After coming home from another trip to Japan I can't help but think how I feel so at home in a place that seems to have no space for me. Then, I turn down an unsuspecting alleyway and find all the beautiful room I need.
After the castle explore, we visited a handicraft centre, a museum and some food specialty “must tries” including the wonderful desserts at Amamiya and the local “extra garlic” ramen. The latter venue opened at 6pm and we arrived about 15 mins early. There was already a queue of 8 or so ahead of us... but we still made first seating! 😅.
The big stress of the day was having our Qantas cash cards rejected at ATM after ATM! (Even allegedly international ones!) By chance, at about the 8th attempt, I overheard some locals ,who were also having problems, refer to trying the 711 convenience store.
I don’t think he believed me because we hunted down a few more ATMs before trying our hand at the local konbini... and voila! We are cashed up for our trek into the “wild” centre of Kyushu!! Really could have done without those few hours stress!!!!!
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You might be thinking that this is an odd pic... We spent the morning in Kumamoto visiting the famous castle. What we saw was unbelievable. We knew that the castle was undergoing rebuilding from an earthquake in 2016. What we couldn’t have imagined was the extent of the damage! (Zoom in!) Whole walls have completely collapsed. The authorities are painstakingly numbering rocks (can you imagine??) so that they can be returned to their ordinal positions 😳.
We felt guilty not paying an admission charge. ..because even though much of what would usually be accessible, wasn’t, everything we saw was nonetheless fascinating and we would have been more than happy to contribute the trifling admission to help with what must be a mind blowing repair bill!!.
We could not get our heads around how structures and trees that have no doubt survived countless earthquakes over centuries could sustain such damage from one event. I can’t imagine how much the ground must have shaken and for how long... and then I tried vainly to comprehend how much noise these collapsing walls and buildings must have made on top of everything else! Frightening!
The repair is going to take years.
Я уже почти забыла, как выглядит солнце, хотя ещё на прошлых выходных изнывала от палящих лучей и просилась в тенёк. А теперь грущу. Солнце, вернись, я больше не буду жаловаться!
(Фото сделано на пассажирско-грузовом лайнере, который ходил в Сиэтл! (Грущу и по Сиэтлу). Теперь по нему можно пройти в экскурсии и увидеть всё, от кают первого класса до капитанского мостика до коек простых работяг до машинного отделения. Очень интересно. Похож на "Титаник" в миниатюре).
Missing the sun in rainy-cloudy-typhoony Tokyo, even though just a weekend ago I was melting from the heat in Yokohama. Life is full of contrasts... . .
4 days in Japan simply wasn’t enough, but then again I could say that about every destination I’ve been in the past 2 years.
Living in Taiwan has been incredible for a lot of different reasons, but one of my favorite reasons has to be cheap flights! Flying to somewhere like Japan for less than £200 almost makes me forget about all of those Sunday roasts I’ve missed! (Almost).
If there’s one thing we can be very grateful for everyday, it’s having the opportunity to go places; whether new or similar, the world is our playground.
Walking around new cities and exploring exciting destinations is literally our favorite thing to do. In Japan we averaged 30,000 steps a day!
Would you rather legs for arms or arms for legs?
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Japan is filled with so much beautiful nature and so many stunning temples and shrines. However their architecture is on point as well 📷🌏
My start here is japan is way way far from being easy.. not knowing the language stops you from getting a lot of jobs. Not having a degree does the same thing. Dating here is weird and different and there are so many things that you can only ask "but why" and the answer will be "because". japan is different, japan is hard but japan is beautiful from the inside and out, and i'm willing to put whatever i need in the past and use it as a guide, as a teacher, and have faith in what wil be.
Nara Park is a must visit when in the Osaka/Kyoto/Nara area. Many temples and shrines are nestled in beautiful settings, and the friendly deer wandering freely make the whole experience quite magical 🦌 🏯