 PM we got tired, and it's about time for Vocapost and Cosplay contest, so we sat at the stage which actually intended for the sound system and enjoying karaoke contest, Vocapost, and lastly Cosplay contest. The karaoke contestants were really good, I wish I can sing like them. Vocapost also really great, can't believe it was made by Indonesian. Even though I heard this one girl about my age say, " What is exciting, it's just a cartoon" and made me feel like "JUST-A-CARTOON??? Vocaloid is not 'just' and it is also NOT a 'CARTOON' if you called something like this 'CARTOON' I don't think you belong here. You called it 'Anime' is a little bit acceptable, but CARTOON??? Really, miss??" and I am not a Vocaloid fans... As for the cosplay, I can't really see it well, too many people standing in front of me, and most of it were from games which I didn't play. I also didn't following any manga or anime, just reading Fairy Tale sometimes and watching Beelzebub when I'm home. I love Japan because of V6 and because of it's culture -and because of Kyary- not because of manga or anime. Well, manga did introduce me to Japan, but it's just for filling my leisure time lately.
Finally, we went home at about 9 PM from Blok M, and arrived at my sister's place at about 11 PM. We got fined by stupid-mercenary-police officer, but that stupid police only got 25 thousand rupiahs from my sister's friend since she only has that much left from shopping at Ennichisai. Thank God we haven't give her our money for paying gas (we can't just ride freely can we, it's not polite) if we had the money will be taken by that stupid police... I went to sleep at about 12 AM, feeling really tired, my hair got the smell of tobacco a bit. What an adventure. Hahahaha.
I feel disappointed that I couldn't come again the next day as for that day there is bonfire and I really want to see it. But Blok M is really far from Karawaci, and the next day I have to continue my research and come to campus as early as possible. Too bad. I hope I can come again next year. Haha!!
Here one of my photo there:
Yes, all my friends are male! I have no Japan-lover-female-friend at my class.
And yeah, I wonder why Hans and Eric didn't looking at the camera.
Next I will write my review about Platina Parlour, the Butler Cafe ^^