Just getting home late Sunday now from a weekend trip to Takamatsu, Kagawa with Deandra! I had an amazing time but am so tired now! Can’t be too bothered to edit/upload pictures, but managed to make a choice for Saturday’s picture! A day late (and will be a day late with Sunday’s) but oh well! Will write more tomorrow!
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!
xo – R
Just a quick update on my trip to the Philippines – It was AH-MAH-ZING! Filipino people are probably the nicest I have met! And Boracay quickly rose to my favourite place in Asia. Here are a few snapshots from the trip. A longer post filled with images that attempted to capture the beauty of this country is coming!
Another awesome place checked off the Bucket List – Tsukiji Fish Market. Enjoyed a lovely sashimi and rice breakfast then toured the market with Dad & Paula during their visit.
Just to show you the kind of things you could buy there.. live eels included. We showed up at the end of the market, so just had a quick tour around as the men cleaned up.
A man pushing a cart through the market.
Men at the Tsujiki Fish Market in Tokyo
Leftovers! Fish remnants are transported away.
Tokyo is becoming one of my favourite cities. It’s easy to navigate, foreigner friendly (for the most part), and there are endless things to see and do.
This trip to Tokyo with Dad & Paula involved seeing a lot of the main sights, including ones that Katie and I checked out in November, like Asakusa, and some new sights, such as 47 Ronin.
We stayed at the swanky Inter-Continental, Tokyo Bay, Hotel in a room with THIS VIEW:
The view from the hotel. Jealous?
We indulged on a river cruise, complete with a geisha who served us sake, and treated us to a traditional dance:
Our walk/subway tour also took us to some cool places like Asakusa:
And another view of Tokyo’s Sky Tree,
And dinner at a random izakaya, which turned out to be quite the experience as the menu was written entirely in kanji, so I just pointed at things, made a vague attempt to read them, and surprised us all with what I ordered! The waiter constantly replied “hmmm, I don’t think you’ll like that, but okay” to everything I chose, but it was all delicious!
Paula and Dad enjoying beer & sake at the izakaya
Another thing off the to-do list: See Mt. Fuji! It barely peaked out of the clouds for us so we could see it in all its glory. Little fact for you: Fuji is taller than Whistler, a fact we had to look up during the trip! It doesn’t seem that high, but I guess it is!
On our Mt. Fuji day trip we also stopped by a nearby spot famous for its sulphur springs (recall Japan’s most famous: Beppu!). Here black eggs are hard-boiled in the springs, and we were sure to try them!
Dad and the black egg.
Me holding up the egg with the springs in the background.
My favorite season in Japan has come and gone already. It seems as the weather gets warmer, time flies by faster. Cherry blossom season is incredibly short, a few rainy days or a busy week at work and you’ve missed it. I was travelling with Dad and Paula around Tokyo for the peak of it in Matsuyama, but we managed to get back in time to see some blossoms still on the trees. I wanted to capture Matsuyama castle surrounded by the blossoms, so here are a few photos of the short-lived, beautiful sakura.
It’s hard to believe that
is was my last sakura-season in Japan. Now rainy season is creeping up on us and after that will come the intense heat of the summer and my return to Canada. This time of year more than ever I feel like “the days are long but the years are short,” as we put in our time in the office, with not much to do, living for the weekends when we can explore, spend time with our friends while we can, and take in these last few months in Japan.
Until next time,
A few weeks ago, Futoshi and I went to Okunoshima, also known as “Rabbit Island”. The island is densely populated with wild rabbits, which obviously meant I demanded we go, especially as it was within driving distance from us in Matsuyama.
The island, as promised, was filled with adorable rabbits to chase and feed. But, Okunoshima has another claim to fame as well. In 1925, the Japanese Army began a secret program to develop chemical weapons on the island. In order to keep it secret, the island was removed from maps. Between 1927 and 1929 the island produced over six kilotons of mustard and tear gas. At the end of the war, documents concerning the island were destroyed, and the gas was disposed of. The island is now home to a Poison Gas Museum which shows how poison gas affects the human body and a history of the plant that once existed there.
The abandon buildings certainly have add an eerie feel to the otherwise adorable island. The remains were fascinating, and the island beautiful, and the rabbits adorable, so it definitely made for an interesting day trip!
As always, thanks for reading! I am enjoying the warmer weather we are experiencing, hope home is warming up as well! I have more posts to catch up on (including Dad & Paula’s visit) so hopefully will have the time to get those posts up this week! Happy Monday!