京都は まるでおとぎ話のような世界でした。。

I am Dora, 24, currently living in Japan. Feel free to shoot questions about that.
I don't know how to photo but I go to places.

And I heard that joke about my name one too many times.



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Kinkakuji, Kyoto, Japan, 2014.
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秋葉原、東京、日本、2014.
Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan, 2014.
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新宿、東京、日本、2014.
Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, 2014.
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天王寺、大阪、日本、2014.
Tennouji, Osaka, Japan, 2014.
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祇園、京都市、日本、2014.
Gion, Kyoto, Japan, 2014.
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sailormoney said: I fell in love with your blog on first sight <3 thank you for such a visual feast of Kyoto, Japan ^^

Thank you! I tend to post my Kyoto pictures when I really miss the place (which is about, any time I am stuck in Kanto haha). I should feed my Tokyo tag too at some point… >_>

Having said that, I can’t wait to be back in Kansai and reshoot some photos with my new camera!

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金閣寺、京都、日本、2014.
Kinkakuji, Kyoto, Japan, 2014.
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山菜蕎麦
Sansai soba/udon is one of my favourite dishes to have, either hot or cold (I prefer udon but I pressed the wrong button on the ticket machine when I took this photo~). It&#8217;s inexpensive and reaaally tasty. 山菜 literally means &#8220;mountain vegetables&#8221;, so the whole thing is topped with sansai, warabi, zenmai, deep fried vegetables and bamboo shoots.
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梅田、大阪、日本、2014.
Umeda, Osaka, Japan, 2014.
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watercolorgriever said: How expensive is it for you to live over in Japan? I've had numerous people tell me different things, but I'm curious as to how it is for you. A few friends and I would like to visit, and I'm actually thinking about staying there.

People ARE going to tell you different things because it IS different for everyone. Generally, Japan is viewed expensive but I find that is rather relative. I grew up in a very cheap country, my mother earns about 40,000 yen a month, and that is about average there. I have lived in a couple countries and while some things are really cheap in Japan, some things are much more expensive in comparison.

First of all, I think you should consider how you would stay here. Coming here and staying might not be that easy, and the cost of living very much depends on your circumstances. I’d say about 90% of the international students/researchers here are on a scholarship which is usually enough to cover life expenses. If you want to work, that’s a different story, because most likely you’d need a job waiting for you even before you can get a visa (but then you’ll get help with relocating and all that stuff, and your salary should be enough to cover all of this).

I live in a very old but cheap student apartment paying 18,000 yen per month for it (it’s without bills but I know that it IS very cheap compared to what my friends pay. It’s a 18sqm apartment which is a common and good size for a single person. The same apartment otherwise is at 35,000 yen and up depending on the location). I spend about 15,000 yen on food and things a month - I find most fruits and vegetables very expensive while fish is generally very cheap. Mind you, I live in a small city just outside of Tokyo, I noticed supermarket prices were slightly higher in both Kyoto and Tokyo (and apartment prices in Tokyo can be just insane). A night out or getting around in and between the cities can be a bit steep and that’s extra on top of these.

Once you know your way around here, you know better how to save money (something you probably wouldn’t do as a tourist) and what is worth it in your area. But in the end, there is no good answer to this question, because it really depends on your situation.

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noona-neomu-yeppeo-xx said: Hii! ^^ I love your account so much!! How is the life in Japan? Someday i would like travel there :)

Thank you! I hope you can, it’s a great place to visit. I wasn’t very keen on living here at first but it kind of grew on me, haha. I guess it took time but now I could imagine staying here for longer.

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Kyoto, Japan, 2014.
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lightninglov3r said: Where are you from?

I am Hungarian but I have been living and studying in Scotland for a couple years now (well, currently I am not there but that’s where my heart belongs to :P). So when I say “home”, I usually refer to Scotland rather than Hungary I guess.

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Kyoto, Japan, 2014.
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祇園、京都市、日本、2014.
Gion, Kyoto, Japan, 2014.
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