Author: Juliette

The Rikugien Gardens in Tokyo

There are not many places that struck me as much as this park that me and my sister explored on a wonderfully sunny day in Tokyo, and that is why I think it deserves a whole post to itself. Not only this place seemed to come straight out of a Ghibli movie, it was also very quiet and far from the busy streets of Tokyo.

Monthly review – September 2020

This September felt both like a busier summer and like a cold October, but the “Indian summer” we’ve had at the middle of the month provided a much needed “closure” for summer, and I am finally excited for autumn again! My favourite things about this month: The last summery days: at the beginning of September, the weather already started to get colder, as if autumn was already there. Some days later, however, the sun came out again and the temperatures started to rise. I wasn’t really ready for autumn yet, but thanks to these last few days that definitely felt like summer, I’m ready to start this new season! Plants: I mentioned in one of my previews reviews that I was a very proud “plant mum”, and having new “babies” definitely lit up my days. I get extremely happy (maybe too much considering I’m talking about plants) when the sun shines and I can arrange my pots so that my plants get a bit of sun! They’re growing really well and I also managed to …

Monthly review – August 2020

And just like that, summer already seems to be over. For many different reasons this month didn’t really go as planned, but I still feel like I managed to enjoy it and take a much needed break from all the things I always feel like I “need” to do. My favourite things about this month: Summer: I always feel like if the temperatures doesn’t reach at least 35°C, it’s not a proper summer. Well, finally we got to very high temperatures, in the South of France and in Brussels. It didn’t last very long but I’m still very happy that I could go out in the evening without being cold! Renewed motivation: in the past few months I struggled to feel motivated for my side projects, which mainly involve language learning. However, somehow, I got super motivated to work on a lot of different things lately. This new impulse gave me so much energy and a whole dose of positivity, which is why I put it on my favourites! Eating out: with the warmer weather …

Short getaway in Osaka

During my trip to Japan, a few years ago, I spent most of the time in Tokyo but I did manage to go on a very short weekend in Osaka, as a quick getaway, and to see a bit more of this amazing country. Osaka is Japan’s third largest city and offers a large variety of sights and things to explore for tourists. One of its most famous landmarks is the Osaka Castle, which we sadly didn’t have time to visit. We did however thoroughly enjoy our stay there and took in all the wonders the city has to offer. In this post I will quickly mention the main things that we saw and did, and how we decided to spent this great weekend away from the capital! Sumiyoshi Taisha: Also called “Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine”, this is one of Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines, and its architecture is considered as “purely” Japanese, meaning without influence from Asia’s mainland. It is like a huge temple complex, with a lot of different buildings that you can explore for …