It was 7th March, 2013 in the morning. I was feeling blissful with my bags packed and ready to go to my dreamland ‘Japan’. I left Turku at 1pm and went to Vantaa Airport, Helsinki. I was flying from Turkish airlines. I reached Kansai International Airport of Osaka on 8th March. My brother was there in the airport waiting for me. It was the moment that made my heart beat faster. I was literally so happy that no words can define it.
I got 3 reasons to visit Japan this March; to attend my brother’s graduation ceremony, to meet my family members, and to attend my cousin’s marriage ceremony. My mom and dad they came from Nepal 2 weeks before my arrival. For me it was a great family re-union since I met them after 6 months of being in Finland. The very second day in Japan, we went to aquarium with my family members and other relatives. We went to sea side and spent some time there. In the other following days, I along with my family members went to Rokko Island, famous island in Kobe, Japan. Kobe is called a city of design. We went to Kobe seaport. I still remember that night in the port, it was kind of magical. The lighting system was so fabulous, even in the middle of the mountain they got a logo of Kobe city. We went to different places like Nara; one of the historical place of Japan. Universal Studios Japan is the biggest movie themed park in the world and being there was so splendid.
On 16th March we went to graduation ceremony. The University was so big and well designed. Graduated students wearing traditional Japanese dress called kimono (females), looked like beautiful dolls. For the wedding ceremony of my cousin, we went to Tokyo on 19th March. Tokyo is the busiest city I have ever seen. In Tokyo I spent 12 days and during that time I went to Disneyland, Tokyo tower and sky tree. Now I am back in Turku but still some part of me is roaming somewhere in Japan. And I must say Japan is a must visit country.
Text and photo: Sabnam Shrestha