From Singapore to Manila: A Touristy Weekend with Sakichi [1/2]

The National Museum of the Philippines

Before Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram became popular, my only source of J-updates was Livejournal. I don’t use it as often anymore, but I still kept the friends I met there. The thought of meeting online friends from another country excites me. I met one when we went to Hong Kong and I wished for it to happen again, and it did.

Saki has been planning to visit the PH to meet us, but that didn’t happen until she graduated university. I wasn’t able to meet her when I went to SG either, so this is a great chance for us to spend some quality time.

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Life Lately: July 2017

Yuujou Shangri-La Exhibit

We’re past the half of 2017, can you believe it? In a month, it’ll be the start of the -ber months and the next thing we know, we’re welcoming the new year. Time sure flies fast. I have to start ticking more boxes on my to-do list for this year (like taking the JLPT and preparing to study again *cough*). Good luck, self.

Nothing much for this month except the usual rehearsals, meetup with friends, having a visitor from Singapore, and food. I can’t believe I’m such a tourist in my own city. ww

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Mt. Inari Hike: A Nature Trail Going to the Mountain Peak of Fushimi Inari

Fushimi Inari Yotsutsuji Intersection

Visiting shrines, hiking (and losing some calories in the process!), exploring bamboo and pine tree forests, passing through thousands of torii gates, enjoying the overlooking view of the city with a beautiful sunset—everything you need to enjoy as a tourist in Kyoto is in Mt. Inari.

This mountain has many shrines, with Fushimi Inari Taisha being the most famous, as you go up. If you’re planning to visit during the peak season, expect lots of people. Lots and lots of them. It’ll be difficult to take decent photos and a short five-minute walk to the shrine could become 10 or 15 because of the slow walking crowd.

Trust me. I already learned my lesson from last year’s visit, but since our trip was dependent on an event, we had to fly to Japan during the Golden Week. While this is the case, it didn’t stop us from climbing the peak.

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How to Join and Reserve a Slot for Anime Plaza (Produced by Adores) Collaboration Cafe

Adores Anime Plaza Registration

Anime Plaza is known for collaborating with famous anime titles, like the ones I’ve been to (Yu Yu Hakusho and Yuri!!! on ICE) earlier this year, but the catch is their cafe reservations are strict for members only. While you think you don’t have a chance, it’s actually easy even if you’re from overseas — all you need is to register, join a lottery, and wait for an e-mail for your reservation. No payment needed yet!

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