In Alsace (France), we have a place called ‘la Montagne des Singes’ (‘Mountain of the Apes’). In Japan, they have the Jigokudani’s Monkey Park. And over there, monkeys are bathing themselves in natural hot springs. Like kings.
The very reason why I came to Japan in the first place before flying to New Zealand is called Noriko. She is my penpal, whom I met via the Postcrossing website since last August 2014. When I wrote her about my WHV plans, she wrote me back that I would be welcome in her house in Matsumoto. As crazy as it seems, I believed her. So, here I am, a few months later, meeting in real life my friend Noriko. She is such a nice and loveable person and has a lot of plans for me to enjoy Japan. Amongst them: the Matsumoto Castle.
One week in Japan is surely one week in food’s heaven.
Karaoke in Japan is like a big institution.
So, when Agata, my couchsurfing host, asked me for a karaoke night…
Well. I couldn’t say no.
Amongst the weird-but-so-cool things I wanted to try in Japan, there was
THE MOOMIN CAFE!
Going to the Ghibli Museum is already an adventure in itself. First, you have to get some tickets, which is not an easy task. You have to book the tickets a few months in advance, through a specific french travel agency (http://www.specialistejapon.fr/ghibli-museum-mitaka) or you can buy the tickets on a vending machine in a konbini. Since I didn’t manage to have some tickets from the french travel agency (all teh tickets were sold out even two months in advance !), Noriko, my penpal, managed to buy me some tickets and send them to me :
It was settled. I had my date with Totoro on June 22th (2015) at 14 :00.