The following happened on the 14th of November.
One thing that I looked forward to this trip was Konbini sandwiches. And pretty much all the Konbini food. However… I got new wish list. That is to eat at all the small eateries.
I always find Oishii Milk a cute name. It really mean Delicious Milk. What a name!
First stop to Rikugu-en. The official autumn leaves viewing starts on the 18th!
It is actually a short walk from the station but that nearest gate ain’t open during normal times. So walk to main gate took a bit more time.
New wish list! Gotta visit them all.
At this time I thought at best I see one or two red trees. After all it seemed like I was pretty early for full autumn leaves.
Apologise for my lack of details; so this garden used to be owned by the nobles, at this spot there used to be a building, sort of a rest house or tea house.
Forgot if it got damaged by natural disasters or lack of maintenance.
The romantic thing about these old gardens is, how were things like for the original owners back in their time? It is quite a thing, isn’t it, to have this as one’s backyard view.
And then I unknowingly gotten myself two sets of sweets.
Didn’t know that the Mochi (glutinous rice cakes with soy bean powder) comes with a tea and didn’t know that the Matcha (whisked green tea powder tea) comes with another snack.
HEY! Believe me! It wasn’t me being peckish. :3
BEST THING EVER.
I drank the Matcha first and thought little of this humble gem. HOW IS IT THAT SOMETHING CAN GET SO DELICIOUS!
The Mochi were warm and FOREVER AND ALWAYS… it is PURE LOVE to smell and taste fresh food.
Sweet skin which I have no idea is what, then red bean filings and chestnut.
I finally know what are these for! I thought they were little jackets for trees during the winter.
So, when it get cold, insects that harm trees will crawl from the ground into the leaves. The bottom most rope are tied tightly, and the top most looser, this way insects will enter the jacket instead and get trapped there.
When the warmth returned, everything is burnt together.
Since plum blossom are the first to bloom after winter, they are a symbol of good luck and they get decorated jackets. ❤
There are a total of 88 scenic points here, usually modeled after famous places around Japan. Two of the rocks here are.
There is something very special with looking up to trees. The sunlight filtering through leaves.
This is one giant weeping Sakura tree. Who knows, maybe we will meet again next Spring. Surely someday. ❤
Special chrysanthemum. They are cultivated to look like they are cascading down mountains.
This bamboo tube light is thinly shaved to exposed the lines. AMAZING.
I saw lotas stone lanterns in Japanese gardens, are fire really put in them during ancient times for lights??
I learned a humble lesson, while it is one of the best gift to oneself to have confidence and be self-assured enough, it is also imperative to be have a great sense of self-awareness.
In 2013 I met a young American girl who came over to Tokyo with her boyfriend who got an awesome job. She taught English and had very limited Japanese. She was telling me that she visited Shinjuku GYOen and it was all very beautiful.
Being the smart ass I was, I corrected her that it was Shinjuku GOen. And I carried this mistake for sometime. At that time the lovely girl was very humble and all, she half doubted herself and half believed me, since it appeared that I had better Japanese.
Thinking back, I really cringed at myself.
Sometimes the “smallest” people still can teach us something.
If we are affixed at our own models, we can never move on to bigger things. Yes, the models we use can still serve us, but don’t block ourselves to better things.
And something magical is soon coming.
I sat at a random bench and there was this queer looking seed, or fruit, apparently it wasn’t random, it has a label on it, it was a name and I never figured it out.
The first time I saw Momiji was in 2012, it was summer, I wondered if they were they ones which turn red in autumn, saw just ONE redden leaf among a gazillion of leaves. There are many preludes during my travel and I only get it after a while.
I know I should be grateful to it all.
And in all humbleness, there are many who would love to have what I have, and I wish that ALL OF YOU get something better.
But, brat-ish-ly, may I ask, what would it takes, what would it takes for things and people to speed up and show up fast, enough?
I know it is also one of life’s best gifts to love the company of oneself and go on adventure with oneself. Coz, if you can’t love yourself deeply first, how do you expect others to love you too??
Yes, what would it takes for all of you to come soon enough? ❤ Xingible is HERE!!!
Fallen leaves on water is another earthly beauty.
It gets rather glaring in the mid afternoon.
I think the gradient is the maddest thing. SO GORGEOUS.
Some branches reached down really close to the ground. These were right in my face~!!
A pavilion gifted to King Showa during his wedding by Japanese living in Taiwan. This is thus built in Chinese style, distinct to the province where my maternal granddad came from.
Nao, you guys ready for the magic?!
The leaf is a hint.
There were a few lanes of these. My heart burst and I wanted to roll on the ground.
Not sure if it is just the colour type or smaller plants also turn red in autumn.
Inside the green house. Boy, it was so good to return to the summer at that moment.
Yes, dear people, what would it takes for us to meet soon enough.
AND I SAW OCTOBER SAKURA. OMG.
They are pretty sparse though.
Crows are sOOOOoooOoooo big in Japan. An their beaks look deadly. But they are so lovable and shy. One old English gentleman saw this fella and call him a big fat crow. xD
Made my way to Tower Records (CD Shop) and saw these on the streets.
Dear god, it is always good to step out of one’s comfort zone. I LOVE DELOFAMILIA the most.
Mini mart, Konbini like shop. I thought it was affiliated to Kinokuniya Books, friends told me that it wasn’t.
Another view from hotel. Really lovely.
I love these fried curry breads.
Drank a huge variety of milk tea. :3
I NEED to learn how to make such potato salad. SO GOOD!!
The cheese cubes are such that they are perfectly, melty-ly on the noodles, but I stirred them into my noodles.
I will be back OKINAWA!! ❤ ❤ ❤