Spring 2016: Himeji Castle Park

A year later, I’m finally writing about this Spring and Sakura-filled trip to Kansai area (Yeah yeah…for the nth time! Oo na. :). Better late than never! πŸ˜‰ After all, it’s Spring once more and many people would be planning their trips.

Whenever one brings up Kansai, people automatically think of Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. But then I got curious about Himeji because of people claiming that Himeji Castle is the most majestic castle you’ll ever come across in Japan. They were right. It’s currently my favorite castle in Japan. ❀

Just look at this mesmerizing view of Himeji Castle during Sakura season. πŸ™‚

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Backing up a little… πŸ˜‰

And so I found myself taking the JR train from Osaka to Hyogo Prefecture to visit Himeji. I think there were about 10,000 other people who decided to check it out that day. Heehee. Good thing, I went on a solo trip so no one’s complaining. πŸ˜›

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When I got there, with Himeji just an hour away from Osaka, the mood was festive. The Spring weather was warm and it’s sunny so there were a lot of people enjoying hanami. Β It’s still best to walk from Himeji Station all the way to the Himeji Castle Park since it’s only a straight path. You can either choose to walk along the main road or leisurely pass through a shopping center. Of course I picked the shopping route! πŸ˜› Typical girl move. πŸ˜›

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One of the first things you’ll see is Pablo! That craving for the gooey cheesecake will immediately set in…

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They also have Hello Kitty Cafe here in Himeji! πŸ™‚ I visited one in Seoul so I thought it can only be exclusively seen in South Korea. Ahhh, I was wrong. My world was so small…it still is to some extent. πŸ™‚

20160402_164305No Japan trip could ever be complete without Doutor!Β 20160402_163250Apparently, the Cherry Blossom season is a big deal over here in Japan not just for tourists. I was so happy to see foreigners and locals alike in a celebratory mood.

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20160402_115333The Himeji Castle Park is huge! Thank God it is since it can accommodate a lot of people who want to have picnic under a Cherry Blossom tree. πŸ™‚ I saw groups of friends, families, lovers, and even old men gathered to enjoy the sun and hanami.

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I silently prayed and wished that in this sea of crowd, I would see Filipinos since we’re supposed to be anywhere and everywhere in the world. Imagine my happiness when I heard a family speaking in Tagalog! Wooohoooo! I would expect this in Tokyo and Osaka but Himeji? Wow! πŸ˜€ God heard me! πŸ™‚ Marisol and her family were so nice. Hihi. πŸ™‚

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One of my missions in this trip is to spend some quiet time with the Lord. In fact, my vision was to read the Bible and talk to Him under a cherry tree. Long story short, God let me meet a person who randomly blessed me with plane tickets to Japan just because…I wanted to cry because that vision came to life. :’) I felt so blessed.

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I know it’s a happy occasion but hayyyy, I really cried. Iba si God mag-touch ng heart. His message was so on point. It’s a dream to someday do a mission trip to Japan and introduce Christ to them and how He was able to save me and how salvation is freely available for them too.

It was a good day to just walk in the park, people-watch, appreciate my surroundings, enjoy the warmth of the sun, and soak in the beautiful abundance of cherry blossoms all around.

There isn’t much to narrate because I was just in awe most of the time. I quietly drank in the breathtaking beauty and dutifully took photos to document the whole thing. I can’t believe these are now memories. :’)

I hope you will like the beauty of Himeji from my perspective….

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Hayyyy, I’m a writer by profession but seeing all those wonderful things makes me want to explore being a photographer. May God bless that desire of my heart. πŸ™‚

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I’m ending this blog entry on a dreamy note. I caught hanafubuki on camera! πŸ™‚ Hanafubuki is when falling cherry blossom petals poetically take the form of (seemingly) a blizzard of “pink snowflakes.” It’s quite M-A-G-I-C-A-L!!! πŸ™‚

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