Sunday, April 3, 2016

Japan Diary #2

Hiroshima happened to be one of Tim and I's favourite cities that we visited in Japan. Visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum was a really humbling and educational experience, and the entry fee was only 50 yen (about 60 cents), as their primary aim is one of world education rather than profit-making.

Most people acknowledge Hiroshima for being the target of the first atomic bomb dropped in WWII; a place of ultimate and immediate destruction. To be honest that was all I associated Hiroshima with as well, but the overall impression it left us with was one of peacefulness and friendliness. The city was picturesque (Hiroshima has six rivers flowing through the city centre), and the people warm and welcoming, and there was a real sense of tranquility we didn't find quite so much in the other cities we visited.

Our first stop was Miyajima, a little island close to Hiroshima. The large red Torii (gate) is one of the most known attractions at Miyajima Island, which appears to be floating on the water during times of high tide.

 On the island sits the other most notable attraction, Itsukushima Shrine. We explored the rest of the island and found these quirky little 'jizo' statues in red and white hats lined along the moss-covered stairs! These statues represent children, and although my eyes weren't keen enough to recognise it at first, apparently they all have their own unique expressions and faces!

Deer freely roam around the island, and they're especially attracted to you if you're holding paper (which they will surreptitiously start nibbling on!) They weren't timid nor aggressive in any way; just mild-mannered, free spirits that were completely accustomed to humans and looking for a bite :)

If you are ever travelling around Japan looking for dinner options around your hotel, keep in mind that there could be a whole world of eating discreetly nested within unassuming office buildings. Our host pointed out one across the JR Hiroshima station, where we rose up to the 6th floor, and stepped into a mecca of okonomiyaki stalls! Okonomiyaki is a type of Japanese pancake/pizza, typically with noodles, bean sprouts, meat, cabbage etc. They make it directly on a teppan (iron griddle) infront of you, and you then eat it off the teppan.

Tim and I had one of our best Japanese feeds there, plus the eating experience was so much more enhanced by the friendly staff! Japanese hospitality is truly unrivalled (I have to admit it was a bit of a culture shock to come back to Australian customer service) and they all welcome guests with open arms. The guy at our stall was talking to us in English and even offered some savoury rice biscuits to us as gifts when we left. This mere experience here left us with a highly positive note of Hiroshima and marked it as a place for us to visit again.

'Alisanne' coat: c/o Honey & Beau (similar here)
Boots: Boohoo
Scarf: c/o Her Fashion Box
Bag: Forever New

I picked up this coat from Honey & Beau right before I left, and it was a welcome addition to my luggage! I actually packed really light with my clothes (although any man would still disagree) by selecting pieces I could mix and match with. A black coat goes with anything and you only need to add a pop of colour with a scarf, pants, skirt, shoes etc. for a complete, no-fuss outfit. I highly recommend bringing a black coat if you're travelling and need to pack a practical, winter wardrobe.

I love how this coat adds instant shape and definition to your silhouette, with the light shoulder pads and fitted waist and flare structure. Topped with faux leather trim, it adds a little edge to a basic black coat which goes a long way.

'Can't compete' sweater: c/o Tobi

Another fantastic layering option for cold weather are sweaters, underneath big coats or jackets! Make sure they're not too thick so they don't look bulky, but enough to add some warmth! I can't go past a navy and white colour combination for a preppy, nautical feel.

Hope you enjoyed #2 of my Japan diaries! Many more are on their way! :)


  1. You look lovely Izzy! Hiroshima looks like a peaceful city and
    what a beautiful park with the shrines! I'm loving the deer
    facts too and mhmmm, now my belly is longing for a good
    okonomiyaki! Xx Ice Pandora

  2. Beautiful pictures! Hiroshima is definitely a city I would love to visit <3
    The Quirky Queer

  3. Beautiful photographs
    Hiroshima looks a peaceful, bustling city and you're so fortunate to have been able to explore it
    That Torii also looks stunning

    I'm looking to visit Japan later this year so loving your Japan diaries!

    What Raj Wants

  4. Love that coat, what a lovely piece. Like you said the little details make it really stylish while it still goes with everything.

    It sounds and looks like you had a lovely time in Hiroshima too.

    Away From The Blue Blog

  5. I've never really thought of visiting this part of Japan before, but I'm enamored with your description of it.

    7% Solution

  6. Gorgeous photos ! I love your coat.
    Hope you will have a great day.

  7. Gorgeous outfits. You must have fit in perfectly with the Japanese fashion scene! I really regret not making it to Hiroshima but there’s never enough time to do anything in Japan because there’s so much to see haha Thanks for sharing your photos though! Looking forward to more :) x


  8. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos! My husband and I are going to Japan this summer, but only for a few days, so while my husband really wanted to see Hiroshima, I think we'll just stick to exploring Tokyo more thoroughly since I don't want to spend our whole time there traveling. Okonomiyaki sounds delicious and I'm going to keep an eye out for that when we are there!

  9. Amazing travel pics and outfits dear!!!
    Mónica Sors

  10. perfect outfit! and stunning pics <3

  11. Eeek! That shrine is incredible. And your photos are simply gorgeous. You have quite the eye. That coat is lovely on you. <3

  12. Wow! These photos are stunning! What a great trip!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  13. This looks so amazing! I have always wanted to go to Japan!


  14. Really amazing place and gorgeous pictures!
    It looks that you had great time there!


  15. The Itsumukishima is a great place to visit.
    Lovin the outfits as well

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

  16. LOVE!!! You have captured Japan beautifully!! So gorgeous!

    xx Olivia

  17. Looks like fun, lady- and digging the style here!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  18. Hiroshima looks beautiful! I'd love to visit sometime!
    Also, your outfits are amazing!

    Belle in Black and White

  19. Great photography work and beautiful landscape. I love outfit! Nice work :)


    Osiarah xx

  20. Gorgeous outfits. You look so beautiful! I have always wanted to go to Japan!
    So Gourgeous!
    Have a great day!
    XOXO Erica

  21. You look so gorgeous and the backdrop is incredible! Aussie service rocks compared to British service haha.

    T xx

  22. So gorgeous! I wish I spent more time in Hiroshima, we only went for a day trip from Osaka so it was quite a journey! We managed to fit in Miyajima then a quick look around the dome, and then scouting the area for some okonomiyaki dinner. Wish I knew about all those stores near the JR station! Then again even the most unassuming, random stores have delicious food - can't go wrong. Totally agree about the service too, we went to South Korea after Japan and daaaaaaaaaamn I felt like I was in China, definitely a culture shock after Japan!

  23. Oh my god, the photos looks so beautiful!


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