Well, well what can I say? Japan was a wacky and wonderful country. Juxtaposed between its classic traditional towns to the ever so electric lights piercing the skies at night to the most interesting vending machines I have ever seen. I had travelled to various parts of Japan and didn’t just stay in the beautiful city that is Tokyo.
I would have loved to explore the northern part where a lot of people go skiing and visit the snow monkeys, but I will savour it for next time during winter next year or the year after. I had visited the golden pavilion (Kinkaku-ji) in Kyoto, the old capital of Japan, The site of Kinkaku-ji was originally a villa to a powerful statesman, Saionji Kintsune Kinkaku-ji’s history dates to 1397, he later sold it. When the owner had died, the building was converted into a Zen temple by his son, according to his wishes. I love learning about the history and story of an important architectural building such as this. The golden pavilion is an important landmark and its gold faceted structure was truly stunning.
My day in Hiroshima was an emotional one going into the museum and seeing dead childrens belongings and learning how they were charred to death was heartbreaking. It was an odd feeling setting foot on land that had been completely wiped out, despite, it was insightful and a memory I will not forget. Hearing about Hiroshima and actually going there are two completely different experiences. I had visited Hiroshima castle on my excursion. The castle was constructed in the 1590s, but was destroyed by the atomic bombing on 6 August 1945. It was rebuilt in 1958, a replica of the original which now serves as a museum of Hiroshima’s history prior to World War II.
The Love tunnel is also a must see in Osaka! They have the most beautiful blossoms during spring that is mesmerising. For my birthday I celebrated inside the gorgeous five-star hotel that is the Park Hyatt in Shinjuku, I loved staying here, Tokyo’s finest luxury hotel, very reminiscent of the Shangri-La, the shard in London. The staff treated me like royalty and I loved every moment of it.
The wisest choice to travel around Japan is a JR pass which is perfect to be used all around Japan on their mega speed bullet trains, it is the most economical and efficient method to use. One day you could be Tokyo then be 5,000 miles away in a matter of a couple of hours.
My time in Nara was the cutest little day out. I am a big animal lover and when I heard about the legend of the sacred deer, I was sold. Deer have significant roles in mythology all over the world and not just in Japan. In Japan they are revered as divine messengers of the Gods. Deer in Nara even bow to you! Some will even chase you for a deer biscuit. It’s considered a blessing and a spiritual act, it really did feel wonderful. No one bothers the deers, they roam freely in the roads and the surrounding people just cater to them wherever they are. There were many holy shrines and temples, it’s fascinating how they were located around them.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to climb Mount Fuji due to the volcanic activity. For the alternative, we went to Hakone, which is next to the mountainous region, where the prettiest lakes have formed. Going on boats and even speedboats here is refreshing as the environment is so natural and scenic. I visited Enoshima Island too which is on the coast, which will be featured in the next post.
Now, for my favorite part shopping! Tokyo is fantastic for shopping, fashionistas are always gracing the streets with their edgy, preppy style that just goes hand in hand so effortlessly by Japenese women. They are current and really know how to dress. Their style is leaps ahead of everyone. For me Shinjuku, Shibuya and Harajuku really are awesome areas to shop whether it’s high end or street/urban fashion. Their stores have cool unique concepts and the standard of customer service is very high. My fashion loves I wore most of the time where my Valentino rock stud bag, blue Givenchy Clutch, purple glitter Christian Louboutin and Lanvin trainers. My sunglasses are from spitfire. My closing comment is my obsession with Anna Dello Russo, the editor of Vogue Japan. Anna really is lucky to be able to use Japans eccentricity to channel her vision for the magazine.
I loved Japan, and will return for another adventure!
Carpe Diem Mermaids and Mermen,