Mount Fuji!

From the old capital, Kyoto, to the new capital, Tokyo!

Ohayogozaimasu, (good morning (for us)),

Well we are on our day 22 (9th of April), we just finished breakfast, and I am starting a sore throat….. :( We are very tired, I think form the accumulation of all the walking for the last 3 weeks!  Yup already 3 weeks into our trip!  Let’s go to day 17!

Day 17: The only thing I have to add here is the sushis!!!!! OMFG!!! The sushi I ate is nothing compared to what I usually eat in Montreal!!!! Sure here when you eat sushi, it is the sashimi, so some piece of fish on some little rice ball!  The usual rolls, are the one with cucumber.  Also, you don’t put your own wasabi, plates have color code, so one color has wasabi and the other none.  Let’s just say they are very generous with the wasabi….. way more than I usually put some! But you get us to it, and depending of how and where the wasabi hit’s in your mouth, you sometime get it up your nose! :P fun thing!   And the fish….. well….. no fishy taste here, the salmon is tender and fresh, it melts in your mouth, and tuna….. I finally tried different parts of tuna! Young tuna, regular tuna, special tuna (only one peace in your plate, don’t know where it’s from!) and belly tuna, which is fatty tuna!!! All white meat instead of red meat! Delicious!!!! Can’t wait to try a Kaiten sushi in Tokyo!

The chefs in action!

The chefs in action!

Soooo many plates for soooo cheap!!!!

Soooo many plates for soooo cheap!!!!

Salmon, mayo and oignons, and a yellowtail fish! My new favorite!

Salmon, mayo and oignons, and a yellowtail fish! My new favorite!

Ben's sushi! Tamago(egg) and smoked ducked! :D

Ben’s sushi! Tamago(egg) and smoked ducked! :D

Day 18:  A cold day, with a mix of rain and sun and clouds….. we could stay inside and do nothing with the many things we needed to see! So out we were.  We went to Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavillon, or Gold temple!  It is literally covered with gold sheets on the walls! It is very pretty, and very touristic! :P  Even if it wasn’t to sunny, we got a good view of it’s shininess! :P  The garden is very pretty, short, and expensive to get in with such small grounds…. oh well!  After that we went right beside it (20min walk or 5min bus for us! :P) to the Rock Garden.  It is famous because it has 15 rocks placed so you are always missing 1 in your view….. but sadly we did see them all…. but still very pretty and it is in a beautiful temple, in a huge garden, with ponds, and trees, and flowers, and ducks… !  After that, we tried some japanese fastfood, burgers.  And they were so busy, that we had to wait 5min to get our food! That’s fast! :P Juicy burgers with sweet BBQ sauce, and we ate them like foreigners….. out of their paper…. and what a mess we did, all the sauce leaking out…. and then we see japanese people, eating it in the paper, and no sauce leak….. next time we’ll know! :P Next, our first cat café! It was nice small cosy place, pretty clean, since it had 10cats! friendly owners! Cats who loved to be patted (I could even say slapped) on the but! We stayed there for 2hours, with drinks, and we even got some treats, and then the cats love you! :P  The whole time they were being real cats, snobbing you, moving further away when you pet them so you have to move…. and then the last 15min, they realized that I knew how to pet them properly, and I had like 3 to pet at the same time! awww kitties! :P Then, we went back to Yodobashi mall, and finished the whole place! Got out 15min massage with the chairs and went back to our hostel.

Massage chairs!!!!

Massage chairs!!!!

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kitty taking a ''bath'' with it's towel on it's head(because it's rude to put it in the water in public bath!

kitty taking a ”bath” with it’s towel on it’s head(because it’s rude to put it in the water in public bath!

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''bath'' time again!

”bath” time again!

Our messy burgers!

Our messy burgers!

Rock Garden

Rock Garden

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Kinkakuji

Kinkakuji

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Day 19:  Another day of a mix of showers and sun…. This time we went to see the Torii gates, Fushimi Inari.  It is on a temple ground, from the bottom of a mountain up to it, with paths covered with torii gates.  People and compagnies can buy them and add some to the path, they’re huge.  On our way back, we got to meet the kitty of the place! :P I just crouched to pet it, and it jumped on my lap, purring away!! Awwww I miss my kitties!  There were a lot of little shops and snacks bar in the small roads at the bottom of the temple, many thing to see and eat!  But this time we didn’t eat anything, we had our lunch already! :P  After the Fushimi Inari, we headed to Nijojo Castle, a samourai castle, where it is wanted for the floors to creak, this way they know when someone is in the temple!  So no intruders, well almost I guess!  We met a cute couple in traditional clothing walking around the grounds, and my BF not being shy asked if he could take a picture of them, and in return they took a picture of us! They were very nice, the girl was chinese and the boy japanese.  We got to see lots of sakuras in a row on both side of the path! It was beautiful!  The garden was pretty big, with different sections, differents plants, trees and flowers! Very pretty sight and very relaxing, even if at this time our feet were already killing us!   And then we headed to Gion, the geisha district, but also considered the old district of Kyoto.  The bus ride there was great, since we got to see the canal and some more sakuras and also some old building in the middle of new ones!  In Gion, there was wayyyyyy to many people…. it wasn’t as fun as a walk as other things.  We wanted to see a Maiko show, so we headed to Gion Corner, where everyday during april, there are shows of maiko, which are apprentice to become Geisha’s.  The show was great, very traditional, some maiko did music, others acting, others dancing.  And during the whole show, you had old geisha’s, I believe, that narrated to whole play.  At first when the maiko got on stage, they all look the same, white face, red lips, black makeup for the eyes, big hairdo with accessories,  beautiful kimonos, but then, when you look closely, you see their differences; round faces, or oval ones, long neck, long nose, cute little eyes, some with bigger lips and others with smaller ones.  As for the show, it seemed it was a story that talked about the 4 seasons, and the finished with spring, the sakura season, which this show is all about.  Their dance was very synchronised, and minitious, from the tilt of their head to the angle of their feet when mooving, to their knees bented to a perfect 45degree, to their way of walking which looked like they were floating! I was a amazin show! only 2000Yen, for a seat on tatami floors, for 4000yen we could have been seated on normal chairs on the first floor, but it was sold out for the night.  And as we get out of Gion Corner, what do we see! A real geisha, with her little bags getting to her appointment for the night.  She was being accosted by businessmen, she even got a gift (jewelry box) from one of them.  And then off she was back on her appointment!   After this big day, we were pretty hungry, guess what my BF decided to eat….. SUSHI!!!!! YATTA!!!!  So we go to the same place as before, and had to wait 30min to be seated since there was a line-up! But damn was those sushi good! :D And I beat my record, I ate 13 plates! :P  We then went on the 11th floor of Kyoto station, and on our way found about 6 sets of stairs illuminated, like a giant screen! And up on the roof, we had a beautiful view of kyoto city and kyoto tower that was just beside us! :) It was a great last night in Kyoto!

Kyoto tower

Kyoto tower

The entrance to Fushimi Inari

The entrance to Fushimi Inari

Funny faces in front of Fushimi Inari

Funny faces in front of Fushimi Inari

Not my best picture, but still....

Not my best picture, but still….

He found the spot and took it!

He found the spot and took it!

The cat of Fushimi Inari

The cat of Fushimi Inari

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Entrance gate to Nijojo Castle.

Entrance gate to Nijojo Castle.

Cute couple

Cute couple

Nijojo

Nijojo

Japanese are smarts! Before you go into a store, there is almost always a place to put wet umbrellas.  Before we enter the castle, there is a place to put umbrellas and lock them!

Japanese are smarts! Before you go into a store, there is almost always a place to put wet umbrellas. Before we enter the castle, there is a place to put umbrellas and lock them!

Nijojo Garden

Nijojo Garden

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Nijojo garden

Nijojo garden

Nijojo Garden

Nijojo Garden

Gion Canal

Gion Canal

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Gion canal

Gion canal

Gion streets

Gion streets

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Day 20:  Last morning in Kyoto, a relax one, we wanted to do some more shopping before we left, but we couldn’t find any coin lockers, so we took an early train to Tokyo instead!  And like the Japanese do, we bought some bento box from the train station for our 3 hours long train ride!  As I asked in Japanese what we wanted the lady told me that my Japanese was good…. so not, but i like people realizing the effort into it! :D  The shinkansen ride was smooth as usual, we even got to see Fuji-san! Magnificent in it’s size, alone as mountain in the middle of the plains! Great view!  Something about shinkansen is the comfort of it! nice view, plenty of leg room, clean bathrooms, some vending machine, and a lady with her stroller, selling food,  from snack to bento boxes, to ice cream, to coffee and tea!  As we get in Tokyo, we realize one thing, OMG IT’S SO BIG!  Buildings, and more buildings, sky scrappers and people, so many people,….. and I’m getting tired of so many people! :P   We get to our last Hostel, which is located north east of Ueno, a big district, but we are in a residential one, so we got that for us!   It’s an old house,  remodeled inside to accommodate many people, but in a original way, since it is a protected house, by the government.  It has a nice garden, with a mini mount Fuji, because people, from 400 years ago wanted a mount Fuji in their backyard.  So they transported some rocks of Mount Fuji and made a mini man-made hill, with a small shrine on top.  And because of that this house is protected!   After we settled in, out we go toward Asakusa, a district known for it’s temple and a shopping street with mostly shops of restaurants and kitchen purpose! That’s where we will get out custom knife with our name on it! :P  But for us, our destination was supper, and then a cat cafe we had heard of! We had a blast, the cats a way more friendlier, and the lady is great! After that taxi ride to our hostel! 750Yen! Cheap ride it was!

Ben's lunch! Cold Tender beef, rice and vegetables.

Ben’s lunch! Cold Tender beef, rice and vegetables.

My lunch, tonkatsu (pork), with rice, pickled plum, potato salad, carrots and noddles.

My lunch, tonkatsu (pork), with rice, pickled plum, potato salad, carrots and noddles.

And some green tea ice cream.

And some green tea ice cream.

Mount Fuji!

Mount Fuji!

Fuji-san!

Fuji-san!

Our own little garden at our hostel!

Our own little garden at our hostel!

Kitty

Kitty

Kitties!

Kitties!

Day 21:  Shopping day in Akihabara, the Eletronic town! Which includes, anything electronic, from TV to Arcades, to Camera, cellphones cover….. It was a long day of shopping, but we stayed reasonable, as always!  I found some bags to put your feet in again! so got some, and for the hands as well! Now My feet and hands are super soft and moisturized!  Bought some other things, kit kats, fancy color contacts, makeup, cookie monster hat and more! Spending is fun, mostly at the end of your trip, since you know more what you can spend! :D Yatta!  Back to our hostel, we bought our supper on the way in the convenience store, some instant ramen and some fresh one to make yourself! Fresh one was better! :D And what is the best thing to eat with ramen…………… GYOZA!!!! Delicious!

Day 22: Well, it’s past noon, we ate breakfast and did some laudry, and Ben is taking a nap :P   Oh I almost forgot to mention the best thing with this hostel, there is a bar in the first section, which is open to the people living in the area, and we get discount for our drinks!  A lot of Japanese people come here to practice their English.  Our first night, we went and met some people there, and an old man that comes almost every nights to practice and drink Carbonated water, was very suprised to know I knew some Japanese! It was really fun night! And we also tried some Japanese drinks, and found out that plum drink is pretty good, Yusumeshu, I have to buy some, but I won’t be able if there is only big bottle ones!

Feet bags

Feet bags

Hand bags

Hand bags

Being cute!

Being cute!

Cookie Monster!!!!

Cookie Monster!!!!

Akihabara building

Akihabara building

Akihabara, with 2 Sega stores!

Akihabara, with 2 Sega stores!

Trying some beef! Pretty good, and juicy.  You order and pay, then wait 5min, and it cooks in the ''plate'' with some seasoned butter! Delicisous stuff! only 1500yen!

Trying some beef! Pretty good, and juicy. You order and pay, then wait 5min, and it cooks in the ”plate” with some seasoned butter! Delicisous stuff! only 1500yen!

Alright, well for the rest of the day we’ll probably be heading towards Shinjuku.  We don’t know, we feel like doing nothing…. toff day! :p

Talk to you another time!

Mata-ne! ^-^

From new to old!

Konnichiha mina-san!

Well we are at day 17 of our trip, and what a trip it’s been so far!  Amazing experiences, amazing people, amazing food, almost amazing everything! :P So let’s see what has happen new since the last time I talked to you guys! :D

Day 14: We left Osaka for Koyasan.  It is a city centered around Buddhisms, with over 120 temples, and some of them allow people to stay a night to experience their temple, the food (vegetarian only) and their ceremony in the morning!  We stayed at a beautiful temple, where we experienced many things!  First we had a gorgeous room, spacious, with our 2 futons, original sliding doors and our own kotatsu, which is a gift from Buddha! :P It is a table with a heating element under, and some blankets over to keep the warmth.  Up in the moutain 670m above the see level if I’m not mistaking, it was very cool, the sun during the day is warm, but as soon as it goes down, the cold takes over! Good thing we had our kotatsu to keep us warm!  We also experienced our first Buddhist diner,  which to my suprise, was way better then I thought.  Very tasty, mostly sweet, a lot of strong tastes.  I know there were some tofu, algae,  lotus roots, and many other things that I didn’t know what it was, but still ate it!  I tried my first common bath.  You first get in a room where you undress yourself, put it in a basket and take you towels with you.  Then you get in the bathroom, choose a stool and wash yourself at this station.  When you’re all clean, you clean your station, rinse it off, and go to the bath and get in.  It is very, very, very hot water.  I had to go in slowly, to adjust to it! The first time I went in (before supper)  a lady got in at the same time as me and got out in 5 mins.  The second time (after our evening walk to a cemetery), I got the pleasure of talking with 2 japanese lady, which knew english pretty good, all while being naked in a bath…. awkward at first, but hey, I’ll probably never see them again so…. meh! :P  We also got to see our first Buddhist ceremony in the morning. We had to get up a 5h30 am to be ready for 6am.  It was hypnotic to hear them chanting, with the smell of incense in the room, and then they started the fire ceremony, so the burning smell of wood added to the room was special, but a little too much for my nose! :P Damn nose!  There was also a beautiful garden in the middle of the temple, with a cute little pond and koi fishes!   We also went to the Okunoin, which is a temple at the end of a cemetery, with over 200 000 tombs.  We did part of it at night, and the rest in the morning.  It is a very beautiful place to be at! We loved the experience and recommend it to anyone who’s going to Japan in the future!  The only thing we didn’t really enjoy about was that the room next door had a baby and a young toddler……. which mean baby crying taking the peacefulness away, but it didn’t cry much at night.  At night we had trouble sleeping because of people walking in the hallway, like if they were elephants, and not being careful about people sleeping…… So let’s say our night of sleep wasn’t the best! But our experience was! :D

The view from the train on the way to Koya-san.

The view from the train on the way to Koya-san.

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The cable car we had to take down and up to Koya san, and then had a bus to zig-zag on the road.

The cable car we had to take down and up to Koya san, and then had a bus to zig-zag on the road.

Okunoin

Okunoin

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Entrance to Okunoin.

Entrance to Okunoin.

Garden of our Temple stay.

Garden of our Temple stay.

Breakfast

Breakfast

bath tub

bath tub

washing stools

washing stools

tombs

tombs

some temple on our 4km walk

some temple on our 4km walk

Ben being happy about being sure of not eating fish.

Ben being happy about being sure of not eating fish.

supper

supper

heating under the kotatsu

heating under the kotatsu

Drinking tea and being warm

Drinking tea and being warm

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Gold walls

Gold walls

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rock gardens

rock gardens

rock garden, the biggest in JApan.

rock garden, the biggest in JApan.

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sliding doors in a temple we visited.

sliding doors in a temple we visited.

Slinding doors, that I'm not suppose to photograph..... I didn't put my flash on! :P

Slinding doors, that I’m not suppose to photograph….. I didn’t put my flash on! :P

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Temple

Temple

Temple entrance we visited.

Temple entrance we visited.

Our Room

Our Room

 

Day 15: Leaving Koyasan, going to Osaka get our luggage, saying goodbye to our new friends, and getting on the shinkansen for 15min to get to Kyoto, a mix of old city (ancient capital of Japan) and new technology!   We (well Ben got us lost! :P hihihi ) got lost for the first time in Kyoto station, we got out the wrong exit, so we had to ask the police that was walking by where to go…. :P Tne station is Huge!!!! It has a 11 floor building, over 30 tracks of train, an hotel is attached to it, and there a way to many shopping places in and around it!  Lucky for us there is a Yodaibashi shopping mall (Mostly an electronic shopping place, like 1 floor for cell phones cases and accessories, apple stuff, and everything related to cell phones, a 2nd floor of cameras, massage chair (where there is over 15 chairs to try out, with a man that will set it up for you!  And where it is expected to try out chairs, and allowed for 15mins! I Love Japan! :D ) on the same floor electronic cosmestic things, hunting things and more that I can’t remember! It has 8 floors in total, 2 off them are around fashion clothes (even a shop for dogs!)  1 floor of restaurants, a floor a miscellous, a floor of toys, home appliances and home systems.  It’s so big that on the first day we only 2 floors and on the second day another 2 floors! :P

Day 16:  We went over to Nara, a 45min train ride.  We thought it was going to rain, but lucky for us it only rained in the late evening!  We got to see the biggest Buddha in wood and of course many, many and many deers!  We could even feed them!  But you had to be careful, because they would headbutt you, would bite your clothes to get more food! We even saw some kids being bumped and then fall down….. the deers didn’t like the kids, we found that the deers would mostly be aggressive about food, with kids and people who were scared of them.  We just bumped them back and pushed them off, showed them who was the boss! We payed around 1000yen (11$CAD) for food to feed the deers, I just couldn’t stop myself, choosing the deers who were keeping  calm, laying down in the shades, and the little babies! Kawaiiiii!!!!!!!!!1 \(^-^)/ (I miss my pets!)  There was lots of Sakura as well! We got back to kyoto,  went for some more exploring of Yodobashi mall! I finally got myself (well Ben did actually) a massage!  Foot and shoulders! It was a great experience, and was much needed.  My heals are killing me, I even got myself a inside sole to help!  And then we headed back to our hostel, where we had our corner store supper, all for 1100 yen, so about 12$ CAD.

Deers!

Deers!

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Big bouddha

Big bouddha

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Fishies! we could also feed them!

Fishies! we could also feed them!

sakura by the pond at Nara

sakura by the pond at Nara

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our cheap lunch.

our cheap lunch.

Day 17: Today we went to Arashiyama, a section of Kyoto in the west.  We got up the mountain there to the Monkey Park.  They warn you at the first, not to touch them, not to throw things at them and mostly not to stare them in the eyes! If they make a angry face, open mouth showing the teeth,  move away slowing and ignore them.  Macaques can be pretty aggressive if your not careful!   So close to the top, you begin to see some monkeys, and then when you get 1 corner from the top, they are literally in your way…. and then on the top all I could way was OMG, MONKEYS!!!!   And there were baby monkeys too! Soooo cute little things! You could even feed them, but then YOU had to get in a cage to do so.  Just in case they get violent!  Which is a good thing because some got jealous when you went to feed the monkey beside him!  They get so loud!  But it was very fun! It’s even better than the zoo! All for 800Yen with the food(3 bags!) Great thing!  We went back down the mountain, explored a little bit the place, went to see the famous bamboo path, beautifull thing!  And then went back to central Kyoto!  We tried a new ramen place, yum yum yum, delicious! When paying, I was lost on the price, so a businessman told us what it was, and said next time to ask more green onions, because they add it for free! :P All I’ve got to say, is that food is delicious!   Now we are doing laundry, writting the blog and drinking.  We’re suppose to try a kaiten sushi later!  That is a sushi place where a conveyor belt is going around with sushi on it, you take what you want, and depending of the color of the plate, the price is different, and you can also ask for special things via a screen!  And for Ben, well there is other things to eat! :P

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Ka-ra-a-ge (gué) fried chicken without bones! Delicious! Just a little spicy! From a street vendor after getting down the mountain!

Ka-ra-a-ge (gué) fried chicken without bones! Delicious! Just a little spicy! From a street vendor after getting down the mountain!

Monkeys!!!

Monkeys!!!

Monkeys!!!

Monkeys!!!

Monkeys!!! Lazy!!!!

Monkeys!!! Lazy!!!!

Monkeys!!! In my way!, or I'm in his way!

Monkeys!!! In my way!, or I’m in his way!

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Drinking! Monkeys!!!

Drinking! Monkeys!!!

family hug! Monkeys!!!

family hug! Monkeys!!!

Monkeys!!! I want food!

Monkeys!!! I want food!

Monkeys!!!

Monkeys!!!

Baby!!! Monkeys!!!

Baby!!! Monkeys!!!

Monkeys!!!

Monkeys!!!

Monkeys!!! Chilling!

Monkeys!!! Chilling!

ugh...... Stairs!

ugh…… Stairs!

UGH...... Stairs!

UGH…… Stairs!

Windy and rainy!

Windy and rainy!

It was pretty Windy today!

It was pretty Windy today!

Well that’s it for it now! Have fun, we are that’s for sure! 

Mata-ne!

Do it like like they do it in Osaka!

Konbawa (good evening),

Well it’s already day 13 for us right now! Already half of our trip has passed….. it’s passing faster as we get closer to the end….. :(  I don’t want it to end!!!!  Alright let’s see what we did these last couple of days shall we! :)

Day 11:  We did go to Osaka Castle and garden.  As soon as we got out of the subway station, we directly entered into the park, and we saw from far the top of Osaka castle, with it’s gold statues! It looked magnificent withe the trees, the sakuras, water fountain.  People were out, riding there bike, walking with the  kids or the dogs.  And talking about dogs, here in Japan, I realized that mostly all dogs (small ones in general) have fashion as much as there owners! Wearing a dress, or a top with pants, little bows on the ears!  They’re very kawaii (cute)!  We even saw some people walk their cats in a stroller! Like OMG :D I sooooo want to do that with mines! :P  Alright back to day 11! :P Osaka castle is huge!  On top of it’s ground, mounted with rocks, surrounded by water, it is much visited by tourists and Japanese!  Also the Gardens around the castle are very popular for it’s plum trees, which also have pretty flowers, and of course for it’s sakura’s!  A lot of the sakura’s were bloomed, but not all at 100% but it was still a beautiful site! And with us we had a beautiful sunny warm day!   No snow for us! :P  Around the castle, there are a lot of little shops for souvenirs, food stands and little games for kids, and adults as well!  And since it is a Samourai castle, a lot of things reported to that!  We got the go inside the castle, where there is a lot of information about it’s founder and what is it’s history behind it, but we found that most of the information were in Japanese.  There was some nice animation about historic facts, and they were all in japanese, no subtitles.  The view from the top was awesome!  we could see all the gardens surrounding the castle!  The interior of the castle was a bit disapointing, since it was all redecorated,  and very new inside!  It would have been nice if they have refurbished it with more original material!   After a stroll in the park, we headed back to our hostel, drop some things,  relaxed a little bit and decided where we were going next!

We got to see wedding pictures at a temple beside the castle! All in traditionnal clothing! beautiful! :)

We got to see wedding pictures at a temple beside the castle! All in traditionnal clothing! beautiful! :)

Statue of the samourai who owned the castle!

Statue of the samourai who owned the castle!

one of the gardens pond up around the castle.

one of the gardens pond up around the castle.

Gold tiger with a gold koi fish in osaka castle.

Gold tiger with a gold koi fish in osaka castle.

Gold koi fish from the top of the castle.

Gold koi fish from the top of the castle.

Samourai suit

Samourai suit

Hey a ninja!!

Hey a ninja!!

Osaka castle!

Osaka castle!

Osaka castle grounds.

Osaka castle grounds.

Our first view on the castle and the park!

Our first view on the castle and the park!

 

A little briefing on where we are staying in Osaka.  We are in America Mura, which is a district with a lot of influence from…… America!  Close to there, there is Dotombori, which is a shopping and restaurant district, and this was our next stop!  To get there, we crossed part of Amemura, saw all kind of clothing fashion, and I mean ALL kind!  We get to the first shopping street, which is a covered shopping street, which is great since it’s supposed to start raining!  And then we get to THE CENTER of dotombori, we feel as if we are in New York city! The big neon light everywhere! WOW!  And then it rains…… so let’s hurry to find our restaurant for tonight!  We decided to try Japanese style BBQ, Yakiniku, where you have, built in your table, a gaz BBQ, on which you grill what you asked for! And the best is……. it’s an all you can eat for 2hours! You choose the list from which you want to order, different list with different prices, with different meats!  We learned that after choosing the cheapest one…. oh well! We still had very things to take, pork, chicken, fatty beef, which just melted in your mouth! Miam!! Some vegetables you grilled as well and rice!  It was delicious! The only thing we could say that we didn’t like is the service from one of the waitress, as if she didn’t like foreigners!  The 2 times we asked for thing through her, well we never got it and had to ask another waitress!  Other than that it was really fun and good!   Next dodo time!

The famous crab from dotombori, guess what you eat there!!! Crab! :P

The famous crab from dotombori, guess what you eat there!!! Crab! :P

Glico man and us!

Glico man and us!

The only harley davidson I've seen!

The only harley davidson I’ve seen!

Day 12:  Big rainy day…. again! So what to people in Osaka do on a rainy sunday…… Go to the aquarium!  Good thing we got our ticket before hand from our hostel, and that we got there early, because there was a huge line up to buy the tickets, and it took us at least 20mins to start the route of the aquarium! It was huge!!! So many fishes and some water animals! It was really great! We even had the chance to touch some menta rays!, and some type of little sharks!  It was something! Then just by the aquarium, what do you think there is!!!!! A Shopping Mall and …….. a Arcade!!!!!  Of course we had to go and see around and try some arcade! :) It was fun! then back to the hostel, a little break, go the a real japanese regular grocery, see many things we don’t know what it is, and we found some cool candies that you make yourself! We are so bringing some home! They are great to try!  I finally had my first sushis! Yummy, even from a grocery!!!

Penguins!

Penguins!

Penguins!

Penguins!

deap see creature!

deap see creature!

this is the thickness of the big aquarium in the middle!

this is the thickness of the big aquarium in the middle!

hello, I'm grumpy

hello, I’m grumpy

awww taking a nap!

awww taking a nap!

capibara taking a  nap

capibara taking a nap

big fishies!

big fishies!

Sea lion! he's taking the pose!

Sea lion! he’s taking the pose!

Feeding time!

Feeding time!

Finnaly we are here!

Finnaly we are here!

SLoth time!

SLoth time!

Day 13:  Today! Well it was a very easy going day, but very fun since we got to hang out with our hostel workers, and new friends I can say!   We had a Hanami Party.  It is a picnic that Japanese have all the time every year during the sakura season!  We even got to help to do some of the food!  Some onigiri (rice ball with algae), with either pickled plum of tuna with mayo inside!  And some Tamagoyaki, which is an omelette, with some bonito (dry fish flakes), that you cook layer by layer so at the end it gives a roll with layers!  With some edamame , soy beans, some pieces of fried chicken, some samosas, some cute sausage in shapes of octopus and crabs! ;P And then all together we went to the park, put a plastic thingy on the ground then some blankets put the food in the middle, and grab what we wanted to eat! Yatta! What a feast it was! And of course with all that you get an excuse to drink all day! But this time we were reasonable with the alcohol! :P  We talked, played some badminton, drank, ate, talk some more, drank some more, had some snacks! Then we left to our room.  We decided some of us, we would meet later for supper, and we went with our new friends to a place where you order meat and other things, that they put on a stick, put coating on it, and fry it. You then dip it in a sauce and eat it! DELICIOUS! Easy and cheap and good!  Then what better then go do some purikura all together! What a blast! And then some games at the arcade! YEAH!  It was really fun, meet new people, learn about each other and make new friends! :) I’m happy! :) Technically we should have gone to Nara, but sometimes you have to live the culture to fill up on experience! So we’ll have to go to nara another day from kyoto!

Beautiful sakura's with lanterns!

Beautiful sakura’s with lanterns!

Food!

Food!

Food!!!!

Food!!!!

Tamagoyaki with Hideko-san!

Tamagoyaki with Hideko-san!

Sausage! Octopus!!!

Sausage! Octopus!!!

Making tamagoyaki with new friends!

Making tamagoyaki with new friends!

He's helping to! Making cute crabs and octopus from sausages!

He’s helping to! Making cute crabs and octopus from sausages!

As for day 14, we are heading up on a mountain, Koyasan, where it’s the end to most pelgrims walks.  We will be staying at one of the temples to experience a bit of their life!

Mata-ne

Day 8-9-10: Hiroshima, Okayama, Osaka

Ohayou gozaimasu mina-san!  Let’s go back in time a little, since it’s already saturday morning here! :P

Day 8:  Well it was rainy day, we didn’t know much what to do since most of the thing left were outside things.  So we hoped rain would either become light rain or none at all! Lucky for us in the beginning of the afternoon, rain stopped! YATTA!! So we decided to take a chance and go to Shukkeien Garden, which we read was awesome! And to our suprise, even with the rainy weather, it was gorgeous, absolutely fabulous! See for yourself in the next photos!

Sakura's beside the library connected to the garden.

Sakura’s beside the library connected to the garden.

Garden

Garden

Garden

Garden

Little red bridege in garden

Little red bridege in garden

Koi fishies!!!! Lots, and lots of them!

Koi fishies!!!! Lots, and lots of them!

Mini islands in the pond!

Mini islands in the pond!

Mini falls

Mini falls

Little bridge

Little bridge

Sakura's by the entrance.

Sakura’s by the entrance.

Panoramic view of the garden, around the pond.

Panoramic view of the garden, around the pond.

Sakura's!

Sakura’s!

This tree had 2 colors of flowers!

This tree had 2 colors of flowers!

Pink sakura's

Pink sakura’s

The entrance

The entrance

Our Lunch before the garden, Mc Donalds! Our firts of the trip! Had a regular bugger, BF had Sakura burger; pink buns, egg, sakura sauce, sausage.  More of a breakfast burger! With a sakura floater! that was good!

Our Lunch before the garden, Mc Donalds! Our firts of the trip! Had a regular bugger, BF had Sakura burger; pink buns, egg, sakura sauce, sausage. More of a breakfast burger! With a sakura floater! that was good!

After all that, we got to our hostel, ate supper, and started chatting with our new friends from Canada (Alberta and Québec) and Great Britain.  We played Uno, Jenga, and had to much to drink….. And then wanted to go clubbing, but on a wednesday, there isn’t much open except……. KARAOKE!!!!!! OH YEAH BABY!!!! Finally a try in Japan’s karaoke places, and not alone with my boyfriend (which doesn’t much like it! :P )  We had a blast until 3am……  Suprisingly there is enought of english songs to last us for quite a bit! :D Then back home, try to get a couple of hours of sleep, since the next day was a beautiful one, and we had to go to Miyajima!

Day 9: Let’s just say the morning was hard…… I think that says it all! :P  Light breakfast was a must! And up to Miyajima we were! A beautiful Island, where you go by ferry.  As you approach you see the Tori gate, which is the entrance to a Temple, in this case the Itsukushima (which is also the name of the Island, or Miyajima as a fact to).  As we arrived, it was low tide, so we could walk to the tori gate, and during high tide, it seems as if the tori and the temple are floating on the water!  We didn’t stay long enough to see the high tide till the temple, but for the Tori gate yes! On the island, there is the Mount Misen you can get on top, but from yesterday’s night…. I passed on it.  Also there is a deer park, but we didn’t have to go there to see the deers, they came to us! And they were everywhere! You had to be careful if you had food or paper(They love paper!) or they would eat it out of your hands!  Lucky for me, my BF told me there was one coming up behind me before he got the chance to eat my ice cream! :P   It was a very nice and hot day.  Let’s say that by the end of the day we were tired and didn’t go to bed to late! Here are some pictures of that day!

Shrine with Pagoda in the background.

Shrine with Pagoda in the background.

Shrine with Tori gate.

Shrine with Tori gate.

Sakura!

Sakura!

Sakura with Pagoda

Sakura with Pagoda

Tori Gate at the start of high tide.

Tori Gate at the start of high tide.

Friendly little deers

Friendly little deers

Our diner on the island.  Beef cury with a Tonkatsu (pork with tempura), as for me a simple bol of rice with omelette on top, with miso soup!

Our diner on the island. Beef cury with a Tonkatsu (pork with tempura), as for me a simple bol of rice with omelette on top, with miso soup!

Hello Kitty is everywhere!

Hello Kitty is everywhere!

Our other little friends, itsy bity tiny crabs!

Our other little friends, itsy bity tiny crabs!

Panoramic view.

Panoramic view.

It's huge!

It’s huge!

Temple at low tide.

Temple at low tide.

Our first encounter with our new friends! :P

Our first encounter with our new friends! :P

 

Day 10: Another beautiful day on our trip!  Our last morning in Hiroshima, took our time and went for a train trip to Okayama on our way to Osaka.  Went to see the Okayama castle, which was beautiful and so was the surrounding!

Sakura!

Sakura!

Beautiful house by the canal.

Beautiful house by the canal.

The castle from far away!

The castle from far away!

Deer poop cookies from Miyajima

Deer poop cookies from Miyajima

Deer poop cookies from Miyajima.

Deer poop cookies from Miyajima.

Eating a sandwich by the castle.

Eating a sandwich by the castle.

Okayama Castle!

Okayama Castle!

And after that we took another train to Osaka city, where are next stop is!   We arrived there and were greatly greeted by Ranna, which then gave us a good place to eat the other way to make Okonomiyaki, osaka style.  Which is cabagge, egg, flour, green onions, some ginger, all mixed in a bol then put on the grill, we added some cheese to ours, and then the okonomiyaki sauce and of course some mayo!  It was very good!  But I prefer the Hiroshima style, with the crunchy soba noodles at the bottom, and all the ingredients separated.  We also tried a Monjayaki, which is a mix of Osaka style okonomiyaki and hiroshima style okonomiyaki; it was good!

some snacks we tried, it smelled fish, didn't taste much, and we had to put mayo on it..... weird.....

some snacks we tried, it smelled fish, didn’t taste much, and we had to put mayo on it….. weird…..

bag of snacks to try!

bag of snacks to try!

Monjayaki

Monjayaki

Okonomiyaki!

Okonomiyaki!

When we arrived, we thought we would have to make our own okonomiyaki, lucky for us we didn't have to!

When we arrived, we thought we would have to make our own okonomiyaki, lucky for us we didn’t have to!

As for today, day 11, we’ll probably go to Osaka castle and garden, and some shopping maybe, we’ll see!

Have a good day all!

Up to Hiroshima city!

Konnichiha mina-san!

Well last time I left you we were in Fukuoka, a youthfull city.   On our last morning, we went back to our breakfast restaurant, to eat some delicious once again! After that we walked to Hakata station, which is the shinkansen station, a subway station, a regular train station, a shopping mall all at the same time! It is huge! ( AH on our way there, we stopped close to a crossing, waiting in the shade, since the sun was hot on our head, and some man, came up to us to see if we needed help! How nice is that! :D )  It seems pretty easy to get lost in there!   Anyway, after finding our track, we got on our train to Hiroshima.  What a great ride it was, it started moving and we didn’t even noticed it, because it was sooo smooth!  The whole ride to Hiroshima was smooth, and it only took us 1h10 min to get to our destination, which is a joke, since it took 2h00 to get from Nagasaki to Fukuoka!  We love Shinkansen!

Shinkansen

Shinkansen

 

Arrived in Hiroshima, I was I bit suprised! I would have thought it would be a smaller city, but instead, as soon as we get out of the Hiroshima station, we see big buildings all around us, with a beautiful sun shining on us! Lucky for us our Hostel is only 5min walk from the station! As we get there, we realize it is in front of a little temple with it’s cemetary right on the side, lost in the middle of apartment building.  Also to our liking, we get to our first hostel that has a elevator!!!! YATTA!!!! We won’t have to get our luggage on the 3rd floor on foot! :P  As soon as we are settled in our japanese style room, which is the real thing this time, tatami mats, sliding door to get in the room, which seperates to our tiny bathroom :P , we get out to explore the surroundings of our hostel.

Again, one thing that amazes me, is the amount of shopping shops! I mean they’re everywhere! Hirsohima station has a floor of restaurants, a whole shopping mall just for girls!  Clothes, shoes, accessories, make-up and anything else a girl might need! Sadly, my boyfriend didn’t want to stay to long…. :(  Instead we decided to try one of the many Okonomiyaki restaurants on the 2nd floor (there was about 10 of them!) And all we have to say is that it is delicious! I know right now there isn’t much food that we didn’t like, but I can’t help it, Japaneses know how to make good tasty food! :P Okonomiyaki is often compared to either a pancake like, or a pizza like.  I couldn’t say which it resembles more….. It starts with a good amount of sliced green cabagge, then slices of pork and on top of that a thin layer of a rice pancake.  It cooks on a big cooking stove, when the cabbage is cooked enough, the cook flips it on the other side(rice side) and then cooks an egg on the side, evens it up, and flips the mix on the egg. While cooking, they have some ramen noodles on the side cooking(soba noodles) when they are crunchy, they put the whole thing on it. Then cooks a little bit, flips it again so the egg is on the top and the noodles on the bottom, and in the middle rice,cabbage and pork!  We had ours with cheese, so after the cheese is put up they put a cover so it melts. After that they put some okonomiyaki sauce( I don’t know what it is, it’s kind off sweet brown sauce.) And  they cut it in half and then in 3rd again and serve! OMG it’s sooooo good! We splited ours in half, since it’s so big, and because we wanted to go to a waffle café after! Here’s what an okonomiyaki looks like and what we had like waffles! DELICIOUS!!!

Banana, chocolat with whipped cream waffle!

Banana, chocolat with whipped cream waffle!

Apple, caramel with vanilla ice cream waffle!

Apple, caramel with vanilla ice cream waffle!

Okonomiyaki!

Okonomiyaki!

 

On the next day, we went on a free tour to the Peace Park memorial and the museum of the Atomic Bomb, with a guide that is a Japanese women  in retirement, and learning english for the pleasure since 5 years! Her english was very good! She takes classes once a week and offers free tour to Hana Hostel guests, where we stayed at.   She was great, very nice, very interested in where we came from, she even brought us to a okonomiyaki place that she likes! It was again very good! :D It cost 550yen (so about 6$CAD) for a huge okonomiyaki and free coffee at the end! it’s pretty cheap, and a good meal!   Thanks to her, Akemi Kitagawa, we learned a lot about what happened to Hiroshima! She even gave us a crane in origami.  There is a saying that if you make 1000 cranes in origami, your wish will come true, and a little girl that survived the Hiroshima atomic bomb decided to make some when at the age of 11 she was diagnose with leukemia because of the radiation she had received from the A-bomb. She sadly died at the age of 12, before she could finish her 1000 cranes, but because of her, school in Japan make cranes and put  them in Hiroshima, and there are some in Nagasaki as well, to ask for peace and the end of Nuclear use and tests!

Paper crane!

Paper crane!

with our guide, Akemi, beside a clock that tells how many days since the last Nuclear test.

with our guide, Akemi, beside a clock that tells how many days since the last Nuclear test.

A man by the water feeding little birds and pigeons, it was nice to see! I asked to take his picture (in Japanese of course! :P ) and he agreed!

A man by the water feeding little birds and pigeons, it was nice to see! I asked to take his picture (in Japanese of course! :P ) and he agreed!

The Atomic Bomb Dome that survived the A-Bomb

The Atomic Bomb Dome that survived the A-Bomb

Us!

Us!

After that we went to Hondori street, which is a Shopping street, only for pedestrian, there was a Taito Game station, which are arcades! This one had 5floor! We played some games, and then continued our exploration!  After a while we decided to go back and have supper at our Hostel.  Stopped by a 7eleven, and for 25$ we had 2 plates of pasta, some gyoza, edame and thing to prepare our 2 next days of breakfast!   Cheap and delicious food! :D  We also tried some new snacks and some alcoholic beverage!  It helps to sleep! :P

The pictures says it all! awesome!

The pictures says it all! awesome!

shower head-band hello kitty style! :P 1$

shower head-band hello kitty style! :P 1$

Pocky with chocolate and almond pieces. YUMMY

Pocky with chocolate and almond pieces. YUMMY

Peache nectare with alcohol. There is also a non alcoholic version! :D

Peache nectare with alcohol. There is also a non alcoholic version! :D

Cherry juice! :D

Cherry juice! :D

 

Alright, well that is all for now! Today, wednesday 26th of march, we don’t know what we’ll do as it is raining all day!  But tomorow the sun should be there with a nice 21celsius! Now it’s time for breakfast! Toasts with slice of ham and egg!

Good night to you! Oyasuminasai!

P.S.: here are some pictures from Fukuoka that I hadn’t put on my last post! Enjoy! :D

 

Temple in Fukuoka

Temple in Fukuoka

Fukuoka Street that looks like we are in LA.

Fukuoka Street that looks like we are in LA.

The Fukuoka Dome from far.

The Fukuoka Dome from far.

Momochi Beach

Momochi Beach

Fukuoka Tower

Fukuoka Tower

Momochi beach.

Momochi beach.

Ohori Park in fukuoka

Ohori Park in fukuoka

Ohori Park in Fukuoka

Ohori Park in Fukuoka

Fukuoka castle.

Fukuoka castle.

Sakura slowly coming out!

Sakura slowly coming out!

Sakura trees! Imagine all these with light pink flowers!!!!! :o

Sakura trees! Imagine all these with light pink flowers!!!!! :o

First tree fully bloomed! With a women in traditional wedding wear waiting to take a picture with the tree!  There was already an other wedding pictures being taken!

First tree fully bloomed! With a women in traditional wedding wear waiting to take a picture with the tree! There was already an other wedding pictures being taken!

 

A journey of 2 in Japan