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Japan, The Highlights & Brief Memoirs Of An Aussie Girl

Japan, The Highlights & Brief Memoirs Of An Aussie Girl

My family and I experienced our very first white Christmas in Niseko, Japan in 2009. Dad is heading back there for some skiing this month and I am so, so envious. The culture and the people of Japan are just so different to life here in Australia. It's more than just the language. It has something to do with their old-fashioned grace and tradition intermingled with the technology and pizzazz of stereotypical Westernised Japan.

Anyway, the family trip in Winter 2009 was just amazing! But last year, I decided to try Japan out in the spring time hitting some of the big cities and the hype, mixed with some history, food, style and culture!

I went with Contiki and a whole bunch of other social media influencers from all over. Tokyo was insane! We visited a very unique restaurant called @home, a few of the temples, the Robot Restaurant, learned how to make our own sushi by hand in Hakone, tried egg-black sorbet overlooking Mt Fuji, experienced the hype and craziness of the Japanese Fish Markets, relaxed in Japanese onsen while in the snow, saw the Hiroshima Peace Park Memorial, danced and played with wild deer at Miyajima Island, visited the world's largest wooden building and a 15m tall Buddha statue at Todaji Temple and Nara Deer park and roamed the streets witnessing some of the craziest night life and characters I have ever witnessed in Osaka!

My favourite experience was probably the Robot Restaurant! It was so unique and crazy! I have never seen anything quite like it. We were served drinks and ate food in front of performances done by Anime-inspired robots! And they weren’t just human-sized, they were HUGE! There was seriously all kinds of machinery and robots of all different shapes and sizes, some with humans in them, some without them.

I am definitely going back to Japan one day!

Sjana x 

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