japan

Nagasaki: Oura Church, Glover Garden

Japan’s oldest standing church is in Nagasaki! Oura Church, one of Nagasaki’s most famous landmarks, is also the only Western building to be designated as a national treasure in Japan. Behind it is Glover Garden, an area where Nagasaki’s former western residents used to stay. I’ve already been to these places before,…

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Fukuoka: Joten-ji, Shofuku-ji

Looking for a place to go to this spring? Fukuoka is a great sakura-sightseeing alternative to the big cities in Japan if you’re not too keen on big crowds. I went for a few days first week of April 2016, and it was definitely one of my most memorable trips ever,…

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Fukuoka: Tocho-ji

I’ve seen Tocho-ji and its famous sitting Buddha during winter, but the view totally pales in comparison to peak sakura season. There’s a huge cherry blossom tree right smack in the center of the temple grounds! There’s not much to say when this is right in front of your eyes:

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Fukuoka: Ohori-koen

Feeling just as hopeful about 2017 as the peak of cherry blossoms in Japan. I deliberately saved this post in time for New Year’s because I’m so thankful I got to see this life-changing view with my parents. There’s always something about springtime – not only is it a sort of rebirth…

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Himeji

I’m all praises about Himeji nowadays. Every time someone tells me they’re heading to Osaka, I immediately take the opportunity to convince them to take a day trip to Himeji and see Himeji Castle. Last March, I was finally able to go on a new place in Japan! I couldn’t…

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Kyoto: Yasaka-jinja, Maruyama Koen

And it’s a long way forward so trust in me~ I’ll give them shelter, like you’ve done for me~ That moment when you spot Yasaka-jinja in Porter & Madeon’s animated Shelter video! I wonder why they chose to include bits of Kyoto there! I found it quite refreshing given how so…

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