Truly, one doesn't have to look hard to find
-- and spot -- Hello Kitty in Japan :)
And ditto re places where old and new
meet and look to comfortably coexist
In addition, rest assured Puppet Ponyo fans that there were plenty of
photo opportunities for my kawaii travel companion on this trip too! :)
For those wondering why I haven't blogged for the past few days -- it's because I've been away on another trip to Japan! This time around, I spent the majority of my vacation in Kanazawa, Japan's second largest city (after Kyoto) to escape destruction by air raids during the Second World War, but also paid visits to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shirakawa-go (specifically the village of Ogimachi) and the city of Osaka (a culinary capital which I've visited twice before, most recently back in 2008).
Suffice to say that I did a lot of exploring and walking (more than 20,000 steps a day, according to my pedometer!), and also eating and drinking, and photo-taking, during my six day holiday! Before I went on my vacation, I told a friend who regularly checks this blog to expect lots of food-centric photos from this trip.
But as it turned out, I also have lots of non-food photos to share -- including of a magnificent garden (which is considered to be among the top three landscape gardens in Japan), a wonderful contemporary art museum (with exhibits that actually could be considered fun as well as aesthetically impresive), and a village so rural that I actually spotted a snake slithering across the path leading to a small shrine that I was heading to!
For the record: I didn't manage to take a photo of the snake -- not least because I was too stunned at my coming across the sight of it. (In all honesty, it already can be unnerving to spot snakes when out hiking in Hong Kong, so imagine my shock when coming across while being a tourist in Japan!) However, rest assured that I did take plenty of really cool photos that day -- and that they show a side of Japan that has hitherto not been highlighted on this blog.
At the same time, there also were plenty of spottings of sights that I've come to associate with Japan -- including of the cute cat that's celebrating the 40th year of her existence this year. As for Puppet Ponyo: suffice to say that she'll be making further appearances on this blog over the next couple of weeks or so, and that I do love her she was able to make a few more friends while out and about on this latest trip (back) to Japan. :b