Tokyo in June

Just breastfeeding in a corner of  of Forever 21 (this was the day I explored by myself and lucy was a monster!)
 6% dokidoki-a very tiny & kawaii store
how cute are all those earrings?! I got pegasus ones.
 a picture of people taking pictures of a cat wearing a scrunchy around it's neck. I don't get it.
Must check out Laforet^
Duke loves Harajuku! ;)
touch screen vending machine. Very Japanesey.
I decided I love Tokyo in June

i hate spiders
 The Great Burger^ run, don't walk.
 Good Town Doughnuts. I repeat, run, do not walk!
on the c130 back to Kadena AFB

The first many pictures are from Harajuku. My personal favorite place in Tokyo. I have gone each of the 3 times I've been to Tokyo and I honestly love it more every time. If you've heard Gwen Stefani's "Harajuku Girls", then you know all about the area. If not, it's an awesome fashion and culture district  and has possibly the best people watching in the world. It's super crowded on the weekends, but that is the best time to go! People dress up crazy and it's awesome. When I went with Stacy we saw a lady wearing black wings-just like from Maleficent- and a beak. So great! The area also has really great food.

Next area we visited was Akasaka Palace. I don't recommend it. Ha. We've seen pretty much all the 'must-see' things in Tokyo so we were trying to see something new. You can't go into the palace or in the gates. It's a state guest house and you can only view it through this one gate and that's it. There is also nothing else in the area. It has pretty gates though!

We also walked through Yoyogi park a little bit-I always am so in awe of those beautiful wooden torii gates--and visited Roppongi Hills. Cool area but was a little bummed there too because the line to visit the observatory and sky deck at Mori Tower was 2 hours. And with little Lucy that just wasn't gonna happen. It's got some good eats around the area and a little garden area and an art museum in Mori Tower as well. Worth checking out!

We were able to hop a flight back from Yokota Air Base to Kadena on Okinawa so that was nice. I felt a little bad for Lucy though bc the plane was SO LOUD and everyone was given earplugs, except her bc they have baby earplugs :(. I couldn't even hear her cry when she cried...which maybe that was a good thing ;). But she slept most of the flight and hey it was free! 

I always love visiting Tokyo and I hope I get to go back again before we leave Japan!


Mt Fuji

can you see lucy's losing it in this picture?^
*heart eyes*
she hated that car seat more than her regular car seat...and that's saying a lot.
cutest little shiba!!!
Last week Duke had a short det (dettachment) up at Yokota Air Base, which is about an hour outside of Tokyo. He had a few free days while he was up there so we decided Lucy and I should try to take a military flight up and hang out on his days off. We ended up flying to Tokyo commercially (after waiting seven hours for a military flight that ended up being cancelled, ugh), but we caught a flight back on a c130. I've never tagged along with him on work stuff and it was really fun! I'd been to Tokyo a couple times but never outside the city really. It is so beautiful!

Friday we rented a car and headed down to Mt. Fuji area. It was overcast and definitely on the cooler side up in the mountains. I hadn't packed a single jacket for Lucy or myself, so we had Lucy in her pjs the whole day haha. It was SUCH a nice break from the oppressive humidity of Okinawa. We went to a place called Mt Kachi Kachi ropeway and rode a little ways up in cable cars. There was this beautiful view of Fuji! We hiked a bit further up the mountain just for fun and then hiked the whole way down. Did I say how BEAUTIFUL it was?! I haven't been out hiking in the mountains like this in such a long time. Duke and I are already talking about going back up there and doing some more hiking one of these days. 

I was a little disappointed because there was a beautiful flower festival for pink phlox moss that ended May 31 and they didn't allow entry after that day. We missed it by 4 days! But it looks like this: (SO PRETTY RIGHT?!)