A couple of years ago, I have given up on going to Japan. Back then, it seemed like an impossible dream. Then I won round trip place tickets to Osaka. I took that as a sign that I am indeed meant to fulfill one of my travel dreams. After that first trip to Japan, I felt elated and so empowered: if I were able to achieve that dream, I can go and visit the other countries in my list.
I was starting to go down from that high, and I started putting off going back to Japan further and further away, when I received an invite from the Japan National Tourism Organization. It’s hard to ignore when the universe throws you such an obvious sign, along with a multiple-entry visa.
So here I am, back in Takayama, a place I said I must visit again. As a bonus, I also get to visit Shirakawa-go once more, and discover other destinations in the Chubu region. It also seemed as if the universe has something up its sleeve, when Cebu Pacific announced their flight to Nagoya, the gateway to the region just days before we left Manila. You are awesome, universe.