*warning : heavy images post ahead!*
About 12 months ago I decided I had no time and willingness to write on this space any longer. Because a lot of things happened and time mercilessly flowed through everything in between. There’s so much events to sum up and stories to tell, but i will draft another post for another day. Before all that, just to make this blog slightly alive again, here’s a travel diary to a country which I fell in love with when I first visited in 2013, and undoubtedly made me love it even more the second time I step foot on it. One of the reason that made me want to write here again is the urge for me to record in details of things that I did there. It’s a great thing to be able to recount your memories, step back in time when you needed a break and use it as a reminder to always be grateful for places you’ve been and things you’ve seen.
Let’s kick things off with a little travelogue i made! (And if you like the song maybe replay it again while you read the post below :p)
The trip started out in Osaka on early April. The plan was to get to Japan in time for the cherry blossom season, and it was a crazy and stressful one week to try and sort out the accommodation there, because it was all sold out! We lucked out on Airbnb and managed to find a decent stay at the center of the city for 5 nights. We flew with Peach Airlines, a Kansai based budget airlines, from Hong Kong to Kansai. All set!!
Day 1 :
Night flight, transfer to accommodation, had a 12 midn supper at Matsuya and first experience with food vending machine. Encountered the most patient and nicest waiter in the whole fast food restaurant chain.
mother of all budget airlines foods
Day 2 :
Starting our first proper day early morning to visit Osaka Castle for this beauty.
Picnic under the sakura tree with amazing, amazing ice shaves, noodles and fried chickens. My ultimate dream. Was afraid that the flower pollens would make me allergic so I bought some allergic meds and masks, but everything turns out okay and i can confirm i am not allergic one bit. YAY. To be honest that day we lucked out so much on the weather and had the most perfect day to visit Osaka-jo Koen. Where it was supposed to rain on the weather forecast turns out to be a real sunny day. Too sunny one might say as I overdress myself a bit and slightly suffocated underneath the sweater. But it was still a wonderful day. Real good start for the trip!
Also visited the Osaka Museum of History, then headed to the shopping street for lunch (and some Takoyaki)!
Dinner was sushi set, shabu shabu and donburi. Deeeeelllliiiish!
Day 3 :
Basically a day for shopping and accommodation transfer. Off to Shinsaibashi and Namba.
Day 4 :
Starting the day really early to head to Kyoto, for yet another Sakura viewing session and oh boy was it a view..
On the path to Ginkaku-ji, where all the sakura petals were scattered, rivers full of pink dots, giant Koi fishes swimming around and it was just the most beautiful scene I’ve ever seen. It’s unreal, and tens of times prettier than what I’ve imagined it would be like. One of those places that you won’t be able to forget easily.
Local market, fresh sea products and countless souvenir shops. Caution for ‘Sakura Special Items’ literally everywhere and silently beckoning you to come and spend your whole fortune..
Continuing to Gion temple alleys and Kiyomizu-dera night festival. The temple usually closes at night, except for Spring Night opening that runs from end of March till mid April. It’s packed, but not too packed to the point you can’t see anything. Most of the buds weren’t open yet when we visited, but it was still beautiful to see the famous temple and its grandeur.
Finished off the day with dinner at local restaurant and headed back to Osaka.
Day 5 :
Universal Studio Japan!!
Ok first thing first…
The Titans were Real™. And they were incredibly detailed asadacvhagadvjhvcd T_T My biggest regret ever in this trip (other than not taking picture with Sailor Uniform Uncle in Tokyo, details coming up on the next post) , was being unable to go on the Titans attraction. It was a timed ticket and i was late to arrive at the area and there goes my opportunity to see it. Stalked some people and it was meant to be like a mini museum inside and there’s supposedly Levi and Mikasa life sized figure wtf T_T goddammit GODDAMMIT pissed beyond belief at myself. Also the Survey Corpse cloaks i wanted so bad were sold out. *incomprehensible cries*
If you have a chance to go to USJ, this temporary exhibition is available until 10th of May. And maybe do those things I couldn’t. I think i kind of scared/gross out the cousins by being such an otaku -_-
also i included a bonus of Attack on Titan Live Action trailer here, just to add more excitement lol
Harry Potter world was pretty cool too. andddd bought professor Dumbledore’s wand for i don’t know what and will 100% be sitting at the cabinet collecting dust. But you just had to buy it… you know.. consumerism… ehm.
And after that, went to the station and waited for the train to come. That’s when my life got messed up 7 different ways as the craziest, most painful (and embarrassing) menstrual pain kicked in. I had to squat down for a good 10 minutes with tears streaming down my face and proceed to walk like an 80 years old grandmother about to give birth anytime. Then we made it back to apartment and I passed out pronto. To the cousins, if you’re reading this, I’m terribly sorry for being such a pain in the ass.(no pun intended.. maybe a bit) T___T
Day 6 :
Final Day in Osaka! Not much to do, but I was catching the Shinkansen to Tokyo later in the afternoon. Before that, went for a final omiyage shopping and lunch, still with my annoying severe cramps. Later in the afternoon, the cramp wasn’t getting any better so I went inside a drugstore and bought a pain reliever. Couldn’t read Japanese but it was meant to be especially for menstrual pain. I took a pill…. and see what happened in my next post.
Purikura with the cousins. Thanks for such wonderful trip, guize! Always such a fun trip with you all. x (y’all look real cute la, don’t be mad at me for posting this? ;D) Special thanks to Allan for organizing yet another great Japan trip! Kudos, sir. Arigato!
That’s about it for Osaka. Phew that was real long post that took a long time to write too! Almost forgot how good it feels to finish a blog post and seeing it displayed on the space. *pats back* Tokyo 2015 is coming and I don’t know yet if I’m gonna be able to fit all in one post 0_0 Bear with me while I try to put things in order!
still thinking of u :’)
PS: Don’t steal pictures! Credit or link me back if you wish to use any of the images above, k? Play nice! :)
All pictures are shot & edited by me using Iphone6 and Samsung NX1000, unless otherwise stated.