Spending Our Bdays w/Hello Kitty
So I’m reallllly not a birthday person. At least not when it comes to celebrating my birthday. Every year I’m say “I don’t want to do anything. Don’t do anything for my birthday.” And then every year when it rolls around, I’m regretfully say, “Damn. Maybe I should’ve done something from my birthday.” So, as to not repeat history… I flew 5,000 miles to be alone on my bday and not have to worry about it being my bday!
But I’m glad that my sister ended up coming on this trip in the end because fun fact: we have the same bday. Not twins, just 8 years apart. I knew I wanted to go to Puroland after saving photos of it years back on Tumblr. So what better day to go than a bday and with your bff sister??
Sanrio Puroland is about 30 ish min outside of Tokyo if I can remember correctly, in the city of Tama. I remember seeing that name printed in tiny lettering on Sanrio things I bought growing up so it was so cool to be in the hometown of Hello Kitty! Everything in the city had little touches of her.
Walking out of the station and to the park was so surreal, you pass by small shops and a lot of arcades.
These freakin’ claw machines have stolen way too much money from me.
Zamnnn there it is! The entire park is indoors so you can come here no matter what the weather. We also lost track of time being inside here. Considering it’s not that big, 6 hours was quite some time to spend here. If we didn’t have tickets to an owl cafe later that night we could’ve probably stayed longer haha.
Kinda like Halloween Disney is the best Disney, I would imagine that Halloween Puroland might be the best Puroland.
Sensory overload x 1,000,000. You have no idea where to even look first. I’d say most of the people there were either little girls and then some not so little girls like us.
Had to get ears. So many cute ones to choose from but we opted for the classic.
We had seen people walking around with these and in our best attempts at asking some girls where they got theirs with no Japanese spoken, we picked up a couple of these at the front desk. Unlike they probably would in the US, they didn’t even ask us for IDs or anything to show it was our birthdays. Each time you go to an attraction or buy something at a shop, a worker will give you a sticker to put on your badge. A birthday passport of sorts. This girl was so nice she hand drew Hello Kitty on ours :)
Tried not to get sidetracked by shopping too hardcore after only being in the place for 5 min! But there were so many cute shops everywhere you look it was really hard not to. Gudetama shop right in the entrance like whaaaa!
Ded. Constantly ded all day.
We were in awe of how stylish moms dress their kids in Japan. So fashionable and so funky haha. Dressed more like miniature adults than kids that you’d see back home. I’d wear this girls fit for sure. #babySyd
So all of the rides and shows are in Japanese. All of them. It really wasn’t a big deal that we had no idea what they were saying, because everything was just so over the top there was so much to just take in in general.
All of the different outfits that the people that work here wear kill me. So cute.
Little Halloween section!
Was gonna try to apply my “sometimes you don’t need to buy it, you just need to take a picture instead,” ….but nostalgia got the best of me. I bought this wallet that is basically a toy wallet, because I had this exact style in about 5 different characters when I was younger. And I had to have it, ok.
Look at this dining room. Just look at it!!
I’ve never wanted to win something from a claw machine more in my entire life.
This girl’s voice was SO HIGH. I truly was like, “How. How??” We watched a movie about how the Little Twin Stars, Kiki and Lala, came to be and kept thinking how extra Japan is and how much I love it.
It’s kinda wild how dressed up in character people get when they come here. There two people were not employees, just fans that came to match their surroundings. I love how much people here just aren’t self conscious or care so much about what strangers think of them.
Get itttttt, gurl.
Took a tour through Hello Kitty’s mansion haha.
…and paid to get this photo printed of us. Why do i smile so derpy when I’m not ready??
Look. At. Their. Outfits. Look. On. Their. Shoulders. OMG.
It’s me, son.
The attention to detail here kills me.
We were given these digital passport cards that you can place all over this Gudetama themed area to play interactive games, save photos at photo spots, etc.
Was really banking on the fact that in general, Japanese people are fairly petite and short, so that I would be able to see over some heads for this parade show. But everyone was so freaking tall wth!
Your girl hit this gift shop harrrrrd. Generally if I saw it and wanted it and it was reasonable…I bought it. There was some restraint involved however, haha. “ooohhhh Kerropi bath bombs!” doesn’t really take baths so put it back. “oooohhhh look at these chopsticks!” *truly more of a fork gal if we’re being honest. Haha but if it were stickers or candy it got swooooped right up.
I also bought a duffle bag that has a strap to hook over the top of your suitcase. I highly recommend if you’re coming to Japan to either bring a foldable bag like a duffle or to purchase something similar once you’re here. You’re going to buy stuff. A lot of stuff. It cannot be helped or stopped. And you’re going to need a place to put all the stuff you buy. By the time we left, that duffle was stuffed and there was no way I could have fit everything I bought in just my suitcase with the other items I had packed. We were allowed two free checked bags each on our airline so take advantage if you can!
Saw this girl on our way out. The animae get ups, man. OTT! What’s crazy was that all of these girls had their own photographers with them. Wild.
I hope that if you are a Sanrio fan like us and you’re ever in Japan you’ll be able to pay this special place a visit. As always thanks for reading :)