As promised, here is my Japan/Osaka haul (please read my previous blog post about the trip to offer some insight on my purchases!) Whenever I travel, a handful of people ask me what to buy/what I bought/what to expect in Japan—to have an idea of what type of person I am (or what things I usually buy), here is my haul:
I dropped by Tower Records and knew immediately what I’m looking for—to my delight, I was able to find them! I grabbed a copy of Panic! at the Disco’s Death of a Bachelor (I’ve been looking for a physical copy for a looong time; I love this album so much) and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton (I am a total theatre nerd and I am proud Hamitrash—I think I’ve memorized at least more than half the songs so far? Hehehe.) Great finds + great buys!
Next up, I bought these sticker organizers. I really had this one my ‘to-buy’ list and luckily didn’t have too much of a hard time finding them.
The lavender one is for sticker flakes—
…while the red one is for vertical sticker sheets!
I also bought a pack of 8 Posca paint markers (because I’ve been wanting to try them out for the longest time) and a roll of masking tape (I’m not sure if this is specialized for watercolor paper, but I’m excited to test it out!)
Next would be the washi tapes (oh, boy!)
One of my favorite Japanese artists/illustrators, mizutama, had a collaboration with bànde, a washi tape brand, and I’ve been dying to get my hands on these washi tapes! I’m so happy weeeee!
The first two are also by mizutama, and the bottom two are Osaka-themed washi tapes.
I absolutely adore cute and colorful houses, so when I saw this washi tape, I knew I had to get it too. I also got a really cute alphabet washi tape (I found on my layover in Taipei) and, lastly, a mizutama figurine with a stamp design at the bottom!
The next items I got were brush pens—these are some of my favorites, Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pens (I have the other colors already and wanted to collect the whole set!), a new pencil case for future travels + official pencil case for travel journaling, and a mechanical colored pencil in lavender (for future art projects + thesis!)
Next, I got these washi tape cutters. I’ve been using it for the past few days, and I love it! It’s super convenient. Would recommend washi tape collectors/hoarders to invest in one.
Next, I got a maruman sketch book (I wanted to test my copic markers on this to see how the ink would absorb) and a Otegami Memo from the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. I enjoy writing little letters and notes for friends, so I’m happy to add this cutie to my collection of memo pads/stationery!
Next, I got a cute cloud/dream design handkerchief (it’s really soft and nice to touch), a mini scissors (I have a lot of mini scissors—I never leave home without one. You’ll never know when you’ll need a pair), and a cute Frixion Snoopy stamp (my sister bought this for me!)
Personal Souvenirs + Knickknacks:
Next would be disposable film cameras! I’ve always been curious about these whenever I go to Japan (even when I lived there briefly) and I finally bought a few and used them during my recent trip as per recommendation from a friend.
Can’t wait to see how the pictures will turn out!
Next would be some souvenir photos from the places we visited. First would be the family photo from the aquarium. We all really liked the photo and bought it so we could frame it when we got home—
and I bought this photo of Hannah, because she looked so cute! I couldn’t resist!
Next would be our souvenir photo from Universal Studios Japan’s Cool Japan event, the Final Fantasy VR ride:
Followed by a tin of Butterbeer Drops and a Snoopy car (I have a small collection of Tomica Snoopy cars, hehe.)
And, lastly, a small figurine by an artist I also like (I forgot the name huhu) and a daruma doll (for academic excellence—aka thesis!)
I collect postcards whenever I travel and keep them in a special postcard clearbook. Sometimes, I send a postcard to myself (from another country to Manila) for a lovely surprise in the future on a seemingly normal day!
(L) Postcard from Fushimi Inari Taisha and (R) the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
(Up) Postcard from Universal Studios Japan’s Snoopy Studios and (Down) from the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.
Of course, you can’t leave Japan without buying tasty treats to share (or eat yourself when you get home!) First up would be the “fox cookies” I bought from Fushimi Inari Taisha (this was a set of three and it tastes delicious!)
This is what it looks like out of the box, ready to eat!
Next would be my favorite Japanese mints (as of the moment): MINTIA! These are both sugarless and is “spicy” enough for me to enjoy. The left one is the minature version, and the right one is the larger version (which the package brags can last for at least five minutes per piece!)
Next up would be Country Ma’am cookies (these are really good, I swear.) and Morinaga‘s Milk Cocoa (yum.)
More Country Ma’am—these are my favorite packaged cookies/treats!
…I told you I love Country Ma’am, HAHA.
Health + Beauty Products:
Next would be the three health/beauty products I bought HAHA. I don’t really wear/buy make-up—all my money goes to books and art supplies. 😅
(L-R) Roihi-Tsuboko is pretty much like Salonpas (my mom swears it’s more effective!), Perfect Whip released a new face wash which has collagen (I’ve been using Perfect Whip for several years already, and I love it!), and lastly, 8×4‘s foot powder spray (it feels cool and smells good to use!)
Every time I leave for more than two or three days, I make sure to buy a little something for my dogs, so that when I get back, this would be my “sorry-for-leaving-you-so-long” gift, hehe.
Greenies Dental Treats and some treats I found in 7-11!
Last, but not least, Hannah bought our dogs some cute hats (she won them from the capsule machines!) Technically, these are for cats, but it works:
Huhu. So cute.
And that’s about it! I didn’t include other stuff because they are future gifts/souvenirs for family and friends and I don’t want any of them to read this and have the surprise ruined for them! Hehe. Anyways, I’m testing this new post idea/series where I post my hauls—please leave a comment down below if you’d like to see more haul posts in the future!
‘Till the next blog post!