117 - japan @ day 9.


Day 9 @ Spontaneous trip to Tokyo part 1.

I woke up at 6.30 in the morning to see the sun rising over mount fuji from our window. I was a little bit unsure about spending two more days in that place, as I though it would be quite repetitive to see the same mountain from 10 different perspectives. Besides, I found out that Tokyo was just two hours away from there. I asked my friends about going there, but nobody wanted to go as they all already had been there. My friend suggested me going alone, but I immediately refused. At first, I thought it would too crazy to go all by myself (remember I don't speak any Japanese) and it scared the hell out of me. However, she started explaining me how to get there and I quickly changed my mind, as I thought that would be one opportunity in a life time and I didn't want to waste it.

Before going to the train station, they took me to see some natural ponds with the crystal clear water that were near by. We were able to see the bottom through the unbeilable transparent water. It was all full of huge fishes. We also drank some natural water who tasted like heaven.

Twenty minutes later, I was running to catch a one hour bus to Mishima and then a one hour train to Tokyo. At lunch time, I arrived to the city and I quickly went to see Kaminari Mon tempo in Asakusa. I didn't like it much as there were lots of tourist and it all looked more like a business place to me instead of somewhere spiritual. I didn't spend much time there. Then, I took the underground to the next place... I will show you that in the next entry!


credits: pictures taken and edited by me.

116 - japan @ go pro mount fuji.

Just a short film of some videos I shot while I was around Mount Fuji, I've called it 'Stupidest video ever shot in Mount Fuji' for obvious reasons. See you soon!


credits: video edited and filmed by me, uploaded to youtube.com

115 - japan @ day 8, part II.

Some more pics from sunset at Mount Fuji! 


credits: pictures taken and edited by me.

114 - white break.



Just a short break from studying to go the mountain here in Madrid. I took the go pro with me and felt confident enough to record myself, yay! My flow is becoming better and better... I may start jumping soon, I just love the feeling : ) I was also surprised of the good quality of the snow, I was expecting more ice. I'm so hooked on snowboarding!!

credit: pictures taken and edited by me.

113 - japan @ day 8, part I.


Day 8 @ Mount fuji.


We left at 7 am in the morning and drove to Mount Fuji. On our way, we stopped in different places to enjoy the scenery. We took some pictures in Lake Suwa. We were able to spot Mount Fuji from very far away as it was a sunny and clear day. It is an amazing huge, massive mountain (well, actually it is a volcano). It is something totally worth seeing it. It takes your breath away. When we were closer, we started stopping in different lakes to take pictures. Finally, we looked for the diamond spot at sunset time to try to take the best shot of the mountain. It was funny to see how many photographers were there waiting for the sun to come down. Next, we decided to go to an onsen to enjoy the wonderful water of Mount Fuji hot springs. At night time, we went to our hotel, which was very close to the volcano (we had amazing views from our room window). To finish our day, we enjoyed an eight courses Japanese posh dinner. Lots of little luxury bites displayed in beautiful plates. Genius presentation and delicious taste. But, if I'm totally honest, I was completely full up at course number 3, so I struggled a lot to finish all the food. But, all in all, it was an interesting experience. Later on, we enjoyed some piano live music in the lounge and after that, we went to rest for the next two days.


Snapshots



credits: pictures taken and edited by me.

112 - japan @ day 7.






Day 7 @ Kuzuryu Lake

We woke up and we spend some time planning a spontaneous three days road trip to Kyoto (We were thinking about to Okinawa, but we changed our minds because of the weather). Then, we drove to Kuzuryu which was one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. I though I was in Canada for a while. Big lakes, massive trees and crazy snow. We stopped to see a few little shops and we finished in and Onsen. It was pretty small but they said the mineral water of that hot spring is particularly good. Because we were so overwhelmed due to the beautiful landscape, we decided to change the destiny of our next day trip. Instead of going to Kyoto which is a city, we booked another hotel for Mount Fuji and we cancelled the one in Kyoto. Then we went back home and do some yoga! My body felt so happy. I  was really missing some good stretching. Then some of my friend's relatives came and we had dinner. I spent most of the time messing around with a four year old cute japanese boy who couldn't stop playing with me despite we didn't understand a single word the other one was saying. Finally, I packed and got ready for next day adventure!

credits: pictures taken and edited by me.

111 - japan @ day 6.


Day 6 @ walk around Shirotori

I slept for at least 10 hours and woke up with muscle ache all over my half upper body (surprisingly I didn't have any muscle ache in my legs, that't the part of the body you use more when snowboarding). It was snowing quite a lot and as we were knackered, we decided to go for a two hours walk around Shirotori instead going up the mountains again. I took my big camera with me. We went back home for lunch and tea and then we talked about treating my friend's parents by making dinner, so we drove to the supermarket and bought everything we needed. The supermarket was quite fun as everything is different, I spent a lot time looking all the weird things I could find on the selfs (like green tea kit kat). Back at home, I prepared a cheese cake and then we learn how to write with japanese ink. We all chose our goal for the year and then we painted that symbol in a big piece of white paper. My friend's cousin came by, he works as a graphic designer in Osaka and loves anime, so he did a manga picture of me. Later on, we had dinner, drank sake and then we went to sleep.

Snapshots


credits: pictures taken and edited by me.

110 - painful changes.



If I learnt something while I was leaving in Scotland, is that I don't want to spend my whole life worrying about my job and spending a miserable time at work. I just want to be as happy as possible and I do want an easy working life, so I can just focus on little pleasures during my free time. 

I do not want to earn lots of money and I do not want to work more than 40 hours a week and I definitely do not want my bosses to treat me as a slave. So, now, to have that easy peasy life that would allow me to be creative, spend time with children, travel on holidays and use my lovely second language, I need to study as there is no tomorrow for four months and if everything goes ok, I will get a job for the next school year and I will be able to enjoy summer. That is basically my life from now till' July! 

To be completely honest, I allow myself to rest every now and then... doing some exercise, going out during the weekends... but that didn't happen today, so that's what I'm in such a terrible mood. Anyway, tomorrow is Friday, yayyyy!

credits: big picture taken and edited by me, little pic from pinterest.

109 - japan @ day 5.

The pictures are not from this day but next one, but I am going to include half here and half in next post as I've already shared my snowboarding video and I took many many many pictures on the sixth day. Stay tunned!

Las fotos no son de este día, sino del siguiente, pero voy a poner la mitad en esta entrada y la mitad en la siguiente, ya que ya os he puesto el video de snowboard y además hice muchas muchas fotos el sexto día. Así que atentos!


Day 5 @ Snowboarding in White Pia and spa in Shirotori

Again we went snowboarding to the mountains. It snowed the night before so the runs where all full of powder snow. It was sunny and despite it was Saturday we didn't have to queue up to take the lifts. The scenery was just breathtaking. We end up being completely exhausted, so we went straight home, have a cup of tea (our whole body was hurting) and then we visited another hot spring. I could feel my skin going smoother already from all the mineral water baths and because of the natural salt scrubbing all over my body. No wonder Japanese people have such an amazing skin. We had dinner at home and we thought about booking a three days trip to Okinawa (but more about that later). 



credits: pictures taken and edited by me.