Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts

Busan, South Korea: What to See in Winter

Beyond the sea: What to See in Winter in Busan, South Korea by Posh, Broke, & Bored




THERE’S MORE TO BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA, THAN ITS 
BEACHES, AS I FOUND OUT ON A COLD WINTER’S DAY...


Busan has been lauded as South Korea’s answer to Barcelona: a coastal town with a wide beach and more urban edge than its glossy inland cousin. Beyond its seaside charms, South Korea’s second largest city would have you know that you are in ‘Dynamic Busan, City of Tomorrow’. They’re not wrong. Some parts of Busan, especially downtown, rival the modernity in Seoul, if not outstrip it’s braggadociousness (braggadocity?). I’m talking about you, We’ve The Zenith - I’m not sure what this so-called zenith is, unless it’s a reference to being the tallest residential building in the world. Busan wants to talk about its vision for the future, while visitors think of its coastal charms (seven, count ‘em, seven beach districts). Both are very worthy reasons to visit. But of my brief sojourn in Busan, two things stood out the most to me; one of which was a pristine relic of its past, the other a exemplary case of urban regeneration done right. There is more to Busan than its beaches, as you’ll see (sea?)...



September 20, 2018

Busan, South Korea: What to See in Winter

THERE’S MORE TO BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA , THAN ITS  BEACHES,  AS I FOUND OUT ON A COLD WINTER’S DAY... Busan  has been ...

Seoul, South Korea: The 3 Places to See a Traditional Side of Seoul

South Korea: The 3 Places to See a Traditional Side of Seoul by Posh, Broke, & Bored



THE 3 PLACES IN SEOUL TO SEE THE 
TRADITIONAL SIDE OF SOUTH KOREA


A field of LED roses beside the Zaha Hadid-designed plaza in Dongdaemun. Shopping for skincare infused with snail secretion, starfish, seahorse (or whatever animal ingredient is in vogue) in Myeongdong. That earworm that both satirised and introduced to the wider world the flashy, luxury district of Gangnam. Whatever you know about Seoul, the capital of South Korea; it’s likely to be trend-led, modern, and futuristic. In fact, the highlight of my visit to Seoul in 2014 was the Dior Cafe, housed in a building that resembled an oversized tooth. But there are parts of the city that still clings on to the classics, where you can get a feel for the old soul of Seoul. I visited three such places in my previous visit, last winter. Here are my 3 Places in Seoul to See the Traditional Side of South Korea.




September 17, 2018

Seoul, South Korea: The 3 Places to See a Traditional Side of Seoul

THE 3 PLACES IN SEOUL TO SEE THE  TRADITIONAL SIDE OF SOUTH KOREA A field of LED roses beside the Zaha Hadid-designed pl...

Okinawa, Japan: The Hawaii of Japan

Okinawa: 48 Hours in The Hawaii of Japan by Posh, Broke, & Bored
September 13, 2018

Okinawa, Japan: The Hawaii of Japan

Tokyo, Japan: 24 Hours in Tokyo

Go Tokyo! 24 Hours in Tokyo, Japan by Posh, Broke, & Bored



TOKYO, JAPAN: 24 HOURS IN THE 
WORLD’S LARGEST MEGACITY


Go, go, go! It’s no wonder that the official Tokyo city guide is called Go Tokyo. This megacity of 38 million people has a reputation of being fast, forward, and futuristic. From robot restaurants to capsule hotels (let’s not even mention Tokyo Drift), the capital of Japan is a frenetic city of skyscrapers, electric lights, and concentrated craziness. Tokyo is like the most extra of Blade Runner and Ghost In The Shell combined, with maid cafes (where doe-eyed waitresses in French maid costumes fawn over customers: “Welcome home, master!”). The future is here, and it looks like this. Having just come from Kyoto, the former imperial city and the spiritual and traditional heart of the country, Tokyo was a rapid change of pace that threw me for a loop. Even more so because I had only a full day to reacquaint myself with a city that is too fast for my tired, bootie-clad feet to keep up with. This is not a city guide, but rather my photo diary of the electricity of this insane city as well as the contrasts of its pockets of tranquility. Here are the sights I saw in my 24 Hours in Tokyo, Japan.



September 10, 2018

Tokyo, Japan: 24 Hours in Tokyo

TOKYO, JAPAN: 24 HOURS IN THE  WORLD’S LARGEST MEGACITY Go, go, go ! It’s no wonder that the official Tokyo ci...

Kyoto, Japan: The Top 10 Things to See & Do


The Top 10 Things to See & Do in Kyoto, Japan by Posh, Broke, & Bored






TEN OUT OF TEN: THE TOP 10 THINGS 
TO SEE & DO IN KYOTO, JAPAN


I can think of few cities more evocative than Kyoto. It is, in fact, my favourite city in Japan. The Japanese way of life, philosophies, and customs speak to me of ritual, mystery, and spirituality. No other city in Japan is as steeped in these as the city of Emperors. Kyoto is old Japan in modern times - where the traditional arts and crafts are kept alive by generations of artisans, and where the last remaining geisha in Japan live and work in historic districts that remain practically unchanged for centuries. More than just the cultural capital of the country, Kyoto is also the spiritual heart of Japan - this is a city of temples and shrines, of torii gates and incense, of gods and spirits. 


Kyoto is the city to immerse yourself in the intricacies of Japanese culture - be it elaborate tea ceremonies, joyous hanami (cherry blossom viewing parties), or making offerings to fox statues at Shinto shrines. If you’re thinking of visiting Japan for the first time, I highly recommend you begin with Kyoto that you may understand the unique Japanese way of life. Either way, if Kyoto is new to you, I daresay I have you covered with my list of the Top 10 Things to See & Do in Kyoto, Japan.

September 06, 2018

Kyoto, Japan: The Top 10 Things to See & Do

TEN OUT OF TEN: THE TOP 10 THINGS  TO SEE & DO IN KYOTO, JAPAN I can think of few cities more evoca...

Kyoto, Japan: Four Seasons Kyoto

My review of my luxurious and refined stay at Four Seasons Kyoto, the best new luxury hotel in Japan - Posh, Broke, & Bored

September 03, 2018

Kyoto, Japan: Four Seasons Kyoto

Porto, Portugal: A Lazy Day in Porto

A Lazy Day in Porto, Portugal

A Lazy Day in Porto, Portugal


Much Ado About Doing Nothing:
A BLISSFUL LAZY DAY IN PORTO, PORTUGAL



Porto was the perfect antidote to my short but frenetic tour of Portugal. I had shown my mother (who was visiting Portugal for the first time) Lisbon in 24 hours, trekked across the hills of Sintra in search of castles in the sky, and made a day trip to Fatima to witness the largest gathering of Catholic pilgrims in the country. A highlights reel of 3 cities in as many days; travelling by train, coach, trams had made for a hectic pace, and it came as a relief to spend a lazy day in Porto before flying back to London.

That’s not to say that Porto had little to offer. Quite the contrary. From the moment the train emerged from the pitch-black tunnel to reveal a bird’s eye view of Rio Douro and her graceful arched bridges; Porto wowed me with the faded opulence of her medieval walls covered in hand-painted azulejo, the rustic charm of her hole-in-the-wall taverns, the prettiness of her pastel houses carved into hills that stopped short of the promenade, and the joie de vivre that one gets from sipping Port Wine by the riverbank from dusk till dawn. Porto, in short, was like a pop-up book of life’s greatest pleasures, laid out for the languid perusal at the tip of this lazy reader’s fingers. This is my photo diary from Porto I hope that it captures the sultry, sun-drenched, soirΓ©e I enjoyed during my last day in Portugal.



August 30, 2018

Porto, Portugal: A Lazy Day in Porto

Much Ado About Doing Nothing: A BLISSFUL LAZY DAY IN PORTO, PORTUGAL Porto   was the perfect antidote to my short but ...

New Taipei City, Taiwan: Driving along Taiwan's North Coast to Yehliu Geopark, Houtong Cat Village, Jiufen, & more

New Taipei City: Driving along Taiwan's North Coast to Yehliu Geopark, Houtong Cat Village, Jiufen, and more by Posh, Broke, & Bored


NEW TAIPEI CITY:  DRIVING ALONG TAIWAN’S NORTH COAST IN A SINGLE DAY

From cat villages to the town that inspired a Hayao Miyazaki film...

Rugged and beautiful. Dramatic but tranquil. Distinctly Chinese in appearance yet with a vague Japanese influence. From surfers’ paradise on fine sandy beaches to towns built into the sides of precipitously steep mountains, the terrain and landscape of Taiwan’s North Coast is a chocolate box of different flavours, with every sight more vastly contrasting to the last. I knew that New Taipei City (formerly Taipei County) was the most populous city in Taiwan, even more so than the capital it completely surrounds; but I didn’t expect the topmost section of this municipality to hold so many breathtaking sights in such a straight line. I spent a day driving through the incredibly scenic North Coast along the blue highway, whose geographic diversity is comparable to the Great Ocean Road and a world apart from most other Asian major cities. My experience is by no means exhaustive, but rather to demonstrate how achievable it is to visit 4 of the Taiwan’s North Coast most popular destinations from Taipei in a single day. Consider this an introduction to New Taipei City.



August 26, 2018

New Taipei City, Taiwan: Driving along Taiwan's North Coast to Yehliu Geopark, Houtong Cat Village, Jiufen, & more

NEW TAIPEI CITY:  DRIVING ALONG  TAIWAN’S NORTH COAST IN A SINGLE DAY From cat villages to the town that inspired a Hay...

Taipei, Taiwan: 8 Things To Do in Taipei

Taiwan: 8 Things To Do in Taipei by Posh, Broke, & Bored










EAT, SEE, & DO: 8 THINGS TO DO IN TAIPEI, TAIWAN 


The last time we met in my Taiwan travel stories, I was showing you highlights of the world’s greatest collection of Chinese art at the National Palace Museum and the art-themed tasting menu at Silks Palace. I’ve also told you the story about how my family are connected to the founding of the country and how Taiwan, also known as Republic of China (not to be confused with their Communist cousins, the People’s Republic of China) came to be. Picking up where we left off, in today’s travel story I’d like to share with you the eight things you must see, eat, and do when in Taipei. Whether you have a personal history with Taiwan or looking to visit this young, curious country; whether you have just days to spare or have the luxury of a long trip, I daresay my recommendations encapsulate the essence of the best sights and experiences Taipei has to offer. 

August 23, 2018

Taipei, Taiwan: 8 Things To Do in Taipei

EAT, SEE, & DO: 8 THINGS TO DO IN TAIPEI, TAIWAN   The last time we met in my Taiwan travel stories , I was...

Taipei, Taiwan: A day of Chinese Art and Fine Dining at National Palace Museum & Silks Palace Restaurant

Taipei, Taiwan: A day of Chinese Art and Fine Dining at National Palace Museum & Silks Palace Restaurant



A FEAST FOR THE EYES AND FOR THE STOMACH: CONSUMING THE WORLD’S GREATEST COLLECTION OF CHINESE ART AT THE NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM & SILKS PALACE RESTAURANT IN TAIPEI, TAIWAN


My first impression of the gargantuan yellow and white Chinese-style building topped with green roofs was that it looked like a mountain sentinel. Rising from and sprawled out across the verdant hills of Taipei, the National Palace Museum is indeed a guardian - of the rich history of one of the world’s greatest civilisations. At a cursory glance, the Northern branch of the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan is the very image of stability, power, and longevity. However, this impressive complex belies the close call of its collection’s near-desecration and destruction at the hands of those who would have wiped out nearly ten millennia of history in the name of their so-called Cultural Revolution. The  National Palace Museum in Taipei spoke to me, not only as a lover of art and history, but also as one of the greatest achievements of my great-grandfather’s party who sought to rescue and safekeep their beloved country’s legacy after it fell to the Communists. I spent a day in the National Palace Museum one of the most famous attractions of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and then an evening eating a tribute to some of its more precious artefacts at its luxury restaurant, Silks Palace. My idea of the perfect ways to take in art and history.


July 08, 2018

Taipei, Taiwan: A day of Chinese Art and Fine Dining at National Palace Museum & Silks Palace Restaurant

A FEAST FOR THE EYES AND FOR THE STOMACH: CONSUMING THE WORLD’S GREATEST COLLECTION OF CHINESE ART AT THE NATIONAL PALACE MUSEU...

Taipei, Taiwan: My Review of 5* Luxury hotel, W Taipei

Taipei, Taiwan: My Review of 5* Luxury hotel, W TAIPEI



WHEN AN OLD SOUL MAKES AN EXCEPTION FOR A MODERN HOTEL: MY REVIEW OF 5* LUXURY HOTEL W TAIPEI


It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of W Hotels - on Posh, Broke, & Bored alone I’ve reviewed W Amsterdam, W St Petersburg, W Hong Kong, and dipped my toes into the the pool of W Barcelona. My gravitation toward their brand of ultra-modern cool may however come as a surprise knowing that my personal taste in hotels leans towards the classic, the traditional, and the historical. So for me to happily go out of my way to stay in a hotel that is as unabashedly modern, cutting-edge and futuristic as W Hotels, what they have to offer must be truly above and beyond. Read on to learn what distinguishes the W TAIPEI from its foreign counterparts and why this luxury hotel should be the site of your stay in Taipei, Taiwan.



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July 04, 2018

Taipei, Taiwan: My Review of 5* Luxury hotel, W Taipei

WHEN AN OLD SOUL MAKES AN EXCEPTION FOR A MODERN HOTEL: MY REVIEW OF 5* LUXURY HOTEL  W TAIPEI It’s no...

Taipei, Taiwan: My Family History & Connection to the Kuomintang, founders of Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan: My Family History & Connection to the Kuomintang, founders of Taiwan



MY FAMILY HISTORY & CONNECTION TO THE FOUNDERS OF TAIWAN, THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA


The saying goes: History is written by the victors. If you ask The People’s Republic of China (PRC, commonly known as China) they'd tell you that the Republic of China (ROC, commonly known as Taiwan) is not its own country but rather a rogue state that, if the PRC has its way, would be unified with the Mainland despite the ROC’s audacity to break away from the glorious path of Communism. As for me, I have sympathy for the devil - I have much empathy for the struggles of Taiwan, the founders of which were on the losing side of history. This comes as no surprise given my family connection to the Kuomintang (often translated as the Nationalist Party of China), the Blue Party who have almost exclusively ruled modern-day Taiwan ever since the country's inception in 1945. My desire to delve deeper into Taiwan literally runs in my veins, and so, I recently travelled to Taipei to learn more about my illustrious ancestors, and explore the country born of their blood, sweat, and tears. 

Today’s story, my take on one of the topics of this month’s #TRAVELLINKUP: PEOPLE THAT HAVE MADE AN IMPACT ON YOUR TRAVEL, is a brief introduction to Taiwan, the places to visit in Taipei to get a feel for the history of the country; and the remarkable story of a man whose passion, struggle, and sacrifice led me to visit the Republic of China.


July 01, 2018

Taipei, Taiwan: My Family History & Connection to the Kuomintang, founders of Taiwan

MY FAMILY HISTORY & CONNECTION TO THE FOUNDERS  OF TAIWAN, THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA The saying goes: History is wri...

Sintra, Portugal: A Day Trip to See the Famous Castles & Palaces of Sintra

When in Lisbon you must make a day trip to see the famous castles of Sintra. Here are the best palaces & castles to visit in Sintra, Portugal.


THE CASTLE CIRCUIT: THE PALACES OF SINTRA, PORTUGAL, YOU MUST VISIT AS A DAY TRIP FROM LISBON
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Castles rising from rippling mountains. Palaces peeking out from peaked pine hills. Mansions encircled by exotic gardens brimming with luscious flora. Ruins coated in lichen and moss. It’s no exaggeration to say that the picturesque town of Sintra, the Moon Hill, is like a jewel box, especially when you realise that this tiny town is full of gems: a glittering collection of national monuments ranging from colourful castles, gothic mansions, Moorish fortresses, and imposing palaces. 

Back in the day, Sintra was the playground of the nobility and elite for the fresher air, cooler climate (thanks to the town’s elevated position in the hills of Serra de Sintra) and evocative landscape. These enticed the 1% to build the exquisite homes and gardens which form the famous “palace circuit” that have established Sintra as the must-do side trip from Lisbon. You’ve seen my pictures from when I visited Pena Palace (left), here are the other palaces and mansions I saw, as well as how to make Sintra a day trip from Lisbon and how to get around this beautiful town.


VISIT PORTUGAL • PARQUES DE SINTRA 
June 15, 2018

Sintra, Portugal: A Day Trip to See the Famous Castles & Palaces of Sintra

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Sintra, Portugal: Pena Palace

No need to adjust your sets: the famously colourful Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal; is indeed a technicolour dream castle. Read more on Posh, Broke, & Bored.



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Pena Palace is a sight that seems all too familiar even to those who have never been to Sintra, Portugal. The utter wackiness of this castle - a hedonistic hodge-podge of architectural styles and colours that resembles a box of oversized crayons - has more than made the rounds on postcards (and its modern day equivalent: the holiday snaps on social media) to the point where many who cross the threshold of this famous palace for the first time are struck by deja vu. But unlike a dream, the reality of Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal; is more fantastical, more lurid, and more unbelievable than the imagination can conjure...

VISIT PORTUGAL • PARQUES DE SINTRA 


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June 11, 2018

Sintra, Portugal: Pena Palace

NO NEED TO ADJUST YOUR SETS:    THIS TECHNICOLOUR TRIP IS ALL REAL.   #NOFILTERNEEDED  😳 😱 😍 Pena Palace is a sight tha...

Fatima, Portugal: A Day Trip from Lisbon to Portugal's Holiest City

Fatima, Portugal: A Day Trip from Lisbon to Portugal's Holiest City

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Fatima, Portugal: A Day Trip from Lisbon to Portugal's Holiest City


IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE FAITHFUL: FOLLOWING THE PILGRIMS TO FATIMA, PORTUGAL'S HOLIEST CITY


Now, let me preface this with the disclaimer that I am neither here nor there on religion, that is, I’m not quite a heretic destined for eternal damnation nor am I meek enough to inherit the earth; but rather one of the “fence-sitters” of the religious world - an agnostic. I’m not foolish enough to believe only what I can see with my own eyes yet I also possess a healthy dose of skepticism - the latter of which I believe to be my form of self-preservation, because, well, you can’t be disappointed or let down by something you didn’t truly believe in, can you?

But whatever my fluctuating position on faith, religion, and divinity, what I witnessed in Fatima, Portugal; was nothing short of a modern day miracle.


VISIT PORTUGAL •  SHRINE OF FATIMA

June 08, 2018

Fatima, Portugal: A Day Trip from Lisbon to Portugal's Holiest City

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Lisbon, Portugal: 24 Hours in Lisbon

24 Hours in Lisbon, Portugal by Posh, Broke, & Bored



24 HOURS IN LISBON, PORTUGAL
WHAT & WHERE TO EAT, STAY, SEE, AND DO

Summer is nearly upon us in the Northern Hemisphere which, for the adventurous but time-pressed, means sun-soaked city breaks. No continent is better suited for a “little in-out” than Europe. But first; an anecdote that may go some way to explaining my “too much” gene. A few weeks ago mummy dearest travelled all the way from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (where we are from) to London...just for the Chelsea Flower Show. Upon realising that crossing 8 time zones over a 13 hour flight just to look at some plants seemed like much ado about nothing, she decided to make the most of being on my side of the world by visiting a country she’d never been to before - Portugal. And so, we spent a week in Lisbon, Sintra, Fatima, and Porto; which I can assure you was far more fulfilling than perusing peonies or contemplating chrysanthemums (oh, and did I mention that I suffer from severe hayfever? Kill me). I digress. Whether or not you have EXTRA AF family & friends visiting or just fancy nipping over for a change of scenery, here is my guide on WHAT & WHERE TO EAT, STAY, SEE, AND DO WITH 24 HOURS IN LISBON, PORTUGAL.


June 05, 2018

Lisbon, Portugal: 24 Hours in Lisbon

24 HOURS IN LISBON, PORTUGAL WHAT & WHERE TO EAT, STAY, SEE, AND DO Summer is nearly upon us in the Norther...

Melbourne, Australia: 8 of my Favourite Brunch Spots

Melbourne, Australia: 8 of my Favourite Brunch Spots


THE EIGHT I ATE: 8 OF MY FAVOURITE 
BRUNCH SPOTS IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

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If there ever was a hill to die on, it would be the Melbourne food scene. And what a delicious hill. Melbourne cafe culture is some of the best in the world - for that, you can thank the Italian community and their love of coffee - and extremely competitive, to boot. The best meal of the day in Melbourne is arguably brunch, which Melburnians have elevated into an art form: from ridiculously photogenic superfood platters heaving with berries, grains, and seeds; to experiments with international flavours (2017 was the year of Korean-flavoured everything), to the hangover-friendly classic comforts of smashed avo on toast. I spent 3 weeks attempting to eat my way across the city and the suburbs, and although I hardly made a dent in the culinary offerings of Melbourne (I did say it was a hill to happily die on...), I can confidently recommend these 8 Brunch Spots in Melbourne that you must try the next time you are in town.

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May 08, 2018

Melbourne, Australia: 8 of my Favourite Brunch Spots

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The Great Ocean Road, Australia: Beating the daytrippers at The Twelve Apostles

The Great Ocean Road, Australia: Beating the daytrippers at The Twelve Apostles



OR: AN EASY 6-STEP PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL ON HOW TO OVERCOME THE CHALLENGE OF BEING STUCK BETWEEN CROWDS AND A HARD PLACE

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There’s only one thing that could potentially kill a relationship faster than a trip to IKEA* and that’s travelling with your beloved. Make it a day trip with an arduous 6 hour-round trip-drive to a much beloved tourist hotspot on the weekend, starring the immovable object (my boyfriend, the crowds) vs. the unstoppable force (me and my ardent desire to nail the perfect souvenir shot), and you’ve got a recipe for a nuclear breakup. But then again, I like a challenge and we love having adventures together, which is why we spent a Saturday driving from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road to see the Twelve Apostles. Of course, everyone else also got the memo, which made getting that perfect “picture to remember” a challenge - but if there ever was a time to apply the only useful skill I learnt from 3 years at Central St. Martin’s, this would be it. Read on to learn how to overcome the challenge of crowds at famous travel destinations by blending two photographs in Photoshop to create the perfect scene.
 

*Unless, of course, you go in there with the following strategy: Do all the actual browsing online, make a shopping list and print it out to bring to IKEA. When you and your other half arrive, head first to the cafe for meatballs to stave of any hanger (that’s right, hunger + anger pangs). Bypass the black hole that is the Showroom and go straight to Marketplace to pick the small items. Then use the in-store picking service (this is where the shopping list comes in handy - just hand it to the staff and let them do the work) and arrange for next-day delivery AND assembly. Reward yourself with a dollar hotdog that tastes vaguely like plastic.You’re welcome.

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INSPIRED BY THIS MONTH’S #TRAVELLINKUP: TRAVEL CHALLENGES
May 02, 2018

The Great Ocean Road, Australia: Beating the daytrippers at The Twelve Apostles

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Kyoto, Japan: Wearing Kimono in the Geisha District of Gion

Ever wanted to live out your best Japanese fantasy? I did just that, wearing a kimono in Gion, the most famous geisha district in all of Japan. This is my kimono rental experience in Kyoto.

“CULTURAL APPROPRIATION”? IN JAPAN IT’S CALLED CULTURAL APPRECIATION...

Warning: If you’re easily triggered you might want to skip this introduction and head straight for the pretty pictures. But then again if you’re the oversensitive sort you really shouldn’t be reading a site called “Posh, Broke, & Bored”... 

Now, I may not be an expert on identity politics nor the subtle nuances that separate “dressing up” vs. what some call “cultural appropriation” (but then again, when the thought police constantly shift the goalposts of what they deem acceptable, how does one expect to play the game? Well, that’s their whole point, but that’s another charged discussion for another day) but as a Far East transplant in the West I can tell you that us “Orientals” don’t waste time being offended when foreigners take an interest - however passing or superficial - in our culture. Why get mad when you can get mad money

Case in point: all across Japan, especially in the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, locals have made the most of the tourism boom by opening kimono rental shops so that visitors can feel the fantasy when in Japan while receiving an education on the culture. Wearing kimono and yukata, even outside of Japan, is considered by the Japanese as appreciative and respectful of their culture when done properly and with reverence to the history and customs of the country. Keep your mind open, your intentions pure, your curiousity sincere, and your execution tasteful; and you not only open a dialogue with and engage with other cultures but also look bangin’ while doing it. This is my experience with wearing traditional Japanese kimono in the geisha district of Gion, Kyoto.

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April 18, 2018

Kyoto, Japan: Wearing Kimono in the Geisha District of Gion

“CULTURAL APPROPRIATION”? IN JAPAN IT’S CALLED  “ CULTURAL APPRECIATION ” ... Warning:  If you’re easily triggered you m...