It’s somehow already December… This year has gone by fast. Even though it’s fall, there were still roses blooming at Shinjuku Gyoen. They looked so beautiful~ I want to try and go somewhere else closeby Tokyo this month to see flowers again. If anyone has any suggestions let me know!
I’ve been playing around with the concept on the left page for a while now, and one day I want to paint it really big! The flowers were a perfect background for this sketch.
At the end of November, I went to Taiwan! I had been wanting to travel somewhere outside of Japan before this year ended. It was kind of a last minute trip but it was exciting to see somewhere else in Asia since I’ve only seen Japan. I went with a friend for a three night, four day journey. We stayed at a hotel in Taipei. On the second day we went to a place called Shifen, which is in the above two photos! It’s a place that is famous for having many different kinds of small shops and food stands, as well as a train that runs very close to all the shops.
Something else that Shifen is famous for is lanterns! We wrote wishes on lanterns and sent them off into the sky. It is said that this will make the wishes come true.
Closeby to where all the shops are, there is this beautiful waterfall known as the Shifen Waterfall. It is said to be one of the most beautiful sites in Taiwan. The water was a really pretty blue-green, and listening to the sounds of the water was really relaxing.
I like the colors of this little picture.
There were so many stairs and it had started raining when we went so it was actually a little scary walking up and down the slippery stairs with umbrellas everywhere! But in the end I am glad that we went! The lit up lanterns were really pretty at night.
On our third day, we went to Kaohsiung! It was around two hours from Taipei by high speed rail. It was south of where we were in Taipei and the temperature difference was crazy! It was so hot there! We went to a place called lotus pond, which is a large pond dotted with different sight seeing locations, such as the dragon and tiger pagodas in the above photo! It is said that if you walk in the mouth of the dragon and out the mouth of the tiger, bad luck will be turned into good luck! But this week I’ve had some bad luck already so I’m not sure if it worked!! Haha. The view from the top of the pagodas was also really beautiful.
I love the look of the lotus leaves around the dragon and tiger statues!
For some reason this was really difficult to photograph! But we stopped by this place called the Spring and Autum Pavilion. There were a lot of turtles around here! And the pavilions were really beautifully detailed.
I drew this little flower based off of a photo I took in Shinjuku Gyoen!
Here are some photos of the other various things around the pond! I don’t know if you can see any in any of these photos, but the lotus flowers were so beautiful to see in person. There weren’t a ton of flowers in bloom when I went, but the ones that were in bloom were so beautiful and big! At one point we saw a bird eating one though and I felt a little bad for the flower :,(
Ahh after we got back from Kaohsiung, we went to this fantastic vegetarian restaurant called Yang Shin in Taipei. Online, I had read that without a reservation, it’s hard to get a seat so I was worried (their internet reservation page wasn’t working!) but luckily we got a seat! I ordered ham buns with fake ham and these beautifully wrapped spinach dumpling (what do I call these? haha) things that were amazing! We had black dragon pearl tea with dinner that was perfectly steeped. I hadn’t tried Taiwanese black tea until this evening so I was really happy that they had it in the shop! There really weren’t a lot of vegetarian options at all of the sightseeing locations we had gone to, but luckily it wasn’t too difficult in Taipei for me to find things to eat. But this restaurant was definitely the best. I will say though, going to Taipei made me grateful that Tokyo has so many amazing vegetarian restaurants! That was a lot of food talk, but I love food!!
That’s all for today’s post! This post was mostly about travel rather than art, but I have some fun art things to post about soon! Stay tuned and thank you again for reading!