Summer Vacation 夏休み2013

Hello all! 🙂

Finally a little spare time in this Sunday evening and finally I can write about my summer vacation. I spent my summer vacation on Japan with my family (mom, dad, and little brother). Actually they came there to picked me up but we still managed to had some vacation as well 😀

We spent a week around Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara. Well, actually we went mostly to places where I had been before, so i will only tell you some of memorable moments with my family 😀

Family Shinkansen Ride

This was super fun! 😀 For my brother, it was his first ride of Shinkansen! And he was so happy!

my little brother and the Shinkansen that we rode

my little brother and the Shinkansen

before departing! :)

before departing! 🙂

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Mom and Dad 😀 Dad is very proud with his 東工大 T-shirt! 😀

But this ride was also memorable because there was an earthquake when we rode the Shinkansen. Although i did not feel the quake but the power supply suddenly went off because they cut off the electricity, the train immediately slowed down to a complete stop for 10 minutes >.<

Anyway, on the way back to Tokyo we got N700 Shinkansen 😀 so my brother was happier 😀

Shinkansen Series N700, the best line up of JR West Shinkansen!

N700, the king up of JR West Shinkansen!

cute bento :3

cute bento :3

Osaka Museum of Housing and Living 

Remember this museum? Where we are able to wear yukata and walk around in an Edo Period settings? Although i’ve been here together with my sister but this time was more special because there were 4 of us.

Yukata! ^0^

Yukata! ^0^

me and my little brother :D

me and my little brother 😀

my beautiful Mom and handsome Dad :)

my beautiful Mom and handsome Dad 🙂

I hope someday, the whole family can go here together and all wear yukata together! 😀

Osaka Aquarium (海遊館)

Going to Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyuukan) was a very good choice! Because it was really-really nice. The building consist of eight floors and it’s located near the sea. In front of the aquarium there is a very big ferris wheel 😀

The huge aquarium building :)

The huge aquarium building 🙂

gigantic ferris wheel :)

gigantic ferris wheel 🙂

At first we went up to the top and we saw the exhibits while going down. The theme of all of the exhibits was about animals (marine animal mostly), generally ecosystems around the Ring of Fire (Circum Pacific).

At first you’d be greeted by wonderful rainforest! Going down you would meet many animals from the pole, from seal until penguins.

rainforest

rainforest

^0^

^0^

Mr. Penguins!

Mr. Penguins!

But the most magnificent part for me was three-storied sharks aquarium! 9 meters deep and 5400 tons of water inside  >.< they had two whale shark, very cute 🙂 they also had troops of hammer head shark, tiger shark, and any shark, you name it 🙂 They also had the ugly sun fish (like what i’ve saw in Yokohama Aquarium.

cute whale shark!

cute whale shark!

The japanese crabs was also astonishing, they were enormous! And there was also a very good collections of jelly fishes 🙂

spider crab!

spider crab!

magnificent jelly fish!

magnificent jelly fish!

if you are interested of going to Osaka Aquarium please visit this page

Traditional Osaka Okonomiyaki Eating Experiences!

Osaka is famous for its Okonomiyaki, and we had the opportunities to taste one of its finest! Luckily it’s located just behind our hotel at Umeda Sky Building (our hotel was the Westin Osaka, near Osaka Station)

Kiji

Kiji

The place was really comfortable and homey and it was really delicious. Although we had to queue for about 1 hour, the taste of the food plus the atmosphere really paid that all off! In this restaurant the owner cooked by himself for us. The place was small but homey; the wall is covered with photographs from customer all over the world and the smell of sizzling okonomiyaki was really irresistible!

inner interior of Kiji :)

inner interior of Kiji 🙂

putting my own name card :D

putting my own name card 😀

We ordered okonomiyaki and yakisoba. You can decide by yourself what to put inside, from seafood until chicken, beef, and pork 🙂

hurry eat it while its hot!

hurry eat it while its hot!

いただきます!

いただきます!

Nara

Second time to Nara, I was happy with all of the deers however we met one crazy deers that ate my plastic bags (and maybe if i did not react fast enough, my hand).

Dad, Mom and Daibutsu..

Dad, Mom and Daibutsu..

Deers! (but not the crazy one)

Deers! (but not the crazy one)

:)

🙂

Kyoto, Kiyomizudera

Because we only had half day in Kyoto, we decided to visit Kiyomizudera. It was still as charming as my first visit 5 years ago 🙂

Kyoto Bus!

Kyoto Bus!

Red :)

Red 🙂

Mommy Daddy!

Mommy Daddy!

overlooking the city of Kyoto!

overlooking the city of Kyoto!

tranquil :)

tranquil 🙂

Ok, maybe that’s all for now, and i will post later for our experience at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disneysea!

See you guys! (and i’m missing Japan like crazy >.<)

Love

Afifa Ayu Koesoema

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