Tag Archives: 2017

Spring 2017: Nagoya Castle, Aichi, Japan

(more photos from the spring)

April 9th, 2017 (Sunday)

This was my first time to Nagoya Castle (after moving to Nagoya for half a year, lol) I wanted to come here in winter last year but luckily I didn’t. Nagoya Castle was so gorgeous in spring (with all the cherry blossom).


Nagoya Caslte, Spring 2017


Nagoya Castle, Spring 2017


Nagoya Castle, Spring 2017



Nagoya Castle, Spring 2017



view from Nagoya Castle 


view from Nagoya Castle 


Nagoya Caslte, Spring 2017


Nagoya Castle, Spring 2017 



All photos are mine. Taken by Nikon D5200.

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Spring 2017: Yamazaki River, Nagoya

April 4th, 2017 (Tuesday)

I went to Tsuruma Park in March for the cherry blossom but I only managed to find one or two trees blooming. Quan invited me to join his friends for hanami at Yamazaki River. It was a great afternoon (well, at least it was not as awkward as I thought it would be).


Lovin’ the weather in April.

All photos were taken by Nikon D5200, 18-55mm lens.

More from Spring 2017: Tsuruma Park, Nagoya 

March 2017

I hope March can last a bit longer 😦

March 1st: finally signed up as an organ donor (things to do in 2017 & 101 in 1001 challenge)



Cheras, Malaysia


March 11st: went back to Ipoh to celebrate grandma’s 81st birthday ❤ I missed her so much



Cameron Highland, Malaysia.


Cameron Highland, Malaysia.


Cameron Highland, Malaysia.


March 12nd: visited Cameron Highland with family



Taman Tasik Raub, Malaysia


March 18th: was supposed to have a movie date with YanZhuang but we were too busy talking until we forgot the movie time. we went to two bookstores and spent hours there. (also, a toy store oops)


March 24th: completed my 2017 Goodreads reading challenge (not a big goal but still)


March 26th: came back to Japan again after five weeks of holiday ;(

some photos from March:



my first proper henna


Tsuruma Park, Nagoya.


Tsuruma Park, Nagoya.


Tsuruma Park, Nagoya.



Tsuruma Park, Nagoya.


cherry blossom @ Tsuruma Park, Nagoya.



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Jiaxin x

stacking the shelves (2)

Stacking the Shelves is a book blogging meme started by Tynga’s Review, where we share the books we are adding to our shelves, also including books we buy in physicial store or online, books we borrow from friends or in the library, gifts or ebooks. 

I spent quite a lot of time reading during this spring break. I managed to complete my 2017 Goodreads Challenge in March too (well, my goal was only to read 12 books lol)


List of books I accumulated in March:

  1. Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig (MPH Online)
  2. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff (MPH Online)
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (MPH Online)



Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff


It has been a while since I last read a YA book. 40% done with Illuminae but I did not feel like continue reading it anymore.


Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig


Reasons to Stay Alive was a book about depression. Highly recommended to anyone who’s sufferering from despression or anxiety, or people who want to understand more about mental illness.



(still reading The Book Thief , love it!)



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Jiaxin x

stacking the shelves (1)

Stacking the Shelves is a book blogging meme started by Tynga’s Review, where we share the books we are adding to our shelves, including books we buy in physical store or online, books we borrow from friends or in the library, gifts or ebooks. 

English books in Japan are expensive, but I am still accumulating new books here. Oops. I like to buy books from Book Depository, but it usually takes 3 to 4 weeks to reach my mailbox. Amazon Japan is another option, but it’s slightly more expensive.


Here is a list of books I accumulated since I came to Japan (September 2016 – February 2017) and also books I bought in Malaysia during spring break (February 2017)

  1. Tales of Peculiar by Ransom Riggs (Amazon Japan) *
  2. 時光電影院 The Rainbow of Time by 幾米 Jimmy Liao (birthday gift from Yan Zhuang)*
  3. 樓下的房客 The Tenants Downstairs by 九把刀 Giddens (ebooks)
  4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling (Book Depository)*
  5. A Work in Progress by Connor Franta (Amazon Japan)*
  6. milk and honey by Rupi Kaur (Amazon Japan)
  7. 忽遠忽近 So Close Yet So Far by 幾米 Jimmy Liao (Popular Bookstore Avenue K)
  8. 不換 by 蔡智恆 (Popular Bookstore Avenue K)*
  9. 你的名字 (君の名は) by 新海誠 (Popular Bookstore Avenue K)
  10. The Potato Couple by J&Y Production (borrow from Jiayi)

Note: * = favourite



Tales of Peculiar was great. Ransom Riggs never fail to amaze me. Some of my favourite stories were The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmare, The Fork-Tongued Princess, The Woman Who Befriended Ghosts. Highly recommended to all Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children fans.


I was not a big fan of Connor Franta. I wasn’t sure why I decided to pick up his memoir, A Work in Progress. Lovin’ all the photos in his books, also his writings. This book inspired me a lot, can’t wait to get a copy of his new book: Note to Self. Some of my fav chapters were missing out, worth it, creativity, the fault in our scars, the problem with labels, live now worry less, the long road to me, where I find happiness and the decision that changed everything. 

I had high expectation for milk and honey by Rupi Kaur. However, I think it was a bit overrated. It focused not only on love and relationship, but also on feminism, trauma and abuse. I thought I would love this book, but I was so disappointed. Kaur’s writing reminded me of Lang Leav’s works too. Maybe poem is not my thing. Hmm…


For Chinese books: 《時光電影院》是彥莊送的生日禮物。《時光電影院》是《星空》之後我很喜歡的作品,這兩本繪本都把我給弄哭了。好想念以前和彥莊一起看電影的時光。






Junkudo Bookstore, Yabacho, Nagoya. 

found a bookstore with a wide variety of english books in Nagoya ❤

click here to check out my ratings for each book. 

Thanks for reading!

Love, Jiaxin.

February 2017

February ended in the blink of eyes.


Startbucks @ Motoyama, Nagoya. 


Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs 

3rd Feb: I survived first term.


on the way back (@ Nonami)

6th Feb: Gathering with the second year senpai (aka senior) and first year after we finished our finals. We went for shabu-shabu at Nonami.


thanks Mariko for the present ❤ 

6th Feb: Mariko came to Nagoya to visit me. We spent our evening at Oasis21, and did some stationary shopping at Nagoya Station.


happy to know that you like the movie too  (@ Nagoya Station)

11th Feb (snow): Went to watch Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children with Michael. I thought I wouldn’t be able to watch this movie in the cinema. It was good.


early morning, book, iced coffee, combini. 


Higashiyama Zoo, Nagoya. 




Higashiyama Zoo, Nagoya. 


thanks Le and Anh 

14th Feb (Valentine’s Day): Went to Higashiyama Zoo with Michael. We didn’t manage to find Shabini (the handsome gorilla) (or we did see him but he wasn’t handsome at all). It didn’t matter, it was a great day 🙂 (ps / received two boxes of chocolate from Le and Anh)



Nagoya > Tokyo 


view from bus ride 


on the way to Tokyo 

15th Feb: Visited to Tokyo again after 1.5 month. oops


16th Feb: Went to Tokyo Disney Sea with Dawn.


Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan


Meiji Shrine at 4pm



Shibuya at 4pm


Harajuku at 5pm


Muji Store @ Shibuya

17th Feb: went to Harajuku, Meiji Jingu and Shibuya.


Aqua Park Shinagawa, Tokyo. 


Aqua Park Shinagawa, Tokyo. 

18th Feb: went to Aqua Park Shinagawa before flying back to Malaysia.

19th Feb – : spring break in Malaysia


Thanks for reading!


Love, Jiaxin