This short trip to Japan was fantastic, a lot better than I expected. I did not have much time to visit, but it was just enough to feel like I want to go back and discover more. The Japanese people are so kind and so nice!
I did have some time to escape from the conference. One morning I went to visit a Shrine up the mountains and then for a hike. The Shrine was beautiful but I also found two tiny Shrines up the mountain, which I loved even more.
I also managed to spent two evenings in Tokyo, thanks to a super quick train that took us there from the little town where I was staying. One evening we visited a traditional area where there was a big Shrine and nice little streets with traditional buildings. At the Shrine a Japanese girl explained us how to check our fortune with the O-mikuji, little papers which tell you your fortune. I followed her instructions and got “Good fortune in the future”. The paper said that my family at present has lots of problems and worries but that in the future it will get better. I hope that’s correct!
In the last day I had a bit of time to visit Tokyo again. I went to visit another Shrine. It was beautiful and I was lucky since there was a fall festival with traditional music. At this Shrine you could write a wish on small woodden tablets, which are then put under a tree. I wrote down my wish and as I was placing it under the tree I saw the wish of the person before me, which was asking for a baby this year. It made me cry. But it was good to see I was not alone.
Finally I walked around some crazy areas of Tokyo, with people dressed in the weirdest ways and lots of lights, noise, screens with funny videos. Such an incredible place!
This trip was really good. It was fun to discover stuff about the Japanese culture, to try and communicate to people who do not speak your language, to get lost, find my way, be surprised. Travelling is the one thing that makes me feel happy. If I’m still childless in ten years, I should just run away and spend the rest of my life travelling!