That means "hello" in Japanese, my friends! Yes, you heard that right. I am in Japan at this very moment you're reading this. Alhamdulillah this is my third time here and I don't think that number is slowing down. I have and always love Japan deep in my heart for so many reasons too long to list down! :D
I've been to Tokyo, Hokkaido (northern part of Japan) and now Kyushu, the southern part too! Some people might say that travelling to Japan is quite troublesome for they use almost everything in Japanese. But certainly that is not the case for me. I find that I can survive well even though we don't speak the same language.
So for your information, there is no direct flight to Fukuoka from Malaysia. So I flew with Singapore Airlines, transited in Changi Airport for a couple of hours and made my way straight to Fukuoka. And so happens I arrived at 8am in the morning, so I had a long day awaiting for me ahead.
Girl's gotta have some breakfast! I headed down to the Hakata Train Station to get on the bullet train cause Kagoshima is 3 hours away from Fukuoka. But with the train I could arrive there in an hour. So of course I needed something to fill me in during the journey.
Everyone's busy with their day cause it was early during the time I shot this. So I truly understand why the station is packed. But lucky for me and my group, our coach wasn't that full that day.
Yours truly fefeeling sangatttt hahaha.. But seriously though, I enjoy my bullet train rides so much cause they're clean (duhh it's Japan), they're fast, silent, cosy, spacious and you could see the most enticing scenery of Japan just outside the window. This is my 2nd time riding the bullet train, and I can tell you you should opt for this method in case you're planning on travelling to a couple of places instead of taking their domestic flights. Cause experience, that's cause.
Me in my zone haha. So of course I had to choose the seafood bento cause it was always the best decision for us, Muslim travellers. And lucky for us Muslims, seafood dishes are aplenty in Japan so you need not worry much about food while you're in Japan. Philippines lagi tenfolds harder to find food that are acceptable for us to consume.
So my first stop of the day as soon as I arrived Kagoshima, is to head to Sengan-En! This is highly recommended if you ever visit Kyushu cause this is where nature will enchant you with its glorious views. And also because the majestic Sakurajima volcanic mountain is available for you to see it directly! I mean, when was the last time you saw a volcano mountain, right? Lucky for us it didn't erupt XD
See what I mean when I say "glorious view"? Aghhhh I feel like pitching a tent and just camp here for a few days just to glue myself to this view everyday. MasyaAllah.
This is also a view of Sakurajima volcano mountain taken from its other side. We pretty much stopped our car by the road side to get this million dollar shot of me here XD
My journey continues with my visit to the Kagoshima Masjid / Kagoshima Islamic Culture Centre. I mean c'mon guys, isn't sugoi (cool) for Japan to have masjids even thought their Muslim population is quite small? This is one great news for us Muslim travellers I tell ya. It feels like meeting family when I stepped into the masjid's compound.
How it looks like on the inside. So quaint, I love it! There were Qurans in various translations such as English, Japanese, Urdu, Malay, Bangladesh etc.So I'm sure they have quite a few Muslims who prays here even though they are no Japanese.
I hope Allah will grant their Islamic paths with such ease, knowing that they are a minority here in Japan. And to more mastoids in the future insyaAllah! Happy Muslim traveller, checked! :D
So it was time for us to head to our hotel cause technically we didn't get any rest as soon as we landed. So it was an early night for us when we reached Iwasaki Hotel in Ibusuki. And would you look at this breathtaking view of the sunset? It was just too beautiful for words! And honestly I felt like throwing my camera down the balcony cause this image does not do any justice to the actual view I saw. Eyes 1, Camera 0.
At this very moment I remembered again why Japan is so close to my heart :)
But before my group and I ended our night, we made the initiative to try the sand bath. Yup, you read that right. SAND. BATH. Haha.. I changed to the yukata robe provided by our hotel and headed out to the moment of truth...
This! Yes, this is how the sand bath looks like when taking place. In the picture you see is an anxious me (luckily my face is not seen) when being dug up with warm sand. This sand is high in nutrients and is said to improve lots and lots of diseases or physical pain such as back pains, joint pains, skin conditions, women's irregular menstruation cycle and so many more. The sand is naturally warm thanks to the onset (hot spring water) that is naturally available 30cm under this layer of sand. I wish I could do this every day ok. But of course, alhamdulillah at least I can tell my grandchildren one day that I have unlocked my personal achievement of trying it here in Kagoshima. :D
Till my next post, guys!