This is part two of my photo diary of my last trip of 2014 – around the world in three weeks. After the last leg of our trip in Prague, we flew, via Paris, to Tokyo. I haven’t been back to Asia in over 10 years, and I haven’t been to Japan since my early teens. This was definitely the favourite part of my world trip. We didn’t nearly have enough time to see everything, and I definitely hope to be back soon to spend more time exploring the country. Here are some photos from my short but memorable trip to Japan.
Part 5 – Tokyo, Japan
We arrived in Japan just in time to catch the tail end of their Autumn Colour festival, with beautiful leaves changing colour around the city, even though it was already mid-December. Tokyo is a huge city and we barely scratched the surface on our too brief trip.
From Tokyo, we hopped on a bullet train and headed to Kyoto for the last leg of our trip. We travelled at dizzying speeds…
Part 6 – Kyoto, Japan
Once we got to Kyoto, we headed straight for Arashiyama, as we had luckily timed our arrival with the start of their light festival. The bridges, streets and hills were all lit up, with lanterns lighting the path way to the temples and through the bamboo forest. This last part of our trip was definitely dedicated to seeing temples and gardens.
And there you have it. We traveled 3 different continents, 5 different countries, 6 different cities, in a little over 3 weeks (a couple of days were spent flying). It was truly the trip of a lifetime, and it was daunting when we first booked it and thought about how many places we were going to in such a short time. But once we were actually traveling, I think our excitement overrode our jet lag and we were usually out from morning to night, walking all day long. I saw and experienced so many new things, I’ve collected lots of ideas along the way and am keeping them the sketchbook in my head for future works. It will be interesting to see how things I saw from this trip will find their way into my future art.
For more pictures from my trip, you can check out my Instagram.