Dream Summer Destination10:36 AM
Temperature rising, humidity seeping into your skin, Mr. Sun making sure his presence is felt by every living creature under his reign...ahhh, summer. We can surely feel it now. Where's your next summer destination?
I usually go to the beach when summer beckons. Boracay, Fortune Island, Isla de Gigantes, Baler, Calaguas---these are only a few of my favorite beach summer destinations. It's the perfect time to submerge in the pristine clear waters of the Philippine beaches, and sink my feet in the white sand to relax.
But, this summer I dream of going to a cool place. Someplace different from my usual summer destinations. This year, I want my summer escapade to be an escape from everything that screams of summer. Away from the heat of the sun. Away from the sand on my feet, and the smell of salt in the air. This year, I dream of going to Japan.
Dream Summer Destination: Japan
Cherry blossoms is one of the many reasons people visit Japan because it's trademark to them. I love pink and I love flowers. And I love to see something new and be surrounded by nature. Cherry blossoms is enough reason for me to want to visit Japan. The cherry blossom season typically takes place in early April. So that's still summer here.
A majestic landmark and icon, you can't not go and see Mt. Fuji when you're in Japan. With it's perfect symmetry and unique appearance, this majestic mountain is on top of my list.
Harry Potter World
It is unforgivable for a Potterhead like me to visit Japan and not see the Harry Potter world. It's a crime! I want to drink butterbeer, visit the stores in Diagon Alley, get my wand at Ollivander's, and experience the magic all over again.
Inside the magic
Speaking of magic, who didn't fall in love with the magical world of Hayao Miyazaki? The moment I saw Spirited Away and learned about Ghibli Museum, I knew I have to go there before I die. I'd like to visit Kiki's Bakery, see Howl's Moving Castle and Castle in the Sky exhibits, and step into the fantastic creations of Mr. Miyazaki.
As a dog foster parent, I know the depth of a dog's love, loyalty and dedication. The most popular story of which is of Hachiko's. No, I can't watch the movie. I might get a breakdown. But I want to see and give my reverence to the great Hachiko in his well-deserved and honored monument.
Castles and temples
There are a lot of astonishing architectures in Japan. Most of which are their castles and temples that could rival and easily beat their modern buildings in beauty anytime. White Heron Castle or Himeji Castle, Edo castle, Kinkaku-ji, Matsumoto Castle and Senso-ji. There are just a few of these beauties I want to see in Japan.