travel

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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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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