Christmas in Fukuoka

Posted on Saturday, 31 December 2011

I’m back! Spending the holidays in Japan was a blast. Such a magical place with a much-enviable visual culture, as always! Easily my most favorite place in the world.

This time, my family and I went to Fukuoka instead of Tokyo or Osaka for a change. Surprisingly, there’s a direct flight from Manila to Fukuoka via Philippine Airlines. Glad to know that different parts of Japan are finally getting more and more accessible to us.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

We arrived in Fukuoka just before dinner, so we headed straight to the subway from the airport. The hotel that we stayed in was just right across Hakata Station, making it so convenient for us to go around the city without having to allot so much on cab fare.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

Since we were so hungry from the flight, we decided to grab a bite to eat at some random ramen place at Hakata Deitos…

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

…and a nice cup of iced coffee at Marbre Blanc Cafe where we also enjoyed some wonderful parfaits and not to mention, a group of good-looking waiters who looked as if they came straight out of an anime/manga.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

After dinner, we roamed around the station some more. Managed to snap a photo of these two adorable kids who both seemed so grown-up, already shopping for stuff on their own!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

Fluffy white dog outside Hankyu department store. The stroller has “I <3 HUG” all over it.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

Yet another puppy in the department store. Adorbs!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

Some very expensive but high-quality men’s shoes. ¥19,950 or approx. ₱11,200 for one pair!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

Personally one of my most favorite Japanese brands of all time. I’d buy everything they’re selling if only they weren’t too pricey. Just look at those lovely fall colors!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

Laguna Moon was selling some really nice coats with fur collars.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

If I had to share a Japanese shoe brand, this would be it. Esperanza makes some of the best quality, trendiest shoes I’ve ever seen in my life. Luckily, I was able to get the boots I’ve always wanted (ViVi, the things you do to me…) in Canal City a few days after this shot was taken. At 50 freaking percent off! #freddiemercury.jpg

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

Cecil McBee! I still remember my first experience with them. I bought this skirt, and found myself surprised to be escorted out of the store before they handed me my paper bag! Talk about super special customer service.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

Dolly Wink Otona Line! Got a blonde eyebrow pencil for myself and brown eyebrow powder for my BFF Crissey. On the left is Ayumi Hamasaki’s line of false eyelashes.

Someone bring all of these Japanese beauty products to Manila, please?

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

Apparently, in Japan, KFC = Christmas. How cute is Santa Sanders!?

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

Passed by some izakaya-style restaurants in the station. Drinks on Christmas day!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

Favorite photo from this set. Remember this photo? The geeky photographer in me is a sucker for these kinds of photos that tell a story. <3

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Japan Fukuoka

Christmas day ended early for us… only because we had to prepare for the next day. More photos from my Fukuoka trip soon.

Also, Happy New Year! 2011 has been a rollercoaster ride, but I’ve learned to just go with it instead of resist it. Good riddance. Thanks for the great year, Tumblr folks!

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