Mon Chéri: Photos of Adventures + Short Stories

Mon Chéri: Daily Photos + Short Stories

Tokyo is where we met. We were new comers there: He just came from France, and I also just came from Osaka after coming back from the UK. We started to experience the cultural and historical things of Japan in Tokyo. And then, we started to visit the places further away from Tokyo, including outside of Japan. Where we were born, how we were raised, and the paths we had chosen. We have a lot of similarities but also many differences. That makes me discover something new when I travel with him, even to the places I know well. So as not to miss my findings, it is now my…

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…

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…

Hokkaido: Shakotan & Chéri

Hokkaido: Shakotan & Chéri

Spring comes to Hokkaido very late. We finally had a nice and warm day in the end of April, so we decided to go on a driving date. We rent a car at Toyota Rent a Car and went to Shakotan where is located approximately the 1.5 – 3 hours west from Sapporo. The cape had very strong wind, more than we expected. I felt it as strong as it might push me from the cliff to the bottom. Although, it was nice to see the blue sea and the mountain covered with snow on top at the cape. On the way back to the parking lot, we took a…

Big Island: Tropical Hawaii & Chéri

Big Island: Tropical Hawaii & Chéri

We went on the vacation with my family during the New Year’s holidays. This time we stayed in Hawaii island so-called “big Island”. Compared with Oahu island in where Honolulu is located, Hawaii island had more relaxing time. While driving from Kona to Hiro, we parked at the area where was covered by solidified lava. I felt the strength of nature when I found the new sprouts growing from the clacks of the ground. There were so many unexpected things happened: – My chéri forgot his driving license at home in Japan. – We got shocked by the unexpectedly cold ocean in winter Hawaii. – My brother had an awkward…

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