If you didn’t notice, I was missing from the blog all of July!!
And that’s because I was adventuring (not really) in Japan and Thailand, where it was really hot and I wanted to shrivel up and never come out of the air-conditioned building ever again.
Anyways, it was a LOT of fun!!! I took a lot of photos and these are only a few of them, but I wanted to share them with you to 1) document my trip and 2) show you how cool these places are and hopefully convince you to visit them one day if you can!!
I stayed in Tokyo for the five days I was there, and our hotel was close to both the subway and train station! If you don’t know, literally EVERYONE in Tokyo takes the metro, and there are just stations and railways everywhere.
Tokyo is basically New York City, but much cleaner, quieter (the people there hardly talk while walking and the car noises aren’t as loud), and with less tall buildings. IT’S COOL.
DAY 1 || JULY 4
This was the day after we had arrived in Japan, and it was the day that my grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousin joined us, so we didn’t really do much?? The only place we went to was a shrine that took a lot of walking to get to, and I didn’t even take that many pictures.
the path we walked down to get to the shrine!
(I was so confused that I’d thought we were going behind the shrine deeper into wherever-it-was when actually, we were LEAVING.)
The name of the shrine? I do not know. All I know is that we walked for nothing and I didn’t even know which exact building was the shrine.
I’m guessing the building on the left is the shrine but at this point who knows
DAY 2 || JULY 5
This day was slightly more interesting, because we went to Mount Fuji!! It took a couple of long train rides to get there, and it was cloudy and drizzling. So we didn’t get the prettiest of views, but I still took some photos!
I really love these photos I got on the train ride of people heading to work waiting for their train. I was able to capture a part of their daily life and that’s so COOL to me
Besides riding up a gondola to see the mountain better, there wasn’t really anything else we did. It was just gloomy because of all the clouds and light sprinkling, sadly.
I apologize for the REALLY HEAVY EDITING but otherwise it’s super dark and almost colorless (because it was really bright!)
some views from the top of the observatory area where we waited for the gondola to pick us up!
view of the lake at ground level and a pic I got of my cousin looking out at Mount Fuji! (and you can see JUST HOW BRIGHT IT IS)
DAY 3 || JULY 6
Today was a semi-fun day!! We went to a temple (that I do not remember the name of), and it was really pretty. The Buddha statue there was gorgeous and we prayed, though no pictures were allowed so I can’t show you what the statue looked like!
again, sorry for the DRAMATIC EDITING but the very bright sun was hidden behind a lot of clouds so it made for really bad lighting!
It was ALSO rainy this day so it was kind of miserable, especially since I wore a really !! cute !! jumpsuit !! for nothing. Mostly because I thought we were going to go to the mall afterwards and I was ready to rock a fancy outfit while shopping, but it turns out we were going to a cheap… supermarket thing??
I don’t even know how to describe it but I sat on the stairs and played games on my phone the whole time like the non-shopper I am.
And afterwards, while my sister and cousin went shopping at Tokyu Hands (a stationery store they had fell in love with a few days before), I went to the observatory deck of the World Trade Center in Tokyo with my dad, and while it was cloudy, I still got some really cool photos of the cityline!!
(I really recommend going to here if you can! The view from the top of the tower is REALLY gorgeous.)
DAY 4 || JULY 7
This was the most fun day for me. We went to Nikko, which was a really beautiful place with temples and shrines and nice little shops and stores and restaurants!
The Shinkyo Bridge was really gorgeous and just so… satisfying to look at. Plus the fog/clouds that day totally worked out in our favor and gave the bridge a mysterious vibe??
on the right is my little cousin and I!
Unfortunately we didn’t get pictures of one of the temples we went to because it was under renovation! We did get to go inside though, and there was an absolutely stunning statue of Buddha. (No pictures allowed!)
Here are pictures of other temples and shrines we went to!
the image on the right has particularly bad exposure but. IT’S SO PRETTY
On our* way back, we decided to split up, and I ended up going with my mom, sister, aunt, and cousin to a mall in Ginza (specifically for Tokyu Hands). I ended up getting one (1) pencil case for school, while my aunt, cousin, and sister literally got 8432057584 different pens and highlighters and god knows what else.
*Our, excluding my uncle because we accidentally left him there due to miscommunication, and he had to find his way back to Tokyo unable to speak Japanese and not knowing the actual names of train stations. I bet it was fun.
DAY 5 || JULY 8
I actually don’t really remember what we did this day? I am pretty sure we went shopping (at Tokyu Hands again) and then ate at a Thai restaurant, then found our way to the airport to fly to Thailand in the evening/night.
Thailand was very different from Japan, since we didn’t do much sightseeing at all. (And also much different in other ways.) We focused on seeing/hanging out with family and friends, and anyways, we’d been here multiple times already! We literally just stayed at our grandparents’ house, or like, went to the mall.
If you’re wondering, I mostly stayed in Bangkok for most of the time! Bangkok is… not the most pleasant city, but it’s still close to my heart. And it definitely has TONS of things to do while you’re there!
While I didn’t go sightseeing as much, I did get to take some photos of some places, so here they are! I really adore Thailand and being there means a lot to me so I wish I had more pictures to show you, but I really recommend going there whenever you can.
The only thing I have to say about this is: Bangkok traffic is terrible. Do not trust it. Especially in the rain. A car ride took me 2 and a half hours when it was only supposed to take me 30 minutes. Be afraid.
these were all shot in Samut Prakan at a “street market” (as the people there call it)
shot from the highway!
Unfortunately I didn’t get as many pictures of the Thai food as I wanted to, but that was because I was WAY TOO BUSY EATING IT ALL that I forgot!!! And I have no regrets.
the photo on the left is of JJ Mall! lots of food sold there, along with clothes, souvenirs, and a bunch of other things
I’m making a list of my favorite Thai dishes because everyone should have a chance to TASTE THE FOOD OF DIVINITY. (Also I literally ate McDonalds in Japan because I can’t eat Japanese food. Thai food is My One.)
- pad see ew (basically stir fried noodles)
- khao kai jeow moo sab (Thai style omelette with rice)
- bamee nam moo dang (noodles with red pork) (THERE IS NO OTHER PLACE BUT THAILAND THAT GETS THE TASTE PERFECTLY RIGHT AND I MISS IT SO MUCH ALREADY)
- pla kapong tod nam pla (specific type of fried fish with fish sauce)
- moo ping + sticky rice (grilled pork with sticky rice)
- mangoes + sweet sticky rice
- khanom chun (Thai jelly)
- wun ma proaw (coconut jelly)
- a bunch more but I’m already making myself sad so I’m stopping
The only “tourist place” we went to in Thailand was Hua Hin, three hours away from Bangkok. It’s on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand, and I’d never been there before! Also, it was SO MUCH COOLER there than it was in Bangkok, even though it was still hot.
I knew these tiny holes housed crabs but this was the first time I actually took a closer look at them! now I’m forever scared of stepping on tiny innocent crabs at the beach
We went swimming at the hotel’s pool, which is how I got so much water stuck in my (right) ear that it softened enough earwax to clog my ear canal. I then had to go to the doctor’s to get it literally sucked out of my ear with a demonic medical instrument. (Then I had to do my left ear, which hurt so much it made me CRY, because the earwax wasn’t soft enough.)
We also went to a water park, which was SUPER fun (and where I learned my younger cousin is braver than me when it comes to rides), and after a whole year of being pale(-ish) from staying indoors all day, I GOT A TAN.
have you been to japan before? or thailand? or any place in asia? do you get your ears unclogged? are you more of a mountain, beach, or city type of person? and have you had THAI FOOD BEFIRE?? (please. try it asap if you haven’t. it’s the love of my life.)