Zenning out solo in Japan
Last month I finally had the pleasure of going to Japan. I’ve had my eyes set on visiting the majestic place that gave the world sushi ever since I got into Zen Buddhism during my student years. I was curious to experience what it’s like to be in a country whose ethos is rooted in mindfulness. I’m happy to report that it was everything I expected and then some. It’s impossible for me to think of my holiday without immediately wearing a cheesy grin on my face and gushing about its splendor, like a true fangirl would.
Unlike my summer trip to China, I visited Japan sans company. Only me, myself and moi. This proved to be quite the adventure as solo travel usually is. Japan was a little taste of the big journey that awaits me in a three months (!!!) , when my time in Korea comes to a close.
During my week-long stay, I visited Osaka and Kyoto. I went to Osaka to eat. No, seriously. This city is known as ‘The kitchen of Japan’ and it’s true. Delicious food was everywhere and I only wish I had two stomachs so I would have been able to indulge more.
I spent the majority of my time in Kyoto, a traditional and serene city known for geisha, temples and zen gardens. Here is where the proper zenning and blissing out took place.
But while Kyoto was loads of fun, it also served to be a contemplative and meditative kind of vacation. This city exudes a sublime calmness and tranquility. It's blissfully quiet and harmonious here – the perfect vibe to behold the dizzying amount of temples, shrines and traditional gardens Kyoto boasts.
If you get the pleasure of paying a visit to this charming place, do yourself a favor and don't rush. Slow down and set time aside to actually take it all in. After all, remember this is ~presence~ country!