I just got back home from Japan yesterday.
It was a very good and relaxing week visiting 5 places in 7 days.
We explored new interesting places in Himeji, Hiroshima,
Kyoto, Wakayama and Osaka.
We just visited Tokyo in November at the start of their winter
and the weather was dry but very windy & chilly.
This round, we visited Japan's west side at the end
of their winter which was colder!
Some days it was -1C at night and 3C all day
till averagely 8C which was just nice.
We learn a lot along the way, over the years
on buying the right warm clothing.
1. Would you believe that we only carried smallest cabin bag
each for one whole week!! My wifey who has been a frequent
traveler on work trips often carried just a small bag to save time
on checking in and collecting luggage! As for me, it saved my
money when booking Air Asia without luggage. It also means
LESS SHOPPING for my itchy hands.
2. We never got tired of visiting Japan. The whole country is
so spotlessly clean with the most polite people on earth.
Look at how the railway staff had to wipe every grill in
the cold winter. We do not even lay fingers on that grills
yet they are so detailed when cleanliness is concerned.
3. We have seen all these recycling bins in our country but
theirs is slightly different. They really sort them out well to
make recycling easier.
| Pet Bottles | Bottles & Cans | Newspapers & Magazines | Others |
I spent some 10 minutes looking at the categories
as I had so much rubbish to throw each day esp plastic bags.
4. We enjoy traveling Free & Easy at our own pace. Here I spent whole day
at this lovely Itsukushima Island. It is listed in UNESCO's World Heritage.
You must visit here when you are in Hiroshima.
We had several bad experience traveling with Tour Groups and Closest Friends.
You may be best friends for 30 years but you may not travel so happily
even for 3 days! I saw friends disagreed and even quarreled during
our earlier trips to Japan & Hong Kong. I swore that Enough Is Enough!
I loved every minute going places with just my wife.
No hurry & snail paced holidays are the best.
5. We missed the Shinkansen Bullet Train to Osaka.
Never mind, their next trains are plenty.
I sat down & took my postcards out
to continue writing to the blogger friends.
6. I have been a great fan of UniQlo because of their good quality.
Let me share something new about their finest thread materials.
This trip, I brought along my Long Johns undergarment.
I wore the Uniqlo jeans and it managed to keep my legs warm
without Long Johns needed! My other Levi Jeans could not
keep my legs warm at all.
I always encouraged friends to shop at UniQlo when in
Japan as they always have clearance sales daily.
Look at the unbelievable price tags in my photos!!
1290 Yen for a Men's Trouser.
790 Yen for Star Wars shirt for Men.
**(Exchange rate RM37 = 1000 Yen)**
7. I would always have plenty of time to walk into
all the lanes to admire the tiny neat homes, fruit trees
and owners taking their pets for walks. This Japanese dog
is so popular that even local Japanese folks would stop to
pat these friendly cute dogs and chat with the proud masters!
I love these "Akita Ken" dogs! They are so handsome.
8. I ate a lot and drank a lot this trip but my weight remains.
We walked averagely 12,000 to 22,000 steps daily!
My legs are sore and aching now.
We had their Starbucks coffee, Ice Cream and Fruit Tubs
everyday. This photo was taken inside the Bullet Train from
Hiroshima to Kyoto. The English newspaper cost me
almost RM8.00 for just 8 pages! OMG!
I had to buy it to read about SHARP coming under
Taiwan's Hon Hai group! Their economy is sliding further now.
9. On my last days, I would always scramble in panic to look for
a post office to mail my postcards!