七 – 探検者

Japan is a beautiful country, comprising of 4 different islands. Each region is diverse, in terms of culture and environment, which means you can go skiing, enjoy the onsen hot spring), or simply explore the forests! There is just so much to see and do.

On my list of things to do, one of my top ones is to go to an onsen. There are many types of onsen, some indoors and others outdoor. Some of them contain special minerals and chemicals, such as iron, sodium chloride, sulphur or hydrogen. These type of onsen will always let you know before hand what kind it is. But Japan has many natural hot springs, which are said to be especially good for your health. They can cure body aches, chronic skin diseases, mentrual disorders etc. And when going to a onsen, you can sometimes stay in ryokan, which also makes for a good experience. But at the end of the day, I think everyone agrees, onsen are just relaxing! 温泉に行きたいなぁ…*

I would also love to visit Kyoto and Osaka. Before Tokyo, Kyoto was Japan’s capital city. It is where the emperor used to reside. Today it has over 2000 shrines and temples, several palaces and beautiful gardens. Luckily, Kyoto was spared from much of the bombings during world war 2, allowing it to preserve its beauty and traditional architectures. This is why many of the buildings are now part of UNESCO’s world heritage sites.

Osaka is historically known as the commercial center of Japan. Nowadays it is most famous for its food (okonomiyaki, takoyaki, udon etc), bunraku (puppet show) and its comedians. There is a comedy duo I quite like called Anjasshu (although I don’t think they’re from Osaka). Below is a video of one of their skits.

Another reason I like Osaka is because I like Osaka-ben (Osaka dialect). For those that have never heard it, here is a small sample of what it sounds like:

Onsens, Osaka and Kyoto are my top three, but there are many more things to do and places to explore in Japan 😀

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