Matsuyama, a surprise visit

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Matsuyama was particularly dreary when I visited it. But judging from everything I did see, it was wonderful. It made me want to put Shikoku on another travel itinerary in the future, and return to this town.

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Matsuyama was a really short stop, and I really had not prepared very well for this place. But for the limited time I had there… it was wonderful. Matsuyama has a beautiful castle on a hill that you get to with a rope-way. The bath-house in Matsuyama is supposed to be what the bathhouse in Spirited Away was based on… but I didn’t really see the resemblance… maybe it was the dull rain, and the fact that in my head nothing is as perfect as that bathhouse in Spirited Away……oh well. It was pretty, but I was just not in the mood. Silly me.

Instead, I really enjoyed going to Muji and doing a little bit of shopping there. Yeah, maybe I’m a philistine?

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In Matsuyama I had myself some room-service as I stayed in one of the only pricey accommodations during my trip. And I was really craving what they had on their menu. And it was raining cats and dogs outside. And I was really much more feeling the eating-dinner-in-pyjamas-while-watching-Youtube then dress up a bit and eat alone in a busy restaurant full of couples and families. Yeah…granted there aren’t too many pictures. The other night I did get myself some great Yoshinoya because comfort-food is the next-best thing for the soul.

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Ps. Matsuyama was my turning point. It was where I posted this little blog and realised a lot about myself. My inner voices were mostly defeatist, panic-ridden and humiliating. And realising that I actually had the ability to be my own best friend for real, was a pretty hard lesson to learn. I think that’s one of the main things this trip has taught me. I am so, so much closer to my own self. And it’s actually refreshing. But I want to talk about this all another time, when the trip is done on the blog.

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  • Seeing the bath house that inspired Spirited Away would’ve been so cool! But I get what you mean, sometimes you have those travel days when you’re just not motivated and all you wanna do is shop and eat in haha.

  • Charlotte

    Love how you share your ‘inner travels’ as well….very intimate view into your world. Thanks for sharing, dear <3

  • yoshinoya is always a comfort food <3 the view from above is lovely! i get what you mean because the bath house in spirited away is so grand and to see the real deal sometimes can be…. dull D: probably you left your heart in matsuyama, louise :)

  • Oh man, a good session of eating dinner in PJs and watching YT can never be overrated! Also I completely forgot about Yoshinoya. Back when I ate meat there was one in Sydney I used to go to (it’s closed now and I’m not sure if there are any more) and I really liked it.

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