The past few days have been difficult for me. Actually, this entire week at work tested my patience, and I had a hard time keeping my temper in check. There were only two things that made this week bearable for me. The first thing — I treated myself to a new techno gadget. The second thing is knowing that my Hakodate trip is just around the corner. In my free time, I planned and budgeted for my trip. My mind is filled with nothing but Hakodate, and this led me to reminiscence why I picked Hakodate in the first place. My reasons are perfect for this month’s Timeless Thoughts entry. Georgie and I co-host this monthly link-up, and I am hosting again for this month. If you would like to participate, you’re more than welcome to join our link-up by submitting your entry with the link-up widget located at the end of this entry! This link-up is opened for two weeks, and your entry can be about anything you find unforgettable from your past or present! It can be an object, an event, a person — anything goes — and you can have more than one thing you miss or find unforgettable.
Back in December 2012 (holy crap!), I played Hakuouki for the first time. This historical fiction otome game for the PlayStation Portable stole my heart. The historical elements of the game focus on the Shinsengumi (an elite samurai forces protecting Kyoto) and their involvement with the Boshin War in the 1860s. Throw in some handsome sword-wielding bishounens, paranormal elements, wars and battles, and the lone female main character, you have a visual novel filled with action, history, romance, and adventure. I became fascinated by the late Edo era, and the history buff in me adored learning about the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate, which in turn brought on the Meiji era.
The game takes place in real locations in Japan! It starts in Kyoto, and through its progression, the characters travel eastward and northward until they end up in the short-lived Republic of Ezo (modern-day Hokkaido). Hakuouki encouraged me to visit a temple the Shinsengumi used as their headquarters in Kyoto. That opportunity came when I travelled to Osaka and Kyoto in 2015. I went on a pilgrimage to Nishi Honganji, and the fangirl in me squealed in delight. Seeing the temple in person gave me a huge sense of fulfilment.
My Hakuouki journey didn’t end in Kyoto. The Shinsengumi and the remaining Tokugawa shogunate forces made their way to Ezo, and their final home and battle site took place in Hakodate. They occupied Goryokaku, a unique star-shaped fort. All of this was mentioned in the game, and I found myself wanting to visit Goryokaku. Fast forward a year later, I looked into Goryokaku and did some research about its city, Hakodate. Its history and architecture began to beckon me like a siren’s call.
Hakodate wouldn’t leave my mind. The more I read about it, the more I found myself wanting to visit there. Yet I deliberated for a few months, especially since I wasn’t certain about my job’s future. Then in August 2016, when I was finally given a start date for my new job, I made the choice to visit Hakodate in April 2017. I figured eight months would give me enough time to save and plan for this adventure. It had been a long wait, but the time is almost upon me. Less than three weeks left until I go on this Hakuouki pilgrimage! I’m all set for my budget, but I’m still finagling with my itinerary. Once I figure that and buy some new luggage, all that’s left for me to do is pack and travel. This trip, along with my two-week leave, is the only thing keeping me sane. I cannot wait!
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