Cosmos: The Flower of Autumn

Cosmos flowers are the cherry blossoms of fall in Japan, indeed, its name in Kanji is “秋桜” (akizakura), which literally mean autumn cherry blossom. Showa Kinen Park holds an annual “Cosmos Festival” from mid September to early November where cosmos of different colors bloom over the period. Being an avid flower lover, I definitely had to head there […]

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Beautiful Sacred Spots of Tokyo

Tokyo is not the first place one who think of when it comes to shrines and temples, especially central Tokyo. But I have uncovered some beautiful holy places right in the middle of bustling Tokyo! The red torii gate tunnel in Hie Shrine (日枝神社) in Akasaka may not be as grand as that of Fushimi Inari […]

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Best Places in Budapest to Eat

Budapest should be known as a food (and drinks) capital. I tried to do some research on Budapest food prior to travelling, but many of the places I recommend here was found by chance. Just by wandering around the streets, we managed to comb down several great places. STREET FOOD KARAVÁN is located just next […]

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Eclectic Budapest – Best Sights & Places

I must confess, the very first day, or rather, night, that we reached Budapest, we were rather paranoid. The street lights cast a dim orange glow onto the streets. Dark shadows seemed to lurk at every corner. It was both our first time in Budapest, and despite our best efforts in researching about Budapest online […]

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Tsuyu’s beauty – Ajisai

The rainy season (梅雨|tsuyu) is over, and summer has come, so I thought I will dedicate this post to my favourite flower of the month of tsuyu, hydrangeas (紫陽花|ajisai). Ajisai are like mini-bouquets, with the tiny flowers bunched tightly together. And sometimes, the petals look like butterflies clumped together, their wings fluttering in the wind. […]

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Kamakura Day Trip: Beaches, Ajisai, Temple and Shrines

Kamakura (鎌倉) is a coastal town endowed with not only beautiful ocean views, but rich history in its numerous shrines and temples. Only one hour away from Tokyo, it is no wonder that it gets extremely crowded on weekends, especially during the hydrangea season, which is right now in June. But as Kamakura is pretty big, […]

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