高知市 : Kochi

kochi - botanical garden
Kochi is a place very, very close to my heart without me really realising this until I got around to type up this post. Kochi was the place where I realised I was at peace with myself and my own reality. I realised that however hard life would feel like — like it had, or like it would be — I could find solace in the fact that I have myself to get through it.

Of course, I became increasingly aware of the importance of my relationship with God, my
family and my friends in my life. Because I wouldn’t want to be able to do it all without them. But it was great to feel that, in that moment, I was my own best friend.

kochi - view kochi - shikoku
Kochi is a town near the seaside in the Kochi prefecture. It’s located on the southern side of Shikoku. It has a really relaxed atmosphere. It’s home to the ridiculously great looking Anpanman (aka my brother-from-another-mother).

kochi - near loft kochi - meal kochi - gh

In Kochi I did a workaway job for a couple of weeks where, basically I just managed a little capsule-style hostel. It was brilliant.

Checking in Japanese customers in semi Japanese/English was definitely a first for me. But I think maybe also for them, being welcomed by a tall, blonde westerner (that had slight similarities with anpanman, obviously!!). Luckily for me, there were also quite a few Aussies, Korean, Frenchies and German people that I could help out. Which was a lot easier. And at this point in my trip, I was really open to meeting foreigners as I hadn’t had any of my usual suspects around to just lollygag with.

kochi - river kochi - roses kochi - house kochi - particular

One of the most memorable moments was when two German girls around my age warned me that there was this gigantic spider near our luggage in the storage area. So we did some bonding over our fear of spiders (and the fun things we already had experienced in Japan) while guarding our own luggage with our life — waiting for the owner to come back with his handsome friend to rescue us from this wretched spider.

kochi - bus kochi - ricefields kochi - sightseeing kochi - lunch
But apart from the volunteering experience I got to really do some sightseeing around Kochi. There where a few beautiful places, like an observatory and a green house (with a beautiful park & gardens) and of course: a castle! My favourite by far was Katsurahama beach. This is where I got to really unwind after crying my heart out after hearing from the home-front that our sweet (and rather old) doggy Max had passed away in his sleep.

kochi - katsurahama kochi - aquarium kochi - sea

I went on little trips to the Aeon shopping mall (Uniqlo & Muji — and the stationery department) quite regularly on days off… I paid a little visit to Kura sushi every time it was possible. But as you might guess, I gave the local convenience store a lot of love too. Watching jdrama while munching on squid was high on my list of things to do at night, yeah no big surprises there. ;-)

kochi - photo op kochi - anpan train

After Kochi I had regained some strength and I was looking forward to the next stop on my trip: going back to Hiroshima and meeting my Japanese mom and dad again.

Until soon folks!

— this is a continuation of my blogs about Japan, from spring to summer 2016 when I went to Japan for 3 month and took too many pictures!

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  • Charlotte

    Whoa….munching on squid….jdrama….Geweldige post, loes xxxx

  • Loved this! Great photos :’)

    Hugs,
    Hannie from Missing Wanderer

  • Looks absolutely beautiful there, so much greenery!

    nat // dignifiable

  • Ah, so sorry to hear about your dog passing. The silver lining is having a more peaceful place to process your thoughts and feelings. It’s interesting that you managed this photo set without any people because it makes Japan seem so quiet, despite its booming population!

  • Stephanie Williams

    Don’t you love finding places like that! It’s so awesome you got to visit different cities in Japan that you don’t hear about a lot on blogs. It’s always nice to read about other areas and not only Tokyo or Kyoto. :)
    https://www.sunmilouise.com/blog/

  • Wow it looks so beautiful there! So picturesque. Managing the capsule hotel would’ve been so interesting and fun.

  • hihi munching squid while watching dramas is my fave thing to do! though lately been replaced by chewing sunflower’s seeds haha

    kochi looks like a tranquil place. so serene. sorry to hear your beloved dog passed while you’re away :( it must be tough. but managing capsule hotel sounds so so interesting! i’d love to do just the same! xx

  • Sounds like a great trip! Gorgeous photography too :)
    Also so sorry to hear about your dog passing, hope you are ok!

    VioletDaffodils

  • Everything looks so beautiful!