Hello, friends! It has been a few months since my last post, but all for good reason: I had a travel opportunity! Isn’t that the goal when working on a travel blog? A friend of mine was discussing an upcoming trip to Japan, a place I’ve long wished to visit, and I half-jokingly asked if I could tag along. My friend, being one of the coolest, most relaxed travelers I’ve met said, “Sure!” That was in February and the trip was in June. That is a pretty quick time frame for someone like me on a student budget to save up for an international trip, so I focused my free time on earning and saving money. That meant I had to give the blog a break for a bit. Now I’m back and excited to get back into blogging, including some vintage-inspired posts straight from Tokyo! Here are a couple of photos from my stay:
Gachapons (or “Gachas”) are these fantastic coin machines similar to what we’d call a “quarter machine” in the USA. While we have some pretty lame prizes, the gachas are a couple dollars and much more interesting. I mean, bunny ears for your cat? I could have spent hundreds of dollars on all the fun, unique, and super cute prizes in these machines found all over Tokyo.
While in Tokyo I had some delicious ramen at Ichiran. It’s a chain of ramen shops that are also known for being introvert-friendly: you order through a machine and sit in a little cubby-like station by yourself. It was taking me back in time to the school test days where teachers put dividers up so you couldn’t look at anyone’s paper. It was absolutely delicious and budget friendly.
We also had an opportunity to venture out of Tokyo and see the Giant Buddha (“Daibutsu”) in Kamakura. I had seen photos of the statue before we left, but it was incredible to walk up the steps and see it in person. The patina on the bronze was rich and marbling in a way my camera couldn’t quite capture and it boggled my mind to think that it has been there since the 1200’s.
Lastly, I also was able to visit Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea! If you’ve browsed this blog you can tell I’m a big Disney fan so I was beyond excited to visit the parks. While I visited in June, the parks were still in full Easter celebration with lots of cute decor and souvenir items.
I am very happy that I had the opportunity to get to take a trip like this with a group of fun and easy going travelers, but it definitely felt too short and I hope to visit again someday. Have you ever been to Japan? What was your favorite place to visit?