torsdag 30 augusti 2012

Kinkaku-ji

Bestämde mig för att gå om basåret i alla fall. Jag har ju faktiskt nästan hälften av alla kurser kvar, vilket inte är så lätt att ta igen på egen hand... Hoppas att det går bättre det här året.

Det var ett tag sen jag uppdaterade med Japanbilder, och jag har ändå inget bättre för mig nu (för en gångs skull), så jag kan lika gärna lägga upp lite. Här är bilder från Kinkakuji (Temple of the Golden Pavillion), vilket måste vara världens mest icke fotogeniska byggnad. Eller så är jag dålig på att fota guldiga byggnader i starkt ljus. I vilket fall, templet är finare i verkligheten, men jag rekommenderar att gå dit en dag då det inte är 35°C och 99% luftfuktighet. Jag kan också rekommendera att gå en dag då bussarna inte tar en annan tur än de normalt brukar göra, men det är inte så lätt att veta. Det fanns en vending machine med god Calpis-isglass utanför i alla fall (åh calpis<3) och den räddade mig lite.

Det här är visst de sista bilderna från resan, förresten.

These are the last pictures from our trip to Japan. Kinkakuji /Temple of the Golden Pavillion is the most un-photogenic (if that's a word) building I've ever come across. Or I'm just bad at photography. Anyway, it's prettier in real life, but I recommend you go on a day when it's not extremely hot and 99% humidity. I would also recommend you to visit when the buses go as they normally do, but that's not easy to know in advance. I was lucky to find a vending machine with Calpis popcicles outside, at least. Oh Calpis<3

These are the last pictures from Japan, by the way.


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Edit: oh god it looks so much better on this blog than on the old one. Perfect width and positioning.

tisdag 14 augusti 2012

Kyoto, del 3

Last post from our day at Fushimi Inari~


After walking up and down these stairs for about one hour or so, my calves were shaking. It's okay while walking, but if you stop for a few seconds and then start walking again, you will most likely feel like your legs are bent in a way they shouldn't be. It hurt like crazy two days later (you don't have a word for this, "träningsvärk", in English I think, but you know that soreness in your muscles after workout?) and if you've ever had an arrow to your calves, you probably know what it felt like. It was well worth it though, and I mostly just laughed it away, so I'm not really complaining, promise!


Not the best shot, but like I said, no stopping or you will have problems with your legs. (>_<)


Misaki will probably kill me for this one. But I think she's pretty!

Moving on! We stopped at a supermarket-something-place and bought takoyaki (which I don't like, but I don't like squids and I don't like fried things that much, so it wasn't really a surprise. But I had to try!) and kakigori (shaved ice with flavoured sauce-thingy). Kakigori is my God. Especially in unbearable heat. Seriously the best thing ever. -spaces away-

Aaaand last but not least, we finished the day with amaaaazing omuraisu (omelette with rice; if anyone of you have any good recipes, please link or write in the comments!) and ice cream Japanese style. Without cornflakes this time. (Last time I visited Japan, all ice creams had cornflakes in them.)

lördag 11 augusti 2012

Aokigahara

"The suicide forest"

I'm sure most of you have already heard about this forest, and you probably want to stay away from it. For some reason, I'm fascinated by it and I really want to grab a friend, my camera and go exploring it. Daytime, of course.

For those who don't know, Aokigahara is the 2nd most common place in the world to commit suicide. It's a 35-square-kilometre forest (that's huge!) at the base of Mount Fuji. It's said that there are ghosts and lost souls in the forest, from the people who comitted suicide, as well as there is almost no wildlife at all. And if it wasn't spooky enough, your GPS, cell phone or compass probably won't work due to the high amount of minerals in the soil, plus that it's almost completely quiet thanks to the high density of the trees, blocking the wind.

Despite all this, it seems like such a beautiful forest, and I get the feeling that it needs to be loved. I don't know why, but that's the feeling I got from it, say what you want. I don't think I would ever be able to go deep inside the forest though, since there's a high risk of finding a body somewhere, but just being there for a while would be enough for me. And who knows, maybe I will find a lost soul and convince them to go back home again. That would definitely be a life changing moment, for both me and him or her.

Read more at Tofugu.


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tisdag 7 augusti 2012

Kyoto, del 2

Det här var en lång (och kul!) dag med långa promenader, mycket fina platser och massor av babbel. Jag var ju tvungen att ta igen lite med min kära Lydia :3 Jag träffade Makoto på morgonen en snabbis, för att sedan springa och checka ut ur ryokanet (Yachiyo, för den som undrar. Mysigt ställe!), för att en liten stund senare ta tunnelbanan till Kyoto Station och leta efter vårt hotell i en evighet i hettan. Det låg ca 20 meter från stationen. Men man kan väl inte se skogen för alla träd, eller om det är skogen som är i vägen för träden. I alla fall.

This was a long day (but fun!) with a lot of walking, seeing cool places and talking dear god my mouth was incredibly dry later that night. But what to do, I had a lot of catching up to do! 

Met my friend Makoto that morning, almost ran to the ryokan (Yachiyo, really nice place) about an hour later to check out, and then take the subway to Kyoto Station later to find our new hotel. We searched for about 15 minutes before we realised (does this word spell with a "z" or an "s"?) that it was just 20 metres away from the station. Anyway.


We met up with Lydia, Misaki and Misaki's friends; Mako, Naoya and Shuto, and went to Fushimi Inari.

Lydia~

Naoya (I think D:), Mako and ----------------------------------------------------------------> Misaki!

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Pimped shrine fox statues. Pimped shrine fox statues everywhere!


Make a wish; like if you want luck or a good grade on your next test. Then go to the statue, pick up the stone, and if you can lift it, your wish will come true. If not, like in my case, it won't. I wouldn't have believed it if it wasn't for me actually not thinking about anything (too nervous to come up with a wish D:) and then not being able to lift it. And I tried, believe me!

I have too many pictures from this day, so please wait for part 3~!

torsdag 2 augusti 2012

Kyoto, del 1

Kyoto var helt underbart! Det var verkligen som att stiga in i en Ghibli/Makoto Shinkai-film. Om jag en dag känner att jag behöver inspiration till något, så är Kyoto definitivt första stället jag tänker åka till. Åtminstone stället vi var på här på bilderna; resten av Kyoto var lite mer stadsaktigt (men fint det med!). Det mysiga med Japan är att det ser likadant ut på riktigt som i anime. Många ställen är direkt hämtade ur verkligheten, och jag var på en hel del platser jag sett i anime tidigare!

Bilderna är lite skakiga för jag gick och fotade samtidigt D:

Kyoto was amazing. It's really like stepping into a Ghibli or Makoto Shinkai-movie. If I one day feel like I need inspiration for something, Kyoto is definitely the place I will go to. At least the places I'll show you on these pictures, the rest of Kyoto was more city-like (but still really pretty!). The nice thing about Japan is that it looks almost exactly like it's pictured in anime. I visited a lot of places that I've seen in anime before!

Pictures are a bit shaky 'cause I walked and took pictures at the same time D:





it's so... green o_o





(It's not the picture that's not linear, it's the ground haha)