Korea: Seoul & Chéri

Korea trip, we spent the later half in Seoul. My Korean friends took us to 북촌한옥마을Bukchon Hanok Maeul and 남산Namsan Seoul Tower. Historical Bukchon area had cute cafe shops in a renovated old house. What we were looking forward in Seoul was authentic Korean food! One of my friends took us to her favourite 삼겹살Samgyeopsal (pork belly) restaurant, still unknown to the tourists. Another friends took us to Hangang Park. It was interesting to have a food delivery to the park! Also, we joined in a Kimchi making class. The Korean couple holding a class were very chatty and friendly! Unfortunately it was raining outside, but we could enjoy half…

Korea: Busan & Chéri

Korea was my third time but first time for my chéri to visit. This time we spent in Busan, Gyeongju and Seoul for 6 nights in total. In Busan, our Korean friend took us to the places such as 해동 용궁사Haedong Yonggungsa (temple), 범어사Beomeosa (temple) and 감천문화마을Gamcheon Munhwa Ma-Eul (Gamcheon Culture Village). My impression of Busan is “colorful”. The temples are painted with green, yellow and red. For the coming Buddha’s birthday, there were many paper lanterns prepared when we visited. Gamcheon had so many tourists to see the colorful village and photogenic arts. During the tour, my chéri found a windmill hair accessory and decided to put it on…

Kagawa: Senmaida in Shōdoshima

Kagawa: Senmaida in Shōdoshima

It was the second time for the parents of my chéri to visit Japan. They only visited the big cities last time, so we planned a road trip to show them the different side of Japan. We used a ferry and a rental car to travel in Shikoku region. Shōdoshima was the first place we visited in Shikoku. All the people we met there were very friendly and gentle. One guy picked us up because he thought we were poor foreign tourists lost in the middle of nowhere. There were also some old men who gave us souvenirs after having a chat. Ripe persimmons. Aromatic fragment olives. We could have…

Shizuoka: Early Summer in Hamamatsu

Shizuoka: Early Summer in Hamamatsu

Hamamatsu is a city in Shizuoka prefecture, located 1.5 hours away from Tokyo by bullet train. I visited there to see my friend and his girlfriend. We met in London, but it was our first time to see all together because we were busy with work and study while living in London. On that day we did some activities at Hamamatsu Castle Park such as cycling and playing frisbee. The best part of this trip for me was at Lake Hamanako. The bright red sunset of the early summer was very beautiful. And the Unagi-don was very delicious. Who I want to see even for a short time. Who wants…

Fukuoka: Brother & Chéri

Fukuoka: Brother & Chéri

Sakura blossom is one thing you cannot miss when you visit Japan in spring. We went on a trip from Fukuoka to Kyoto with my chéri’s brother to appreciate the spring beauty. It was still chilly but we could see a flurry of sakura in the wind at Ōhori Park. My chéri’s brother loves Japanese animation films, so he was thrilled to come visit Japan for the first time. It was also exciting for him to see my chéri in person after one year and half. Chéri’s brother: “Nē, otōto. Genki desu-ka? (Hey younger brother, how are you?)” Chéri: “Genki desu-yo. (I’m good.)” How adorable to see them speaking each…

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