My trip to Japan
Rus's goosebump moment
Japan, balance of nature, culture, and technology – Rus goosebump moment
“Hello! My name is Rus and I come from Uzbekistan. My goosebump moment is my trip to Japan. Two, actually. Interesting fact, it was not love at first sight. I mean, yes, I did like the country, but it was not until my second trip that I really fell in love with it. See, all those wonderful views and people full of respect for every little thing that surrounds them and for everything they do…this is indescribably amazing. All that harmony and balance of nature, culture, and technology…it just grabbed all of me. A completely different universe, yet it is on our planet. Fantastic! You know, I have been to places and some of them were really cool. But I left my heart in Japan.”
Japan, cultural fusion and landscapes that highlight its beauty
Japan has the perfect combination of culture, history and modern comfort, without neglecting the incredible food it has. Japan is a country like no other, and although we may have an idea of what it could be like, this country still surprises us.
Japanese culture has several unique and interesting aspects, both modern and traditional in cuisine, architecture, martial and performing arts, fashion, anime, comics, geisha, and much more.
Although this culture is steeped in a rich history and deep traditions dating back thousands of years, like many other cultures, it is in a continuous state of rapid change, always evolving with new trends in fashion, technology, and more.
Another of Japan’s qualities are its beautiful landscapes that are part of the daily life of its inhabitants. In addition, in almost all its towns and cities there are countless Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.
Although Japan has large, highly urbanized cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, there is also plenty of nature to explore. In fact, two-thirds of Japan is covered by mountains and forests. You can also find waterfalls, volcanoes, mountains, bamboo forests and more.
The most beautiful landscapes in Japan
Miyajima, the giant torii over the sea, is considered by the Japanese themselves as one of the three most beautiful landscapes in the country. It is a temple that emerges from the water in Hiroshima Bay. It has a floating torii that can be reached on foot at low tide. When the tide comes in it looks like you are floating on the water.
Mount Fuji is, without a doubt, another of the most beautiful and representative images of Japan. It is the highest peak in the country and can be seen from a fairly wide distance. Even if there is no pollution, it can be seen from Tokyo. This sacred mountain is a World Heritage Site.
Another of its privileged places is called Kinkakuji, Golden Pavilion. It is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto. It is set in the outstanding and iconic landscape of Japan. Its exterior walls are made with gold leaf and the image it gives us is spectacular. In 1994 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Cherry blossoms are another natural spectacle of Japan that will remain in your retina. Flowering usually takes place in March and April and can be enjoyed from various parts of the country. The Japanese themselves dedicate a whole party to it and enjoy relaxing before its beauty.
Bamboo forests are also an incomparable natural spectacle because they provide a beautiful landscape for the enjoyment of the senses.
Although Japan has many natural landscapes, Tokyo is one of its most precious urban landscapes, and the most impressive. Impressive buildings, streets, people. Without a doubt, a city brimming with life that has been included among the safest in the world since 2017.
A trip at any time of the year
Spring is one of the periods in which the country receives the most tourists, attracted by the beauty of cherry blossoms, which create postcard-worthy landscapes throughout the country. It’s the perfect time to join locals in parks and gardens and practice hanami, which means “gazing at flowers.”
Summer is a good time to enjoy night festivities such as Tanabata, whose origin dates back to a beautiful legend about the stars, or Bon Odori, festivals of offering dances to the ancestors that are celebrated in every corner from Japan.
In autumn, the color palette changes, and warm colors (reds, yellows, oranges) are made with nature announcing the cold. This explosion of color is called kōyō and you can enjoy it in all its splendor from the top of the Jogakura bridge in the Hakkoda mountains, in the surroundings of the Jingo-Ji temple in Takao or in the Tsugaike natural park.
This season is known by the Japanese as the “time of appetite”, a good time to taste the delicious dishes with products from the sea, mountains or orchards and to receive the new rice harvests.
The last weeks of December are full of celebrations to say goodbye to the year and the first days of January are also among the most anticipated on the calendar.
The Shogatsu or the celebrations for the New Year invade the temples, where the bells are rung to purify the bad thoughts of the year that is leaving, as well as the Shinto shrines. In them the locals make the first prayers wishing for a good and prosperous year.
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