Japan Part 1: So Much Pretty

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I’ve been a terrible blogger lately. Work has been busy, and I’ve been focusing on getting my work done at Stitchcraft and meeting design deadlines. Alas, the blog has taken a back seat.

I spent the last two weeks in Japan, visiting my family, seeing all the Hello Kitty, and eating lots of great food. I’m hoping to get back into blogging, and I’ll start with a re-cap of my trip to Japan!

Today I’d like to share some photos of just a few of the beautiful places we went in Japan. I went to visit my sister who lives in Japan, along with my mom and my husband. We also visited my Japanese grandma, uncle, aunt, and cousin.

A few photos from the Tokugawa Gardens in Nagoya. The leaves were at their peak in Nagoya, and I was blown away by the beautiful gardens.

Tokugawa garden, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

Me and my sister at the garden. We were both born in Nagoya.

Tokugawa, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

 

A photo of the garden.

Tokugawa, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

Not sure where the owner was, but this cat was on a leash attached to the bike, and seemed quite interested in the contents of the box! cat, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari KnitsA sunset in Nagoya. We were on a Farris wheel on the side of a building. This was the only time we saw the sun that day–it had rained all day. Nagoya Sunset, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

 

We took the Shinkansen (bullet train) from Nagoya to Tokyo, and got a lovely view of Mt. Fuji from the train. Mt. Fuji, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari KnitsA view from Kamakura (near Tokyo), there were signs everywhere warning about the birds. Apparently they will swoop down to steal your food and scratch you! Kamakura, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

One of the many Buddhas we saw, this one in Kamakura. buddha, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

 

We also visited these amazing shrines that are carved into a cave in Kamakura!

cave temple, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

At every temple you can buy a wood card where you can write down your wishes.

Wishes, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

 

A selfie with the Great Buddha in Kamakura. Brian and me, at Kamakura photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

A place to hang cranes. According to Japanese lore folding 1,000 cranes and placing them at the temple will bring good luck.

cranes

 

I love temples, and enjoyed seeing so many while in Japan! One day we went to 10 temples and shrines!

buddhas, photo by Mari Chiba from Mari Knits

8 Responses

  1. Carol H
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    I am reading your blog, while drinking coffee from a Starbucks coffee mug with beautiful pictures of Nagoya on it. What are the chances of that happening?. Beautiful pictures. My sister was there two years ago during Christmas and loved the area and brought back the Starbucks container for me.

    • Mari
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      Thanks Carol! I saw Starubucks cups with Nagoya and Tokyo photos while I was in Japan, too, but opted instead for a Hello Kitty mug :)

  2. Audrey Berger
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    I love your pictures! They are beautiful and very interesting.
    Welcome back — Thank you for sharing.
    Audrey

    • Mari
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      Thanks, Audrey!

  3. stefaniegrrr
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    Awesome photos!! Can’t wait to see the requisite Hello Kitty post! :-)

    • Mari
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      It’s coming, don’t worry!!

  4. Teresa Blank
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    My son just left to teach in Japan for a year. Your blog is helping me to feel closer to him. Thank you.

    • Mari
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      Teresa,

      Thanks so much for your kind note! I hope he’s enjoying his time.

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