Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Japan Diary #1

After sifting through countless, countless pictures and waiting for my internet at home to work again…I finally present the first instalment of my Japan photo diary! My boyfriend and I had the most incredible time over in this beautiful country in the past few weeks. I was so glad I brought my SLR (I always debate whether I should bring my hefty camera or not overseas) but I happily obliged to carrying it around my neck every day because there were simply too many beautiful sights to capture and memories to preserve.

We went on a tour with G Adventures with a lovely bunch of people of all ages and backgrounds, and the group was small enough to get to know each other better (and makes it harder to accidentally lose someone!)

Our first stop was a monastery up on the mountain of Mt. Koya in south Osaka, where we stayed in the temple there. This was 800m above the ground and we travelled by cable car up: The snow was a pleasant surprise coming from Sydney heatwaves. It was so refreshing to breathe in the cold, crisp air of the mountains which made the freezing temperatures totally worth it.

This beautiful little garden was our view outside of the inn in which we were staying!

Atop of Mt. Koya we also visited the Oku-no-in Cemetery, which was the location of the mausoleum for the founder of Shingon Buddhism, Kobo Daishi. It was an incredibly sacred experience to walk down past over 200,000 tombstones in a beautiful, huge cedar forest. As you can see in the pictures there was snow falling down constantly, and Tim and I actually had to turn back from this 2km walk as we were both getting sick from the cold (not quite yet acclimatised coming straight from beach weather!)

The reason why so many tombstones were here was because many people including feudal lords and prominent monks, wished to be buried close to Kobo Daishi to receive salvation.

'Cold Night Out' coat: c/o Tobi
Jeans: c/o Oasis
Hat: Bardot
Boots: Boohoo

On Mt. Koya we stayed in a monastery, in a traditional ryokan where we slept on futon mats on the floor. The rooms were surprisingly toasty and so easy to fall asleep in, especially with the lovely kerosene heaters! In the morning we watched the monks pray and hold a fire ceremony. One of the monks spoke great English and we attended a meditation session with him. Meditation is something I definitely strive to keep practicing as I feel like in the past year I've experienced more stress and negative thoughts than I used to. He taught us that when you meditate, if another thought comes into your head, imagine it as a pebble and throw that pebble into a zen garden and lose it amongst the other thousands of pebbles. With enough practice, all your worries and thoughts will become trivialised and forgotten in the grand scheme of things.

You’ll be seeing a LOT of this pink fluffy ball of happiness in the form of a beanie throughout my Japan diaries! I bought it in Bardot the day before we left and it kept me perfectly warm every day, especially over my ears.

This coat from Tobi also makes a recurring appearance in my upcoming Japan posts, and was so warm and comfy with handy pockets and the prettiest shade of pastel pink. The shape is also loose enough to allow you to layer up with sweaters and knits underneath, which was so necessary up on the cold snowy mountains, and I wore a shirt and another jumper from Tobi underneath (which I'll feature in the next post as well)! In the meantime check out more winter-warmers from Tobi with these cardigans and party pieces: dresses, bodycons, maxis, jumpsuits and skirts. Stay tuned for more instalments of my Japan diary posts! :)

19 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Still look so chic in winter, compared to when I went in January and just looked like a ball of clothing so rugged up haha. This place looks beautiful though, will add to the list for my next trip to Japan! x

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  2. Oh the snow looks beautiful! It's still so hot in Brisbane, I wouldn't mind experiencing some snow, haha!

    Love your pink and grey outfit - the pastel pink coat is such a cheerful colour to wear while staying cosy! :)

    Away From The Blue

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  3. oh it's like a Fairy Tale, so beautiful x
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  4. Love that pink jacket. This place doesn't even look real. So tranquil!

    Enclothed Cognition/Bloglovin

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  5. Need to see more posts of you in Japan, the scenery is so lush! Love the pale pink coat, so gorgeous.

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

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  6. Amazing setting and I adore the pink coat!
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

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  7. Such gorgeous photos, and loving the pink <3
    The Quirky Queer

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  8. I love the outfit!
    The place looks so beautiful. I look forward to more of your Japan posts!

    Belle in Black and White

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  9. What an incredible experience!!! So cool!
    xx Olivia
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  10. With all the snow, the place still looks wonderful. Great scenery and you look so beautiful. :)
    Happy weekend!

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  11. Pink and grey is a mix of colors that I like so much. Love your coat my dear!
    Have a nice day, kisses,
    Eni

    Eniwhere Fashion
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  12. I wish we could have met!! can't wait to see all the rest of your photos :)
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  13. Japan looks so lovely! I'm glad to see it in your perspective. Lovely outfit as always!

    xx,
    Abby
    www.houseofakih.com

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  14. Firstly, your photos are literally breathtaking. I LOVE them. And your outfit is so cute. That pink coat is amazing

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  15. wow, i love your pink outer! and of course i love the pics! very very beautiful
    i wish i could visit japan someday
    have a great day!
    xx,
    http://evelyn-halim.blogspot.co.id/

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  16. I love this mix of pink and darker colors Izzy! You look great!
    Love your beanie too!
    ♥ ♥ ♥
    Jeanne
    http://www.fashionmusingsdiary.com

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  17. Beautiful scenery! I love your pink coat and pom pom hat! You look so pretty!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  18. This is by far one of the best places to hang with friends, have great drinks (amazing beer selection), eat some great food, including the great lunch I had there. Prices at venues in Los Angeles are very reasonable and the pizza was awesome.

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