dreaming of japan

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japanese green tea, origami paper and pen

petit moon sake and sushi recipe book

i remember when i was in school, the first time i heard someone saying they’d been abroad. it was so exciting for most of us, who could rarely afford to go on holiday within the uk. she’d been to thailand, then tokyo. i can’t really remember specifics, but i do remember asking her a lot of questions, and for years after i’d daydream of travelling to these countries.

sadly, at 29 years old i’ve still never been, but japan has remained very high up on my wishlist of places to go. so instead of making up some imaginary experiences, i thought i’d share the experiences of those that have been.

i know there are many more japan posts out there, so please send any links of interesting or insightful ones you’ve discovered.

moleskine from ANA

i was sent a hamper of items alongside this post, one of the items was a moleskine diary, and inside the front page it says this (image above), and if you know me at all you’ll know just how much i am on board with this message. i’ll write the first two paragraphs out incase you can’t read it:

we believe there is a beauty
in what goes unnoticed —
an imperceptible in-between
that creates harmony.

it is a place that is created by the
physical but you can’t grasp it.
you can only feel it.

chopsticks and 'living in japan' book

ANA moleskine cover and origami paper

as much as it’s lovely to learn about japan, to have gifts from there and to enjoy food and drinks, i believe nothing will ever quite compare to actually going there. to breathe it in and feel it in your soul. to notice the little details and idiosyncrasies that aren’t necessarily present here in the UK.

obviously, unless you’ve mastered teleportation, pretty much the only way to get to japan from here is by flying. ANA (all nippon airways) is one such airline. reading reviews, they are well regarded amongst customers (skytrax gives them 5 stars) and the main thing i get from the reviews is that their customer service is exceptional. always a good thing on long flights!

have you flown with ANA before? what was your experience? and if you have any japan recommendations or blog posts, do let me know!

disclaimer: sponsored by ANA, all words, images and opinions my own.

dreaming of japan was last modified: September 5th, 2016 by laura redburn
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10 Comments

  • Reply Claire 31/08/2016 at 08:59

    How pretty! Friends of mine are planning a Japan trip next year, I’m so excited for their posts!

    • Reply laura redburn 09/09/2016 at 08:34

      yes i always get excited for peoples travel posts!

  • Reply Fritha Strickland 05/09/2016 at 14:27

    You’d suit Japan so much! I’m desperate to visit Tokyo one day, one day, one day! xx

    • Reply laura redburn 09/09/2016 at 08:31

      i feel it’s pretty much my destiny to go there, haha! ah i bet you’d love it too. hope you get to go some day!

  • Reply Molly 05/09/2016 at 21:00

    I’ve always wanted to visit Japan. My husband’s desperate to visit too. Such an interesting country.

    • Reply laura redburn 09/09/2016 at 08:31

      i can’t even comprehend how amazing it must be to go there! tokyo alone seems amazing and interesting, let alone the lesser visited (but nonetheless interesting) places!

  • Reply Lottie :: Oyster & Pearl 06/09/2016 at 19:08

    Oh my goodness, what lovely treats! I’ve never been to Japan but I really, really want to go x

    • Reply laura redburn 09/09/2016 at 08:26

      i’ve still yet to try the sake. maybe i should try it this weekend. love the blue bottle. yes japan seems like a dream place for many people!

  • Reply katie albury 07/09/2016 at 09:23

    Ooh Japan is one of those places that I would love to visit one day too. I’d never heard of this airline before so it’s great to know a different one to keep in mind. x

    • Reply laura redburn 09/09/2016 at 08:25

      japan looks truly amazing, and there’s so many areas to explore! tbh i’d not heard of the airline before either, but i think as long as you can afford them they seem like a very good choice. pretty much every review i read about them over the web was either good or glowing!

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