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Join My Adventures in Japan

It’s been a long time since I’ve worked on this, but I’ve finally resumed working on A Taste of Japan. It’s a video series that I started last year, and then intended on doing for every place that I went with my sister when she visited us in Japan. However, I only did six videos, got to a video that turned out to have many parts to be edited together, and stopped.

Well, that intimidating video has been done. It wasn’t actually difficult to do! I enjoyed editing the video! I posted it on my main channel, and here it is:

I absolutely love Enoshima. It’s a place I’ve been to a few times, though most of the time, I stayed on the mainland. Although it’s a bit long, I encourage you to watch it. There are a lot of interesting things to see there, as well as many beautiful views. I’ll be doing a new video in this series every week. Next week is Enoshima Aquarium.

Let me know what you thought in the comments section below.

Living in Japan: Favourite Thing

It’s now April 20th, one year from our big move to Canada.  And in honour of that, Sierra has given me one of the most difficult questions to answer.  Thank you very much! Of course, if you have any questions, please post them on the original post here.

S. R. Carrillo asked this whopper of a question:

What’s your favorite part about living in Japan?

Hasedera in Kamakura
Hasedera in Kamakura

Well, Sierra, this is a rather difficult question to answer because I love so much about Japan.  However, I would have to say that one of my favourite things to do is sightseeing.  In particular, old temples and shrines.  I love exploring different places.  The area i live in is so rich in history and historic sites that I haven’t seen them all.  And I lived in Kamakura, one of Japan’s old capitals.  I’ve seen the major sites, but I haven’t gone to the lesser-known places.

Daibutsu (the Great Buddha) in Kamakura's Kotokuin temple.
Daibutsu (the Great Buddha) in Kamakura’s Kotokuin temple.

Some other things that are worth mentioning are the train system, which makes it incredibly convenient to get around, as well as the food.  I love sushi.  And my view of Mt. Fuji is quite incredible, too.

20150111-002359-1439802.jpgSo, if you have any questions, please go to this post and leave your questions in the comments.

What’s Around the Corner?

I love to explore.  In recent years, one of my hobbies has been walking.  But not for the sake of walking.  I walk to explore new places.  I often pick somewhere not so far from my home and decide to see what’s there.  Sometimes, I’m surprised.

Beautiful garden at Hasedera temple in Kamakura.
Beautiful garden at Hasedera temple in Kamakura.

Sometimes, I go to places I’ve been to before and find something new.  A couple weeks ago, I was in Kamakura with a friend, and we visited Hasedera, which is probably my favourite temple in the city.  There was one gate open that I’d never gone through before.  It had always been closed.  The picture above is what I saw.  I had no idea.  It was a wonderful surprise.

Another time, I went to Keio University with my family.  It’s not far from where we live, and it’s a pretty famous university.  Next to the campus is a large bamboo forest.  Walking through the forest is incredible.  Being surrounded by the tall bamboo was like being transported to another time.

In Kamakura, there’s an often overlooked shrine that’s near the much more popular Zeniarai Benzaiten, a shrine where you can wash your money.  This lesser-known shrine, Sasuke Inari Shrine, evokes an image of traditional Japan.

Many red gates lead up the steps to Sasuke Inari Shrine.
Many red gates lead up the steps to Sasuke Inari Shrine.

An incredibly large number of red torii gates arch over the path leading up to the shrine.  There are occasional fox statues on either side of the path welcoming visitors.  For those of you who enjoy stories of ninja, the name of this shrine, as well as the neighbourhood, is shared by a famous ninja, Sasuke.  In fact, this area has an interesting story.  During the Kamakura Period, back when Kamakura was the capital of Japan and the seat of government for the Shogun, this valley was a kind of hidden village.  There was only one way in, so it was very well-protected.  It’s said that this village was the home to the predecessors of the ninja.  It’s a fascinating valley.

I want to do some more exploring.  It’s like being in my own little epic fantasy story.  There are so many places to see and so little time.  I wonder what I’ll discover next.