My 2016 Japan travelogue so far:
Osaka Day 1: Ana Crowne Plaza & Sennichimae Doguyasuji
Osaka Day 2: Osaka Station, Kuromon Market & Dotonbori
Nara Day 3: Todai-ji, Cheeky Deer & Fall Foliage
Osaka + Kyoto Day 4: Nishiki Market & Len Kyoto Kawaramachi
Kyoto Day 5: Kiyomizu-dera, Sannen-zaka & Ninen-zaka (Part 1)
Kyoto Day 5: Kōdai-ji (Part 2)
Kyoto Day 6: Autumn At Beautiful Arashiyama & Kyoto Station
Kyoto Day 7: Fushimi Inari Taisha & Yasaka Shrine
Kyoto & Mishima Day 8: Shinkansen & Beautiful Mishima (Part 1)
Fujikawaguchiko Day 8: Kagelow & Kawaguchiko (Part 2)
What’s the most perfect thing to wake up to when one is staying at Fujikawaguchiko? If you’re lucky like us, that means you get to admire Mount Fuji at dawn and sunrise. My initial plan was to go to Chureito Pagoda at Arakura Sengen Shrine before dawn and wait for the sunrise and view Mount Fuji. However, I cancelled it the last moment since it’ll be quite a hassle using public transport because the timing won’t match with our next agenda. Besides, our rooms at Kagelow Mt Fuji Hostel has Mount Fuji view. So, it’s a win-win situation no matter what.
When I woke up around 5.45am, the sky was still dark. So, I went back to bed (slept on tatami), which is actually just beside the window. Then at 6am, Mount Fuji finally appeared! I quickly woke my sis and together we sat there, admiring this beautiful gigantic beast and of course busy clicking away. “Wahhh”, “Wowww”, “So prettyyyy”, “Oh my GOD”, “So so BEAUTIFULLLLLL” are some of the words that came out from my mouth. My heart was full looking at Fujisan. It was our lucky day.
Mount Fuji view at different times (between dawn and after sunrise) taken from our room.
💗❤️💝💘 Ahh, the beginning of a PERFECT day!
A visit to plant nursery is necessary whenever Chinese New Year is coming. We buy potted plants and flowers to beautify our home. With only a week left to CNY, all I saw mostly at my regular plant nursery is chrysanthemum. I didn’t buy the mums though instead I bought 2 other flowering plants which I’ve no idea of their names and a lime plant. Haha
To me, chrysanthemum has always been a regular flower. A flower that’s too normal to my liking. However I’m starting to appreciate its beauty more in recent years. I searched the web for the reason why chrysanthemum is a favorite choice during CNY and come to a zero conclusion. LOL There are various reason stated such as nobility, longevity, perfection, joy… Mmmm thinking hard, I guess chrysanthemum symbolizes all the above. 😉
Let’s appreciate the beauty of chrysanthemums…
Sea of chrysanthemums.
Right after a brief visit to the bamboo trees, I walked to the next neighbor’s yard. Pretty red and white flowers are what attracts me to her mini garden.
This ain’t a good composition.
Anyway just wanna show you the flowers.
Remember the lovely daisy and chrysanthemum flowers which I posted for Chinese New Year 2010? Yeah we went back to that nursery again. This time my mom wanted to get a new palm tree to add extra umph to our home and replace a recently ‘cha to mou tak cheng’ herbal plant. Haha
Few weeks back I visited a plant nursery looking for some new pots and soils. The nursery is situated on a hill overlooking a busy main road. The place however makes you feel like you’re somewhere else… ummm like you’re in Cameron Highlands! Haha
I informed the owner of my interest in photographing the nursery as the place is so beautiful and serene. I was told to come back early February as there will be new flowers and plants coming in for Chinese New Year.
So here I am on the 31st January armed with my trusty D80. Initially I was using my kit lens (as I was shooting something else prior to this) but half way decided to change to my favorite 50mm f/1.8 lens because I just love bokeh. Haha
Note: Do click at the pictures for larger size. They’re pretty in big. 😉