What’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions Japan? Kimonos? Sushi? Samurais? Yes, those are some stereotypical aspects of Japanese culture, and we did find them in our journey through Japan, sometimes in abundance, but what we also found was a country and culture of incredible depths reaching far beyond what people typically see.
For us, Japan wasn’t a country that slowly wormed it’s way into our hearts, like Taiwan. No, Japan wasn’t so subtle in its courtship.
Instead, it reached inside and grabbed hold of both our hearts from the moment we stepped foot on its soil.
What did we love so much? The landscape, the people, the culture, the language, the food, and the, well, everything! There was only one thing we didn’t like about Japan, and even that wasn’t something that hindered any part of our experience.
A Journey Through Japan – Beyond Expectations!
Sure, even before we went we both had a love for sushi and while that love now probably escalates well beyond a healthy level, it was only one of the many things we loved about Japan and Japanese culture before we travelled there together.
Since Macrae had already been to Japan, twice, he had shared a lot of his stories, including his favourite places in Japan, and the language. In fact, trying to learn Japanese was one of the first goals we made as a couple (3 years later and we’re still not fluent… one day!), so Japan already held a special place for us both.
Our trip to Japan lasted 3 months and while we didn’t get a chance to see everything, we sure saw a lot! From Okinawa to Fukuoka, Fukuoka to Osaka and Osaka to Tokyo, we explored, met incredible people and made some amazing memories.
Take a look at some of our favourite moments and places in Japan – a vibrant country where the traditional and modern contrast yet the culture holds strong, the people are always welcoming, and there’s always something exciting around the next corner. These are our visions of Japan.
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