Flower Trippin’ in Nihon Town and Then Some

So this is a little bit overdue, but I heard just recently that Jim will be going back to Japan this October for work and it kind of gave me another idea to jump into the opportunity to *maybe* plan a trip to Japan while he’s there. Since I started this blog, most of my blog entries were about my Yokohama and Tokyo adventures and inspirations and some throwback narratives of my trips in Europe. So now realizing that I haven’t written anything in a while, I thought I’d share a few photos from my not so recent trip to Nihon town last April. It’s my second time in Japan during spring time, my first time was during golden week last year which was in […]

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Mash Up Tools: My new favorite Turner Acryl-Gouache Paints

Turner Acryl Gouache was an unknown brand to me until I had a chance to visit Lemon Gasui art store in Tokyo. Another friend of mine, the one and only Tuesday Vargas visited the store earlier this year and through Facebook photos, I discovered that there was this awesome wonderland of a place in Ochanomizu station. When I was planning for my first visit to Japan last spring, I knew Lemon Gasui had to be part of the itinerary. Japan art loot from @lemongasui tokyo! Holbein watercolor paper and Turner acryl gouache! Excited to paint with these 🌸🎨🌿#mxmtravels #japan2016 #tokyo #mashuptools A post shared by Mash Up Maria Art (@mashupmaria) on Apr 30, 2016 at 5:15pm PDT Lemon Gasui is more known as an architecture […]

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30 Days in Japan: Dialog With Trees Exhibit at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Founded in 1926 by coal businessman Ketaro Sato, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum originally known as Tokyo Prefectural Art Museum is Japan’s first public art museum that houses special art exhibitions by Japanese and foreign artists and art groups. Because of the rather quick deterioration of the original building since its establishment, the museum was reopened in another venue in 1975. Around 3,000 artworks have been included in the original collection however, all but 48 pieces were moved to The Museum of Contemporary Art which was opened in 1995. In April 1, 2012, the Metropolitan Art Museum was reopened to the public after a major renovation that lasted two years. Today, unlike most art museums, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum does not have a permanent […]

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30 Days in Japan: Himawari (Sunflower) Festival, Kiyose

After my last visit to Japan during the hanami season, I was on the lookout for more flora finds in Nihon town. Together with lilies and peonies, sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers as they just give out the happy and cheerful essence of mother nature. The sight of bright yellow sunflowers on sidewalks, at parks or even private gardens gets me every time. Kiyose Himawari Festival 2016 One Sunday morning, Jim and I hopped on the train from Futamatagawa Station to Yokohama as usual, then to Shibuya where we got our Tokyo Metro 1-Day Open Ticket for 600 Yen. This ticket allows travelers to unlimited rides within the Tokyo Metro lines, and since we were planning to check out the Jamaican and Carribean […]

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30 Days in Japan: Coastal Crashing in Cape Irozaki

Summer in the Philippines has come and gone and I knew I missed my chance at a beach trip this year. The first half of 2016 has been all about work and side hustling that I missed family outings altogether. Despite going to other Southeast Asian countries this year,  Malaysia in February and April, then Thailand in June, none of those trips involved the sand, salt and sea. It never really occurred to me that I will get another opportunity to explore some coastal areas in Japan, but it turned out our adventurer friend Neps of The Open Notes was planning to go on a day trip to check out some girls in bathing suits a nearby beach called Tatadohama and squeeze in some photo […]

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30 Days in Japan: Matsumoto Castle, Nagano

In my attempts to get the blog up to speed with my life, I’m writing a series of posts about my Japan trip. This may be my last overseas trip for the year, so I’d like to document the sights and insights on this trip as best as I can. There’s a slight difference between this Japan trip and my last vacation. We went during Spring on Golden Week and there was a definite agenda for each day so that we can explore and cover as many places as possible. The result was  an almost Amazing Race trip where we ended up literally plopping on the futon out of exhaustion at the end of each day. That’s not to say we didn’t have fun–of course […]

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