Goats and Dolls

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I had an interesting day last Friday! I went to a doll exhibit and then a goat cafe!

I really love creepy dolls, especially the uncanny valley, nearly full sized ball jointed type. One of the most famous artists making that type of doll is Koitsukihime (恋月姫). I’ve assumed it’s a woman, but I actually don’t know for sure! Here is her website and facebook page.

I first paid attention to Koitsukihime when BTSSB did a collaboration print with her in 2006 – the much loved Koitsukihime Stained Glass series. I had seen her dolls in the GLB before that (the GLB was much more of a mish-mash of all kinds of artsy and gothy stuff back then), but I really started to like her and buy her books after that.

I do have to say I prefer the first edition of this series because of the more muted color palette. Pic credit here.

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So when I heard there was going to be a Koitsukihime exhibit in Tokyo, I couldn’t wait to go! I went with two other friends and Izzy.

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The building itself was very interesting to look at.

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My friend took one pic but we found out they were not allowed, so we couldn’t take anymore. Creepy bed doll chans!

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Here are some more pics from Koitsukihime’s facebook page. I really liked the religious themes and stained glass, of course. A lot of the dolls were displayed in cool wooden pyramid stands as you can see in the pictures. The prices were listed and you could buy the dolls but they started at $10,000… maybe next time! There were quite a few creepy siamese doll twins, too.

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The basement was devoted to Koitsukihime, and the 2nd floor had some more things to see like the gift shop, some rooms with antique dolls and their clothes, plus a room about antique lace and other period items. There was a workshop where you could make crafts for your French style dolls, and there was a room for doll clothing artists to buy and sell their wares. The women selling were all interested in bisque dolls, particularly Jumeau dolls from the late 1800s. Their dolls were new, but they carefully crafted outfits made of authentic materials to replicate the original style. Some of the outfits were really impressive! One characteristic of the dolls is very heavy eyebrows which makes them look perma-mad in my opinion, haha.

After we were done with the exhibit, we went to Shibuya to find the goat cafe! It’s Sakuragaoka Cafe out of the South Exit of Shibuya station (official website, English review). I’ve been to cat and rabbit cafes, but goats are pretty unusual! Apparently, this cafe is popular with businessmen on weekdays but they wanted a way to attract customers on weekends so they decided goats were the way to go! There are two goats, a white one named Sakura and a brown one called Chocolat. They live outside in a pen so you can’t really interact with them while you eat. You can take them for walks on certain weekdays (I think Monday and Wednesday?) but unfortunately we couldn’t do that.

Waiting to see goat chans! I love rubbing up on other people’s dresses.

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I ordered the lunch set – chicken with honey mustard sauce – and a kinako kuromitsu milk (きなこ黒みつミルク). The chicken was pretty good but I really loved the drink. It came in a tea bowl and the kinako was nutty and yummy with the brown sugary kuromitsu flavor ❤

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We sat next to the window where we could watch the goats… eat everything in sight, including their wood enclosure.

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When we finished eating we went outside to play with the goats! You can’t interact with them too much because they’re behind a fence, but Sakura likes to stick her head out and get head scratches! I wore an otome type outfit that day because I knew I was going to wear lolita more that weekend and I find it tiring to wear lolita many days in a row. Everything is offbrand except for the dress (Jane Marple) and bag (Metamorphose). I was wearing a black velvet jacket and scarf on top for most of the day because it was still pretty cold.

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Come to me Sakura chan!

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I thought the food was good and reasonably priced + goats = win-win for everyone! Although I did feel kind of bad for the goats being outside because it was really cold and windy that day so maybe they’re the losing party in this equation. I hope they have a heat lamp or something for them at night.

Thanks for reading! ❤

 

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Peach Fiesta!

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It’s March and in Japan that means… peaches! Well, not really, more like peach blossoms. Actual peaches don’t fruit until the summer, so I’m not exactly sure why all this peach flavored stuff is coming out now, but it’s great for me as a peach lover! I suppose peach flavor is just cute and refreshing and reminds people of spring.

I decided to do a taste test of three different peach drinks! None of them are 100% juice so they are more like peach-ades.

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Let’s go from left to right. Tropicana (owned by Kirin in Japan) makes Sparkling Time, limited edition carbonated peach drink. It has 12% juice and is 48 calories per 100ml. I pay attention to the total calories so I can tell how sweet the drink is or if there’s any evil fake sugars lurking! Japanese food labels aren’t quite as clear as American ones in showing exactly how much sugar content something has.

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Compared to the other two drinks, the label looks a little more aimed at adults and accordingly the flavor is more mature. When I first opened it, the carbonation was really strong and almost sharp, but after it sat in the fridge for a few days it mellowed out and tasted much better. I’d give this a 5/10 when first opened, 7/10 after some of the carbonation left.

Next is the natchan! ふんわり白桃 (funwari hakutou, literally “fluffy white peach” but more like “soft and gentle white peach”). Natchan comes in a lot of different flavors and is produced by Suntory. This one has 10% juice and is 45 calories per 100ml. The label says it’s made with pure water and no preservatives or artificial colors.

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I really loved this one! It has no bitterness that peach flavored things can have – it’s just sweet and peachy! I would give it a 9/10 – the only thing I didn’t like about it was that it tasted slightly like candy. Maybe it would’ve been better if they made it a little less sweet.

Next up is the Qoo わくわくピーチ (wakuwaku pi-chi, “fun and exciting peach”). Qoo is another series of fruit drinks made by Minute Maid, which is owned by Coca Cola in Japan. It has 20% juice and 40 calories per 100ml. It also has added vitamin C. This one too says it has no artificial colors or preservatives.

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As you can tell by the packaging, this one is very much aimed at children. The flavor too was a little too childish – they went hard on the peach candy flavors so it tastes pretty artificial. There is also a bitterness in the aftertaste which might be due to the added vitamin C, not sure. I give this one 5/10. It’s drinkable but I wouldn’t get it again.

So all in all my favorite peach drink so far is the second one – natchan! I think it’s funny that my favorite had the lowest percentage of actual juice in it, hah! Thanks for reading and I hope you are having a nice spring ❤