October 11, 2011

Birthday Weekend Recap

Family, Japan, Life

*Have you checked out my birthday giveaway yet?  No?  Then get to it!  Click here! It ends this Friday!*


I’m still recovering from the whole 3-day weekend/birthday celebration thing and have fallen behind with everything related to the internet (again). It’s amazing how so many things happen when you don’t read Facebook/blogs/etc for just a few days!

Anyway, I had a great birthday weekend. It was a very low-key affair. No parties or gatherings or big fancy presents. Just a bit of family time with E and Jason which is totally fine with me.

So here’s a quick-ish rundown of my weekend…

Salvation Army Bazaar Shopping

Salvation Army Bazaar Shop - Koto Branch

One of the things I requested for my birthday is a trip to the Salvation Army Bazaar for some second-hand thrift shopping. I had my mind set on going to a bigger one outside of Central Tokyo but the trip with E would not have been an easy one so I settled for their smaller branch near us. I’m glad I checked it out because I left with quite a few good finds. Even E got into the spirit of thrift shopping :)

Salvation Army Bazaar Shop - Koto Branch

My loot:

Salvation Army Bazaar Shop - Koto Branch

All this for 1480 yen! (Approx. $20)

I’m most happy about the casserole dish since I’ve been looking for a nice one that’s of a decent size. Most of the ones I’ve seen at the store are small and the larger ones are in the 5000 yen and up range. I got this one for only 1000 yen :)

Minato-ku Citizens’ Festival

Every year, for one weekend in October, our ward has a big festival for the people who live and work in this part of town. Technically, anyone can go to it which is why it can get crowded in our area during this weekend festival.

Minato-ku Citizens' Festival

There was even a parade on the last day :)

Minato-ku Citizens' Festival

And of course, you can’t have a festival this size without having some sort of a flea market. I found a few things that would be nice to have around the house…all for 600 yen! (approx. $8)

Minato-ku Citizens' Festival

Tokyo Water Science Museum

Tokyo Water Science Museum

Monday was Sport’s Day, which is a national holiday. Originally, I had wanted to go to Disneyland but because we had a late start in the day, we decided to go somewhere close by. So we went to Odaiba, this one man-made island in Tokyo Bay, and visited the Tokyo Water Science Museum because E loves water and it was free.

We’d never been to this place so we didn’t have a lot of expectations. It was a pretty small place but for free admission, we can’t really complain, especially since it did keep E occupied with all sorts of activities for a while.

Tokyo Water Science Museum

Tokyo Water Science Museum

I just love finding new places to go to in Tokyo, especially kid friendly ones :)

Birthday Dinner

I had one of the best birthday dinners on the day of my birthday. It was a simple pizza party with an ice cream cake to finish :) Kinda like Chuck E Cheese but not really.

My custom mix pizza with broccoli, mushrooms, tomatoes, cheese, pineapples and Italian sausage. (Trust me, it’s not as weird as the standard pizzas they have here.)

For the blog

Followed by an ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins :) The ice cream inside was Jamoca coffee and Vanilla.

For the blog

And yes, I did eat most of the cake myself over the 3-day weekend.

It really was a great birthday weekend :)

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  • Reply Abby October 11, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Happy birthday! Sounds like a perfect day – that thrift shop looks great! x

  • Reply jen October 12, 2011 at 1:03 am

    I had no idea they had thrift stores in Japan. When we went to Kyoto in 2000, we happened in on a big festival with a flea market. I’ll never forget it–so fun.
    And I’ve seen the weird Japanese pizzas–squid and octopus do not belong there! Glad your birthday was great.

  • Reply Amber October 12, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Woo Hoo a parade in your honor! ;) Glad you had such a great weekend, I want to hear a little more about these crazy pizzas. Can’t wait to get home and read this post again when I can see the pis. (Old computer at work just see red x’s)


  • Reply Jenners October 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Yay for having your own ice cream birthday cake — and eating it mostly by yourself! That is what I do too! It must be a Jen thing! And I think the museum looks gorgeous. I love the design of it. Sounds like a wonderful weekend. Happy Birthday!

  • Reply Teresa October 13, 2011 at 6:47 am

    That is one busy weekend, even for three days. Hope the coming year is wonderful!

  • Reply Raw Thoughts And Feelings October 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Happy belated birthday! The cake and the pizza looked wonderful, and I’m so glad you had a great day..

  • Reply nicole October 15, 2011 at 11:43 am


  • Reply Jenny Matlock October 18, 2011 at 7:03 am

    This looks like a wonderful time! I love that bin of little animals and figures that your angel is looking through!

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