(05.12.2016 – 11.12.2016)
On this lovely weekend of the 3th Advent, three of us took a one hour train ride to Yufuin, a cute little city in the Oita prefecture, that offers charming cafés, animal-featured theme parks and one of the best cheesecakes I had in a long time! The next day was just as stuffed with Japanese culture as we were finally able to try on a very traditional kimono.
Saturday: Strolls in Yufuin
The tiny little village of Yufuin (which is actually since 2005 a district of the bigger city Yufu) is located in the West of Oita and Beppu and with a population of around 11,000 people really a village – in Japanese terms at least. Also famous as a hot spring resort, the onsen there are said to be even more relaxing than the ones in Beppu (though I have not checked myself tbh). For us, it was a much needed change of scenery after a stressful week of exams – I myself had to write 7 tests (both midterm exams and vocabulary tests) in 5 days, so I was more than ready for a relaxing stroll around a beautiful scenery. And what can I say – I have not been disappointed.
Sunday: International Festival with kimonos
Another festival organised by students took place on that Sunday after our trip to Yufuin. Well, let’s not talk too much about the festival itself – I will write a post about Japanese organisation later – but be told that the only reason why we attended was that we were promised to be able to wear a traditional Japanese kimono. And the tea ceremony was also quite nice I admit. Soooooooooo…