Seasons of Japan – July 2017 | nihonchique

Seasons of Japan July

July was a very busy month consisting of job hunting, my mom and sister visiting from America, and lots of traveling! I took my mom and sister around Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Himeji, and Hiroshima. All of those places are some of my favorite in Japan. This was the month I truly realized I love photography and traveling. Unfortunately, in the months following afterwards I didn’t get the time to do much of any of that, but it is something that still lingers in the back of my mind quite a lot.

I guess life gets in the way and balance becomes hard when you start a new job, especially one that doesn’t have consistent days off.  Taking from the future,  the the time from then until now was a hard journey that I still am on at the moment. Juggling friendships, boyfriends, new hobbies, and a new job is extremely difficult and still something I am not too sure how to handle. Though that is the case, I feel a lot more wiser than I was back in July of last year and I am continuing to grow.

Despite that, July was an amazing month of traveling and I was finally able to take my sister around Japan for the first time since I had moved to Japan 5 years before. I visited Fushimi Inari, Miyajima, Todaiji, Nara Park, Himeji castle and more, eating our way through many parts of Japan, as my sister is a Major foodie! I am glad she enjoyed all of the food I recommended to her.

Would anyone be interested in a Kansai travel guide? I think that would be fun to make and I can introduce you to some of my favorite spots in the Kansai region! Let me know in the comments below if you are interested.

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Miyajima with the little sis @prncess.di ⛩!

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Seasons of Japan – May 2017 | nihonchique

May began with me ending Golden Week in America. After wine country at the end of April, I toured around San Fransisco for the first time and it was awesome! Properly saw the Golden Gate bridge and even had a night tour of Alcatraz.

After I got back to Japan, I went on a short day trip to Arashiyama (嵐山)in Kyoto with a friend and biked up to a temple called Otagi Nenbutsu-ji ( 愛宕念仏寺)in a mountain with beautiful statues. I was then wished away for a day trip for work to Kochi again where I ate Katsuo Tataki (鰹のタタキ), a way they cook the fish and Katsuo is “Skipjack tuna”, for the first time (DELICIOUS!)

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San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge 🌁

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Night tour of Alcatraz!🔦😱

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Photo Diary – January 2017 | nihonchique

January  was a whirlwind of traveling for pleasure and for work. I went to see Kanjani8, went to Kyoto 2 times,  and made my first trip to Toba City in Mie. I want to keep up this pace for traveling to areas around Kansai and taking more photos, as it has been a form of healing for me and a way to direct my some of my energy into something that I have had an interest in for a while.

One of the most exciting parts of this month was starting my very first goshuinchō, or special stamp book that you can buy from shrines and temples. With this in hand, you can get a stamp at most shrines and temples that you go to, documenting all of the places that you have been to. January 2017 is the beginning of my journey to see more temples and shrines in Japan and travel more.

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Some of my favorite things ❤

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Pearl Flower Brooch at Mikimoto Pearl Island!

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Another fun day exploring Kyoto!

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Aqueducts at Nanzenji in Kyoto!

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Photo Diary – November 2016 | nihonchique

The month of November brought Autumn leaves with trips to Arima Onsen and Arashiyama! Japan has the most beautiful Autumn foliage and each year I try to find a place to go and view them. It had been a few years since I went to Arashiyama and this was the first time I had been to Arima Onsen in the Fall.

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Day trip to Arima Onsen!

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Salmon Sashimi Donburi from Kuromon Market!

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Beautiful Temple in the Arima Onsen area!

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Fall Colored Wonderland

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Peaceful stream at Tenryu-Ji in Arashiyama!

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Kiyomizudera Fall Illumination

On Sunday, My friend Meghan and I went to see the last night of the Illumination of Kiyomizudera in Kyoto.

From the middle of November to the Beginning of December, Kiyomizudera is lit up for a few hours during the night time to view the temple and the beautiful colored leaves that are on the numerous trees around the temple. This is my 3rd time to see the temple, but I wanted to see it lit up at night, because it has a different feel to it at night time.

There were a lot of people going to see the last night of it, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought that it would be. I thought it would be a sea of people and that we wouldn’t be able to move at all, but that wasn’t the case at all. I think it was because it was a Sunday night and it was the last night of the illumination.

The main thing that I can say about the experience is that the leaves were beautiful and it is a totally different experience going at night than during the day.  I think it is a must see if you come to Kyoto during the Fall! I always love when the leaves change during Fall and they had been doing it on my campus here in Japan for a while now. I thought that there wouldn’t be any leaves anymore, because there has been lots of strong wind lately. I was wrong! The trees were still covered in brightly colored leaves and it was such a site to see!

Here are some pictures that I took there:

I hope that some of you will get the oppertunity to visit this beautiful temple someday!

Peace out and Much Love ❤

Lauren