Otherworldly Kansai: Kyoto

“I dream. Sometimes I think that’s the only right thing to do.”
―Haruki Murakami

It is difficult to write about Japan sometimes without being biased by her history, not with Misshoggy, who had worked closely with her Korean colleagues in South Korea. Precarious is probably an understatement to describe Korea-Japan relationship.War is not kind and reveals the worst of mankind. The unkindness of war, however, escaped Kyoto. Due to an American statesman’s desire to protect the land of dreams he remembered Kyoto to be, thus the city of Kyoto is preserved till this very day, allowing her visitors to enter a dream of old Japanese charm. Continue reading “Otherworldly Kansai: Kyoto”

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Sageuk Glory in Gochang

Misshoggy’s imagination has struck again. This time, she’s in the realm of the sageuk (Korean period drama), as a strong-willed former palace maid, nearly died from the death trap designed by corrupted palace maids, only to be brought to safety in a secluded temple by a kind man. Don’t call me crazy: it wasn’t all that hard when you’re on a hiking trip around Seonunsa Temple, Gochang, the former filming location of Dae Jang Geum, the famous 2003 sageuk drama that ultimately started a certain K-drama addiction.

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