chochajin
22 August 2011 @ 10:54 pm
[Japan Travel]: Wakayama  
Hello again!

See? I'm really trying hard to keep the entries coming
Nothing to be proud of as it's almost September and I still haven't finished even half of my spring vacation travel entries (^-^') ....

As this is my newest trip and I still remember it clearly, I thought I'd post about it first.
As some of you know I went sightseeing before my flight as I had to go to Osaka anyways. My flight was at midnight and so I had almost one whole day to spend.
Also, because I've been to almost everywhere in Kansai, I decided to try Wakayama this time. It's only a short train ride from Osaka: 1.5h by local train (and around 1200yen). There's also a limited express which takes you there in an hour, but it costs twice as much!

Wakayama (Wakayama/Kansai) (July 28th 2011):

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Kishi Station where you can meet the only cat station master in the world! )



Read more... )

That's it. Hope you enjoyed my very short day in Wakayama.
Next up: I'm going to continue with my spring vacation trip.
Actually I want to take some random short trips from now on as my time in Japan is soon over and I wanna get as much done as possible, but it's been raining every single day since I came back to Japan. No good travel weather ... *sigh*

Thanks for reading.
 
 
[music]: Lady Gaga - Paparazzi
[mood]: energetic (even in the middle of night)
 
 
chochajin
16 July 2011 @ 08:20 pm
[Japan Travel]: Bitchu-Takahashi + Kojima  
UWAAAH!!!~
Has it really been OVER 1 (O.N.E.!) month since my last travel entry???

I'm really sorry about that, but most of you know why!
I'm still working on my new blog project and it's finally going into a good direction and I'm slowly getting there (still lots of work involved from now on, though!)
Also, in less than 2 weeks (HOMG!) I'm off to Germany!
Anyways, doing all that coding, changing/improving my LJ design seems like a piece of cake now (but I'm too lazy and still quite content with the layout anways XD)...

Enough of my blabbering let's get started, there's a lot to show and explain, so get ready!~

Bitchu Takahashi (Okayama) (April 3rd 2011):

From Okayama to Takahashi: Raikyuji Temple and Hina Matsuri Exhibition )



And everything is so colorful!

Bitchu Matsuyama Castle: the highest castle above sea level in Japan! )



As you can see, the main tower isn't really big at all.

Read more... )

I hope you enjoyed this post.
Next up: Tsuyama (and then back to Okayama because I suck! )
I don't know when I'll be able to write the next travel post. I'm pretty sure that I won't have time before I leave for Germany where I'll stay for 2 weeks, so you might have to wait another month, but after that I'll be properly back, I swear! ;o; .....

I couldn't even finish this entry in one day! That's how busy I am.
Thanks for reading and being patient!
 
 
[mood]: super busy
 
 
chochajin
03 June 2011 @ 01:03 am
[Japan Travel]: Takamatsu and Yashima  
Hullo!

Finally another travel entry. I'm sorry to have kept you waiting.

Takamatsu and Yashima (April 1st 2011):

Let's start with Takamatsu Castle!~ )



Next: Ritsurin Garden!~ )



Bamboo forest!!!! :3333
And you also could walk inside some of those houses as they're all small museums. It's the year of the rabbit and it's truly the cutest year out there, ne?! ^-^

Off to Yashima! )

Next up: Kurashiki
Stay tuned and thanks for being patient readers!
See you next time!~
 
 
[mood]: tired (this entry took way too long! ;o;)
[music]: Usher - More
 
 
chochajin
13 May 2011 @ 09:59 pm
[Japan Travel]: Marugame  
Hello everybody!

I hope you're all doing fine. As mentioned before I'm trying to cut down my online time which is ONE reason why I haven't posted often lately.
I'm changing some things in my life, but it takes time and keeps me busy (and thus away from the internet and esp. LJ). I'll post more about it some other time. A lot of stuff and thinking needs to be done.
Don't worry, once I've figured some of these things out, I'll try to post more regularly again. Hope you understand.

Although my spring vacation was just a bit more than 1 month ago, I barely can remember it now. I hope I can do a proper report nevertheless looking and my crappy notes that I took back then.
Hopefully the photos also will help my memory.

This time I didn't travel any huge distance at all and mainly stayed in the Chugoku area (the most famous prefecture there is probably Hiroshima, but I didn't visit there - this time). However, I started in Shikoku, one of the 4 main islands of Japan.
I've been to every prefecture there, apart from one: Kagawa! And so, I decided to visit it this time for good.
I started in Marugame (mainly because of the caslte, of course). It's supposed to be surrounded by lots of cherry blossoms trees which look awesome in spring (read: early April) - but this year ... everything is/was different!

Enough of my talking, here we go!~

Marugame (March 31st 2011):

Marugame Castle )



Nakazu-Bansho-En (Japanese Garden) )



Couldn't stop taking photos of that red bridge ;)

Read more... )

Leaving Marugame to go to my second big destination of the day: Kotohira!
Quite hungry at that point, but eating had to wait!

Part 2 of my first day will come up soon in a separate entry. It's just too many photos to squeeze them all into one entry, I guess.

[Poll #1740971]
Thanks for reading and staying with me although I don't post so often lately.
 
 
[mood]: bitchy
[music]: Alexander Rybak - Fairytale (love that song!!)
 
 
chochajin
20 March 2011 @ 09:35 pm
[Japan Travel]: Osaka and Uji (Kyoto)  
Hello!

I hope everybody is alright.
I'm back from my short Osaka trip and it was SO REFRESHING AND RELAXING!!! The best thing I could have done! I'm so glad I went!
I enjoyed 2 stage plays with Ikuta Toma (I'll write in detail about those in a separate entry soon!). I met [livejournal.com profile] kanefunnn and we had a lot of fun, eating yummie food and talking a lot!
In those two days I was completely cut off of any news and I almost completely forgot what happened. Life in Osaka as well, went on as normal, it was great!

I left early in the morning on Thursday and arrived in Osaka around noon time. I had a quick lunch sitting in front of Osakajou Hall and then I went off to watch the stage play which took over 3 hours! Then I spent the rest of the day with [livejournal.com profile] kanefunnn
In my hotel (super tired) I quickly checked out options for the next day because the other stage play wouldn't start before 7pm, enough time for some sightseeing. The "problem" was that I've already been to pretty much everything in Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. I wanted to go to Amanohashidate (again!), but as I only had half a day, that would have been too short. In the end I decided to go to Uji in Kyoto (famous for its green tea ) and it was great!!
I took some photos in Osaka as well as in Uji to show you how normal life in the rest of Japan is! I hope that calms a few people down, though, things seem to have calmed down anyways?!
Enjoy!

Osaka (March 17th 2011) + Uji (March 18th 2011):

Osaka! Long time no see!! )



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Uji City in Kyoto!~ )

Well, as you can see I've completely calmed down for now.
This trip was great! Things seem to have calmed down in general. I think and I hope they'll get the other reactors under control soon. They even found some people alive in the disaster zone. That's so great! ;o;
I think it's too early to say things are safe, but I stopped worrying for now and it feels good!
So many people I know left the country in the last few days, some were forced to by their companies or Embassies, it seems. (though you always can reject! )
I won't leave this country unless it's really necessary. I would have left Tokyo if I lived there and moved further to the Southwest of Japan as some people did. That's still cheaper and less drastic than buying an expensive plane ticket.
Funny thing is that some people who told me that I'm panicking to much have left the country already while I'm still here! XD
Anyways, hope everybody is doing fine and thanks so much for caring so much!!! ^_____^ You guys are GREAT!!!!
 
 
[mood]: calm
[music]: EXILE - WON'T BE LONG
 
 
chochajin
10 March 2011 @ 04:13 pm
[Japan Travel]: Matsumoto + Suwa (last day!)  
Hello!

This is already the last day if my awesome winter vacation.
No need to worry, though, spring vacation's coming up in a few weeks!! (^___^)b
This last day features another highlight: Matsumoto Castle (I wanted to visit it forever, but somehow never managed to do so until now!)
Here we go!~

Matsumoto and Suwa (January 7th 2011):

Matsumoto Castle at night and during daytime!~ )



Museum time!~ )



Awww, the grandmother of my camera!! ^-^

Takashima Castle )

And that's it. That was my busy, but awesome winter vacation!
Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did when travelling (^___^)b
Coming up next: -nothing yet- (BUT spring vacation is around the corner, yay!!~ )

P.S.: For some time now my LJ Scrapbook sucks since the last LJ update! All my travel photos are uploaded to my LJ Scrapbook and they load so slow since a few days. I'm truly sorry and I hope LJ will notice and fix it soon *annoyed*
 
 
[mood]: headache ;o;
 
 
chochajin
24 February 2011 @ 02:32 pm
[Japan Travel]: Kanazawa Day 2 + Toyama  
Hello!

It's time for another travel entry. We're soon finished, but two highlights will still come! (*__*)b Not today, though.
I can't believe that in a little bit more than 4 weeks I'm already travelling again (spring vacation ) - need to start planning NOW!!! (o_o') .....

Kanazawa - Day 2 + Toyama (January 5th 2011):

Walking in circles in Kanazawa XD )



Really? 500 stone statues?? Let's count!! 1,2,3,4,5,6..... uh ... )



Off to Nagano!~ )



Coming up next: My highlight #1 - the snow monkeys of Jigokudani!!!!!!
Stay tuned!
 
 
[mood]: dorky
[music]: m-flo - REEEWIND!
 
 
chochajin
20 February 2011 @ 02:37 pm
[Japan Travel]: Kanazawa - Day 1  
Hullo~
I hope you all enjoy your Sunday!

I left Shirakawago (Gifu Prefecture) by bus and went to Kanazawa (Ishikawa Prefecture). I ate yummie dinner and went to bed early.
I wasn't really lucky in Kanazawa as the weather was quite horrible, so the photos aren't that good this time.
Anyways here we go!~

Kanazawa - Day 1 (January 4th 2011):

Oh, rainy daa~ys!~ )



The Castle Hunter is back!! )



Back outside. I really love the shape of those two trees in front of the castle. Perfect!!

Read more... )

Not really good photos this time due to the weather and all, but I hope you still enjoyed it a bit at least.
Maybe you understand now why I personally didn't really enjoy Kanazawa that much and why it will never be in my top 10 list (^-^') ...
Next up: half a day in Kanazawa and half a day in Toyama (yay yet another castle!! )

Thanks for reading.
Bye~buu
 
 
[mood]: pensive
[music]: BoA - 永遠
 
 
chochajin
30 January 2011 @ 05:27 pm
[Japan Travel]: Castle Hunter  


FIND THE UPDATED AND IMPROVED CASTLE INDEX HERE!!!


GOTTA CATCH 'EM ALL!!~ )

Last Update: 08.02.2011
Design and photos © by [livejournal.com profile] chochajin (do NOT steal!)
 
 
[music]: Arashi - Monster
[mood]: creative
 
 
chochajin
12 December 2010 @ 01:59 pm
[Japan Travel]: Winter 2008/2009: Mt. Fuji and more!  
Tadaaaa!~

Here's now finally the surprise I kept talking about! Some of you might remember that during my winter vacation a few years ago my memory card was broken and I lost tons of photos especially the great ones I was able to take of Mt. Fuji out of the Shinkansen back then.
After my summer vacation while trying to restore something else I was able to restore those OLD photos!!! I couldn't believe my luck! :D
Now finally ... almost 2 years later I present you the lost photos!!! These are quite random and are mostly of my days in Tokyo and the first day in Aizu-Wakamatsu (previous photos that didn't get lost can be found here).

Probably most of you don't remember what happened during my winter vacation 2 years ago XD So ... uhm ... I'll try to keep the explanations short anyways XD



I spend a few days in and around Tokyo before the New Year.

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more Mt. Fuji awesomeness )


And that's it. I hope you are not too disappointed that the surprise was something like this?!

Alright. There are still some entries that need to be posted in the next few days.
See you again then
 
 
[music]: hide - Beauty & Stupid
[mood]: cold
 
 
chochajin
03 October 2010 @ 05:08 pm
[Japan Travel]: Inuyama and Gifu  
Finally it's time for the next travel entry!!
Sorry for the long wait (~_~)

Because of the Mt. Fuji dilemma we had to change our plans completely as you might remeber. We wanted to go to Inuyama the day before this, but as it was raining cats and dogs we had to stay in Nagoya.
Instead we did Inuyama and Gifu in ONE DAY! Nothing I'd recommend, but I wanted to visit both cities and we didn't have any more days left over, so no choice!
Luckily the weather was great and so I took my DSLR with me again :D (=> better quality)
It was a busy day, so expect tons of photos.

Here we go~

Inuyama and Gifu (August 13th, 2010):



We started out in Inuyama (犬山) which literally means "dog mountain".
Inuyama is probably most famous for its castle (which you also can see in this first photo).
"The only privately owned castle in Japan and one of the nicest original examples of feudal Japanese fortifications. Originally built in 1537 by Oda Nobuyasu, grandfather of Oda Nobunaga, the warlord who helped end the long civil war that preceded the Tokugawa Shogunate, Inuyama is one of a handful of castles designated a Japanese national treasure." (WikiTravel)

There's also an open-air museum called "Meiji Mura Museum". It's huge and you'd spend at least two hours there. I sooo wanted to go but as we also had to go to Gifu, there was just not enough time! :(

Read more... )



Actually we wanted to see 2 more castles, but ... )

That's all.
Next up: Our trip to Mt. Fuji. Soon you'll know if we were able to climb it, got to the top and could see the sunrise or not. Stay tuned!~
 
 
[music]: Black Eyed Peas - Imma Be
[mood]: ditzy
 
 
chochajin
24 September 2010 @ 10:41 pm
[Japan Travel]: Nagoya Day - 3  
Hello again!

I'm completely immersed in my Japanese studies and ridiculously busy with work as well, so sorry for the lack of entries and comments.
Thanks so much to everyone who took part in the poll. If you haven't yet, please definitely do so!!
I'll write an extra entry about it and the (possible) consequences some other time.

Today I just drop by to FINALLY post another travel entry! Yay!~
Like I wrote in my last travel entry this was actually the day when my brother and me planned to climb Mt. Fuji but due to a typhoon the trip had to be cancelled.
We wanted to go Gifu or Inuyama instead (because that also was on our list and we wouldn't have any other days left to do it if we postponed our Mt. Fuji trip), but then it was raining cats and dogs, so we had to cancel that also :( :( :(

Instead we just walked around in Nagoya, mainly for shopping.
But before that - and after a short night of replanning our Mt. Fuji trip we had to get up so that we could be at the bus center by 6:30am to cancel our tickets before the actual bus leaves.
We were sooo lucky that they accepted our cancelation because of the typhoon and we only had to pay a 200yen (~2$) cancelation fee! :D

Nagoya Day 3 (August 12th, 2010):

Eventless day, here we go!~ )



Finally it stopped raining (but as you can see the weather was still quite horrible ... *sigh*)
We decided to go to the second best castle in Nagoya: Kiyosu Castle (清洲城)!~
It's really only a short ride from the center of Nagoya and it's definitely worth visiting! Highly recommended!!! :3

Read more... )



I finally bought a yukata! ^^ )

Back at the hotel I called some mountain huts again but they said that the weather was still not good and it was still dangerous because of the typhoon.
So we decided to try our luck and go to Inuyama and Gifu the next day (which we now had to manage in ONE day - almost impossible!!!!!!) and then try Mt. Fuji on our last 2 days. Very risky, but we didn't have any other choice anyways .....

Next up: Gifu and Inuyama (2 awesome cities with 2 awesome castles) - and finally good weather!!

Stay tuned and thanks for reading!~

P.S.: Lately I have problems uploading to Youtube (which is why I used Dailymotion in my last post) and now Photobucket is also starting to be bitchy :( No idea what's wrong. I stopped uploading to my LJ scrapbook, because I didn't have a software under Windows 7 (it worked superfast under XP back in the days) ... after wasting lots of time I finally found a solution! [/random]
 
 
[mood]: lonely
[music]: Paramore - The Only Exception (.977 The Hitz Channel - 977MUSIC.COM - The #1 Hit Music Internet Radi
 
 
chochajin
10 September 2010 @ 04:37 pm
[Japan Travel]: Nagoya - Day 2  
Heulou~

I'm quite busy lately.  Work is almost killing me and on my days off I study Japanese like crazy (might do an entry about it - if I find some time). I try to keep up with the travel entries, but I can't promise to update every week. We'll see.

Anyways, for now let's continue.
As my brother joined me from the night of the 10th, we were finally together on the 11th. We decided to explore Nagoya together. I spared some good sightseeing spots for when he's with me (like the castle).
The weather was actually quite good compared to most other days during our vacation.
Here we go~
WARNING: This entry contains a shi...load of photos!! I once did a poll, asking whether my f-list prefers long days to be splitted up or not and the majority wanted entries seperated by days even if they get extremely long. Just expect this entry to be twice as long as usually (o_o'') ....

Nagoya Day 2 (August 11th, 2010):

What a looooong day! )



Yes, Hello Kitty stone statues. Hello Kitty rules Japan!! And she wants to rule the whole world! XD

2 castles in one day ^-^ )



Then it was time for some shaved ice (*__*)v (strawberry for my brother and melon for me, of course WITH milk! :D)

Awesome taiko performance (videos!!) )

And then it was time to leave.
It was an awesome, long and eventful day. Plus, we also were lucky with the weather.
At that point we didn't know yet what would await us back at our hotel .....

We went back early enough because we knew we would have to get up early the next day!
Why? Because that's the day when we planned to climb Mt. Fuji! The day I've been preparing for so long! The day I've been reserving the mountain hut and expensive bus tickets for.
Back in the hotel, I was really extremely tired. All that was left, was taking a shower and packing stuff for tomorrow. I kicked my brother out of the room and was already on my way to take a shower when I saw that somebody had called my cellphone.
It was the mountain hut. I immediately called them back. I already had a bad feeling about this.
Read more... )

That's all for today.
Sorry it got so long.
Bye☆⌒ヽ(*'、^*)chu
 
 
[mood]: nerdy
[music]: move - Dogfight
 
 
chochajin
03 September 2010 @ 12:42 am
[Japan Travel]: Okazaki  
Hellou~

What's with that stupid Facebook / Twitter cross-posting, privacy-invading shit?????
Grrrrr!!!! ...

Anyways, it's time for the next travel entry already
I've been quite busy with planning my future and getting back into my Japanese studies, but I wanna keep updating my travel entries at least ^-^;

This time the castle hunter in me came out again and so I went to Okazaki which is only a short train ride away from Nagoya.
Actually I think some of you might have heard of Okazaki as one of the most famous Japanese language schools is situated there (the Yamasa Institue!!).
That's where I originally wanted to go but didn't have the money for! XD
Thus, the people there are quite used to foreigners (that can speak some Japanese ;P).
The lady at the tourist information center also thought I was from that school after talking to me in Japanese for a few minutes *lol* XD
Here we go!~

Okazaki (August 10th, 2010):

So, where's the castle?? Where?? )



Read more... )



Let's go shopping!~ )

I went back to the hotel and shortly after that my brother arrived from Tokyo!
The next day we spent together in Nagoya. I hope you're looking forward to the next travel entry.

That's all for today.
It's already past midnight here and I have to get up early tomorrow because it's garbage day again (it's almost every day this week .... GRAH!!!)
Good night, good fight! (^・^)/~
 
 
[music]: Santana - Smooth - Featuring Rob Thomas
[mood]: annoyed
 
 
chochajin
21 May 2010 @ 12:53 pm
[Japan Travel]: Iga-Ueno and the Iga Ninja  

Here's already the next "travel entry", the second day of my spontaneous trip.
I always wanted to visit "Iga Ueno". It's easily accessible from Kyoto, Osaka or Nara, so I tried to go there during my winter vacation (when I was in Kobe, Nara, Osaka) and also during my spring vacation when I was in Kyoto, but failed both times!!! ....
Good thing I "had to" go to Osaka again and THIS TIME I finally managed to go there.
Now, what's so great about Iga Ueno, you ask?
There's a castle!!! That's already enough for me (^-^')>
Boo, ya say? Iga Ueno is most famous for ninja. The Iga school of ninjutsu (art of stealth), based in Ueno City (Mie Prefecture), used to be one of Japan's two leading ninja schools during the feudal era (the Koga school in Shiga Prefecture was the other).
Maybe you've already heard about in some Japanese dramas or movies (e.g. "Shinobi").

Anyway, let's get started.
There are around 100 photos this time, I'm sorry, but I don't wanna split up this entry and today FOR THE FIRST TIME videos as well!!! :D

NINJA FIGTHT START_ _ _ !! )



Although I think the photos turned out quite nice, it's a bit boring to just look at "action" photos, right?
How about watching the fight "live"???

Videos and the Ninja Castle! <3 )



And here you can see that it was raining earlier that day :)

Read more... )

Thanks for reading!
 
 
[music]: Saint Seiya - Diamond Dust
[mood]: full
 
 
chochajin
20 May 2010 @ 10:39 am
[Japan Travel]: Osaka in May (*-*)  
Hallou~

It seems you'll have to wait a little bit longer for the next "travel entry" of my spring vacation, because I wanna post about my trip to Osaka (and Iga-Ueno the next time) last week first.
As most of you know I went to Osaka for 2 days, mainly to watch a movie and meet my NUMBER ONE Japanese star (*___*)
As it's really expensive to travel to Osaka from where I live I figured I should use this opportunity and plan a short trip as well.
The result: one day sightseeing in Osaka, one day in Iga-Ueno. The latter was really awesome and worth the money, but let's start with Osaka today (^-^)/

Osaka (May 13th, 2010):

temple, museum, castle, shrine - speed dating in Osaka?! XD )



What?? After meeting Toma you still had the strength to do some more sightseeing??? O___O; ... Where? Why? How? XD )



Osaka at night looks cool, don't ya think?

Osaka at night. View from the Umeda Sky Building )

The next morning I got up super early to leave for Iga-Ueno (Mie Prefecture) to see a castle and an old ninja school
Stay tuned for the next entry!

Comments are love!
 
 
[music]: Hitomi Shimatani - Falco
[mood]: May = already too hot
 
 
chochajin
09 May 2010 @ 12:19 pm
[Japan Travel]: Fukuyama and Onomichi  
Hallou~
It's time for antoher "travel entry" - I won't be able to post anything the upcoming week, so I figured it's better to throw one in now ^-^; That has to be enough for a while!!! 

After leaving Hiroshima in the early morning I went by Shinkansen to Fukuyama which is already the next stop anyway.
Afterwards I also went to Onomichi (wich is so awesome and I definitely have to go again one day!!) just to leave early to go to Kyoto to meet up with my friends and start our Kyoto adventure ;P

Fukuyama and Onomichi (April 4th, 2010):

Fukuyama Castle )



Onomichi's beautiful views! )



View from the top of the Mt. <33 )

CU all again soon!
。・:*:・゜★,。・:*:・゜♪☆LOVELOVE('∇^*)☆♪。・:*:・゜★,。・:*:・゜☆
 
 
[mood]: amused
[music]: 嵐 - 風
 
 
chochajin
24 April 2010 @ 03:36 pm
[Japan Travel]: Hiroshima Day 2 (part 1 °-°'')  
After finally posting the grand camera comparison entry I have enough time to continue posting my actual travel entries.

We're still in Hiroshima. This will already be the last day. Well, officially I stayed one more day in Hiroshima, but spent the whole day on Miyajima, so that doesn't really count, I guess?
But don't worry, this is not the last Hiroshima entry as I had to split it into 2 parts (and you should get used to it, that'll happen with most other days as well ... took way too many photos this time! Spring is evil I tell ya!!!) (°-°'') .....
Without further ado, let's start :D

Hiroshima Day 2 (part 1 -.-'') (April 2nd, 2010):

Read more... )



Next stop was already Hiroshima Castle (*__*)v

You know, it's really difficult to pick preview pics when there are so many different flower pics to choose from XD ... )



Okay, let's finish this! )

Up next: I went all the way up to the Peace Pagoda and stopped by at various temples and shrines on my way.
Please look forward to "Hiroshima Day 2 - part 2" (^-^''') ..... tbc


Thanks for reading.
Comments are love (○゜ε^○)v ♪
バイバイノバーイ!!-=Ξヾ(ヾ(ヾ(ヾ(ヾ(ヾ(*´▽`)ツ
 
 
[mood]: crazy
[music]: SunSet Swish - マイペース
 
 
chochajin
05 March 2010 @ 06:00 am
[Japan Travel]: Hikone and Nagahama  
Hello,

this time is mainly a "castle entry". On my 3rd day I took a break from Nara and decided to go to Hikone and Nagahama for a day trip.
This was quite an unlucky day, though. You'll soon see why.

Hikone and Nagahama (January 6th, 2010):

Welcome to Hikone City <3 )



After getting a map in both, English and Japanese, at the tourist information center, I already was on my way to the castle.
Just don't lose any time, hurry up - that's what was on my mind (^-^')>
Speaking of tourist information centers: I had a lot of interesting conversations with the people there in many cities this time. While other foreign tourists were standing in line for the only "tiny" "foreign tourist" counter, I went to the "normal" one, speaking in Japanese with the people.
Sometimes we ended up having a conversation about GOD knows what!!! That's another reason why I love travelling alone :) So many random encounters (^-^)>
I always get to hear that my Japanese sounds so "kirei" - they're talking about my pronunciation, but then I always try to tell them that I'm German and that the German and Japanese pronunciation are MUCH closer than the English and Japanese ones and that's why some English native speakers have a harder time learning proper Japanese pronunciation. It's not that I'm a genius or anything. I'm just lucky enough to have a mother tongue with a similar phonic system XD

Anyways ... let's continue:
The small mascot (on the right) in the picture above is, of course, the macot of Hikone. I became a fan of it IMMEDIATELY! It's so cute!! <3
It's called "Hikonyan", the Samurai Cat! XD

Aaaand the Castle! )



Read more... )

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this entry (^-^)>
Next will be my last day in Nara. Then, I left for Osaka.
Please stay tuned for more.

☆⌒(*^-゜)ノ~♪see you again♪~ヾ(゜-^*)⌒☆
 
 
[music]: Berryzケ、キソ - Watashi no Mirai no Dannasama
[mood]: full
 
 
chochajin
18 February 2010 @ 03:04 pm
[Japan Travel]: Kobe - Day 2  
Hello~
Now, here's finally Day 2 of my Kobe trip (^-^)
It was a very busy day. I went to a lot of different places which involved a LOT OF train rides. I wasn't very lucky later on - it was quite horrible ... but the day ended with a Happy End nevertheless ... I guess ;P

Wada Shrine and the white snake! )



Byebye, Wada Shrine, there's still a lot more to see, so I had to hurry up XD

Did you know that there is a castle in Kobe? )



No cheese for me? Frozen body? But still a Happy End??? Huh??!!!! And what's the deal with the rainbow? )

Thanks for reading.
グッドナイト(つ∀-)Zzzzz
 
 
[music]: SxOxU - Funny Sunny Day
[mood]: intimidated