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Hakone – Japan Week Day Five

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Magical, magical Hakone. You didn’t just steal my heart, you consumed it!

 

Hakone is our fifth stop for #JapanWeek, and this was the place the was such an eye-opener for me in Japan.

I first discovered the existence of Hakone through the amazing Vlogs of a fellow YouTuber, and I knew that I wanted to stay there as soon as I had finished watching. Nestled in a mountainous region of Japan, Hakone is a town built up around the hot springs tourist industry. The town is geared towards tourists, but it doesn’t have that built-up touristy feel, and retains its own charm and beauty. We stayed at the fantastic Hotel Suimeisou Ryokan, which again I learned about through YouTube. The service and the hotel itself were impeccable, and we spent our two days at the Suimeisou wearing Yukata, soaking in the private open-air baths, and eating 14-course meals.

A note on hot springs and tattoos: It is still largely a social taboo to have tattoos in Japan, and while this attitude is changing, a lot of hot springs (Onsen) and public baths (Sento) refuse service to those with tattoos, including foreign tourists. Knowing this, I looked for a place which had private baths, so I could book one out for the boyfriend and myself, and not have to worry about upsetting or offending anyone with my ink. I am firmly of the opinion that as a tourist, it is your responsibility to conform to the customs and norms of the places you visit. So, my inked brethren, in Japanese baths or hot springs – cover up!

It wasn’t all open air baths and stuffing our faces however. There’s a rich culture to the town, and lots of things to see and do, most of which we didn’t even get around to. Something special that we did manage to see however was the Hakone Shrine on beautiful Lake Ashi. This place is magical, like something out of a Hayo Miyazaki film. Towering ceders, bright orange tori gates and hundreds of stone steps – this was a definite highlight of the trip, and a place that I will always treasure visiting.

I was so impressed with our stay, and so sad we only scratched the surface, that I will be returning to Hakone in May this year with my best friend Mags and our good friend Amy, and I am determined to cross a few more of the local attractions off my list..

You can view the Hakone Vlogs here: https://youtu.be/mlNhyH22R_o (more…)

Ink & Leathers in Narita

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So, I’m currently in Japan with the Boyfriend for a three-week holiday to celebrate our five-year anniversary and to spend some time exploring more of this amazing country that has captured my heart and soul.

We’re here for three weeks and will be travelling to several different cities in that time, and I will be Blogging the whole trip – it’s just taken me two days to get that sorted out. I thought that I’d kick things off with a little bit about our first stop – Narita! (more…)

Off To Sydney

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Today I am off to Sydney to visit with my best friend Mags, who recently moved from little-old Canberra to the big smoke in pursuit of knowledge and power. It’s a bitter-sweet situation for me, because while I wants my friends and family to be happy and to live the lives that they want; I expect them to do so without it ever negatively impacting on me or my comfort in the slightest! And having your best friend living in another city negatively impacts upon you life! At the very least, however, this means that I will be spending a lot more time in Sydney over the next 12 months, and as such being exposed to a wider array of delicious foods, cultural experiences and of course, shopping. I actually prefer Sydney to Melbourne if I am perfectly honest, and while Canberra will always be my number 1, I think that Sydney just has this really fun and carefree attitude that both Canberra and Melbourne lack. There won’t be a lot (read: any) shopping this weekend, however, as we’re in the home-stretch of my countdown to Japan and I am saving all my shopping stamina for when I am in my Spiritual homeland.

As I am travelling and the forecast is decidedly mixed and not really very pleasant, I went for something very adaptable, and I am wearing:
navy neoprene hooded jacket with reflective details and neon orange zips – H&M
blue cotton crew-neck t-shirt – Tweed River
black leather belt
‘Blade’ straight-leg jeans – G-Star, ebay
sea-blue leather Chelsea boots – Squire
silver-to-black ombre small hard-sided luggage – Samsonite

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Japanese Street Style – A Preview

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If you’ve been reading my Blog or following me on Instagram for a while, you’ll no doubt be aware that I have something of a fixation when it comes to Japan. I’ve been to Tokyo twice now, and in only 15 sleeps I will be returning to Japan for three weeks with my boyfriend to celebrate our five-year anniversary. Over this three weeks I’ll still be blogging daily outfit posts while travelling around Japan, but something that I really want to try is sharing some Japanese Street Style posts with you. I did this on my trip to Europe last year, and I really liked the idea, but I didn’t really take a lot of street style snaps while I was in Japan last year. I did, however, snap some truly Japanese Street Style while I was in Tokyo in 2013, and so I thought to introduce you to the concept, I’d give you a preview of some of the Japanese Street Style that I have previously shot, before I head back in two weeks time. It is a little creepy taking sneaky photos of people’s outfits and accessories, let’s be real; but Scott Schuman and so many others have made a blogging career out of it, so I figure why not dabble a little.

What are your thoughts? Would you like me to share more Japanese Street Style with you this time around? Let me know in the comments down below! (more…)

30 Before 30 13: Language

As I’m sure that you’re aware now, I’m turning 30 in under 30 weeks. As such, I have compiled a list of 30 things that I am supposed to have done or to have stopped doing BEFORE I turn 30.
Each week until I actually turn 30 I will be discussing/ranting about one of the items on the list, and deciding whether I agree with it or not.
Today is the thirteenth entry in my 30 Before 30 series, and the topic is Number 13: You should have learned another language…

At 29 years of age, I have never really placed a great deal of importance on being able to speak a language other than my native Australian-English.

However, when I travelled to Japan for the first time in 2013, I realised that I desperately wanted to live there, and that being able to speak at least basic Japanese would in fact be very necessary. Today’s 30 Before 30 video features some of the tips and tricks I am following to try and speed along my VERY slow progress of learning another language; as well as me awkwardly introducing the video in Japanese!

ENJOY! And thanks for watching 🙂

Monthly Vlogs – August

This is little compilation of bits and pieces that I filmed throughout the month of August.

These are all 5-10 second clips of random life happenings throughout the month of August. I decided that rather than try to cobble it into some sort of story or narrative, I’d keep things abstract and just show you snippets against a gorgeous soundtrack.

The song used for this clip is called ‘Lost’ by an artist named Pogo.

Let me know what you think of this format in the comments section down below, and what you got up to in August.

I’m starting to get into a groove with posting videos and have some more content planned for this month already.

ENJOY! And, and as always, thanks for watching 🙂