Tuesday, April 14, 2015

KOBE, SANNOMIYA, GERMAN AND OTHER EUROPEAN INFLUENCE TO JAPAN


While the youngsters might not be aware of the previous Germany-Japan strong relations, Germany's (and other European countries actually) influence to Japan is still visible. In fact for 8 years now, Roppongi Hills have been celebrating a German-style Christmas Market (see here for more info). I wasn't really aware of it but Kaila and I were around the area for Kyary Kyary Pamyu exhibit and we've pass thru the event. When we were hungry, we decided to check it out.


I'm sharing this video for you to watch since it was shot in Japan, specifically in Shibuya. You might be interested in checking it out!


Awesome street artists

Monday, April 13, 2015

ARASHIYAMA, KYOTO BAMBOO FOREST, TENRYUJI TEMPLE


Ever since I've been to Hokoku-ji Temple or Take-dera (bamboo temple) in Kamakura(see previous post here), I know that the next step is to visit the world-famous Bamboo Forest Arashiyama in Kyoto.


The season was not perfect (it was another rainy spring day) but it made everything looks like from the movies. Beautiful. I have no words left.


Before we get to the location of Arashiyama, we strolled around a street with different Japanese products and food being sold. 


Sunday, April 12, 2015

IT'S NOT THE DRESS, IT'S THE WOMAN



“I know it's not clothes that make women beautiful or otherwise, nor beauty care, nor expensive creams, nor the distinction of costliness of their finery. I know the problem lies elsewhere. I don't know where. I only know it isn't where women think.”

Marguerite Duras, The Lover




I'm not perfect but it doesn't mean I'm not beautiful. Yes, I mostly do feel untouchable with my make-up, designer bag, high street-bought dress and killer heels on. But without all those, I am still Ashley- imperfectly perfect and that's fine. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

NAOSHIMA, YAYOI KUSAMA, TADAO ANDO




This art by Yayoi Kusama has been floating around the internet for a while now. It was exhibited all of over the world. In Japan, they're a mainstay in Naoshima, Kagawa prefecture. From Uno Port, you have to take a perry to reach the island. There are many islands in Japan dedicated to a theme, rabbit island, cat island, flower island? Have you heard of all those? Naoshima have been labeled as the "Art Island" of Japan. 

All thanks to Allie, I got the courage to go to Naoshima on my own.



Pikachu spotting!



Saru by the way means monkey in Japanese

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

SAKI NO YU, SHIRAHAMA, WAKAYAMA




One of the oldest onsen / hotsprings in Japan is located in Shirahama, Wakayama prefecture and the other two is in Hyogo and Ehime prefecture.. I've never been to Wakayama (although I've been to around 18 out of 47 prefectures in Japan) before this trip so I've researched about the area carefully. When I've read about Saki-no-yu being the only open rotenburo (open air bath) left, I knew it's the one. Another plus is it's by the ocean. I actually tasted, though not purposely, the salt water while bathing there. The sound of waves splashing on the rocks while soaking inside the hotspring is absolutely a surreal experience. 

Inside the onset photo courtesy of: www.wakayama-kanko.or.jp


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