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Zoe Raymond|Fitness & Yoga|Beauty & Fashion

Travel Made Different in Kyoto

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Besides the usual shopping and sightseeing activities when I travel, we decided to do something different when we visited Japan just a few months back!

We left the bustling city and embraced nature at Ohara, a rural town nestled in the mountains of northern Kyoto!

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Here we were, after a 40 minute bus ride! (:
Everywhere was photo worthy!

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My cousin, Yuxin! 

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We enrolled ourselves for a vegetable dyeing workshop and after a detailed lecture, we had a hands-on experience in dyeing our own fabrics!

So this was what greeted us at Ohara Kobo! A house full of beautifully-dyed sashes and shawls!!

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Sensei Weda first went through with us on the basics of dyeing and what plants and materials are used to create the colors! And did you know that all 3 primary colors were achieved using plants! Let me share some fun-facts with you in the next few photos!! (:

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Did you know that red roots were where we can get red colored dye? 

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And it's from the Indigo plant that we get the blues! Notice the dried blue leaves? Most leaves turn brown when dried, but indigo leaves remained blue in color!! 

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Indigo dye began with green!

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My very arty Gugu Julie and Cousin, Yuxin!

Yuxin and I rinsing and soaking the fabrics in boiling hot dye over and over again!

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The green color dye eventually turned into blue upon contact with air. Tie-dye time!!

Yuxin is so good at this!! Look at her masterpiece of tie-dye after we were done with the rinsing and soaking!! 

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And here were our creations which we left out in the sun to dry!!

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 We made 3 sashes to take home with us!

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Our sashes against the beautiful scenery of Ohara


We took a photo with Sensei Weda before we left Ohara to head back to Shijo-dori! I have always visited bustling cities but I haven't visited anywhere like Ohara which was such a beautiful tranquil rural village.

I have done a lot of sightseeing, shopping and cafe-hopping, but I have never done any hands on activities like tie-dyeing and to do it from scratch. It was really a great experience to be able to do something out of the ordinary. Being able to visit a home in Ohara, spending half a day there like a local. 

Thank you for the Travel Made Different experience, Ohara! Thank for giving us this special moment that is out of the ordinary.

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I'm sure you would have your own special moments that are out of the ordinary while you're travelling too! These special experiences that make your trip uniquely different from everyone else's!

Please share your #SSBD (Same Same But Different) moments with us on Instagram!! Everyone can take part in this contest and stand to win a $100 shopping voucher! Really, you could also share your #SSBD eating, doing, staying at somewhere interesting! For example, you could be eating some exotic local food in Japan such as puffer fish which is lethally poisonous and it must be carefully prepared to remove toxic parts!! You could also be having a forest adventure in Brunei, bungee jumping in Australia or opting for a home stay in Korea or Indonesia instead of the usual hotel stays! In fact it could be a really simple yet memorable moment such as your husband proposing to you on the hot-air balloon in Turkey or even dancing in the rain oveaseas!

So from now till 31st December 2014, Travel Made Different by NTUC Income will be giving away S$100 shopping vouchers to 40 @TravelMadeDifferent followers with amazing #SSBD (Same Same But Different) travel experiences!

Your sharing could help someone have a more fulfilling trip too and what's even better is you could be rewarded for it too! Better yet, I will be personally selecting a winner out of all your entries, so I will be looking forward to hear about your unique travel experiences!

1) Follow @TravelMadeDifferent on Instagram
2) Post a photo/video on Instagram of your 'Same Same But Different' travel experiences
3) Write an awesome caption about your photo/video and include these hashtags:
#TravelMadeDifferent #SSBD #country

Contest ends 31st December 2014, so make sure you send in your entries before then!
P.S. Please make sure your Instagram account is set to allow public viewing! (:

Have fun and good luck! (;

More on Ohara on Nineroofs

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