Travel Diary: Osaka, The Nation’s Kitchen

What better way to end my Japan travel series than with a post filled with the yummiest food we ate while in Osaka? Osaka is after all the “nation’s kitchen”–home of endless gastronomic choices of only the best beef and seafood. I must warn you though, you’ll surely be craving for some Japanese food by […]

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Milking It

I don’t know why but this outfit reminds me of a milkman… or a bread boy. Nevertheless, I still like it. This was actually a last minute outfit I put together hastily. I’ve run out of things to wear on our last full day in Osaka so I reused my top and matched it with […]

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Travel Diary: Osaka Castle

Finally back in Osaka after touring around Kyoto and Nara. We really intended to make this city our last stop so that we can enjoy a free and easy schedule. Compared to Kyoto, Osaka doesn’t have a lot of tourist spots–the most famous one is probably already Osaka Castle which is what you see below. […]

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Travel Diary: Kinkakuji and Maruyama-Koen Park

I’m sure a lot of you know how much I love the color gold, so imagine my happiness when I saw an entire structure covered in gold! Presenting, Kyoto’s Kinkakuji–a Zen Buddhist temple covered in brilliant gold leaf. Originally, Kinkakuji was built in 1397 as a retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. It was only […]

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Travel Diary: Arashiyama

At the western outskirts of Kyoto lies another touristy district called Arashiyama. It takes about 30 minutes to get here by train but it’s totally worth the long transit (when I say long, I mean by Japanese standards) especially during cherry blossom and fall seasons. A short walk to Arashiyama’s central landmark–the Togetsukyo Bridge, will […]

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Travel Diary: Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushimi Inari Taisha or Shrine is the most important shrine dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. Several locals visit Fushimi Inari to pray for prosperity for their businesses. Tourist, however, visit this shrine for its visual appeal. Personally, I think it’s one of Kyoto’s most beautiful sights. It’s hard not to be when […]

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Travel Diary: Nijo Castle

The Nijo-jo or Nijo Castle is one of the few remaining castles in Japan that showcases traditional palace architecture of Japan’s feudal era. It’s definitely not as in-your-face flamboyant as European castles and possesses a more subtle kind of grandeur, but nevertheless, still worth a visit. The biggest difference I noticed between the two is […]

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Travel Diary: Kodaiji Temple, Kyoto

Since we were already at Higashimaya district, we stopped by another temple around the area called the Kodaiji Temple. It was established in 1605 by the legendary Nene (Kodai-in) in memory of her late husband Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who is one of Japan’s greatest historical figures.Β Compared to the temples we’ve visited so far, this one looks […]

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Ishibei Koji Lane

Whenever my sister and I travel together, we already have our designated roles. She prepares our itinerary, complete with photos and descriptions so that I can match my #OOTDs to the sceneries. And I, on the other hand, have to find ways on how to get to these places. This street known as the Ishibei-Koji […]

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Travel Diary: Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-Dera

First stop on our Kyoto itinerary is Kiyomizu-dera, a Buddhist temple that is listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. When you go to the temple coming from the steep lanes of Higashimaya district, the first structure you’ll see isn’t the main hall just yet. Instead, you’ll be greeted by vermillion colored gates and […]

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