Said happy new year all! Guess it`s already 2017 now. LOL! I`ve been working on this post since last october 2016 but I always procrastinate until now I decided to finish this post off LOL....
So, I went to Nagano-ken (長野県) during school`s autumn break*, the place that I really wanted to go since 2012, (the first time I came to Japan), and it was super amazing that I thought I want to share the pics and write the details of the trip and while I`m at it, thought that I`d also write about the other places I`ve visited also in Japan in full details, hopefully in my next, next, next blog posts!!!! (Hope I can be consistent to my words, this time LOL).
**A little "curcol" again here;
Even tho ever since I live here I got to accept the fact that living by yourself in another country, well, in my case, my dream country, Japan, is not as easy/fun/perfect as I had imagined before and despite the happy/fun moments and photos I uploaded in social medias, there're many hardships I also went through to be able to survive in this country, that are not uploaded, of course. *LOL. Well, Japan is beautiful. The beauty that attracts people to fall in love with it in a second. But despite its appearance, Japan is also another country, which also have so many flaws, *talk about reality* but nevertheless, I still love Japan no matter what. :)
OK, back to the main story....
|Japan's Map and list of all 47 prefectures|
Pic from google
Finally got to visit Sendai last winter holiday just a week ago! Sendai is pretty far from Osaka (see the map above) and its costly to go there by using shinkansen (the Japanese' bullet train) but if you use a night bus from Osaka, it takes real time... Plus it`s hard to find someone who also shares the same interest with me and want to go as far....
So, I used the chance last winter holiday when my bros and sis came to visit me in Japan, and I included Miyagi in our itinerary as I really wanted to explore northern Japan, and I especially wanted to visit the fox village!!! As they could buy JR pass from Indonesia, it would be cheaper for us to go there. Unfortunately, I can`t buy JR pass so I, reluctantly paid the regular fare for shinkansen... (bye money, *sob) but it`s ok since I got a companion now and a reason to go there since I probably wouldn`t get a chance like this in the future, anyway.
So, we visited Sendai, met my friend, Rian, who`s my ex-student when I worked as a consultant in Indonesia before, who`s now enrolling as a high school student there, who`s very different now! :0
The next day, we went to the fox village accompanied by a very kind Japanese, Mi-san who`s the host of the airbnb`s place where we lived. We were very lucky to met Mi-san cause the way to fox village is pretty costly as it doesn`t have direct public transporation so one got to take taxi back and forth to go there. (As you know, the cost of taxi in Japan is.....)
Mi-san didn`t only take us to fox village, but he also took us to many other places we wouldn`t visit if we weren`t locals, I guess. I was happy I could speak at least enough Japanese to communicate with him as he smiled to me and said how grateful he was that he could speak properly with me as he usually took non-japanese people out and it`s hard to communicate with others if there`s language barriers as he can`t really speak english.
|Me, hugging he cute, cute fox.|
|with the kind Mi-san in front of Shiroishi Castle, Sendai|
|THE FOX WERE SO CUTE!|
(btw it was freezing as hell, I can`t even felt my hand)
Thank you for your hospitality, Mi-san! My bros and sis even admired Mi-san and until this day, they always said how good Mi-san is! Till we all meet again! ;)
I will probably write about this Sendai-Miyagi trip in another detailed post, later... (If I`m not lazy ;P)
(still so many pictures I want to upload!)
Re-visiting Tokyo - success! :D
|The 4M siblings reunited|
Max, Mari, Mich, Mario
|It was sooo fun but so tiringgggg as I got this responsibility to take care of this "bocah2" LOL|
|Sorry, wrong pic as this pic is definitely not taken in Tokyo|
Despite all of that, I love you guys!!!!
---> Will probably make a detailed post about my Tokyo trip, later :P
|Minato Mirai at night.|
Pic from google
I didn`t get to go to Yokohama, after all since our schedule was packed with another itinerary as it turned out that my best friend that I haven`t met for 2 years and her family also visiting Tokyo (YEAAAAAAH) so I had to re-arrange my plan. But the last winter holiday was the best as I got to spent last days of 2016 and also first days of 2017 together with my beloved family and friends in my favorite country, Japan!
Well, I still get another chance in the future to go to Yokohama, anyway. ;)
|Lilies, Putri (My sis), Lilies' mom, Me|
Literally my family and my second family
|With 2 beautiful sisters from another mother!|
Guess we had known each other since elementary school!
Which was more than 15 years ago!
|From Australia -> Japan ;)|
|Shirakawa-go in spring/summer (?)|
|Familiar with this pic, right?|
Pics all from google.
|LOOK AT THOSE BEAUTIFUL PINK FLOWERS with mount fuji as its backdrop!|
Pic from google
|For all of you, One Piece lover!|
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