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!
'Cold Night Out' coat: c/o Tobi
Jeans: c/o Oasis
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! :)