Sunday Special – Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Japan


Japan is a country that is on my bucket list and I hope to visit it in the near future. There is much to see in this small yet historic country.  Where to start? Let’s go with Kyoto. The former imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto is city of 1.5 million that is recognized for its beauty that is found in various places within its urban and ultramodern landscape.  One of those places pops up on my Instagram feed on a regular basis. It seems to me that Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine is one of the cool kids on major travel accounts. Located at the base of a hill, it was constructed during the 8th century C.E. as a tribute to the gods of rice and sake. Within the area are numerous torii or gates that that create paths leading to the shrines. It is these brightly painted gates that appear stunningly on my Instagram feed. It’s not a wonder it has caught my eye and promptly made its way onto my every growing bucket list. But that is a what a traveler lives for, isn’t it. Couple these torii with the dramatic main gates, shrines, the numerous fox statues and I imagine I could easily meander the grounds for hours absorbing the artistry surrounding me.

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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine’s main gate – Photo via Wikimedia Commons – Photo Credit: Taken and owned by baggio4ever

baggio4ever [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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Fushimi Inari-taisha torii path in Kyoto Japan – Photo via Wikimedia Commons – Public Domain

Myanmar


Hello!! Well my travel time is nearing its end. I have not been posting much, I know, but it’s a bit hard with just a phone. Oh who am I kidding? We all know I rarely post while travelling – the stories will come later. Myanmar has been good yet tinged with some gastrointestinal distress and poor sleep. Despite that, I hope to visit again to see more than Yangon and Bagan. Here are a few pics! Oh & I went hot air ballooning too!!

All photos taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju / Wanders The World

Yangon:



Bagan (which is filled with pagodas beyond numbers & best seen by renting an E-bike or moped):









The stuff on my face is made from a particular tree bark and is used as sunscreen – it was offered to me left, right & centre LOL


Happy travels!

Sunday Special – Kyaut Sae Cave, Myanmar (Burma)


I first saw a photo of this cave on Pinterest and I thought “hey, a great place to post about for the Sunday Special”. I made note of it and came back to it now. As I often do, I research the web about the place I am posting. Some places reflect my own personal experiences, others give straightforward information and finally some have a reflection of my own wonderings of that particular locale or event. Even though Kyaut Sae Cave caught my attention I have to say there is not much out there on this place (not even on Wikipedia). Then today a friend suggested to me today that I consider visiting Myanmar (Burma). So with two ideas of Myanmar floating near me, I naturally, have to make a post about it. What I have found on Kyaut Sae Caves is from blogs or articles about stunning caves. I have not found an “official” page about it yet I am intrigued. I hope you find it so as well.

What I have learned about this enigmatic cave is that was believed to have been a hiding spot for those wanting to avoid assaults and attacks from the Mongols during the 1200s CE. Today you will find a Buddhist temple built inside the cave that serves as a pilgrimage and place of rest for monks. It is located in the town of Burna, Myanmar.

The photos I have seen are very limited and under copyright (as I usually use Wikimedia Commons for public domain or attribution photos) so there is no photo on this post, however, the two separate links above and this Pinterest one will show you this mysterious cave.

Sunday Special – Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea


I thought it fun today to feature a festival. I did a quick search and low and behold I found a mud festival. Playing in mud would be so much fun! And probably great for the skin. Ends up that the Boryeong Mud Festival was, in fact, started by its use in cosmetics. Instead of traditional advertising to promote products with mud from the Boryeong Mud Flats the festival was created in 1998 to have people “test” the mud found in the products. For two weeks every July mud is transported from the flats to Daecheon Beach (in the city of Boryeong) and there the “Mud Experience Land” is created. At this festival will find a mud prison, a mud pool, mud skiing and a mud slide. Add music, vendors and closing fireworks and you have a muddy delight of a festival. It sounds fun! In fact it draws both locals and travellers to the number of over 2 million in 2007. Let’s get dirty!!!