I think this is where I began falling in love with meditating on ferris wheels huhuhuhuhuThe connection between a season and a trip, you ask?! Well, my first trip to Japan was during the summer (June) 2013, a few days after my 33rd birthday and just a couple of months before turning 9 in tattoo years. Also I ended up on this nostalgic road while organising my digital life for a reboot on my private tattoo shop & kawaii culture hub fundraiser, #supportLIPS fund. Please be on the look out for the official fundraiser launch January 2016 *GO!* Until then, allow me to spam you with photos from my first trip to Japan (& almost 10 years into my career, it was also my first official steps to having working vacays … cuz I’m a workoholiccccc!!!!)
My first few days in Tokyo were adventure filled as I met up with language exchange buddies, turned good friends. We had been chatting for years and two years ago, I was able to meet a great deal of people who’d affectionately started calling me friend. Today most of us still meet up on my travels and practice in our cool fashion of broken Japanese and broken English, usually over drinks and exploring Japan. You can read about most of my first trip’s highlights with language exchange friends at my old blog, HERE!
Masami-chan and friends x Takeshita Dori x KiddylandThere is way more to share from adventures in Japan with these ladies! From the Ghibli Museum and zoo, days wandering around Kichijoji and Akihabara, to adventures ate the Doraemon Museum. There’s so much to share!!!! 💞 #staytuned~ 💞
Dear ramen, I LOVE YOU! #thatisall~
I recently participated in a Sapporo Ramen class at my favorite ramen spot here in DC, Daikaya. I’ll be sure to share that oishii part of life with you guys super soon! =^.^=
Passo-kun x Culture x Good times!I love these guys, always! Any minute, now I’ll have more about my welcome to Japan incidents and adventures. Some include being drunk in an izakaya off of Jack Daniel’s & sake, trying raw liver (my tummy didn’t like me for TWO days! >.<) and “praying to the porcelain god five times” as Passo shared on Facebook fufufu … as well as partaking in Old Japan. I am a lover of Edo Period Japan and a lot of things therein, like daruma, kokeshi, manekineko, ukiyo-e, and shunga. These things truly make my hear happy! The logo here has three things from the ☝︎list. Do you recognise any of them or know their meanings?
Doraemon Museum x Bento (Yum!)I absolutely love Doraemon, as well as Chibi Maruko-chan, anything from Osamu Tezuka, Arale-chan, and Pokemon. So you’ll probably see a LOT more in of otaku mode IKB as I babble about my loves. While we’re getting to know each other, I think it’s safe to ask what gets you all geeked out?! Feel free to leave comments and share! 👇👇 I also want to learn to make kawaii bento. My friend makes obento for her boys every morning. She made this Doraemon one to welcome me to Japan. She thought it would be a great midnight snack in case of insomnia or jet lag. 😭😭😭 I cried because it was so thoughtful and nice.
Moshi Moshi Osaka ・’Sup Naoki!God bless Osaka! It’s a beautiful city with much kinder people and it feels a lot like the flow of DC. I am in love with Kansai culture, from kansai ben to soul food, and have no one to thank more than my CNH (chicken namba homie), TNS Naoki.
During my Hotel Granvia Osaka stay my needs were in one room … #bless!My main business in Osaka was to meet one of my favorite tattoo artist, Naoki- who’s become far more than a colleague, by the way. He’s family!- a big brother, chicken namba homie, art buddy & long distance mentor rolled into one. haha (Check out our more about my tattoo family HERE.) Even so far away we work together, keep each other focused and inspire each other. I am forever thankful that he wanted to meet me just as much as I him, and thankful for what we have woven into as art buds! If you enjoyed these and want to see more, the entire album and my photo dump is available on my Facebook page. Stop by~ Also, please feel free to track my official travel tag #DCtoJapan to see more from my Japan adventures! I have to catch some zzz’s (a sistah is jet lagged!) and try to set out some things to do here in Tokyo this go ’round. yoroshiku onegaishimasu~