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Japanese Crush

Happy Sunday from Edinburgh! Hope you’re having a relaxing day. I’m spending my Sunday daydreaming about my dream travel destination that has topped my bucket list for years…

I’ve travelled a fair bit in Asia – around 6 months altogether. My travels have included around 3 weeks in Russia and 3 weeks in China, a month in India and 3-4 months in South-East Asia. However, the one country I find really fascinating and would LOVE to go to I’ve never been to – Japan! Or Nippon and Nihon in Japanese 🙂

I love everything about Japan: the extremely beautiful and diverse nature, the bustling cities, the healthy food, the simple interior design, the stylish and quirky people, the importance of aesthetics, the beautiful yet mysterious geishas, the language (would love to learn Japanese!) and the tranquil Japanese gardens. I feel like there’s just so much to discover and experience – it’s a country where advanced technology meets old traditions and harmonious religions.

When I do travel to Japan I want to spend at least a month there, traveling around the islands and seeing as much as I can (and maybe pop over to South Korea as well). I want it to be a well-planned trip to make sure I experience as much as possible. It isn’t the cheapest place to go to either, hence you need a plan! Luckily Matthew shares my desire to go to Japan, so it might just be a family trip whenever it happens. (Because it will happen!)

I’ve gathered a few pretty photos from Pinterest in order to share my Japan obsession with you, hope you like them.

Have you been to Japan? If so, what do you recommend? If not, do you find Japan as appealing as I do?

x Nina x

PS. I also love Haruki Murakami’s books – are you familiar with his work?

Nina Äikäs

I’m a Swedish-speaking Finn who left Finland for the lovely and thrilling London town in 2011, but after meeting an equally lovely and thrilling Scotsman I somehow now find myself in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. In February 2015 our gorgeous little girl arrived and made us a happy family of three. Follow my blog and get to know us!

  • shazza

    I would love to go to Japan! How amazing would it be to see Mount Fuji in real life and the beautiful cherry blossom. I would probably faint if i ever saw a geisha ….. or maybe be so awestruck I wouldn’t be able to take a photograph! I’ve read a couple of Murikami’s books a while ago. Norwegian Wood and Kafka on the shore. X

    January 24, 2016 at 5:24 pm
      • shazza

        I would love to go one day…but i’m not sure it would ever happen! Also the older i get, the more scared I am of flying. So i tend to stay in Europe. I don’t want to get to scared, as i love discovering new places.x

        January 26, 2016 at 9:28 pm
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