Cherry Blossom Girl

Part Four of My Japanese Adventure

I’ve never been the best at maintaining that elusive work-life balance. I certainly have enjoyed blogging about my recent Agile and UX experiences over the past few months. Nevertheless, I’m only human after all. Therefore once in a while I need to take a break.

Day 9

Today we say goodbye to the beautiful island of Miyajima. Wandering through the quiet morning streets before the crowds arrive is exceptionally peaceful. It gives us a great last opportunity to savour the sites of the shrines and Tori gate before boarding the ferry back towards the mainland.

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Day 10

On our first full day in Kyoto, we are off to Arashiyama to explore the legendary bamboo forest. Even with the crowds of tourists, it is an absolutely stunning place to explore. There are indeed ruminants of these hoards left behind, including carvings in the bamboo. Nevertheless, staring up among the trees and admiring the various shrines dotted around the forest made for an enlightening morning.

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Day 11

Today is wildcard day, with a surprise trip to Osaka. We can’t plan everything after all! Being Scots and Whisky fans, our first stop has to be the Suntory Yamazaki distillery. This is the first Whisky distillery built in Japan.

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Lead software engineer with a strong interest in Agile, UX and Usability. Lover of cooking, tea, photography and gin!

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