A village like a fairy tale, Shirakawago

Snows always makes me excited. It fresh up my mind and makes me feel innocent 🙂

Even though Korea is very cold, I can not see much snow in Seoul. So when I got to Shirakawago I was touched by the breathtaking view of the mountain covered with snow. It was the first time I saw the snow that much!

The weather was cloudy at first but it got better and better!

There were a lot of cute wooden houses and it was like a scene in a fairy tale. The whole village was amazingly cute!

Me and my friend were so excited and we took pictures everywhere.

But the thing is, it was freezingly cold as much as it is beautiful. Our hands and feet were frozen….
We decided to go to a warm restaurant in order to continue our lives.

I ate beef curry looking outside the window

The food was not enough, so we also went to a cafe.

cozy cafe
Coffee is life-giving water to me…

After having a coffee in the cafe, we headed to observatory where we can watch the whole town on the high place. The walking street to observatory was closed in winter because of the huge amount of snow. We took the bus.

Before taking the bus, I ate beef croquette

And scenery on the observatory! The houses looked like miniature.

small and adorable village
Welcome to Shirakawago~

Even though it is super cold, Shirakawago in winter was very attractive. I would never forget the massive snows and beautiful view! And thanks to my friend who took nice pictures for me!

Village of 君の名は, Hida Furukawa

Hello~ みんな お久しぶりです。
I wasn’t in Grit! from last Tuesday to Friday, so some of you might wonder where I am.

One of my best friends in Korea came to Nagoya and we decided to travel Takayama together. I lost money, and gain weight. But I would definitely say, it was worth it.

My friend was coming to Nagoya on Monday night, so I went Nagoya station after the work in Grit!. And it was on Tuesday that we start journey to Takayama.

Schedule!

Can you guess a first thing we did in Takayama?

It was best sushi I have ever had!

飛騨牛sushi melted in my mouth and it made me happy immediately. We promised to eat 飛騨牛sushi again later, and we actually ate again ^^

Both of us are huge fan of “君の名は” and it made us to go to Hida Furukawa, the background of the movie.

When we arrived at Hida Furukawa, 飛騨牛cow welcomed us at the station!

飛騨牛 in 君の名は
飛騨牛 in the station

In lunch time we headed to a restaurant where also showed up in the movie.

五平餅 in the movie
We ate 五平餅 like them
we also ordered Ramen.
Notes that a lot of visitors wrote.
I left the note on the guest book!

Next destination was Sakura物産館 , where you can experience thread craft like Mitsuha did in the movie. I didn’t make it but I bought red bracelet as souvenir in the shop. It was so expensive…

Can you see the thread hanging on the wood?
My friend asked whether it is real くちかみざけ,
and it was not..

Walking along the street, we found the railway in the movie.

Railway in the movie
Railroad with snow

It looks a little bit different because of the snow but still, it is quite similar.

And the last destination was 氣多若宮神社.

Can you see the similarity?

There were no people in the shrine. It was very quiet and peaceful. Just walking along the street was a great pleasure to me.

In the 氣多若宮神社
going back to the station.

As a huge fan of 君の名は, visiting Hida Furukawa was very meaningful and it reminded me of beautiful scene in the movie again.

I hope I can go to other background of 君の名は someday. Maybe Lake Suwa? 🙂

Inuyama castle

On 5th of January, I had a special journey with Shiho san. It was an unexpected travel to me because I just thought about eating lunch together(I am very simple person), but Shiho san wanted to show me various place in Japan. She suggested me to go to Inuyama castle together! It was very 感動.

Package tickets for Inuyama castle

On the way going to the Inuyama castle, I asked “Does Inuyama castle mean Dog-mountain castle?” and she said it is right. Why the name is Dog-mountain castle? I am curious.

Anyway, we arrived at Inuyama station! I worried about the weather because it rained a little in the morning. Luckily the weather cleared up.

Inuyama station 到着 ~
Lively street going to the castle.
There were also a lot of shops drawing my attention.

There is a common saying, “A loaf of bread is better than the song of many birds”. Yes! It means 花より団子. Therefore, Shiho san and I decided to eat before going to the castle.

Always tasty Takoyaki
It’s dango! 花より団子~
甘酒, もちぶた Dog, pork
どうぞ ^^

In front of the castle, we found おみくじ. We drew the first おみくじ in 2019!

どきどき … What’s in it?
大吉~ I was very lucky!
I also get 縁 結び おみくじ

Finally we headed to the Inuyama castle. The castle was made of wood, and it made me calm and peaceful.

After going up the steep stairs, I could see the wonderful views in a high place.

Beautiful!

Watching the beautiful scenery on the Inuyama castle, I imagined how will it be beautiful in the Spring 🙂 It puts on airs of elegance and I really liked it.

Spending time in Inuyama castle, we became hungry again. Going back to the station, we tried other foods we didn’t eat yet.

soy suace おこげ串
Tofu grilled with miso
ほうじちゃ Latte & Matcha Espresso

Inuyama castle was very special place. It was really nice to be able to go there. Thanks to Shiho san helped me going the castle! I really enjoyed a lot ^^

It was a pleasant day for the both eyes and mouth.

I love birds

Hello everyone! How was your weekend?
Do you remember that I have birds in my home?

I LOVE birds because I like watching them flying. I feel they are like mixture of dogs and cats. Some days they come to me “Let’s play!!”, but sometimes they ignore me even if I call them.

Can you see TWO birds? 😀

When I was heard there are Owl Cafe in Japan, I thought “I NEED TO GO THERE!” immediately. There are some parrot cafes in Korea, but not an owl because owls are protected species. If someone make Owl cafe in Korea, it’s illegal so he probably will be arrested by the police.

Anyway, my dream came true faster than I thought. When Yoshida san go to Tokyo for his business, I followed him and luckily get a chance to go to owl cafe!

Soooooo cute!!

It was not just an owl-only cafe, but also a variety of parrots. Am I in heaven..?

There were also cockatoo parrots I love! When I became independent and live by myself, I will definitely live with cockatoo.

They are cockatoo parrots. I love their yellow color.
I am seducing them to come to me.

I tried to hug them but they ran away from me and flew up to the high place. I lured them with the parrot food but sadly they never came to me.

I gave up the cockatoo and hanged out with little parrots. They flew up to my head and were drowsing on my arm.

After I spend time with the parrots I went to another room to watch owl. It was my first time I saw the owl so closely.

They are 仲良し~
Their hair was unexpectedly soft

I could touch the owls but unlike the parrots, the owls were being tied up so they couldn’t move freely. I felt sorry for their feet being tied up. I wanted to bring them to home and I thought about two big dogs in Yoshida san’s house. Can the dogs and birds live together? If not, the birds might be in danger!

I am fascinated to the birds more deeply. If you like birds, Welcome! let’s watch birds together someday!