New Blog!

Hey there! I've decided to continue blogging at a different blog. The MEXT archives and some of my travel posts will remain here, but I'll be moving some stuff over. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Sakura 2016: Kumamoto Castle

Hello! I just came back from Kumamoto yesterday! I had a job hunting event there, and since it started at 10am, I decided that instead of rushing, I would go one day early and spend the night. The sakura absolutely did not influence my decision to go early, but I decided that since I was there, I might as well go to the castle.

Luckily for me, the sakura were in full bloom! I was actually a bit worried, because they weren't in Fukuoka yet (soon though. Soon).

So on the 29th, I made my way to Kumamoto, made friend while on the tram, checked in to the hotel, and decided to head to Kumamoto castle. I had heard that entrance was cheaper after 5pm, but I intended to while the time away with this Strawberry Milk that I also heard about on the internet.

When I reached the castle walls, I saw this:

Sakura everywhere! It was really beautiful. I mean, the streets were lined with flowering sakura trees.

And I don't know, something about seeing foodstalls in front of the sakura make me happy. Not that I bought any of the food. I just like to look at them.

So I went to the snack/omiyage place next to Kumamoto castle, and obviously, I had to take a shot of Kumamon!

And ok, now I'll show you the drink and the shop, so that we can get back to what's probably the starts of this post - the sakura.

Strawberry milk, which is really just strawberry and milk. It's a little tart, and overall, not bad. But I sort of didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to, because after I ordered this, I saw a strawberry ice-cream cone with actual strawberries on it! My fickle fickle stomach :p

And this is why you don't take photos while holding a drink in one hand. Everything ends up slanted. But it's a really small shop, and I actually missed it twice. I'll probably come back next time for the ice-cream. Assuming it's not a seasonal thing.

Ok, now on to more photos!

Fukuoka castle ruins has some really pretty sakura, but I think seeing an actual, reconstructed castle with sakura is definitely more impressive.

Although I do wish the weather was either more interesting or more blue. It was just... dull. Which meant no interesting sunsets either.

And more pictures.

This is what I saw when I looked back after we exited the castle. Oh, I forgot to say - I saw my newfound friends at the entrance to the castle. So we ended up exploring together :D

And since the castle is supposed to be lighted up at night, the only sensible thing to do is to wait for it to get dark (enough)

I also really like how the lanterns look in the sakura trees, but I just can't seem to get a good picture of them!

And it was only until I took the last picture that I remembered that I wanted to take this street of sakura in the daytime too! But, I somehow forgot about it.

The next day was the job-hunting day, and well... I'm glad I stayed over. It ended up being a one hour bus ride from the city to the company, and after the whole thing was done, I was feeling more than a little bus sick.

I've another company setsumeikai tomorrow though - so hopefully that goes well!

MORE sakura photos:
Fukuoka Castle and Huis Ten Bosch
Fukuoka Castle (Day)
Fukuoka Castle (Night)
Hakozaki Campus

Thank you for reading! If you leave a comment, please make sure that you share to "public" (that green oval thing) and not just to circles, because I might not be able to see it otherwise. 

No comments :

Post a Comment

Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I love to hear your opinions and stories! (And if you want to guest post, do let me know too!)

If you have a question about the MEXT scholarship, please check the FAQs and anti-FAQs to see if it's been covered.