There are two kinds of dreams. There are dreams that we have while asleep and dreams that we have while we are awake. What is the connection between the two types? Both kinds of dreams are about the yearnings that are held deep inside us. Some of these desires are so secret that we dare not share them even with our closest friends. Those of us that dare to put our dreams down on paper are showing the courage and faith that they will come true.
Kyoto definitely holds a special place in my heart. I think of it as a smaller, quieter version of Tokyo. The city is so vibrant and unique, starting with the contrast between modern and traditional Japanese-style architecture, through to the cool cafes and restaurants hidden down alleyways. There are so many charms in this city that you cannot forget and will keep calling you to come back.
She wrote a life she loved on the leaves of many books documenting all the details so that one day she could look back at all the things she'd done and all that she had seen, all the people she had known, all the places she had been, and there upon the paper her treasures, line by line, imbued with emotion, invoke moments in time. So although this was a story that only she could tell the ink left upon her pages said "my word, she lived it well."
The mighty Mt Fuji truly showed her charm during our visit there. Given that we only stayed for 2 nights, we were so lucky to see her completely uncovered. We decided to go a cable car to one of the lookouts, and the view was astonishing. We stayed in Hotel Konansou, which was kind of like a modern-style ryokan. The view from our room was amazing - we could watch the beutiful Fuji-san all day while enjoying the private onsen in our balcony. Gosh, how I miss Japan already!!!
Oh Lord! How do I begin? It was like a dream come true, everything is so magical. Finally, 20 years after I got just a taste, I had a chance to return and properly visit Japan. It has been a childhood dream for me not only because of the cherry blossoms, but also because I was born and raised in Indonesia where every weekend was spent enjoying anime movies and TV series. I have a great comic book collection at home and as I have grown older, my admiration of Japanese manga and anime has grown too.
As soon as we arrived in Tokyo, I laid out all of my clothes, started hanging them one by one and planned what to wear every day - that's how dedicated I am! Hahaha. We spent day 1 wandering around main tourist attractions such as Meiji shrine and Harajuku. On day 2, we went to Shibuya to experience the infamous crossing as well as do some shopping. Then, on day 3, we went to the place that I have been dreaming of since I can remember: Ghibli Studio! Hayao Miyazaki is one of my heroes and ever since he decided to retire, he decided to transform Ghibli Studio into a museum which is open to the public, so we can see behind the scenes of all his productions. The best word to describe it is "magic". You definitely have to try to visit if you are in Japan, even if you aren't an anime fan, but I have to warn you that it can be very difficult to get a ticket, so make sure you plan ahead and book it 3 months before you visit Tokyo. The Doraemon museum is also wonderful if you have spare time, but it's worth it only if you know it!
We decided to spend our last day in Tokyo in Shinjuku Gyoen right next to where we stayed, enjoying the cherry blossom. It was so beautiful, and you can see more pictures here and here. After the sun set, we decided to go to Mori Art Museum to see the best view of Tokyo at night, as you can see from my last picture. It was breathtaking, and I have promised myself to go back to Japan again, again, and again...
I found my heaven on Earth! Japan is suddenly transformed into a magical pink land during Spring because of the Cherry Blossom trees. My jaw dropped at first sight, and I could barely fathom the incredible view in front of me. Eventually, with a deep breath, I started to comprehend how truly magnificent everything is.
Dress by Maurie and Eve
Greetings from Tokyo, Japan where all the cherry blossoms are blooming just at the right time. I am thrilled to have had this opportunity that I have been dreaming of since I was little - I grew up in Indonesia, where Japanese animation and movies are a big part of kids' lives, and I believe Japan is one of the most sacred places on earth. It was like a pilgrimage for me because of the landscape, city layout, and the fascinating museums that took me back to all of my childhood memories. The bonus of the cherry blossoms made my trip perfect!