I like notebooks, in fact I have a whole collection of notebooks as a result of numerous Christmas parties where colleagues, parents, and students have given me a whole trove of notebooks. When I first started this blog, I decided to buy an unlined 500 leaf Muji notebook. That notebook has stayed with me ever since, filled first with some initial writings for blog ideas, tickets, budget plans, itineraries and so much more. Over the years, my notebook has begun showing its age, the cover has gotten frayed but it still works. However, during our short trip to Yokohama, where we spent significant time in Tokyo Hands (seriously, this place is stationary heaven!), my fiancee gifted me a Midori Traveler’s Notebook. Continue reading →
It has been over a month since our trip to Japan and since then a lot has happened. For one, I proposed and I am now engaged to my girlfriend of nearly four years. I was able to pull it off in a country that I never thought I would get to visit, in a place that I have dreamt of going to in the past, and above all else, I got to see and experience the culture, heritage of Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.
Now that we’re home, written a whole trove of experiences, and reflected on everything that has happened since then. I would now like to share some practical tips for surviving a trip to Japan.
The time has come to finally say good bye to Japan. Staying in this wonderful country and saying good bye to it was a bittersweet moment. I had grown to love the country, all its quirks, its intrigue, and most definitely its allure. With only one full day left before our departure, we decided to focus on only one part of Tokyo: Shibuya and Harajuku. Continue reading →
Our first day in Osaka was spent exploring the city, not for culture or amusement, but just to check out shopping stuff and what not. We made our way around a Don Quijote department store (known locally as Donki) and some random arcade filled with restaurants and shops that we decided it was time. Time for us try out what the world has been screaming and clamoring for the longest time: Ichiran Ramen. Continue reading →
On our second to the last full day in Japan, we took a side trip to the port city of Yokohama. Taking the bullet train from Osaka, we arrived at Shin-Yokohama station and proceeded further to Sakuragicho station via the local JR train. Over the past few days, I’ve noticed the weather tapering off, from the cold, rainy and freezing days and nights of Kyoto, to the moderate weather of Osaka, Yokohama was sunny and alive. Gone were our thick jackets and layered clothes, replaced by simple shirts, jeans, and not so thick socks anymore. The sun was out, the skies were clear, and the flowers were all blooming like there’s no tomorrow. Continue reading →
iAfter that really exciting and enjoyable trip to Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it was time for us to see and explore another part of Osaka. On our second full day in the city, we decided to devote the day learning all about the city’s history and culture. Continue reading →
Finally! The most awaited and most exciting, most amazing, most magnificent part of the whole Universal Studios Japan trip. For an entire day we waited and waited for our chance to get inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter section of the park (long story short: I misread the blog and the time indicated in our express passes) and for a Harry Potter fanboy, this was the moment I have been waiting for. Continue reading →