i fell in love one autumn! 🙂
here’s sharing some of my favorite Japan notes particularly my why’s of luving it 🙂
photo credits to Jaycee and his awesome digicam for some of the pics. 🙂
#1 Autumn Leaves – Feeling the cold wind plus the colorful leaves seen by my eyes is a welcome break from stress!
#1 Autumn Leaves – I think actually believed I am in a completely different world, for a time I was there 🙂
#1 Autumn Leaves
#1 Autumn Leaves
#2 Toilets – everything is automatic, clean and warm. I love it! Most of it are sensor-operated and i just have to literally do nothing! Even soap dispensers have sensor. Tissue is available even in public restrooms. Luv Japan’s toilets..I really do, haha. It exceeds expectations! 🙂
#3 Skewers – super yummy! This is the ultimate meaning of “Oishi” (delicious), haha! Yakitori in Osaka is so yummy. On our last night, Jaycee and I decided to have a skewer dinner in Namba. We tried 5 skewer types: chicken wings (da best!!!), beef neck (yummy), lotus roots (ewww), big shrimps, and asparagus wrapped in pork. 🙂 Plus the quaint place is so nice, very small place, but almost fine dining. Weird and amazing.
#4 Japanese People – very polite, well-mannered, and disciplined. They never fail to be of service and offer best accommodations. They always say ‘excuse me, thank you and welcome’. In the streets, cars stop so we could cross. 🙂 In the subways, everyone observes the ‘fast lane’ without a police officer to impose it. In restaurants, tipping is not required (inspite) of the very god service).
#4 – Japanese People – Young and old Japanese, I felt the warmth of their culture, a very welcome treat on a super cool autumn vacation 🙂
#5 Transportation – one of the best in all the countries i’ve been.
#5 – Transportation – Very efficient and well-planned–we always have an exact computation of travel time since the trains arrived on exact time. As we put it, it is amazing how they engineered the whole thing.
#5 Transportation – looks like inside a plane..but no, this is just MRT =P
#6 – Onigiri – completed our mornings and in between meals, very very delicious rice balls. Believe me or not, this would be one of so many reasons that could make me go back in Japan. Must try: tuna with japanese mayo onigiri as rice ball or ‘puto maki’. Yum!
#7 – Hotel Chuo Selene – a reasonable hotel, with clean accommodations. It also provided us free drinking water everyday, good wifi access in the comfort of our rooms, very cozy lobby where we usually stay just to use the internet or eat, or kwentuhan.
#7 Hotel Chuo Selene – This is also very near to the subway, accessible to convenient stores and Sinsekai shopping area a fee meters away. Perfect!
#7 Hotel Chuo Selene – Very fast internet access at the lobby computer stations, and in our rooms 🙂
#8 Chocolates and Fanta – meiji and kitkat and japanese chocolates are all over. Yummy! 🙂 and i just got addicted to grapes and melon fanta. I hope we’ll have supply in the Philippines. Finally, my alternative to Coke!
#9 100 Yen Shops – i panicked (haha) where to start and what to look for with all the interesting stuffs in these shops. Though ‘normal things’ (which translates to estimate 50php) are sold here (all 100Yen), there are also lots of creative–or should i say ‘inventive’ stuff that could be found as well. I really enjoyed just going through floors and floors of Daiso, haha. Feels like heaven :p
#10 Ramen – Oishi-desu! My favorite is the soy sauce ramen, and the miso ramen tastes good as well.
#11 Japanese Restaurants – I was fascinated by the order system in most japanese restaurants–‘vendo’-type where you have to order and pay in a machine, and it prints an order ticket that you provide to the cook. Hassle-free, and no excuses of incorrect orders. 🙂 best thing is, calories are indicated in each menu. So informative, especially for dieting people. Baka kaya sila payat dahil sa calorie count wehehe
#12 Japan Shopping – Shopping places are usually more than 2km of lines and lines of shops, my walking skills were literally tested! Shop till you drop! (that is, if you have money hehe). Japan population’s buying power is unquestionable. Ever reliable is Family Mart, haha! And my new favorite is Uniqlo! Basta, new favorite shopping store here in abroad 😀
#13 Japan Culture – just like the Philippines, this country has rich and interesting culture that can be very attractive to tourists 🙂
#13 Japan Culture – wishes and prayers in Japanese are offered in temples
#14 Kid friendly and disabled-people friendly environment – I found it fascinating that small kids ride the MRT on their own from school to their homes, no yaya’s or chaperone! they are so cute in their uniforms! The transportation system is also disabled-friendly, with grails and floor guides for the blind in stations. 🙂
P.S. Takoyaki!!! 🙂
P.S.S. Thanks to my travel buddies who completed the fall experience 🙂
Where to next? Tokyo, lets? 🙂
Sharing here our draft itinerary. We were not able to follow it exactly as planned, as we adjusted on the spot as needed. Enjoy!