Fushimi Inari Taisha

12:17 PM Nana Jover 4 Comments

Fushimi Inari Taisha is included in my Japan travel bucket. I went on daydreaming about this place when I first discovered it in the movie memoirs of a geisha. It’s the secluded ambience that draws me to it.  Kyoto is a bit far from where I am staying. From Itami I have to take 3 train rides going to Kyoto. But the best part is that Fushimi Inari is just right outside the Kyoto train station so you don't have to take another transpo to get there.

Truly, the place is so magical, the orange color is very luring it sits at the base of a mountain so you can expect a series of trails before reaching  the topmost part. But the fun part is because along the trail you'll get to see different small shrines including the famous Torii gates which leads to the inner and topmost shrine.

The Torii gates are the reason why I really yearn to see The Fushimi Inari Shrine. The gates date back to 711 A.D. These grounds also holds over 10,0000Torii gates! And touching them in real life are like touching a piece of Japan history. The writings on each gate is not actually an epitaph as what i thought it was but rather they are names of each company and organization giving thanks to their prosperity. So now it became a beautiful representation of Japan's past.



Some other thing I notice is that you can see Foxes in almost area of the Fushimi. And I learned that Foxes or Kitsune in Japan represents as messengers and you'll discover that each of this fox holds  a key like thing on their lips.
You can also write your wishes on a miniature Torii gates or wooden fox faces.
Outside the shrine you''ll see different shops selling foods and souvenirs  

Have you been to Japan? what is your favorite Japan memories? Which place are you most likely to visit?


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Geometric

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You can just imagine how many play suits and rompers I already have, It's my closet style staple. As I get older I realize that comfort is way more important than anything else and one shouldn't sacrifice it just for the sake of being on trend. 
Whenever I shop clothes online I always search for rompers or Playsuits first hahaha and this geometric print playsuit I got from www.newdress.com.I don't have an geometric print romper yet so this one was the first.

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Buy Fashionable Apparel from USA & Aeropostale, Inc

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Gratitude

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I spent my last day in Japan exploring Arashiyama a district in Western Kyoto. I wanted to see The Bamboo forest which happens to be on my Japan Travel Bucket list. It’s always wise to save the best for last and even though Arashiyama is a little bit far from where I am staying the long travel is worth it because Arishiyama proffer a  rare panoramic beauty.

Strolling around Arashiyama gave me a sense of realization of how fortunate I am that at least once in my life I've been in this place. That I have ticked off the #1 country on my travel bucket list - Japan. Never... never... in my wildest dreams that I could travel to Japan this year, although I have plans but I seriously don't know when. God has been so good to me this year, although I have my shares of griefs and disappointments, but somehow I know that all of it is for the better of me.  My travel to Japan inspires me more  to dream bigger, to never let go of my faith and aspirations and to figure out that our dreams and plans may take time to fulfill but we will accomplish it if God knows it's the right time. 

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Looking Beyond Disappointments

2:53 PM Nana Jover 11 Comments

This  shot was taken at Zugaike Park it was warm that day so I ended up wearing this rather casual outfit. I enjoy visiting parks because it gives me the sense of peacefulness and I am able to think clearly. 
When I first came here in Japan everything was a rush because I only have a month to explore everything and knowing how time fleets, 1 month is not enough for me. But right now I am happy I finally get to sit and write a post, and oh, by the way, hope you could drop by on my travel blog since I've already put up some of my travel escapades here in Japan - www.nanatraveldiary.blogspot.com  but for now I'll be taking some time to write something more journal like. I love writing post like that and I think it was quite a while since I post something like that. 

Hope, I'll be able to finish the post since I'll be out strolling again in a few hours just trying to enjoy my last remaining days here sniff sniff. 

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Top 20 Must Try Japanese Foods and Snacks

12:21 PM Nana Jover 5 Comments

When you travel to other places you just don't explore the place, learn the culture and have a glimpse of the past. But part of it is the possibility of tasting the country's culinary cultures. Japan is rich in glorious food not just with sushi and bento but it boasts with  an enormous selection of food and not to mention the exquisite art that goes along with their cooking.   

I am no stranger to Japanese foods I had my first taste of the Nori when I was 8 yrs. old. Having an aunt residing in Japan we are blessed to have experienced Japan's culinary culture. But to finally be here in Japan and enjoy more of their foods at the end of my chopsticks further gave me a deeper appreciation of the country that is very dear to my heart. I guess the preeminent about travelling is of course  all the Food you get to eat. I on the other hand had gained much weight already hahaha but before I succumb with my gym guilt here are the top Japanese food I could recommend to you when you're planning to visit japan.
1. Gyoza - My favorite! when I first arrived here in Japan we had lunch at Ohsho and gyoza is  one of their top served food.  It was my first taste of it and It immediately became my favorite. Gyoza is fried dumpling filled with ground meat and vegetables and it is wrapped in thin dough. 
2. Ramen -One of the most popular dishes in Japan. I am not really a roaming person, but I suggest that one should have a taste of it when you're in Japan. It actually comes in different varieties depending on your preferred soup base, noodles and toppings.  
4. Chicken Karaage - Japanese version of the fried Chicken and I swear this is not your typical fried chicken because this one taste sooooo good it's so addicting!
5. Tenshinhan - nope this isn't the Dragon Ball character hahah but rather this is one of the popular dishes in Japan. Tenshinshan is a crab meat omelette on rice covered in thick sweet sauce
6.Tamagoyaki - oh anyone can cook this even at home but still it's different when your're in Japan. Tamagoyaki is also a Japanese omelette where eggs are rolled in several layers you can put combine it rice vinegar or soy sauce.
7. Sashimi - not a stranger to the world. Sashimi consist of raw meat or fish thinly sliced. To be honest though I am very hesitant eating this  because its raw.
8. Taiyaki - this is delicious!!!! it is a Japanese fish shape cake. You can choose it's filling from red bean, custard, sweet potato, cheese or chocolate. Red bean is the best and Taiyaki is best eaten when hot. 
9. Matcha Ice Cream - ahhhh Japan is a sweet haven for matcha lover! you can find and have matcha everywhere! All sorts of matcha from drinks to candies to ice cream. Matcha soft ice cream is the best.
10.Nabe - is a hot pot made up of  meat, vegetables and mushrooms with special soy sauce. Tofu is my favorite ingredient here, although it's a little bit hard to fish a tofu using chopsticks hahah imagine the struggle if you are not a Japanese and not use in using chopsticks. 
11.Yakiniku -  The best of the best! the meat are so tender! and grilling it yourself at your own table adds to the fun. Yakiniku is like a barbeque with really delicious sauce and it includes all sorts of meat.
12. Sweet Potato Ice Cream - had a taste of this when we went to see Osaka Castle. I've eaten a lot of ice cream but never a sweet potato flavored  ice cream. And I was not disappointed, although the taste seems so foreign to me but I find it really delicious.
13. Shabu Shabu - Is like the nab only that it features a more thinly sliced meat that you can deep  on boiled water for seconds. I swear I was so amazed of this when we first had this in Amagasaki. Dip the meat for a second and boom, it's cooked. don't believe me? you can check the video below 

14. Daifuku - is also one of Japan's confection more like the mochi below only with fillings.
15. Mochi - a Japanese rice cake glutinous rice. It's veryyyyy sticky so I think it's not for the people who wear dentures.
16. Takoyaki - a ball shaped snack with different fillings like meat, and seasoned with different vegetable toppings and sauce.
17. Bickkle - A Japanese yoghurt- drink. You can always find this in any vending machine. Wat I love about this is the tangy taste and it kinda reminds me my childhood favorite - Yakult.
18. Meiji Chocolates -  ahhhhh for the love of chocolates!!! I think Meiji is one the most popular Japanese chocolates because it's not only yummy but it's very cheap.
19. Onigiri -  I made this one  and I know that Onigiri is suppose to be bite size but mine was giant hahah I guess it's more of a Filipino size. Onigiri or rice ball made with Japanese rice combined with furikake and wrapped in Nori. You can always find this in convenient stores or better yet you can experiment making it at home.
20. Omorice - the idea of ketchup combined with egg and rice, I find this food really weird. But tasting it is not really bad at all.


What's your favorite travel moment?

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Which iPad Size You Like?

6:46 PM Nana Jover 6 Comments

Which size of iPad do you like?
I want to buy one by following your suggestions, please send me your suggestion, I'll appreciate it.

Some people choose the smaller one as it’s convenient to take it in the bag, some people choose the newest one as it’s perfect to watch a HD video or movie. Which one will you choose?

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Kinkaku-ji - The Golden Pavilion

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I've forever been enchanted with Japan, In fact it's on my top Travel Bucket List.  It's just that there is something with Japan that I honestly can't fathom why the country is really close to my heart.  Sometimes I told myself that perhaps I was a Japanese in my old life hahaha or maybe it's simply that there is something with Japanese culture that truly fascinates me. 
To finally travel here is an ultimate dream come true!.The truth is I never expected everything,  knowing the Japan is very rigid when it comes to approval and giving of visas. When I finally got mine I was ecstatic, that a week after a got my visa I flew to Japan. So here I am now enjoying everything Japan has to offer and for sure I have lots of post on cue about this amazing country!

I'm gonna debut my Japan adventure with my travel to Kyoto. The city that anyone could fall in love with. Kyoto is a little bit far from where I am staying but I wouldn't dare let the opportunity pass by by not going to this place. You see Kyoto is a memento of the ancient Japan, in there you will have a glimpse of  what life was like before with its old structures, shrines, temples and lush forest that  is truly enchanting.

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