Birthday Post: Best Friend’s Gift from Japan

Hello to a special moonday!

Yesterday was my birthday and I am officially nineteen years old! One more years and I will no longer be a teenager, it’s quite scary and exciting. There’s so many things I wish I want to change about myself. I am slowly dealing with one problems at a time. No rush. Today’s post have no special purpose, I just want to do a special birthday gift opening. I actually opened it a few weeks ago, it was an extremely early birthday present all the way from Japan from my best friend and her family. I think our ten years anniversary is coming soon? It’s been so long! Thank you so much for staying friend with me, I am so happy!

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A look at the box!

 

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Hiking in Fushimi Inari Shrine

Hello! And welcome to another Moonday!

Today I would like to share my time in Fushimi Inari Shrine. I spent about half day here before heading off to Osaka in the afternoon. I left my luggage in a locker in Kyoto station, there are no large size locker at JR Inari Station unfortunately. Hiking through the Torii gates is extremely easy, you can go at your own leisure pace or stop and turn back anytime. It is free the enter and the shrine was absolutely stunning. There’s a food store right next to the shrine that starts to set up around 10 – 11am for lunch, selling common Japanese street food like yakisoba and fried chicken. So you can grab a bite before the hike or after (or both!). Anyway, let’s move on.

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Let’s make Okonomiyaki! – Moon’s style!

Good morning to another beautiful moonday!

Today I would like to share with you how I make my okonomiyaki – though I guess how I make it is like a mix of okonomiyaki and modanyaki. To be honest you can really get creative as long as you have to basic ingredients, which are flour, water, egg and cabbage. I really loves okonomiyaki so I ended up making it a lot at home. I learn how to make simple okonomiyaki here before I started adding my own little tweaks. When I made it for the first time I made mistakes by putting too much cabbages so it actually look like fried cabbage coated in batter. It was pretty bad, but I did learn from it and ended up making delicious okonomiyaki after many trials and errors. Alright, enough typing, I’ll move on to how to make okonomiyaki – Moon’s style. This recipes can make around 5 – 6 large okonomiyaki.  Continue reading

A day in Nara (Temple visit and deers!)

Hi there! Welcome back to another moonday!

I wanted to share some pictures and my experiences of Nara, the deer hub of Kansai. I actually stayed in Osaka as a base and doing Nara as a day trip. It only takes 30 – 45 minutes to get to Nara, depending on where you are in Osaka. The main reasons I want to go to Nara was mainly for the cute deers. However I made an effort to walk from JR Nara station to Kofukuji Temple, Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Taisha, while stopping to feed the deers along the way.

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East Kyoto on Foot

Hi there! We are back again to another moonday, another travel post!

This time I would like to share with you the map/path that I use to explore East Kyoto on foot. Walking in Japan is extremely easy and cost effective, not to mention that it’s a great way to cover ground since most places are so close to each other. As written earlier in my post on Arashiyama, dividing Kyoto into different sections (North, East, South, West and Central) is a great way to experience what Kyoto have to offer. That is if you don’t have a time constraint.  Continue reading

Relaxing at Neko Cafe TiME

A small moonday post,

I was browsing through my photos from my trip to Japan earlier this year. Anyway I found a collection of cat photos from my visit to Neko Cafe TiME, near Fushimi Inari Shrine. In fact I found the cat cafe by chance so I went to to spend an hour there. It was really a nice way to unwind and relax (charge my phone) after hiking. If you fancy a visit, click here to go to their website which includes pricing, location and opening hours ect.

Bye Bye for now~

Exploring Arashima on Bike

Hi everyone, welcome back to another moonday!

Today I am writing about how I spends my time in Kyoto, I divided Kyoto into east, west, north, south and central and use each day to explore certain part of the city. There are just too much to see that I did not even get to do everything that I want to. That’s why Kyoto will be a city that I will always want to return to when I go to Japan.

So for this particular post I will be sharing my experience in Arashiyama, the west side of Kyoto. On this day I considered it my favourite things to do in Kyoto. Continue reading

Japan Itinerary (19 days)

Hi! We are back to another moonday! Really no one will know for sure when I will post another blog, I should have a schedule. Sorry.

Anyhow, I am brainstorming what sort of contents/blogs to write on my website. If anyone have recommendations please let me know. I really appreciates all the support. One of the topic I wants to write about is my travel itinerary. So here we go!

I think sharing travel itinerary is important in helping others compare and plan their travels. When I did research about travelling to Japan I always struggle with knowing how much time is enough for staying in each city. But in the end it’s really depends on what activities each individual want to do in each city. I visited Japan in March 2016 and I’ll post the original itinerary and will make brief comments on where I go. Continue reading