Mifuneyama Rakuen – Takeo City, Japan

Travel

Mifuneyama Rakuen is a 150,000 square-meter wide garden. Different kinds of flowers bloom in this garden in spring, while evergreen and maple dyed crimson make a stunning landscape and rocks of Mifuneyama garden in autumn.


Entrance fee
    Adult : 700 yen for adults and 300 yen for kids.
Address
    4100 Takeo Takeo-Cho Takeo-city Saga
Access
    10 minutes by bus from JR Takeo Onsen Station
Contact
    TEL 0954-23-3131
Homepage
    http:// http://www.mifuneyamarakuen.jp

Pray For Kumamoto

FYI, Life must go on

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A deadly earthquake struck the Southern part of Japan on Thursday evening. Hundreds of aftershocks have taken place in the past few days. One of which happened yesterday at around 1:30 in the morning. The said aftershock destroyed many houses and killed many people in Kumamoto prefecture. Let’s pray for them and the on-going rescue operations in the area.

Yufuin Town, Japan

Travel

Two days ago, I brought you in front of the Kumamoto Castle in Kumamoto City, Japan. Thanks for liking it. If I get another chance, I will take you to that place again this spring.

But before the cherry blossoms bloom, let me walk you around the beautiful Onsen town of Yufuin in Oita Prefecture.

To give you a little background, Yufuin a small town located in central part of Oita. This town is famous for natural hot spring spas (温泉 Onsen). Long-established inns, unique art museums, small galleries, sophisticated restaurants and coffee shops mingle together in this beautiful town. Are you ready to explore?

Click the photos below. Let’s go!

Photo shoot in front of the Castle

Culture, Travel

In Japan, many couples have their weddings in October, November, March and May. And since June is in the rainy season, you cannot often see wedding ceremonies in this particular month.

I had the opportunity to see a Japanese couple in their Japanese traditional clothes in front of Kumamoto Castle. The couple were having their prenup photo shoot with the castle and cherry blossoms in the background. They looked gorgeous.

In Southern Japan, Kumamoto Castle is a popular tourist spot, especially during spring because tourists get a chance to explore the old castle and enjoy the cherry blossoms at the same time.

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Shimanami Kaidō, Japan

Travel

The Nishiseto Expressway or Shimanami Kaidō is an expressway in Japan that connects Onomichi, Hiroshima and Imabari, Ehime. The expressway goes through nine different Islands, including Ōshima, Umashima and Innoshima.

My family visited Ehime prefecture a few weeks ago. We had two options to get to our destination, to travel by ship from Oita or to take a 7-8 hour drive through the expressway. We eventually chose the latter, and we enjoyed that trip so much. Crossing 9 different bridges were among the best experiences we’ve had on that trip.Below are the photos of the bridges that connect the Islands.

 

Mango Eat-All-You-Can

Travel

I am a fruit lover. I don’t care if I can’t eat meat all my life as long as there are fruits on my table. I grew up in the Philippines, a country known not only for its beautiful beaches but also for its delicious fruits.

My wife and I had an opportunity to visit Guimaras, producer of sweet mangoes in the Philippines. They have a mango festival every year.The most interesting part of the festival is the “Mango Eat-All-You-Can”. And since we love mangoes, we thought it was better to join and eat a lot of mangoes at the festival. We were very determined to eat mangoes as much as we could. And guess what? My wife managed to eat about 10 mangoes and I finished 20 sweet and delicious mangoes in one hour time.

We wanted to eat more. The mouth-watering mangoes kept on tempting us. But our stomachs signaled we had enough.

Rizal Park, Manila

Travel

Rizal Park, also known as Luneta Park, is a historical urban park in the Philippines. It is located in the city of Maynila, adjacent to the old walled city of Intramuros. This park is one of the largest urban parks in Asia, and one of the major tourist attractions of Manila these days.

Historical background

Luneta Park is an important site in Philippine history. This place had witnessed the execution of Dr. José Rizal, Philippines national hero on December 30, 1896. The assassination of Rizal fanned the flames of the 1896 Philippine Revolution against the Kingdom of Spain. Today the area is officially called Rizal Park. The monument enshrining the remains of Dr. Jose Rizal serves as the park’s symbolic focal point. The Declaration of Philippine Independence from the United States was also held here on July 4, 1946. Big political rallies including those of Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino in 1986 that culminated in the EDSA Revolution were also held here. Just a few weeks ago, the emperor and empress of Japan visited this park to show their respect to the Filipino hero. After that well-televised visit of the emperor, I learned that Rizal made a visit to Japan while he was on his way to San Francisco. While he was in Japan, he wrote his family and said that he envisioned that in the future the Philippines would have more contact and relations with Japan.