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Things To Do in Japan This September
17 Sep 2017IDEASBY SweetEscape

September is considered to be the right time to visit Japan with temperatures ranging from 10 to 21 degrees.. Fall hasn't begun, yet, so the leaves are still green and the skies are often clear and blue. So, do you have any clues on what to do in Japan in September?

Tokyo

by Deby for SweetEscape in Tokyo
by Mizuki for SweetEscape in Tokyo

Albeit always crowded with the majority of people living here, Tokyo is a must tourist destination - the sight of the hurrying people crossing the roads, the hustle and bustle of life, and the different surprises you find in areas around the city. Exploring the city will be an adventure! But Tokyo is more than a concrete jungle because there are so many parks you can visit, run around like a child, and of course take lots of pictures.

Kyoto

by Keiko for SweetEscape in Kyoto
by Keiko for SweetEscape in Kyoto
by Keiko for SweetEscape in Kyoto

Kyoto is one of the cities in Japan where tradition can be seen all around. There are still many old-style buildings. You can rent a kimono and stroll around the traditional cluster street. If you are lucky you might spot a geisha. Nature is also well looked after here such as the bamboo forest where you can see ancient trees that stand high up into the sky. There are many temples in Kyoto and anyone can go there to make a wish. Lastly, visit a huge library in Kyoto to see a marvelous collection and read books!

Osaka

by Albert for SweetEscape in Osaka
by Albert for SweetEscape in Osaka

Osaka is another commercial city besides Tokyo. It is known for its modern architecture, nightlife, and also some historical landmarks. Visit Nunobiki Herb Garden, which has 75.000 herbs and 200 kinds of flowers. There are 14 garden areas with their own themes. You can take a ropeway for an airy ride in the sky up to the mountain top during daytime or nighttime. Sooo romantic!

Going to one of these cities, soon? Don't be afraid of getting bored, because you will have endless options to make your visit to Japan this September more memorable!

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Sidney and Etha Mohede: Christmas Tradition in Our Family
12 Dec 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.

by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

1. Tell us about Christmas in your family!

We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.

Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.

2. Any particular Christmas dinner tradition?

Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.

However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.

by Donny for SweetEscape in Bali

3. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!

4. We know you travel a lot, especially Sidney. Do you take photos of your trip?

Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!