Shirakawa-go (白川郷) in Gifu prefecture is a UNESCO world heritage site famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.
From Kanazawa, we took a day trip to Tojinbo (東尋坊) in Fukui, a one kilometer stretch of basalt cliffs along the Sea of Japan. The cliffs are a unique geological formation that can be seen in only three places in the world and nowhere else in Japan.
We left Osaka for Kyoto on my last day of work for the year, which was a meeting for all of the teachers in my city. It ran until about noon, we had okonomiyaki for lunch with my colleagues. Then, we left for Kyoto right after that.
While we were in Kyoto, we decided to take a little trip and check out Shirahige Shrine (Shirahige Jinja 白鬚神社), located on the western side of Lake Biwa in Takashima. It’s famous for its “floating” torii and for being responsive to prayers of longevity, matchmaking, having a baby, better luck and prosperous business.
Just a glimpse of how pretty Amagasaki can be! I don’t get to stroll through here very often, as I normally am just rushing through it to get to the train station, but what a nice stroll it is. 🙂 I took these photos on a really beautiful day in the summer, I wish it was that sunny now! Winter is upon us and it is freeeeeezing.
Just a few snaps I’ve taken in Osaka since I’ve been living here. 🙂
It’s been a little over 3 months of adulting now, and I’m finally starting to see my savings grow! It’s tough to see progress when I get paid so little and only once a month. The progress is pretty much only seen on the day I get paid, when I update my bank book. If the balance after my company deposits my pay is more than the balance it was on the previous month’s pay day, I’m saving money! This month’s pay day (November 14) was the first time it was a significant gain. Go Liana!
Many of you may have already heard of Ebates, a website where it “pays to shop online.” Getting paid to shop online means that you get cash back for every purchase you make from a store through Ebates. It’s affiliate marketing.
Since I’m moving back home next April, I thought it’d be a good idea to start getting rid of some things that I don’t need and don’t want to take back home with me.
I had the pleasure of traveling to Okinawa with my family for a few days and here are the highlights of the trip!
Since my birthday was a few weeks ago, I have decided to make a list of 23 things that I learned at 23. 23 was kind of a big year for me, but not as big as 22. At 22, I graduated college, moved to a foreign country, and started a new job. There were a lot of changes. At 23, I’ve been living in Japan with the same job, all year. But, I still feel like I’ve grown a lot as a person—my priorities have definitely changed, my interests have changed, and I think I’ve become a much kinder and more understanding person (I hope so, anyway).