What better way to give you guys a rundown of our Japan trip than through a vlog. My cousin (who I often go on trips with) made this video montage of the places we went to in Chubu, Kansai, and Kanto. I was supposed to make my own vlog but when I transferred the videos to my laptop, the clips were grainy. 🙁 I seriously need a better camera to document my trips with! See three regions of the Land of the Rising Sun through our lens. Here’s the video and we hope you enjoy watching it! <3
While planning this trip, our ultimate goal is to see a cherry blossom tree. Last year, when mom went for the first time, she was too early for the full bloom. This year, she made it to a point to stay long enough to see parks filled with sakura trees. They went during the first week of April and we followed the week after. Our timing was just right because we caught a lot of trees filled with pretty pink flowers. I couldn’t believe my luck because the cherry blossom forecasts said that by the time we land in Nagoya, it’s already the tail end of the full bloom. But when we got to Kanagawa and visited Tachikawa, my eyes were filled by numerous cherry blossom trees in their full glory.
My cousin and I were left to explore Shinjuku on our own. It’s my favorite day because we were left to our own devices and we were able to test how good our sense of direction is. It took us a lot of walking and a few wrong trains but we always managed to find our way. I’m really thankful that we were given this free day to explore a new side of Tokyo.
We finally set foot in Tokyo. It’s such a lively city with a lot of people and lot of places to see. So for our third day, we went to Asakusa and Shibuya. Both places are such huge tourist spots especially Asakusa, and Shibuya is really the world’s busiest crossing as it is literally swarmed with people. Let me tell you how our day went.
While we were planning this trip, I made sure that our itinerary included seeing Mt. Fuji. What trip to Japan would be complete without seeing the beautiful mountain? I guess I was lucky enough that Kanagawa is near Yamanashi where Lake Kawaguchiko is located. We set out at 5:30AM to go on a train ride to Kawaguchiko, and we got to the station at about 8AM. We then took the sightseeing bus for about 30mins until we finally got off at Lake Kawaguchiko.
Just like the past month, April flew by fast. I didn’t realize that May is just around the corner until I looked at my calendar to check how long it has been since I last had my braces adjusted. I have big things to be thankful for this month. I don’t know what I did to receive everything on this gratitude list but I promise to make good use of them.
April marks the month when I was finally able to achieve something big. It’s always a good memory to come back to, and I know that I will always remember it fondly. I finally graduated from college in April 2016 and it was surreal. Sure, when I was an undergrad I was always saying “am I really working my ass off for a piece of paper??“, but nothing can ever compare to the feeling of finally going up the stage to receive your diploma. More than anything though, graduation season makes everyone look back on all the years that had passed. So here’s an exported post from my previous blog as to why college is my greatest adventure. Yet.