Japan Adventures Wrap-Up

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This is my final Japan post, and I didn't realize how sad it would be to end my stroll through memory lane. You see, it has now been almost 3 months since I came back from Japan, and the realization that I am done posting about my adventures in Japan is heating me pretty hard. Every time I posted something new I got to relive that day for a bit and I loved that. But one cannot hold onto the past, so I look forward to my next adventures and sharing them with you (meaning I will now start posting about my Seattle trip which happened almost two months ago now, life of a blogger is always on delay).

For my final days in Japan my friends hit up several spots that we had missed in our earlier travels. The first set of pictures are from the Miyajima Tori Gates. And the special thing about these gates are that at high tide the gates are almost completely submerged in water but at low tide you can walk right up to the base of the gates! When my friends and I arrived we caught the last boat of the day to see the gates up close, but then an hour or so later the water had receded and we were able to walk right up to the gates! I highly recommend visiting Miyajima Island and seeing the gates, it's a great half a day excursion.

We then went to Hiroshima, and the truth is I didn't really want to take any pictures. I only took a few at the Peace Park, and felt even weird about that. Hiroshima, and the museum, is not for the light-hearted. But, if you want to go then go, just prepare yourself.

The next set of pictures was taken in Yoyogi Park. My friends and I were on a mission to find the Rockabilly group (an awesome group of people who meet up every Sunday wearing Rockabilly clothes and dance in the park, they have become a big deal in recent years) and walked around the park for an hour looking for them. We asked other foreigners we passed if they had seen them, but no luck. We were about to give up, when we stumbled upon them right at the entrance of the park! Their performance was fun to watch and I even got to take a picture with one of the members (wish I had remembered to put on my leather jacket). After the dance performance, we went to the other side of the park and saw the shrine and thousands of trees. We even got to catch a peak of a traditional wedding that was taking place at the shrine, so bonus!

That same night (which was our last full night in Japan), we went to an Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant in Tokyo. Booking a reservation was difficult, and I'm not sure if we even did it correctly but the servers were kind and sat us a table anyways. Everything, from the server outfits ,to the door (which was the book Alice in Wonderland), to the chairs, to the menus was themed and I loved it! I wish I had had the foresight to bring an Alice in Wonderland themed outfit to wear, but ce la vie! Next time I go to Japan (hopefully not too far off) I will be prepared!

And our final day was spent wandering around Tokyo and trying to get the last bit of everything we could in. We revisited Harajuku, bought last-minute souvenirs, and gorged ourselves with food (I got tempura udon with so much tempura stuff that the people at the counter stared at me). But oh! I did love our last moments in Japan. And I loved my time in Japan so much! I think I will try and do a post about "Do's and Don'ts" for first time visit to Japan. I learned and did so much while in Japan and have been so happy to share it with you (over a long ass time!). Until next time, TTFN ta ta for now.

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