Pretty Nagoya.

After a well spent day in between little towns, we headed to Nagoya.

Nagoya is big and very business-y like. One of the first things we saw when we go there was a lady laying on the floor and a few of her friends surrounding her. I got immediately worried, but figured the situation was completely under control — as in, calling an ambulance an such — turns out she was out drunk, and everyone was laughing and behaving as if that was completely normal! Turns out, it is…

We would only be in Nagoya for a day, to visit the castle. We were incredibly tired, and we just wanted to get a good night sleep — the hotel we stayed in for the night before was decent, just on the verge of bad and we couldn’t really rest properly.

The castle is amazing! It reminded us a lot of Osaka’s castle, but of course this one was completely different in every detail inside and out. Golden carps were everywhere and there was a reenacting of ancient times, with samurais strolling around and old shops all over.

Nagoya castle up ahead!

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takayama and furukawa.

I’m sorry for the radio silence.

Life’s been busy around here: house painting, coming up with the new office, moving up furniture, bringing in new furniture…and then we had to dip our feet on the crystal clear water of our beautiful Atlantic (meaning, we went to the beach).

I also have been thinking a lot about the future direction of this blog, I need to freshen it up, somehow! — I’m on a cleaning/tidying up rampage, okay? For now, I have a few ideas, but since I have no one to pitch them to, because I’m my own boss around here, I need to mull them over and come up with what I really want to see.

Today I’m presenting you photos from our trip to Takayama and Furukawa. *This post is heavily loaded with photos, I am sorry!*

A couple of days after arriving to Tokyo, we packed some clothes on our backpacks and headed off to Nagoya, but in between, we visited the very beautiful Takayama and Furukawa. Both are very small towns but very authentic and pretty. We walked around quite a lot, tried fresh soba, beef sushi and grilled dango, fed the carps and knew immediately why we were back to Japan after 11 months.

meal on the train.

make the kitties happy and click for more pics!

CEREAL magazine Giveaway.

To kick off this nice looking Saturday (even though it’s a cold one) I have the very first giveaway on the blog! Everybody say ‘YAAAAAY!’!

*ahem*

Last week my very first CEREAL magazine arrived and I instantly fell in love. And I’m gonna dare and say that it  felt nicer than Kinfolk (I still love kinfolk!). Yeah, it’s *that* good.

This quarterly publication is something between a very nice book and an amazing magazine, featuring food and places to visit, as well as interesting people. The overall design of the magazine is very clean and simple, remind one of the northern european style that makes us all forget about the cold and wanting to move there.

This is CEREAL’s volume two and it takes us on a journey through the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the wonders of the Long Pepper and the flavours of the fiery red paste of Gochujang amongst other things. The writing is beautiful and follows the style of the magazine, sticking to a simple and very eloquoent speech, side by side with absolutely gorgeous examples of the most fine photography.

 

I love it so damn much that I think one of you guys deserve to feel the same love.

 

Welcome to the CEREAL magazine giveaway!

For a chance to win a copy of CEREAL magazine VOL. 2 you will need to: 

* SUBSCRIBE to the blog through the FOLLOW link on the right bottom of the page;

* leave a COMMENT on this post saying why you would love to have this volume of CEREAL;
The give away will close on Thursday the 2nd of May at 10PM (GMT) and a randomly selected winner will be announced on Friday the 3rd of May.

 

Good luck every one! And comment comment comment!

 

PS — the dog is not part of the giveaway!

PS2 — to enter the giveaway all you need to do is subscribe to the blog and comment on this post, you do not need to follow me on instagram or pinterest. But you’re more than welcome to!