Spring time in Japan

Spring time in Japan

I did it again.

I travelled to Japan and caught the very beginnings of the Sakura season. It wasn’t my intention when I originally booked this trip but I am grateful nonetheless. Almost two years ago during¬†my first trip to Japan, I caught the tail end when the cherry blossoms were falling and almost gone.

Did I shop? Yes. Did I eat? Yes. Did I sightsee? A little (hah). I travelled through Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo during this trip. Being a city girl, I didn’t stray too far from the well trodden paths, and I don’t regret a thing. Well there was a bit of a break in between the chaos of the cities where I stayed at a ridiculously amazing ryokan with a picturesque view of Mount Fuji.

My top trip highlights:

  • Experiencing onsen in the cooler weather (with a view of Fuji-san).
  • Countless soft serve ice creams.
  • The food. So much great food.
  • Stationery shopping, heaven for me.
  • Eating all the sweet and juicy strawberries.
  • Temple hopping – Kiyomizudera is STUNNING.
  • Did I mention food?

I’m contemplating doing a stationery haul soon. Let me know if there is anything you’re particularly interested in!

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I dream of Tokyo

I dream of Tokyo

So what’s with this Sydney weather? It feels a lot like inconsistent Melbourne weather to me. Hah. Today is supposedly going to reach a maximum of 26 degrees,¬†did I mention it’s the middle of winter? Whaaaaat? Anyway. It makes dressing in the morning a nightmare.

Everyone I know seems to be overseas at the moment, so I’ve been running around tending to plants, taking out the trash, meal planning for my entire week. Who knew maintaining a household(s) on your lonesome could be so exhausting?

I’ve barely had much time to myself to do some crafting, but I did have some time to edit some of the cherry blossom photos I have from Tokyo. So delayed, but I’m keen to get some of these printed out and framed for the house.

Anyway. Happy Friday all!

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Japan!! (Part 1)

Japan!! (Part 1)

Guys! Japan is amazing and I’m staying in Japan forever because Japan is awesome and cool and has everything I could ever want slash need. But not really, because I have work. But seriously. One month in Japan is just not enough!

Perhaps I’ll do a more thorough post as we travelled through multiple cities: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Kobe and Nara. One regret was not going to Hokkaido (However I got to sample a tonne of Hokkaido soft serve in a delicious lengue du chat cone), but all in all it was an amazing trip. Lots of shopping and lots of culture, I think it was a pretty good balance.

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I was a little intimidated by the language barrier, having not spoken Japanese since my high school days, where the most advanced thing they taught me was how to read hiragana and ask for someone’s phone number. We survived! On the plus my pronunciation was spot on as I multiple people attempted to have full on conversations in nihongo thinking I was fluent!

We made it just in time for the tail end sakura season and were treated with beautiful blooms on our shinkansen trips. It means no traditional hanami, i.e. laying out tarps and eating and drinking sake all day. I’m not complaining! I got my fair share of sakura. The photo below is from Ueno Park.

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The other thing that killed me was all the cute, crafty Japanese wares. I wanted to take it all home, and believe me I tried. I. Bought. So. Much. Stuff. So many DIY craft instruction books that I had to pass on because I couldn’t understand them. Sadface.

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The main reason for the trip was to celebrate some upcoming birthday milestones *cough30cough* and celebrate we did. We went to a small fishing village and stayed at an onsen (WITH THE BEST VIEW EVER: see below).

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More Japan to come.