As I travel a lot – this were the best items I ever got. A travel pouch that actually fits german sized passports [most of the cute ones online are made in china and way to tiny] PLUS a cardholder that fits 12 cards.
[Pouch – various colours ] – Amazon, 15 dollar
[Cardholder – various colours] – 100 yen shop, Tokyo
Thanks to my beloved husband, I was able to experience one of those famous “Onsen” trips. We left cold Tokyo to stay in snowy Nikko for actually 4 days [and thus were nicknamed the “3 nights” couple, as it seems to be not common at all for Japanese to stay longer than 2 nights (average 1)]
After a long train ride, we switched to a bus or how I would say to a hell-ride along mountaincliffs – last stop “Yunishigawa Onsen “ . Surprisingly there is really “nothing” as such Onsen-towns are located left and right of one big street, so it feels a bit “narrow”. Our -cottage- was so damn cute and (regarding japanese standards) clean. We had one of those huge 10 people tatami rooms, all for ourselves and we even had a private !! onsen [imagine those onsen, outside..hotspring, stones, and people with towels on their heads – exactly same but with nice shower and in/outside area all for us (door could be locked)]
Typically for a Ryoukan is the 100-tiny-plates course, served punctually on time for everyone. Felt a bit like at school first, but after a while it was nice to be able to talk to so many different guests. Overall there is nothing much to do (one of the reasons why people stay not longer than 2 nights) on the other hand that is exactly what we were searching for
– Quiet NOTHINGNESS –
»Sleeping in long, great breakfast, Onsen, take a walk, have some lunch outside, go to another Onsen lobby have some coffee there, walk back home through the snow, relax, have dinner and enjoy Onsen again before going to your room snuggling into tatami.
— Escaping Tokio Level: PRO —
(My 2 fav. shots – hotel and hubby)
¹[Unfortunately we caught a heavy cold and I couldn’t update since then, which is why some of the emotion got a bit lost in this post.]
(Kirin¹ is dragon and phoenix` boss – quite a bummer if you think about the actual name meaning “giraffe“)
Nihonbashi is like Godzilla in foreigners heads [“the” bridge of all bridges], but easily to be overlooked by residents, who actually cross it on a more regular basis. It lies quite hidden being surrounded by all those skyscrapers, but crossing it gives you some kind of –retro– feeling. Thanks to a friend who requested pictures and my favorite cinema being around the corner, I am a frequent “user” so to speak. There´s even a movie about those -kirin- statues, which hide in the middle of the bridge and their show gets stolen by some lions that proudly protect the bridge ends. If you are in Japan, don`t forgot to come by at least once (it`s a nice walk to or from Tokyo station)
• Anyway I believe pictures talk more than words on this one. (My camera messed up the blue sky in most of the pictures as sun was in a quite not so favorable angle…unlucky T T )
[¹Kirin – Wikipedia]