The last few blog posts have been very travel inspired and thus I have made the decision to make a new blog category labelled ‘travel’ which will fall under the ‘photography category. Thought it was appropriate to cater for the numerous Japan blog posts and (hopefully!) future travel posts!
Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha) is in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. Foxes are thought to be the sun god, Inari’s messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds. -sourced from Japan Guide
What struck me about the place was the vibrancy and the colour, and how cute each of the foxes were! (Were these really religious motifs? They were so cute!) Such an amazing work of human effort. Every aspect of the place was so; unique, interesting and extremely captivating as the bright colours caught your attention and amazing architecture was phenomenal.
Vess and I reached this place by bicycle, (seriously, if you ever find yourself in Kyoto, highly recommend hiring a bike and travelling around the city, one of the top highlights of our trip!) which was only a 20 min bike ride from our hostel. It was so great to actually rest our feet from the constant walking, and to use one of the most popular modesof transport of Japan! When we arrived in Japan, I was personally so surprised by the number of bikes everywhere. As well as the number of people using bicycles; young and old, ladies in high heels and police men all would casually ride throughout the city.
Ah, looking back on everything makes me long to travel again,
Hope your days were filled with wonder and new discoveries
These would have to be a few of my favourite photos from our trip. We managed to get to this island, which is just off Hiroshima, as the sun was seeking to hide away behind the clouds. It was honestly, such a beautiful experience to watch the sun falling behind the vast mountains and to view its reflection against the water as we took the Ferry (which is also covered by the JR rail pass for those who are intending to travel Japan) across to the island.
I love sunsets, especially that amazing moment, when the sun seemed to have set for the day, where the yellow turns to orange, and majority of sunset watchers have wandered away. Doesn’t sound so amazing does it? But for those who wait a little bit longer, they are met with the most stunning array of colours, depth and tones, which takes my breathe away each time. Unfortunately, I do not know much background information on the shrine or the island itself, but I know the island is named, Itsukyshima Island but is more commonly known as Miyajima Island. Sorry guys, didn’t take the time to learn much history on the place, just know that its a great hiking spot !
Hoping that you guys are enjoying the great pictures from our trip and our new blog layout! Feel free to provide feedback on what you think and what you would like to see more of. Thank you so much to everyone who has been giving us such encouraging feedback and support. Seriously, makes blogging so much more fun when you know that you have people coming along the journey with you!
This outfit was worn during our trip in Japan when Val and I decided to try and figure out how to navigate through Ginza by ourselves! We managed to visit the imperial palace and also do a stack of wandering and exploring around Ginza that felt very much accidental! Japan is so amazing, each area feels completely different from each other, Ginza presents itself as a modern city scape with clean straight roads and very good urban planning. As you venture to Sunamatchi street you’re greeted with the vast row of consumer heaven with wonder boutiques such as commes garcons to tempt you inside and spend your money!
We have so much we want to share with you from our Japan holiday, super sorry that the posts have slowed down! We’re still trying to keep up with uni and assessments, but truly, all we really want to do is blog!
But with our new blog layout thanks to Val and our wonderful cousin Veronica. We are ready to go!
Stay updated to our facebook page as well, we’ve got more changes in store!
Our stay in Kyoto was absolutely incredible. Such a beautiful area with lovely people rich culture and amazing design, shopping and food. And it’s so easy to get around! It feels almost like Melbourne, almost like home.
We’re really happy to be sharing these pictures that we took at the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. It was a warm day and we were told that we could ride from our hostel to the shrine! So we did and it was so much fun! At the shrine itself, it has a series of incredible red gates that seem like they go on forever. On our list of “must dos” Val was determined to see these red gates and take photos there! It took a good 20-30 mins (partially because we got a bit lost!) and a fair walk up a hill and then we were there.
If you notice some amusement in my face (probably not!) it’s because watching Val take these photos was just hilarious. Taking photos in 30 degree humid weather leaves you a bit breathless and “glowing”. And to top it off, as the shrine was located within the forest area, there were mosquitos! After every couple of images Val would start to hit her legs rather aggressively and cry out in pain “It hurts! What is that?! It’s so painful!!”. So we wrapped this shoot up pretty quick. Hope you like our oriental fashion pics!
So it’s officially been a week since we’ve returned from Japan. And we still have a crazy amount of photos to share with you! So if you don’t mind, we’ll be sharing more post from our Japan travels, however, from our Melbourne home!
Overall, Japan was amazing and just so much fun! These shots were taken in Kyoto just before the Gion Matsuri festival was about to kick off. Definately humid that day, if you look closely, you can see the end stick of a fan poking out from my bag. It kind of helped, but with the masses of people there, fanning yourself put others in danger of poking their eye out!
Kyoto was and remains Val’s favourite place of our entire journey. And its easy to see why. Such a beautiful place with vibrant history and a ridiculous amount of cool cafes and shops, its a place very close to our hearts. Speaking of crazy cool cafes, Val’s going to be sharing a post with some of our favourite Kyoto cafes with you soon! So stay posted!
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