Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Another Side of Japan

Have you followed The Equinox Fashion's Travel lately? Either on Instagram, or this bloggosphere, you will notice that my contents keep shuffled between Japan, Taiwan, and Bangkok. But hey, I am currently back to Bangkok, Thailand (though some of my friends just have no idea where in the world I am now lol) As a fashion & travel blogger, this year has been AMAZING so far. Next month, I am off to Japan again...(and again later on..). However, what pops up in your head when you think about Japan? Of course, Tokyo, Osaka, big buildings, innovative & modern technology. However, in this post, let me show you the another side of the real Japanese lifestyle, which may seem opposite from what we have in mind. 

Apart from Kosanji Temple, Kobe Animal Kingdom, here's another place I would love to show you "Ikuchijima Island" was one of the places I felt like I could get to know the 'real' Japan more. Well, all I ever wanted to do in Japan was roaming around Tokyo...To be honest, I was not a big fan of the countryside, or even a small city. It is a NO-NO for me. During my trip to Tokyo last October, I spent about a week just chilling, shopping, photoshooting in Harajuku, Shibuya, and repeated. I had no desire to go somewhere else, even to Osaka. 

However, this time with Global Travel Blogger Summit, thing has changed, and my perspective of getting to know Japan also more opened. 

During my peaceful walk around the island, there were lots of things came in my head. I know, I love being silence with myself, and just think the random thoughts....weird...

I was thinking about Tokyo, all of the skyscrapers, and the good fun I could have been done last year. Yet, walking through this road, I could see how the people lived (for real). Living in Tokyo may be like living in London? I guess so, because they are both big cities, the capitals of the powerful countries. However, what I thought about Ikuchijima Island wsa "Look at these houses, these are where people actually live" There's no condominium, nor any other serviced apartments, just the real life of being Japanese. A small shop, cafe, market, etc. 

I think it's quite interesting, in terms of, how my thoughts has evolved since I started becoming a travel blogger. I lived in Bangkok, Chicago, Manchester, the more I lived in the big cities, my ego was getting higher and higher (I'm not gonna lie) However, since I started my journey to Taiwan, and now Japan, I could totally see the life in another story. 

I mean, life is not all about the lights and all the fun at a rooftop bars, or modern designed cafes. It's about how"TO LIVE AND BE PEACEFUL WITHIN YOURSELF" Living in a sufficient way, and be happy in what you already have had. 


  1. Nice place :)

  2. I would love to go to Japan as I love traveling! It looks so beautiful! I love these photos!

  3. I could not agree more- to be peaceful with yourself is the most important. And I love following your adventures. Being travel blogger looks like a lot of fun.

  4. Beautiful photos
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  5. I've always enjoyed following along your travels in Japan. Your photos are always superb and a joy to look at!

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  6. What a beautiful place and looks peaceful.


  7. This is so beautiful!

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  8. I would love to visit Japan and your pictures are amazing!! Thanks for sharing babe!! Xx Susanne -

  9. These are wonderful shots! I would love to visit someday.

  10. You make a great point about life being all about being peaceful with ourselves (and others!) and this really is something that we discover through travelling, right? :) I've loved seeing all your travel photos lately on Instagram!!

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  11. Gorgeous photos! Can't wait to visit Japan someday. This place sounds gorgeous and less touristy. :)


  12. It's nice of you to feature this side of Japan, that would actually make your blog more interesting imo. Great post!

  13. These photos are amazing, I want to visit Japan one day!

  14. I want to go to Japan so bad! It looks so amazing!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

  15. What a cute place to go to, away from the city and more of nature. Have a good week!

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  16. Lovely photos, it looks so serene here~

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE

  17. Japan is a dream of mine to visit. I hope to be able to visit it one day! For now I'll just have to enjoy your fantastic photos!


  18. I enjoyed this post, especially the statement at the end. Amazing shots of the area. It looks so calm and peaceful. :)

  19. I love love love Japan and especially the countryside! every time I'm in Japan I like to travel around a lot for the country is just amazing! Love all your pics, girl!

    xx Sarah-Allegra

  20. Love the captures!! Beautiful place. Great Post, thanks for sharing!

  21. Love the shots, Gail! Oh yeah, I kept going to Japan again & again. Hahaha! Can never get enough, can't we? xoxo

  22. I've never been to Japan. Thanks for sharing!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  23. I'm very impressed by the variety of countries you have been! Japan seems to be amazing and honestly indeed peaceful. Sometimes the landscape reminds me even on our Bavarian country side :)
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  24. Loving this post. It's a bit different to what I'm used to seeing. I would love to go to Japan one day. x

    ♥ Carly Susanne ~ A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  25. It was interesting to see another side of Japan.
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  26. Everything looks so beautiful! I would love to visit!
    Have a great week!
    Xx Caroline Flowers

  27. Your posts seriously make me want to go back to Japan again, right now! I actually preferred the traditional side of Japan. I loved Tokyo & the tech side of Japan but it’s so peaceful when you get to experience the slower side. You photos are great! I love seeing random pictures like this! I think it shows more of what it’s really like.


  28. You are living the life girl! I'd love to visit that part of the world sometime. And you're right, electronics always come to mind when one things Japan. Looking forward to the next trip.

  29. LOVE your pictures!!!

  30. Beautiful photos! What a lovely part of the country

  31. Yes this is a totally different side to Japan - so totally unlike the skyscrapers and busy tempo of the that we are used to seeing. Great photos. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Ugh! Where was this post when I was there just a month ago?! lol Looks so magical babe. Kyoto was a total highlight of my trip to Japan... something about the quiet corners and beautifully centuries old architecture that gets me every time~

    Thank you for the blog visit babe, hope to see you back for my latest TRAVEL GUIDE: Japan in 10 days- The PERFECT itinerary for Japan first timers!

    Xx- Julie
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  33. I would love to visit Japan one day! It's definitely on my bucket list <3

    Rina Samantha