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Trip to Nara & Kyoto (Day 1)

It is Obon season, Buddhist ceremony season.

I decided to spend my Obon in traditional way this year.

I met my parents at the Tourist Information Center Tokyo, Tokyo Station Nihonbashi Exit.

We can get information on sightseeing places.


We took a Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto.

I had brunch on Shinkansen.


The scenery from window is nice; rice field is so green!


We arrived Kyoto Station…


But early for hotel check-in.

We took a break at Cafe Koto and I shared a strawberry shave ice with Mom.


Our hotel, the Hotel New Hankyu Kyoto, is nicely located in front of Kyoto Station.


And they served us a welcome peach shave ice – another shave ice for a day! hahaha


The famous Kyoto Tower is just few buildings away.

All of us have been to Kyoto many times, but none of us went up to the observation floor.


It’s 131 m high; it’s not tall, but we can see a whole Kyoto.

Shinkansen left for Osaka; and Shinkansen is long because there are 16 coaches!


We can spot the famous Sanjusangendo and  Kiyomizu Dera.


We can overlook the Higashi Honganji (East Honganji)


Nishi Honganji (West Honganji: there is West so there should be East)


Toji (To Temple: East Temple)


At the bottom of Kyoto Tower, we had Sushi for snacks.


After adventuring in the area, we departed Hotel for Nara.

On the way to Nara, I continued sightseeing.

This is Fushimi Momoyama Jo (Fushimi Momoyama Castle) which was built in 1592.


This tea field is Uji Cha (Uji Tea) field: Kyoto specialized tea field.

I took a photo from a moving bus so image is not clear.

We can tell this tea field is for Uji Tea because farmers cover it with black plastic sheet to produce Uji Tea.


We entered Nara and passed the original Todaiji Uramon (Todai Temple’s back gate) which is old as early 8th century.


First, we had dinner at Tenpyo Club in Nara before the night event.


After dinner, we quickly stopped by at Kikuichi Cutlery to buy souvenirs.

This shop is famous for Japanese knives and swords, but also sells local confectioneries and local specialties.



Local deers know this shop is nice!


This place is full of deers and they act like they are LOCALs! hahaha


Then we walked to Kasuga Taisha (Kasuga Main Shrine) for Mandoe (Buddhist Lantern Festival): one of our tonight’s events.





We went to Tobihino (field) to watch Daimonjiyaki, fired letter 大 (dai) which means Large.


It started to rain again; don’t erase the letter!


Then, we walked to Todaiji (Todai Temple); the last event of the day.

This is Nandai Mon (Nandai Gate) of Todaiji, guarded by A-Un (A & Un).


Todaiji looks mysterious in rain.



Look closely; the window is opened tonight.

We can see Buddha’s face.


This is Japan’s largest Buddha.


I feel calm by looking at him and I won’t get board looking at him…


At Todaiji, I tried to bring more luck by getting through a pillar.

I managed it so I’m blessed! Yeah!!!


It was so romantic to spend late evening at Todaiji and pray!


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Super Foods Granola

Last week, I got influenced by an energetic lady who is Doctor to eat granola.

She has been a doctor and busy looking after patients.

She didn’t have time to eat in right way; therefore, she became obesity.

One day, she thought of herself and decided to develop food that can benefit everybody.

She developed her formula of Super Foods Granola and lost 19 kg in 5 months.

I cannot find her products in Japan yet, but found the similar product at the shelf of Seijo Ishi Supermarket: Super Foods Granola.

There are six super foods with granola.

Super Foods are: Oats for fibre, golden berries for healthy fruit, coconuts for fibre, almonds for anti-aging, honey for beauty and cocoa nibs for anti-oxidant.

I will try to replace some food with granola and let see whether I can get the same effect as she does.

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Roppongi, Tokyo

I had breakfast at my regular breakfast place: Eggcellent, Roppongi Hills, Tokyo.


I had an egg benedict plate.


After breakfast, I went to shopping at Roppongi Midtown, Tokyo.

I enjoyed window shopping and found hats that I was looking for!



After visiting boutiques, I stopped by for a drink at the lounge of the Ritz Carlton, Roppongi, Tokyo.

The lobby and the lounge of the Ritz are on 45th Floor; therefore, the scenery is nice overlooking Tokyo such as Akasaka (the State Guest House) and Shinjuku.


The live music, piano and violin, is playing and the scenery is nice; I felt like drinking bubble. fufufu

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Is Diving Addicted…?


I hope I’m not boring you…
Today, I received a turtle shaped dive stick and a book: Fish Watching 500.

When I started diving, I never thought I would want to learn name of fish and marine creatures that I see under the water.

hahaha

By the way, I usually buy diving goods at Aqros Shibuya Store.

Staffs are kind and always give good recommendations.

I also seek an advice on diving spots.

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Book: Sea Creatures Watching 500

I ordered two books in Amazon: Fish Watching 500 and Sea Creatures Watching 500.

I received Sea Creatures Watching 500 today because Fish Watching 500 is currently out of stock.


Now I’m interested to learn names of fish and sea creatures so that I can introduce what I see under the water.


For example, I’ve seen these sea slugs such as yellow one and blue with polka dots (I should have seen it in Malaysia because the book says it can be found in Malaysia).

I never thought I would enjoy watching these encyclopedias…. 

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Tomato Juice: Kantaro

Tomato Juice, Kantaro, arrived which I bought on Amazon.


It’s in glass bottle and looks nice on the photo.

I thought it’s a normal sized bottle, 1 liter or  bigger…?

But I received a small box.

There are many ????? in my head.

But it’s actually 180 ml bottle.

I took a photo with iPhone 6S.


It’s USD 6.5 per bottle (180 ml).

It’s not cheap.

I tried this tomato juice……it’s delicious.

It contains equivalent to 15 tomatoes’ nutritious factors; must be healthy.

It has to be!

Seriously, it’s delicious.

Would I buy it again?

I’ll think about it.

Once again, it’s delicious.

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Action Camera: Vemico

I bought an action camera via Amazon yesterday.

I ordered online yesterday morning (about at 9:30 am) and reached me in the evening — within a day! 

I was busy last night attending flower arrangement class; therefore, I opened a box today.


It comes with a water proof housing for 40 m and it’s reasonable: JPY 6,000 (USD 60).

It takes 1.6 million pixels photos and 4K movies and it can connect to WiFi.

I will play with it tomorrow.
Hope to share good photos with you.