Monday, April 14, 2014

Umeda Sky Buiding: Floating Garden Observatory

And we're finally on our last attraction of our trip! Hooray! From Dotombori we took the JR line to Osaka Station and walked to the Umeda Sky Building. The building has a fun architecture, it consists of two 40-story towers connected at their two uppermost floors with bridges and an escalator. At the top it has a 360 degree observatory with views of downtown Osaka. The Sky Walk also features a love locks wall, and essentially the reason why i wanted to visit the building! We bought a personalized love lock with our wedding date and then locked it forever in the Lumi Deck. 

Q: Have you ever left a love lock in a fence, a bridge, a gate, or anywhere else? 

If you've missed the previous posts of our trip, click here to catch up! 

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pin-spiration Thursdays: Wanderlust

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Maybe it's because Summer it's just a couple of weeks away, or because we booked a weekend getaway to the Yaeyama Islands for our anniversary, or because the 36 hours: Asia & Oceania book i ordered came in the mail, or that my family finally booked their tickets to come visit us late this summer, or that i may possibly be going on a buy trip for work (hello, china, thailand or vietnam), but it's safe to say i've got a case of the travel bug as a result of all of these. (yup that was a long sentence! haha)

It's already feeling a little bit like summer here, the humidity is definitely creeping in but i can't complain when the days are gorgeous! I am sooo excited to getaway for a weekend and just do nothing. But i'm overly excited for my mom, my two brothers and my sister-in-law to fly all the way to our side of the world! I can't wait to pick them up, to have them freak out over driving on the left side of the road, to show them places i've blogged about, and for them to fall in love with this little island we call home. 

Q: Do you have any travel plans for this summer? If not, what place has you wanderlusting? 

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Katsuren Castle Ruins

A couple of weekends ago G was finally up to going exploring! Lately, with me working every Saturday our Sundays have become our lazy days in and we've barely done any adventuring. This particular Sunday i woke up with the urge to get out of the house, so i sat down, opened my computer went to Okinawahai and starting searching for something we could do. We decided on the Katsuren Castle Ruins, because it's in our town and because we both want to visit all the World Heritage Sites on island. It was a cloudy day but as always Okinawa did not disappoint. 

Katsuren Castle sits on a steep hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Only a few stone walls and foundations remain. Katsuren is most famous as the seat of Lord Amawari in the 15th century. According to the legend, Amawari was a sick child that got abandoned in the mountains to die. However, he survived and grew into a powerful leader who defended an oppresive lord and took over Karsuren Castle. Later he attempted to attack Shuri Castle, which ended in his death.

Q: Aren't those sea colors breathtaking?! The view from the castle ruins was definitely a treat to witness.
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