Japan Trip Revisited

How do I describe Japan? Logically I understand it is one of the biggest cities in Asia but ironically due to their perfection in almost all they do, extreme politeness I wish I could see in more areas of the world, and utterly clean streets, I almost feel I’m in a completely different world!

I’ve lived in Japan for 3 years during high school years so going back wasn’t all too shocking.

But nonetheless the appreciation of another’s culture and the breathtaking landscape, whether in the middle of Shibuya or the quiet streets of Gion Kyoto, can never be taken for granted.

What I enjoyed most was waking up with no agenda…AHEM, ok ok so we had a ton of things to do every day Β πŸ™‚ Β In all seriousness, what I loved was the lightness one feels when traveling and being completely present and engaged with all five senses.

Exploring the endless options of amazing cafes, local markets, and delicious foods was incredible. What was also incredible was witnessing the changing of seasons by the astonishing fall colors that were brilliantly showing off at each and every turn. To see the beautiful golden light hit the gold, red, and orange hues of the leaves was breathtaking.

The photos below comprise a highlight reel of the trip. All taken with my phone and a few from the 5d Mark II Β πŸ™‚

First…the food!

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Nakajima – one of the best meals in Tokyo
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LAND
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GION
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Curry, curry, curry. I could eat this for days
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Unagi-don
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Katsu-don!
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Famous burnt miso soup ramen

 

The markets:

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Nishiki market

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Usual sighting at Tsukiji market
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Fresh seafood!
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Grilling tuna and happy πŸ™‚
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A variety of persimmon
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Farmers market at Aoyama

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Antique flea market at Aoyama
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The best ginger syrup that made my heart skip a beat

 

We can’t forget about the beautiful sights…

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Omotesando Hills
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Nikko
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Tofukiji Temple, Kyoto
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Kiyomizudera Teample, Kyoto
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Spotted near the Philospher’s Path
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Arashimaya Bamboo Grove
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Fall colors

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Inaris
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Kyoto has beautiful temples everywhere…
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I could spend hours here

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Beauty everywhere in Kyoto
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The view of Tokyo from above
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The infamous Shibuya crossing
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Kiyomizudera Teample, Kyoto
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Gion

 

Last but not least, the cafes…

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Why can’t we have matcha lattes like this?
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Fuglen

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Turret
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BRIDGE
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LEN
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#camelbacklove

Japan I will be back! Thank you for your kindness β™‘

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