Saturday, 11 August 2018

HUGE Japan Beauty, Fashion & Nerdy Haul + My Last Day In Tokyo! // Solo Travel Japan


It's my last day vlogging in Tokyo 😒

I spent my morning packing my bags, and as you can imagine, after two weeks in Japan it was a good thing I brought an empty suitcase, because this girl bought a LOT. 

So I figured I'd film a haul of all of the beauty, fashion and nerdy stuff I found, so stay tuned to see what I bought in Japan! 

After sorting through all my new goodies, I went out in the afternoon to two crazy *AeStHeTiCaLlY* pleasing cafes - a fab American-style place called Burger Mania, and a totally Insta-worthy cafe called Canvas Tokyo. For my last day in Japan, it was a pretty perfect way to end the trip! 

To everyone who watched along on my hijessicaanne in japan series, thank you so much and I hope you enjoyed reliving these two weeks with me. There are some exciting bonus Japan episodes coming your way very soon, so the journey doesn't end here - and rumour has it, I may already be planning another trip for 2019...🀭 

See you again soon! γ˜γ‚ƒ,また ! ✨

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Saturday, 4 August 2018

A Chill Day In The Quiet Neighbourhood, Nakameguro // Solo Travel Japan


Nakameguro is a gorgeous, riverside neighbourhood that is full of crowds during sakura season, but is calm and quiet for the rest of the year. 

I visited this ~normally~ chilled out district on my first day in Tokyo to see the cherry blossoms this area is famous for, but it was waaaaay too crowded with hanami-goers! 

So in today's video, I head back to Nakameguro during off-peak, and I couldn't have asked for a better day - there was barely anyone around, almost all of the cafes I went to were completely empty, and I STILL got to see some sakura flowers! 

I also made the trip to Meguro Sky Garden - a haven in a Tokyo's concrete jungle - and then back to Shibuya for the famous Ichiran booth ramen for dinner.

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Saturday, 28 July 2018

Shopping In Harajuku's Takeshita Street & Trying Japanese Kit Kats! // Solo Travel Japan


If it's your first time to Tokyo, shopping in Harajuku's famous Takeshita Street (or Takeshita-dori) is a must-do - full of kawaii fashion boutiques and instagrammable eateries, be prepared for a big day out in this crowded shopping strip!

After two attempts this trip, I FINALLY made it to Takeshita Street for a day of beauty and clothing shopping (plus, I may have bought a couple of cheeky giveaway items - stay tuned!).

If adorable, insta-worthy foods are your thing, I also went to Eddy's Ice Cream shop for the CUTEST cone, and if that wasn't enough sugar, stay tuned to the end of the video where I taste-test eight Japanese Kit Kat flavours (including, sake and WASABI. Yes.).

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Saturday, 21 July 2018

The "Brooklyn Of Tokyo", Daikanyama! // Solo Travel Japan


In today's Japan vlog, I head to the upmarket district of Daikanyama - known as the 'Brooklyn of Tokyo'!

I may not have been to Brooklyn before, but the upmarket, effortlessly cool vibe of Daikanyama definitely transported me there - with a tonne of cute boutiques and backstreets, and the most gorgeous bookstore I've ever seen, if you have a spare day in Tokyo and want a relaxing district to explore, look no further.

But before I headed there, I had to make a stop at a dentist in Aoyama - you never expect to do something as mundane as go to the DENTIST while you're on holiday in Tokyo, but it was sooo lucky that I was able to find an english-speaking clinic!

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Saturday, 14 July 2018

A Day Trip To Kyoto & Kiyomizudera Temple!


One day in Kyoto is never enough, but for my fifth visit to this gorgeous city, I decided to spend it at my absolute favourite temple in Japan - Kiyomizudera.

The views of Kyoto from atop this World Heritage Listed Site are absolutely breathtaking - even on my fifth trip to Kiyomizudera (I've now been in every season!), it still completely blew me away! 

If you're currently researching a trip to Japan, put Kiyomizudera on your itinerary - it's my favourite spot in Kyoto and the area has everything you'd want in a day trip to this cultural city; amazing photo opportunities, great souvenir shopping (including TWO Studio Ghibli stores!) and endless restaurant choices!

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Saturday, 7 July 2018

A Night Out In Harajuku & The AVOCADO Cafe?! // Solo Travel Japan


There are so many themed venues in Tokyo, so when I heard that there was an AVOCADO-themed restaurant in Harajuku, I HAD to check it out!

πŸ₯‘πŸ₯‘❤️πŸ₯‘πŸ₯‘ basically 

This is a bit of a short and sweet vlog, so I hope you guys enjoy it! 

With avocado overload, checking out some shops and taking purikura (super kawaii photobooth pictures!), come along on our lil girls night out in Harajuku!

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Saturday, 30 June 2018

New Friends At Tokyo's YouTube Hanami! // Solo Travel Japan


I barely slept the night before this vlog.

The lovely Keira from Keira in Tokyo messaged me at midnight to invite me to the 2018 Tokyo YouTube Hanami (a huge cherry blossom viewing picnic!) and I was SO NERVOUS abut going that I stayed up all night, worrying that I wouldn't know anyone and that I'd make a fool of myself if I went - but I am SO glad that I did (go, that is!).

When you solo travel, you're kind of forced to get out of your comfort zone. It's SCARY, it's UNCOMFORTABLE, but it's GROWTH.

And I'm so proud of myself for busting out, because I had a rad time and met so many new friends!

If you were at the picnic and said hello - THANK YOU! Thank you for so warmly welcoming me, and being a part of one of my favourite days of my trip to Japan.

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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Visiting Persona 5 Locations In REAL LIFE! // Solo Travel Japan


My all-time favourite game is Persona 5, where you play as a high-schooler in Tokyo who has to save the world while staying a model student (that description sooooo doesn't do it justice!).

But the coolest part is that it's ACTUALLY set in REAL LIFE Tokyo, so the locations in the game actually exist! So I thought I'd dedicate a day of my trip to visit some of the real life locations of Persona 5, and OH. MY. GOSH. These places are truly spot on!

Hope you guys enjoy the vlog, and if you've played P5 before, let me know in the comments who your fave character is! Mine is Joker - obviously ♥️

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This video was also inspired by RyiSnow's video, comparing real life Shibuya to Persona 5's version of Shibuya! Check it out here.

πŸ’•πŸ’• ALSO to everyone who came from Sammie's video - hello! I'm so excited to meet you and I hope you enjoy the videos that I have in store πŸ’•πŸ’•

*I am not affiliated with or own any part of Persona 5 or Atlus; I just LOVE the game and wanted to share that with you! But definitely play the game if you get a chance, it is RAD.

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Saturday, 2 June 2018

Tokyo’s Hipster Town Shimokitazawa (LOTS of Cafes!) // Solo Travel Japan


If my home city of Melbourne, Australia had a long-lost twin in Japan, it would be Shimokitazawa!

In today’s vlog, I visited Tokyo’s ‘hipster town’, which is full of trendy cafes and vintage clothing stores (plus, an adorable bakery that make TOTORO-themed cream puffs! Yes, we know, I’m obsessed, etc. etc.).

I also caught up with Ken from MrKenDenis!! We went out for dinner and dessert and it was sooooo nice spending time together in Tokyo πŸ’–

warning, i do a lot of eating in this video lol #wheninjapan

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Sunday, 27 May 2018

How I Take Travel Photos Alone & Bento Cooking Class! // Solo Travel Japan


UM. Those Totoro bento boxes were almost too cute to eat!!

Adorable themed bento lunches are super common in Japan for elementary / primary school age students, and in today's vlog I learned how to make my own! Because I'm a kid at heart πŸ’– 

If you have a spare two hours in Tokyo, I highly recommend booking a local cooking class! This one was all in English, and it was so much fun using a tonne of new-to-me ingredients and learning some new cooking techniques. 

Afterwards, I headed into Shibuya to do some shopping and I explain how I take my Instagram photos while travelling alone! Spoiler - I have no shame 🀣

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

The Countryside That Inspired My Neighbour Totoro 🌱 // Solo Travel Japan


If you're a Studio Ghibli fan... you NEED to go here! 🌱

Because I'm travelling solo in Japan, I wanted to do something a bit different, so I decided to join an Airbnb Experience tour! 

I spent the day hiking through Tokorozawa in Saitama, which is the country town and forest area that inspired Hayao Miyazaki (i.e. the KING of Studio Ghibli!) to make the famous film, My Neighbour Totoro - which is one of my all time favourites! 

The guided walking tour included hiking through the 'Totoro Forest' (literally), visiting Korosuke's House - which the house in My Neighbour Totoro was modelled after! - and sampling the best green tea I've ever tasted at a traditional Japanese tea plantation. 🍡 

It was a total dream, and if you have a day spare in Tokyo and want to experience the countryside, Tokorozawa is a one hour trip from the city and WELL WORTH the visit!

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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Tokyo Apartment Tour & Exploring Harajuku Backstreets // Solo Travel Japan


You guys requested it! My Tokyo Airbnb apartment tour is here, and lemme tell you, this πŸ‘πŸ» place πŸ‘πŸ» is πŸ‘πŸ» gorgeous!

For my fifth visit to Japan, but first trip travelling solo, I really wanted to find an apartment that was in central Tokyo that could feel like home for my two week stay. This place exceeded expectations - it really was my dream Tokyo apartment! 🏠🌡

Hope you guys enjoy the apartment tour - I HIGHLY recommend staying in Airbnbs instead of hotels in Japan (they’re usually a lot bigger, a lot cheaper, and WAY cuter!) and a BIG thank you to my hosts for making my stay such a fabulous one ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Stay tuned to the end of the video too - I visited some of the cutest cafes in the backstreets Harajuku (think PIKACHU lattes and animal icecream cones! 😍) that you should definitely add to your itinerary if you’re heading to Tokyo.

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Saturday, 5 May 2018

Cutting My Hair In Tokyo, Cute Cafes & Kiddyland! // Solo Travel Japan


It's day two in Tokyo!

In today's vlog, I decided to get my hair cut and coloured at ASSORT Tokyo (a.k.a. one of the trendiest, English-speaking salons in Tokyo!) and revisit one of my favourite cafes, Cafe Kitsune - yes, owned by design house Maison Kitsune! 

Then in the afternoon, I went to some super cute cafes, including one that sold cakes INSIDE BALLOONS (wut) and made a stop at Kiddyland to pick up some adorable Pokemon merch - because OF COURSE! 

Hope you guys enjoy this vlog, and stay tuned for the next episode of hijessicaanne in japan... hint hint... an apartment tour is involved!

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Saturday, 28 April 2018

First Time Seeing Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo! // Solo Travel Japan


I’m back in Japan!! And back for the FIFTH time, because I clearly can’t get enough of the place πŸ’–

Japan is my home away from home, and after visiting multiple times with school, friends and family, this was my very first time travelling overseas alone (!!).

And after receiving so many requests to do a second series of HIJESSICAANNE IN JAPAN, I decided to daily vlog this trip for you guys, so I have a tonne of videos coming your way - this is just the beginning!

I hope you guys enjoy episode one of season two, of HIJESSICAANNE IN JAPAN! I got up to a LOT - including seeing cherry blossoms for the first time πŸŒΈπŸ˜­πŸ’•

If you have any questions about Japan, solo travelling, solo travelling IN JAPAN, leave me a comment below as I’d be happy to answer them!

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Thursday, 29 March 2018

Skincare Routine & Makeup Look ONLY USING FREE SAMPLES?! // VIDEO


I always keep all of my beauty samples and minis aside for travelling, and then I thought, what if I challenged myself to put together an entire skincare routine and makeup look ONLY using samples?

Spoiler alert, the result was a total disaster, but it made for a fun video πŸ˜…

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

I Tried a PERIOD Subscription Box?! // ModiBodi X Bellabox Unboxing Review


Ladies, I took one for the team and tried a PERIOD subscription box! Aaaaand I filmed it, because I knew you’d all be curious!

I’m all about self-care, and ESPECIALLY when it’s that time of the month. So I was really excited to try out the limited edition collab box from Bellabox X Modibodi, which was FULL of period-friendly goodies to make that time of the month a little more bearable - want to find out what was inside? πŸ’ƒπŸ»

(Spoiler alert… including a pair of period underwear. As in, you don’t need to wear a pad or tampon! #wut

Disclaimer: Bellabox sent me this box to review. This video is not sponsored.

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Get Ready With Me for a Summer Date Night // VIDEO


I know it's technically the beginning of autumn (or 'fall' for all of my Northern Hemisphere friends) right now in Australia, but this glowy, fresh makeup look works for all season too! 

My boyfriend and I decided to go out for date night (we're Netflix people, so this is kind of a big deal), so I figured I'd do a bit of a glow up and film my makeup look! 

Stay tuned to the end to see where we went - the restaurant is Japanese fusion, and we literally ate SUSHI. PIZZA. Weird, I know. 

Hope you guys enjoy the vid!

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Saying Goodbye to Bii & I'm Going to Japan?! // WEEKLY VLOG


Watching today’s video back, I definitely feel like I’m getting more confident and comfortable on camera πŸ™ˆ

Hope you guys enjoy this weekly vlog! This week was Bii’s farewell before she goes back to Canada - I’m going to miss you gal! - so Ken, Bii and I went for one last Korean BBQ dinner together to say goodbye.

Plus I make an exciting announcement… am I finally going back to Japan?!

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Friday, 2 February 2018

My Birthday Weekend! NGV Triennial, Bday Freebies & Dinner at Rockpool // VLOG


Another year older and hopefully a little wiser!

I had such a great birthday weekend (because if your bday falls on - or let’s face it, NEAR - a weekend, why not extend the celebrations?!) with my friends and family and I was totally spoiled. 

Day one, my boyfriend and I went to NGV’s Triennial, which is a huge FREE art exhibition in Melbourne with some ridiculously cool works to see. HIGHLY recommend, plus it’s on til April, so get your tooshies over there! 

Day two was my actual birthday and I made use of all the bday freebies in my inbox, like a free makeup application at Mecca Cosmetica and a Boost juice. Such a steal. Sign up to those newsletters friends! #perks 

In the evening I headed to Arbory for a pre-birthday-dinner drink and then it was off to a total treat of a dinner at Rockpool Bar & Grill for one of the BEST family meals I’ve had in a long time. 

Hope you guys enjoy coming along on my birthday weekend with me! I had a fab time πŸ’–

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

What's Inside The Beautylish Lucky Bag 2018?! // UNBOXING


What was inside the Beautylish 2018 Lucky Bag?! Watch and find out! 

This was my very first Lucky Bag (also known as ‘Fukubukuro’ in Japan) and it had a bunch of HIGH END beauty products inside! Um, Beautylish really delivered πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

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Saturday, 13 January 2018

Trying Sushi Train Style Hot Pot & Catching Up with Friends! // VLOG


Today's vlog is just a little one! Adriana, Bii, Ken and I tried the most unique sushi train-style hot pot restaurant (which while it was fun, the food was just so-so), then we somehow ended up at Chadstone πŸ˜‚

I didn’t actually film a whole lot as we had such a great time catching up, so it’s a shorter vlog than usual - I still wanted to put it up though, so I hope you guys enjoy!

Plus I still feel like an airhead for saying ‘Ben’ when I meant KEN, I somehow combined ‘Bii’ + ‘Ken’ in my brain and said ‘Ben’ by mistake πŸ˜… Does anyone else do that?? Love you Ken πŸ’–πŸ’–



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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

My New GLASSES, Manicures & A Priceline Haul! // VLOG


After 5 years with the same glasses, this blind as a bat lil lady decided to splurge on a new pair of specs! #finally

In today’s vlog, I also treated myself to a manicure with the C-U-T-E-S-T, minimalistic star nail art at Tam’s Beauty Shop and visited Lincraft to buy some supplies for an upcoming DIY video (keep an eye out, it’s going to be a goodie!). 

Plus, stay tuned to the end of the video for a Priceline beauty haul!

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