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Kyoto: Kiyomizu-dera

We meet again, Kiyomizu-dera! There were already minor renovations during this visit but they said there’ll be even more major changes starting January 2017 to 2020 in time for the Olympics. Not sure how that’ll go, but hopefully they can keep the view of the wooden stage and the main…

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Kyoto: Nanzen-ji

You guys know I’ve always had a soft spot for Kyoto (especially after that life-changing solo trip last Fall 2014), and thankfully, every visit delivers like a dream! I feel like I’ll never run out of new places to visit in Kyoto, thanks to thousands and thousands of years of history and culture….

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Kyoto: Ginkaku-ji

Ginkaku-ji or the Silver Pavilion is one of the most underrated tourist spots in Kyoto. While it may visually pale in comparison to the great Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion, I believe it’s still worth checking out due to its being a good example of a structure influenced by Higashiyama culture. Higashiyama culture is…

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Kyoto: Fushimi Inari-taisha

We meet again, Fushimi Inari-taisha! Not much has changed since my last visit to Kyoto in Fall 2014, except maybe there are more tourists now? I’m still partial to Kyoto during the peak of autumn (I can’t stress enough how mind-blowingly beautiful Kyoto’s autumn views are!), but seeing Kyoto in early spring…

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Osaka: Orange Street

If you love quiet, hipster neighborhoods away from the hustle and bustle of city life, but don’t want to travel too far from the city center, try visiting Osaka’s Orange Street. Formerly called Tachibana-dori (tachibana = a type of orange), the street dates back to the Meiji era as a famous furniture and…

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Osaka: Sumiyoshi-taisha

Of all the times I’ve been to Osaka, I can’t believe I’ve never been to Sumiyoshi-taisha. I have no idea why I’ve never checked it out until my trip last March, but better late than never, I guess? The reason why I’m so surprised at myself is because Sumiyoshi-taisha is…

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A Day With Uniqlo

There’s fashion purely for aesthetics, and fashion for actual living. UNIQLO has mastered the art of creating clothes that you can wear everyday. I bet by now, after a gazillion Japan-related posts, you’re tired of hearing me say that I admire the Japanese. Advanced design thinking that dates back centuries ago. I…

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