Wow it’s February already and I am already planning for my May trip to Japan. *eek!*
As I sit here preparing posts on top of posts of shares from my last trip in November. (ikr! finally huhuhu) It’s been 2 years of (remote) building there ALREADY! *looks up 💭... where’d the time go?!*
In that time, though, I have been blessed to touch some amazing dreams of working in Japan. So I guess my time was being spent wisely.
Well I couldn’t help but become a bit nostalgic about my first trip to Japan. Though I had already been grounded in the tattoo industry for over 9 years, Japan in June 2013 was my first “vacation” as a working professional. It was so amazing and I think I was pretty successful in bottling that feeling forever.
Take a trip down memory lane with me~
My travel buddy (anxiety item) was the Kidrobot x Tado collaboration panda plushie. He now stays at home to annoy my beau when we’re apart. 😀
let’s go Shinagawa Prince Hotel!
Check in with friends. Announce that I am alive. Die in my bed from exhaustion >.<
seriously?! how did we EVER get along with flip phones? SO ANNOYING >>.<<
FirstTime for Everything! <3
Of course! It’s my first time in Japan … in a whole other UNIVERSE so of course it’s my first attempt at life here, period. haha
♡ Hotels & Transit ♡
fancy business hotels with cool greetings and … vending machine rooms?! #swag 😮😬😎
first time riding trains in Japan … looks like New York transit so this should be easy! ^^
so crowded … until now, I’d only seen this on YouTube! whhhaaa~
♡ Harajuku ♡
my, my HELLO Harajuku & Takeshita Dori. Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu ~
♡ O Nom Noms ♡
fist time at a REAL izakaya~ there are plenty in DC, but none with that … feel! (yah know?!)
kawaii obento!!!!! <3 a welcome surprise made special by a friend
♡ Culture & Entertainment ♡
I was complimented on sitting seiza effortlessly but it’s been my favorite way to sit since I was young … maybe reincarnation IS real *hee hee*
I LOVE looms and happy he took the time to talk about the craft with me <3 I was also proud I understood most things even though I couldn’t respond >.< (shy AND my Japanese is still weak but gambattimasu yo!)
I fell in love with Mitaka right HERE!
hidden jinjya (Japanese temple) in Shinagawa
checked out the homies, Dramatic Soul, at a polka dot themed music showcase event
♡ Randomness ♡
I’m almost positive I’ve NEVER seen cats just chilling like this 😹
(☝︎)I’ve never been on a random ferris wheel in the middle of a busy city or seen such a beautiful view of a metropolis (☟)
hey! I got lost and ended up here ^^
Awahhh~ KawaiiKiddy Land
WELCOME to Japan!
Good Peoplex Good Times!I never subscribed to the kindness of strangers until my first trip to Japan. As Americans we’re bred to be independent and self-contained. I never realised HOW self-contained I truly am … and I’m not talking introversion. I want to change this ~
so many smiles with people I never knew before this trip was so refreshing! most of us were language exchange friends online, ONLY, for years before I made the jump~
Thingsto Take Back …
♡ Kawaii Reads for Continuing Language Immersion ♡
Shin Chan!!! I was so happy it’s easy Japanese <3
trying to read signs is my new hobby there but if I don’t understand it, I take a picture and study when I return home ^^
♡ Kawaii Hauls ♡
friends (and the hotels) gave me so many welcome and parting gifts so I didn’t buy much
According to society, as a black woman hailing from a single parent home and the ghetto neighbourhoods of DC, I am supposed to be an uneducated, unwed mother possibly on welfare.
But somehow God saw fit to guide my mom in raising me so that I can break out of the box I was placed in. I was am able to change my stars.
My first trip reminds me of this every time because I did it ON MY OWN – my money, my terms, and traveled alone.
These feelings that I want to bottle aren’t my feels fem being in Japan, but the feelings of dreaming and someday attaining those dreams.
I want to bottle this feeling so that it inspires other youth to chase their dreams.