✰ Your Voice

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If you have any questions about Japan, whether you’re planning a trip here or just interested in the country, please feel free to ask anytime. I’ll do my best to answer!!

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Also, I’m here to share my experiences with you guys. But I also want to know about yours!

What are your best memories of Tokyo, or Japan?? Where were you, what did you do and see, what were your impressions… Would love to hear about your adventures :-)

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24 thoughts on “✰ Your Voice

  1. My fave memories of Tokyo:

    Bakeries/ramen/fresh crackers/food, food food
    Plastic food displays
    Watching the Shibuya crossing from Starbucks
    Wondering half asleep around the Tsukiji markets
    Harajuku and maid cafe girls
    Gorgeous gardens
    The view from the Metropolitian building
    Shoes and clothes that fit …shopping…

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    • So much goodness right there!
      I agree with all of that, especially the gardens though. I always think it’s awesome how such a huge, crowded city can still have so many peaceful, gorgeous gardens.

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    • Thanks for your comment!
      Yes, they are peaceful and conscientious people. :-)
      I don’t think I’ve ever been to Yamagata, but some of my friends go snowboarding there. I hope you get the chance to see more of Japan!

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  2. You seem to have done a lot of great stuff in Tokyo,.. but here is one of my favs… ride a bike from Tamagawajosui to Inokashira koen in the last days of Ohana-mi, preferably on a Sat or Sun morning . It is just magic…

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      • I didn’t explain this too well, there is a “river” [concrete walled 5m wide ] with a walking / riding path on each site, lined in trees & greenery, which goes almost the full length of the ride, about 10kms, you can feel you are in the country , not surrounded by 20million people. Google Maps it. Not too well known to other than the locals. We plan to ride it with my daughter for the first time this year. Can’t wait.

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        • Don’t worry, I checked it out on Google Maps already. I love how they’ve built a massive strip of nature in the middle of the suburbs. If only I lived closer, it would be perfect for my afternoon runs!

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  3. Hi!
    I’m planning to go t Japan but the only thing I’ve determined yet is that I won’t stay more than nine days (including day of arrival and departure).
    As you seem to know a lot of things about the country now, have any tips for a perfect itinerary in seven days? (also, the time when I will go is not determined yet)
    Thanks in advance!

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    • Hi Marcello, thanks for your question! I suggest timing your trip so that you can catch one of the big festivals in Japan. You will get to see a different side to the Japanese people, and be able to witness an event that has lasted for hundreds of years. Some of the festivals I recommend are: Gion Festival in Kyoto (July), Aomori Nebuta Festival (August), Edogawa Fireworks in Tokyo (August), Awa Odori Dance Festival in Tokushima (August), and Nagasaki Kunchi Festival (October). There are lots of festivals in summer, but just remember that it’s also school holidays so will be busy everywhere. :-)

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  4. I’m glad to have found your blog. I read several articles on your blog and I think it is useful for the tourists who want to visit Japan =)

    Let me introduce myself, My name is Sam Wong, a HongKonger who love travel. Two months ago, I had created a travel site which aims to connect the bloggers and the tourists. Bloggers can share the link of their articles and let tourists find the useful travel articles more easily. I know you love travel and write a lots of articles about travel, so I would like to invite you to share your articles, let more tourists can know more about your story. Look for your reply, hope you all the best!

    http://www.travelersfootprint.com

    Sam Wong

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    • Hi Sam,
      Thanks so much for checking out my blog and leaving a message :-)
      Your blog is fantastic. It brought back many good memories of my trip to Hong Kong a couple of years ago.
      I would love to be able to share some of my posts with your readers. Please let me know which articles you thought you might like to post.

      Cheers,
      Celia

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  5. Hello Celia, Great travel blog you have here!
    Question: I have 1 or 2 days for a hike. I’ll be in Tokyo, leaving Nov 10th, and heading to Osaka. Is there a number one hiking experience you’d recommend anywhere in between Tokyo and Osaka?

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    • Hi there, thanks for your question!
      I’ve been trying to think of good hikes for that time of year (there’ll be too much snow in lots of places), and one place keeps popping into my mind. It’s an easy hike, and can be done in a few hours but is more for the landscape and history. It’s on an old highway called the Nakasendo, and you hike between Magome and Tsumago. I went in the summer time (and wrote a post about it), and loved it! It’s worth spending some time in both towns, too.

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  6. Dear Celia

    Nice to talk to you.
    My name is Yuta Sugawara.

    How are you doing?
    I hope you are doing well.

    Currently, I live and work in Tokyo.
    First, sorry to message you all of a sudden.

    I’m here to ask your permission to use your blog content on our Facebook page.

    We made a Facebook page for conveying the allure of Japan to those who don’t know about Japan.
    At this point, we have about 20,000 fans from all over the world on our Facebook page.
    Since we are going turn it into a web service with its own site at the end of March, we need native English bloggers to help get people interested.

    URL : https://www.facebook.com/TokyoLocalGuide/?ref=ts&fref=ts

    I looked at your blog posts about Japan, which are so organized and easy to read with your fantastic description of each location.
    Thus, I thought the concept of your blog matches right up with the concept for our Facebook page.
    This is why I’m contacting you, to ask permission to share posts from your blog onto our Facebook page. Of course, we’d provide a link back to your original post each time.

    Or even better, if you could write posts for your blog on our web service.
    It’d be great if you could collaborate with us on making content for the site as a writer.
    In the process, we’d be totally open to hearing input from you, like how the design on a blog page should look.

    If you’re up for it, I’d really like to have you on our team.
    Let’s make a wonderful blog platform together.
    When it comes to attracting customers,
    I’m willing to go the extra mile.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Thanks
    Yuta Sugawara
    sugawara@miraie-group.jp

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  7. I was “awarded” the One Lovely Blogger award last week, Under the rules, I was asked to nominate some other people. So, of course, I thought of you and your lovely photography. Please don’t feel stressed about this award–I have done this mostly to promote blogs which I enjoy and hope that a few of my followers will also like. I don’t have millions of followers, so the net gain won’t be dramatic, but who knows. If you are not interested, please do not worry. If you are interested…well, it is pretty self explanatory.

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