Nara, Japan ♡

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As some of you may know, my grandma is from a city called Nara, Japan. During our visit to Japan we spent Christmas and New Years with my obaachan (grandma) in Nara.

I am posting this a year later (I don’t know why it took me a whole year to post this). I am not sure if anyone will see this post but I like looking back at my blog to see what I did and have done. It is a nice travel diary. I should start posting more 🙂

Fun Fact: Nara is the oldest city in Japan.

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Another Fun Fact: Nara is also known for their famous deer park.

The deer are really calm, they bow to you, they let them pet you and you can feed them little snacks that you can purchase there.

It’s always fun to go to the Deer Park also known as Nara koen (koen means park in Japanese). I have been going to this park all my life.

Please see old photos of me at Nara Koen below:

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Me and my ojiichan (grandpa in Japanese) when I was around 1 or 2 years old.

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My outfit was very interesting! haha I am not sure what was going on there

 

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Me freaking out about the deer with my aunt.

 

白骨温泉 (Shirahone Onsen)

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My obaachan (grandma) took us to an onsen town called  Shirahone Onsen which is in the mountains in Japan so there was lots of snow. (Onsen means hot springs in Japanese).

It was such a new experience for me, to be in an onsen outdoor in the middle of the mountains while it was snowing. To have shared this weekend with my family and my grandmother was so wonderful.

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The hotel we stayed at was so beautiful, I took a photo of these lights because I thought they were cool hahaIMG_5265

In hotels in Japan it is common for them to give you this yukata attire.

 

We later visited a town near Shirahone Onsen:

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わかやま (Wakayama)

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We went to a town called Wakayama, in Wakayama there is an umeboshi factory (pickled plum) which is my favorite thing in the world so my family brought us to Wakayama. Where we visited a Japanese temple and the umeboshi factory.

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This is my aunt (we also ate amazing ramen)

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Then we went to the umeboshi factory.IMG_5577IMG_5384

Later we went to eat kaiten zushi (which is sushi with the rotator belt)

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New Years (The Year of the Dog)

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In 2018, it was the year of the Dog ( funny enough the year that I was born was also the year of the dog and my grandfather who passed away was also born during the year of the dog).

In Japan during the first day of the year we go to the Jinja (temple) to pray for good things for the year to come.

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At the very bottom of the temple there was a huge fire place!

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Later that night we made sukiyaki which is an amazing Japanese hot pot dish.

Other Photos in Japan:

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My cousin used to work at an okonomiyaki shop so we went to visit him there.

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He made us these amazing Okonomiyakis.

 

My brother and I went to Universal Studios Osaka, we usually try to go every time we are in Japan. We always have the best time. I didn’t take too many photos but here a few:

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またね日本♡

(See you Japan)

With so much love,

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Yokohama, Japan ♡

Kimono ♡

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During my time in Japan, we went to Yokohama (a city an hour away from Tokyo) to visit my grandma’s friend of 55 years and her husband.

My grandmother’s friend Atsue handmakes kimono’s and she handmade me two kimonos.

They are so beautiful, one of the kimono’s is a yukata (which is a casual summer kimono) and the other kimono is a lot thicker with many layers and is used for formal purposes.

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This is the kimono used for formal purposes, look how beautiful this is!

This was handmade. Kimono’s are an art.

So beautiful, it makes me feel so proud of my heritage.

Kimonos are worn for many occasions, even during weddings, they have been around since the Heian Period in Japan which is from the year 794.

 

When wearing kimonos, their are specific ways you need to put on each layer. The kimono has to be wrapped onto your body a certain way.

(This is Atsue San, my grandma’s friend of 55 years and the lady that handmade me these kimonos)

Like I mentioned before there are many many many layers. haha

To the point where you feel stiff when walking around or sitting down.

This process takes a while, more than you would really think!

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Then finally ta-da!

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The Obi (the belt of the kimono) can be wrapped and tied in many ways.

This is how Atsue San folded my obi, this is very very difficult to do!

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This is Hirofumi San, Atsue San’s husband.

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My brother Andre and I.

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Hirofumi San, Atsue San and I.

Aren’t they so cute?! I call them my Yokohama Ojiichan and Obaachan (grandpa and grandma).

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Then, I tried the yukata (as mentioned before, the casual kimonos worn during summer).

This time my obi was yellow and folded in a bow, so cute right?!

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My family with Hirofumi San and Atsue San.

I cannot begin to thing how blessed I am to have been able to receive two handmade kimonos and to experience my Japanese culture in an even more traditional sense.

ありがとうHirofumi San and Atsue San ♡

 

Akarenga (Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse)♡

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Akarenga also known as the Yokohama Red Brick House, is a place I have been going for several years because of family friends that have taken me.

Look how cute and festive it was for Christmas!!

Fun Facts:

  • Akarenga is a warehouse near the Yokohama port.
  • There are two brick houses, One is a museum and the other is filled with small shops and restaurants.
  • In 1911 the first Brick House was built and then later in 1913 the second Brick House was built.

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Taking selfies outside haha

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We went inside and did a little shopping ♡

and later had lunch inside the brick house, there are many restaurants in the brick house.  We ate at the food court.

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This was my yummy lunch, I had sashimi donburi (donburi which literally means bowl in Japanese) and miso soup.

yummy.

Cup Noodle Museum ♡

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We went to the Cup Noodle Museum and we got to make our own cup ramens!!!

 

Andre and I were so excited!!!

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To the left is Andre’s and to the right is mine 🙂 I put little narutos that had cute birds on them 🙂 (naruto is a cured fish).

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After making our cup noodles we got to put them in bags, so that’s me showing off the cup noodle I made, loud and proud 🙂 haha

Then on later floors they had the history of how the first cup ramen was made and it was actually a very educational and inspiring experience!

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I would recommend for you to go if you ever have time to visit Yokohama:)

Thank you Yokohama ♡

Yokohama is a city I have grown to love very much.

またね Yokohama ♡(see you)

With so much love,

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