UJI [7 Cities 7 Days Challenge]

This spring break, I challenged myself to be in seven cities in seven days, but I don’t often do things by halves so I added a few little bonus rules. For a recap of said rules, click here. In the last post I’d spent a great day in Kyoto, but now it was time for city number two…

I woke up at around 8am, giving myself about two hours before check-out to get ready. I showered, did my make-up, and had a quick breakfast while going over my itinerary for the day. Unlike the day before, when I only had a vague idea what to do, I had a whole checklist of things I wanted to do in Uji.

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KYOTO [7 Cities 7 Days Challenge]

This spring break, I challenged myself to be in seven cities in seven days, but I don’t often do things by halves so I added a few little bonus rules. For a recap of said rules, click here. In the last post I’d just arrived in Kyoto, ready to start the challenge…

After a pretty comfortable sleep, I let myself wake up slowly. I may have wanted to fit a lot into a day, but at the same time it was still my holiday and I was allowed a lie in.

I hadn’t really thought much about where I’d go in Kyoto as the sheer amount of choice had caused me to barely decide at all. It would’ve been almost impossible to fit Arashiyama into my time frame and even though it was one of the places I wanted to go most, it ended up being postponed for a future trip. I was recommended Fushimi Inari and given that it was already high up on my list, it automatically shot to first place. But, Fushimi Inari is open 24/7 so it wasn’t the first place I went.

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Photo Collection [1.5 Years in Japan]

In two weeks will be my one and a half year anniversary of moving to Japan. I’ve largely stopped counting, but it’s coming to the end of another contract so it made me realise just how long it’s been.

I’ve recently bought a new camera – a development that has taken over a year of complaining, justification, and broken battery hatches. I’d had my old camera for almost seven years so it’s seen me through a lot of memories… multiple holidays, conventions, and four years of university. It also saw me through my first trip to Japan over two years ago, and my first year and a half of being an official resident here.

I decided that, as a send-off to the camera that moved here with me, I’d collect some of my favourite photos that I’ve taken over the last few years. Continue reading “Photo Collection [1.5 Years in Japan]”

3 Dream Destinations in Japan

Two weeks ago marked seventeen months of living in Japan, and I’ve mostly traveled around the same area, due to one reason or another.

I have decided to change that in the coming year. I’m here to experience Japan, and while I have the whole daily life thing down, I want to see more than just the Kanto region. I’ve studied in Fukuoka and visited places in Nagano Prefecture, but everywhere else is Kanto.

That needs to change.

So, here are my top three places that I want to visit…

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