I’ve finally travelled to Japan for the first time. It was a media trip by Panasonic Malaysia.The whole trip includes visiting the Panasonic Japan Center, Panasonic Cluxta, Panasonic Hikone Factory and some must-go places in Japan.
After touched town at the Narita Tokyo International Airport on June 12, we were welcomed by the local guide with their warm hospitality. The first place we went was Asakusa / Nakamise. There, we went to the Sensoji Temple, also known as Asakusu Kannon Temple. It is one of Tokyo most colorful and popular temples. The shopping street there has been providing visitors of the temples a variety of traditional, local snacks. It is also a good place to get our souvenirs as tourists.
Same day, we then went to the Panasonic Center after a quick lunch. With our smart casual outfit, we went to check out the showroom of all the high-tech products of Panasonic. I was in awe and impressed when we reached a house-like building, where I saw all the never-thought-of products and appliances were displayed.
One of the things that I like was a touch-screen kitchen table where I can place my online food delivery. A fridge-like mailbox where the postman can put letters, food, fresh vegetables in the designated compartment to keep the deliveries while the house owner is out for work the whole day. I felt like I was so “kampung”.
After the center, we checked in to Shinjuku Granbell Hotel. Had our dinner and we were done for the day.
The next day, we visited Panasonic Cluxta at Ikebukuro, Tokyo. We transited by a bus from the hotel after breakfast. We were able to test and try all their beauty products. I like their facial ion steamer, because it’s a household product that we can do it on our own daily at home. It’s called Nano-Ionic Care EH-SA93 if you are interested.
After a good lunch, we were brought to the famous Shibuya for shopping. We had a great free and easy time there! We settled our own dinner at the world-known 7-eleven. We ate the triangle Japanese version of sandwich – the Onigiri. My roomie, Chanwon taught me how to open a packed Onigiri the proper way. We also ate the famous Calbee snack! They serves the most fresh potato crisps at Takeshita Street. I spread chocolate syrup all over my potatooooo… Yummy! After dinner, we headed back to our hotel.
June 14, and it’s already halfway through our trip. Good times passed by fast… but not as fast as the bullet train!! Hahaha… We travelled to our next destination by the famous Japanese bullet train. We departed from the train station at Shinkansen and arrived at Hikone. Had a quick lunch and we were transferred to the Nagahama Hotel, while the rest of the Panasonic dealers went for their Aqua Productions Line Tour & Study.
At the hotel, they provided us each a Kimono costume. It’s also my first time dressed in a Kimono. We then had our free and easy time at the hot spring facility of the hotel. Male and female were separated. No clothes are allowed if you want to enter it. So, we girls got ourselves all naked and jump into the hot spring pool!! I was very very shy!! I noticed most of the guests at the pool were the elderlies. That evening, we had dinner together with the rest of the Panasonic associates in a Kimono.
At night, we slept in a Tatami mattress laid on the floor, a true experience of the Japanese tradition. I feel so “hai! watashiwa Elecher desu”.
The next day, we visited the Panasonic Hikone Factory for our beauty product study after breakfast. We learned the history of Panasonic and also the story behind every product they have invented. The 2 products that I liked the most were the hairdryer and also the massaging chair!!
Let’s talk about the hairdryer. There are many hairdryers out there in the market. But not all of them are “hair-friendly” because some may cause more harm to our hair if not chosen properly. We were given each a hairdryer from Panasonic. The model of my hairdryer is EH-NA57 and it’s a good one. It is a mid-range hairdryer that costs around RM600+ in the market right now. It is fast drying and most importantly my hair gets smoother after using it! From the study, it causes less damage to our hair. Girls need this, especially for a girl like me that blows dry my hair so often. The Nanoe ion charge technology can produce nano-sized electrostatic atomized water particles that can hold 1000 times more water that the negative ions. That is why it can help penetrate through our hair surface, providing deep moisture for our hair. Thus, it reduces the possible harm and dryness caused by the heating. One more important benefit of this hairdryer is the power voltage switch between 110~214V. It is very convenient for a traveller like me.
From Panasonic Factory, we moved on to the next city – Osaka. We had our dinner at Osaka and then head back to Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka. I slept early because I was tired after all the learning and transit during the day.
June 16, we were brought to a few places of interest and it was fun!! As usual, we had our breakfast and move out. We went to Arashiyama, which is an outskirt of Kyoto. It has beautiful sceneries of the famous bamboo forest and water views. It was breathtaking crossing the bridges and walking through the bamboo forest with the wind that blew between the bamboo trees. We had lunch there and then all of us were given an opportunity to personally experience a Japanese tea ceremony. It was a relaxing and peaceful moment.
After tea, we were brought to a mall by the train. We had window-shopping while waiting for dinner time. After dinner, we were out in the streets of Osaka for more snacks and food hunting! Hahahaha… There were so many food and snacks one can try in Japan! Done for the day, and we head back to our hotel nest for rest.
June 17, it was the last day before we leave for KL the next day. We got a whole day of free and easy time. So, I walk around Dotonbori and also Shinsaibashi shopping street with the girls. I managed to get some snacks again… and some souvenirs for my friends back KL. I got a puppy spray for Oni… then I bought my boyfriend (now fiancé) a shirt from GU and also a pair of Teva sandals as our couple shoes. Hehehehe… And I’m so glad that he liked the gifts!! We had our last dinner with Panasonic, feasting over crabs at Kani Doraku restaurant, Dotonbori restaurant. So, the last night in Osaka was in deed very memorable to me… We had some crazy and fun times together. The train station was closed and we went back to the hotel only after midnight by taxi.
I hope to be back in Japan again. Till the next time!!