We’re doing a LOT I’m excited about. Crazy experiences, beautiful places, it’s going to be an amazing adventure. My photographer’s joy is coming out as I can’t wait to go shutter-wild there and see what images I can bring back!
As we keep planning, I find myself currently drawn to a couple things – maybe because a bit more planning was required for them, maybe because we had to do recent research – I’m not sure. But here right now are the top three things on my mind when I think about the upcoming trip to Japan:
- Food. My family are foodies and they raised me on good food and being adventurous with flavours. And Japan is a culinary destination to be sure. Whether it be their unique mochi deserts, the fresh fish, the rare beef… I am so excited. I really want to try some shabu-shabu (Japanese hot pot) and am looking forward to trying a variety of ramen. The meal I’m most excited for right now is the Kobe beef we plan to eat in Kobe (I’m not excited for what it’ll cost us!) and I know the sushi and sashimi I have here won’t be the same after Japan. I also doubt we’ll find an authentic kaiseki after Japan either (a traditional multi-course meal), another experience I’m excited for – and this is all just scratching at the very tip of what we’ll find. Street food, too, gets me excited – as apparently it’ll be nothing at all like what I can find here at home. As a foodie at heart, I’m hoping this culinary journey will bring me home all revved up to be back in the kitchen more often, something I don’t give myself the luxury of doing very often.
- Naoshima. Part of my excitement here is the hotel – we’re staying in one of the art museums. Such a unique experience! I’m excited to be surrounded by art and stay in luxury – I’m excited to see the water-y view from our room. But the fact that this is an art island gets me all excited too – what a unique concept! I’m really excited to see what it has to offer, and to have a relaxing time exploring all the museums and outdoor pieces.
- Takayama. For being someone living in the ‘burbs almost all my life (except for a short stint in the city… and a short stint in the south of France), I really like being near oceans or mountains in a more serene environment. Takayama has made me all excited as it’s our mountain stop. We’re super psyched as it looks like we can actually do a day trip to nearby Kamikochi (and there’s an insane ropeway and lookout nearby too – Shinhotaka Ropeway – that we hope we can also get to), but Takayama is also really neat – with tons of history and spots to explore in its own right. Our hotel backs onto a park with castle ruins and temples to explore, and walking distance from it is a historical village. Also walking distance is a gorgeous historical street with a unique aesthetic – so we’re so excited to have almost stumbled into a a perfect set up for some history hiking!
Like I said, we’re super excited in general… this is just what I’m thinking about right now!!