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Apple's adventures in Kiyomizu-dera Part 1 (and a short Japanese lesson on directions thrown in!)

6 Dec

Apple is back too, because I’m back! YAY!!! 😀 😀 😀 Don’t miss her Japanese lesson at the latter part of this post!!!!

===Apple’s post starts from here===

Hi!! This is Apple!

I’m really happy that Kirin decided to go on with TKE. I’ve been meaning to write but have been busy.

Firstly, it feels like a long time since I’ve been to Tokyo, so I can’t write much of Tokyo places or trends for now. I went to Kansai in Spring this year, so I thought of sharing some interesting places I’ve been to when I was there. I wrote some articles (Shirahama & Kobe) early this year just after coming back from my trip, but I think maybe they were not interesting because nobody really left any comments. T^T Haha!

Ok, anyway, today I’m going to share with you one of my favourite places in Kansai!

It’s Kyoto!!

Being a city kind of girl really (I love Tokyo!), I’d initially thought Kyoto would be dull to me. My boyfriend was very excited though.

One of the places we visited in Kyoto is the famous tourist attraction, Kiyomizudera (清水寺)! Kiyomizu (清水) means clear water, or pure water. The temple is so named as there’s a waterfall of pure water within the complex.

Fun Fact: Not a single nail was used in the entire wooden structure of this temple!

Being Spring, we’d expected a scenery like this:


 However, this was what greeted us:

We were too early for Sakura! T^T
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Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine

31 Aug

It takes so long for me to write up a new post lately. I came back from Miyajima a month ago but I haven’t finished writing about that yet. Hmmm…(*_*)
Anyway…Miyajima is famous for Itsukushima Shrine that is the only shrine in the world built over the surface of the sea. Also deer live in the island that are walking here and there.

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My stay in Hiroshima with some irritation

23 Aug

After visiting the A-Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, my husband and I had a light Okonomiyaki dinner before heading for the nearest tram station to see the fireworks that happened to be planned for that evening when we were staying in Hiroshima.

To be honest, Okonomiyaki is not really my thing. But I tried it because it’s like I’m wasting the opportunity if I don’t eat it in Hiroshima. Hiroshima is famous for its Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima style, meaning Okonomiyaki combined with yakisoba. Well…but it wasn’t so wow to me. I don’t like Okonomiyaki so much after all. The thick sauce is too sweet and salty at the same time, which is simply too strong taste to me, and that makes me feel bored while eating. 😦 But many people usually like Okonomiyaki, including my husband who enjoyed it.

If we didn’t try to go to see the fireworks, riding on the trams could have been something interesting and fun. But what happened was…
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A-Bomb Dome and thinking of WWII

16 Aug

I’ve been thinking that I’d have to come to this place as a Japanese citizen for many years. And finally I made it.

It was the very first time for me to look at the real thing, although I’ve seen it on text books since elementary school and on TV on the 6th of August every year.

What’s this building?
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Ushimado beach and more local foods

9 Aug

My husband and I spent 10 days travelling around Okayama and Hiroshima, thus we had ample time to explore other part of Okayama (prefecture) besides Okayama (city) and Kurashiki (city).

So we rented a car in Okayama and ran for about an hour to reach Ushimado in Setouchi city.

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Korakuen garden and Okayama castle

7 Aug

Korakuen is known as one of the three great gardens in Japan. There’s no way not to visit it when we were visiting Okayama. BTW I’ve never visited the other 2 gardens yet. :p
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Fun with masking tapes

5 Aug

Speaking of masking tape, mt masking tape is famous and it’s from Okayama! There was a shop that sells kawaii masking tapes and some nice postcards and etc. in the Bikan-Chiku historical area in Kurashiki. ^_^


You see they decorate the entrance doors with masking tapes. How kawaii! 😀
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