Coffee, Culture, Events, Food, Japan, Minami Aoyama, New Year, Omotesando, Photography, Tokyo, Travel

Japan|13/14 : Café Kitsuné, Aoyama

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Café Kitsuné just a few minutes walk from Blue Bottle Aoyama. They were back to business after the New Year holiday! Shall we?

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Art, Culture, Food, Guest House, Itabashi, Japan, New Year, Photography, Tokyo, Travel

Japan|13/14 : Goodbye Itabashi!

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07.00 AM in Itabashi. Last morning peek from our Airbnb. We will check out today and moved to our last place to sleep. Actually we should check out yesterday. We totally booked the wrong date! Fortunately, Tyga, our kind host, he allowed us to sleep for another night (with the payment of course!) but we need to spend more money that we budgeted for the trip. 😦

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After obaasan cleared our table and while our tummy still full. We planned to take a stroll around Ginzan.

When we arrived at the lobby, it was empty with no staff and customer. With all those sandals served at the lobby, most of the customers must be outside too. It is because after dinner time with full tummy and the weather was clear too.

It was around 8.30PM (yeaaa surprisingly we finished our dinner in two hours!!), the small town was not so noisy. Only the sound of the nature, the river, some visitors happily walked around and took photos at some spots. I brought my tripod out and use timer mode this time. 🙂

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Ginzan is so magical at night with all the old style buildings on each side of the river and all those pretty gas lamp posts. It felt like we travel through time capsule and filled with romanticism and nostalgia from the Taisho period.

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We were standing at Fujiya Inn, the most modern ryokan in Ginzan. Easily spotted from its minimalist façade. Architect is Kengo Kuma.

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Mr. F is freezing! Out butts were wet after seating at snowy bench haha

Us in front of our beloved Notoya ryokan

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I was so happy that finally we could use our tripod to take photo with both of us in one frame! He said Ginzan is so fascinating. It was the prettiest place for ryokan city and his best ryokan experience so far, especially the food. Both of our winter jacket were borrowed from Notoya (they have lots of these for customers). The staff offered to us to use the jacket and boots from Notoya. I did not wear Notoya boots since it’s too big for me and made me harder to walk.

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Warm ourselves before return back to our room and go to hotspring

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Surprisingly, when we returned to our room. There was a plate with onigiri served for us! Awww…obaasan made it for us. ❤ So touching! We were so full that night so we planned to eat it on the way back to Tokyo the next day. It was the sweetest thing served for us. ❤

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Japan|7/14 : Night stroll at Ginzan

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Kimono Forest accidentally found when we were wondering around Randen Asahiyama Station. We saw some glass pillars with pretty kimonos inside which leads us to rows of other 600pcs glass pillars.

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The photo above taken before we went to the bamboo groove. We thought that it will be a lot prettier when the sky is getting darker. So we went here back from the bamboo groove.

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Arashiyama, Art, Culture, Japan, Kyoto, Photography, Travel

Japan | 5/14 : Kimono Forest

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Remember Tadao Ando? I went to Ibaraki to visit the Church of Light. This time, I went to visit Garden of Fine Art Kyoto. It is an open-air fine art museum that displays near-life sized reproductions of famous masterpieces on porcelain panels.

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Japan | 5/14 : Garden of Fine Arts Kyoto

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Hello! Greetings from the Golden Pavilion!

Kinkakuji, one of the most popular place to visit in Northern Kyoto. It is a zen temple that previously know as Rokuonji. It was a retirement villa Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, a shogun, before his death in 1408 then it converted into a zen temple.

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Japan | 5/14 : Kinkakuji, The Golden Pavilion

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