Hello everyone, I’m back from my trip! It was, truthfully, too short a trip and I wish I could have stayed longer because Japan is a beautiful country. 🙂 We visited two cities—Osaka and Kyoto—which are about thirty minutes and ¥430 (or about $5) away from each other.
This is Doutonbori Street (the English spelling varies), which is filled with food and large recreations of food that hang outside shop windows. On the left part of this picture, you can kind of see a row of gyoza (dumplings), and a large puffer fish that looks like a blimp. This is especially fun to walk around in at night because it’s so busy and alive. Also, Japanese food is one of the tastiest cuisines in the world!
Lorita, a Taiwanese tourist on a solo trip, in a kimono, setting up her tripod to take photos with the sakura or cherry blossom tree. This is a nice one, in Kyoto, because the branches were low, so you can be surrounded by beautiful little blossoms. 🙂
This is a part of the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, known for its 32,000 torii (bird perch), which signals the transition of the place from a profane one to a sacred one. Torii signal a Shinto shrine (as opposed to Buddhist) and, I believe, they mark the passageway of spirits.
The kitsune or fox is regarded as a messenger. I can’t read Japanese, but on the back of these fox heads are writings that I think might be prayers to Inari, the god of fertility and worldly success or wealth.
And here is my Japanese makeup loot, minus the stuff I got for my sister and mom. Up until the airport, I had only purchased Japanese brands, but I caved when I saw the eyeshadow quad from Chanel’s Les Delices collection in Duty Free. Their drugstore brands are excellent, but as you can see, I kind of went crazy at the Addiction counter.
Addiction was set up by Ayako, a makeup artist who trained under François Nars and worked with NARS Cosmetics, in 2009. She is “fond of color and texture that can produce a dramatic look with just one stroke.” I visited an Addiction counter three times and was just hooked in the brand. Obviously. Her beauty philosophy is pretty apparent in the products she creates.
That’s it for now! I had a grand time looking around and absorbing everything. Going to Japan is the best kind of getting lost there is.