On March 11th we decided to go and pick some fresh strawberries with our friends in Japan.
It turned out mid-March is about the right time to go strawberry picking in Japan, also all sorts of strawberry dishes and candies start to appear everywhere.
Here we have just arrived to the "farm" and preparing to pay for the joy.
On March 9th there was a hometown Dolpa in Kyoto that we attended.
There was a huge crowd at the entrance and a usual "draw your entry number" kind of system. Even though we had 7 guidebooks (that serve as a ticket to enter), we drawn some terrible numbers all over 2000 that would provide us no chances to get anything of value.
Luckily we went to Dolpa with many friends (which seems to be the recommended mode of operations) and some of them got a much-much better number than us. One of them was so kind as to give their number to us too.
So I went to the limited items line area and Ksusha stayed at the dealer access line.
The low number we were given by a friend.
Seems we are getting to Japan pretty frequently these days. We decided to go in March again because of the Kyoto Hometown Dolpa 10 since Ksusha really wanted some of the dolls from there.
This time we finally got a flight out of Atlanta airport new terminal F with their new Sky Club.
Last week we've been to Japan (more about it later) and on the way back from there made a stop in Los Angeles.
The occasion for the stop was less than happy. Volks USA ceased operations of its Los Angeles store and it was the last weekend the store was open. As a customer appreciation event they also held a tea party on Sunday that we also attended.
Due to the closure there was also a sale for the entire stock of items that attracted quite a crowd.
Line 45 minutes before open.
On Nov 30th we had a really simple plan: visit first day of Volks Christmas at Tenshi no Sato and then go back to Tokyo in the evening.
So we checked out of our hotel in the morning and rushed to Saga-Arashiyama station. Surprisingly I do not have any pictures of the line or initial purchase rush. We managed to get a couple of dolls and then went to have some tea with new seasonal cakes at Tenshi no Sato cafe:
On Nov 28th we spend first half of the day going to Nara to get some mikan juice, and for the evening we decided to visit Eikando, a famous temple with a lot of nice fall foliage. The other benefit was that they were open at night, so we packed up our tripod and went there.
Pizza for breakfast.
Ok, I'm trying to write a note almost right after pictures are ready without some additional waiting.
I finally bought a Volks Lady Wizard set and it was snowing today, so I played a bit with my Suigintou.
She is very good for such games where you need to know magic
Today I came with some old pictures as well. I know, I need to write more frequently, sorry >_< Those pictures are about one of my favorite couple, Lorina and Sai. I couldn't resist and bought Volks DD Kitty Ear White Bondage Set for Lorina, though it's a bit small for her but me wouldn't be me if I couldn't put it on her And somehow all photo shoots with those two end with some piquant moments even if there were no plans for them at all and I don't know why, so don't ask
Warning: the pictures below would contain one piquant moment, like kiss, nothing terrible but still if you are not like something like this please don't look inside! Thank you.
My sweet white kitty~