Happy Hauls + Kawaii Journaling for Coping, in Japan

Hi かわいい + creative family ~

Hooray for happy hauls + kawaii journaling for self-care and coping in Japan!

DC to Japan is taking off and I’m already planning my fall trip to Japan ^.^

booking for Japan at Heavy Weight Tattoo ~

So I should probably start decompressing from my last trip, yeah?!

I’ve been away creating, branding and building platforms since my last travel that I wasn’t sure where to start. But I have anxiety (and a lot of other things, admittedly huhu) and ritual that helps me get along while in Japan … in Tokyo specifically.

My anxiety gets so high.

I often refer to Tokyo as Times Square meets LA … on crack! 😳

And if you’re familiar with those places and have anxiety, my description probably just triggered it.

😓 I am extremely sorry 😔

Truthfully, I sometimes get anxiety just thinking about travel and having to touch down in Tokyo ~

Aside from Dr. Pepper (something familiar), I hoard journaling goods (and journal) in Tokyo just to make it day-to-day.

So I thought I’d share a mix some of my recent hauls and kawaii journaling that helped me cope this time around.

Please enjoy ~

🌸 Kawaii Hoaders Anonymous


I’m Imani and I make no apologies for the hoarding that I do in Japan.

This trip I hoarded tons of kawaii planner goods, lane time, and quality time with friends ~

Sekaido, my favorite place in Tokyo space <3

first thing’s first … journal tools!

Tezuka manga + my 1st Atom + illustrator kit
Chibi Maruko-chan stickers + Maru Nyan (yatta!!!!)
+ Unico stickers & pouch + Unico washi + Tezuka OC marshmallows 😋😋😋
+ more Chibi Maru-chan manga + snacks + washi + keychains
McDonald’s is NEVER this cool in the States …
Little Tea Party, (c)1978 | new kawaii manga, old story
snacks +
more snacks! you can keep your judgement 😅
the SUPER hoard … time with friends + mega huge cotton candy from Harajuku
… and finally, I had plenty alone time. It’s important to me, to be able to slow down and take everything in … unapologetically.

Anyone else shamelessly love those quiets moments with yourself?

🌸 Kawaii Hoaders Anonymous

Here are some of my most memorable moments, this last trip.

You can see all of the pages from this trip here ~

hidden notes about my panic attack
Kamakura + zen moments
an under note of happiness & letting go ~
couldn’t wait!
happy, lazy days in Osaka ~
quality time with my favorite girl … me! (and Chibi Maruko-chan)
the best last day of hoarding EVER!
and … a love note to Japan

That’s it for now ~

Gotta get back to planning.

But stay tuned for more DC to Japan blog updates and travel ~

Fellow wanderlusters, how do you cope with your quirks when abroad? Comment below.

Gambare, minna
Imani (イマーニ)

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