Thursday, June 30, 2016

hydrangea festival.








Sunday, June 19th, 2016

I was out in Tokyo for the weekend. I had Friday off so I went to meet up with some friends. K (Golden Week friend) and Lyy being some of them. Me and Lyy actually went to A to Z for the first time in forever. It was nice, good memories to be honest.

That weekend my health was actually pretty shit though, and I didn't want to be out. I wanted to stay home and do nothing but I was in Tokyo to go to the doctor as well. Although, Minano does have doctors, I wanted an English speaking one to let me know what exactly was going on with me.

I was supposed to meet an online friend, a fellow Tumblr blogger who taught in Korea for several years. I followed her blog when I was still studying abroad in Japan. She left Korea and moved to Canada around the time I was planning to move to Japan. I didn't think I would see her anytime soon, but she happened to on an Asia trip and Tokyo was on her list so we met up.

It was really nice talking to her. We shared our experiences of teaching in our countries and compared them. It was also nice to find someone in a similar situation as me, not knowing what she wants out of life.

Many people joke about it online, talking about how hard adulting is and how they don't know what the fuck they're doing. But when it comes down to the serious talks and seriously thinking about what the fuck you actually are doing, no one really does it. But we did, and of course it ended with us having many things up in the air but just taking it slow.

So after some stress-relief talks, at a pancake cafe in Harajuku, we went to see the hydrangeas.  I googled some spots in Tokyo and there was a spot close by in  Bunkyo where there was a mini hydrangea festival. It was small but nice.

However, the hydrangeas weren't as many as I would have hoped. There were only some sections that had pretty clusters. But it was still nice, because the clusters that were there were beautiful.

My favorite hydrangeas were the deep blue and purples. Sarah is moving back to Australia, so I hope to visit her within the two years I'm here in Minano.

Online friends really are the best type of friends.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

that ship has sailed.




Sunday, June 5th, 2016

I finished my ship tattoo, it was fairly quick taking another 3 hours, making it 6 hours total for the tattoo. I am extremely pleased by the finished product, I love color tattoos.

I'm going to take a break from my arm because summer is here, and the heat is just around the corner so I would rather be able to wear half sleeves for a little while longer. To be honest, I'll probably keep this half sleeve until I move to Tokyo.

So what's next for me? Legs and back most likely! My tattoo artist is currently guest spotting in Canada, so as much as I'd like to jump on my next piece I have to wait till August.

But until then, I am loving this one and am excited to finish the sleeve one day.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Poppies for miles ♡





Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Me and Lyy woke up pretty late due to talking and staying up late as usual. Then, we woke up and talked some more. Eventually, we made it to Minano's poppy fields!

It is common to take a shuttle/bus there, but since it was late the hours were more scarce and we didn't want to have to stay at the poppy fields for 2 hours. So we decided to try our luck and go by car.

Even though it was a bit crowded it wasn't as bad as I though. We actually found parking pretty easily by chance on the side of the mountain before we got up too high. The entrance fee was only 200 yen and we went to enjoy the poppies.

It was already close to the end of the season, so the peak ended but it was still a gorgeous view. The poppies looked better in videos than pictures because you could see them swaying delicately in the wind.

There was also Chichibu taiko players, which was nice background sound. There wasn't much food, besides three stalls and though me and Lyy were hungry we didn't want to wait in the long lines for まあまあ food.

So after enjoying the poppies we left to go eat and then take Lyy home. It was a long but really good weekend. I was so happy that I saw Lyy again and we did some fun things we've never done before together in Japan.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

driving with no destination.









Saturday, May 28th, 2016

After the waterfalls, me and Lyy just decided to drive because there was nowhere I wanted to take her to till night time. We drove on highway 140 for a bit and ended up in Chichibu and just kept driving until we came across a temple.

It was completely random, but the temple was so nice. It was one of the nicest temples that both me and Lyy had seen. The best places are the ones you randomly come across.

Afterwards, we ate sushi and I took her Mino-yama. It's a mountain in my town that has a park on top. The view at night is gorgeous, and reminds me of LA views so I wanted to show Lyy. The view of the stars was also nice. And there was no moon in the sky so you could see the stars clearly. We stayed there talking for quite some time, until we started to get cold and head back.

Drifters usually go to this mountain as well, so I was hoping I could show Lyy but there were only a few that night and they were drifting while we were enjoying the view, maybe another time!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

fairytale hikes.







Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Lyy came to visit me in Minano Friday night. It was the first time I had seen her since when I first moved here and I was excited to catch up on several things. We stayed up late, talking about several things and though we were tired the next day it was nice to catch up.

We ended up going to the waterfall that I went with my other friend, she hadn't seen a waterfall before so I wanted to show her. I really wanted to show her my life in this new place, it's so different but also nice! She enjoyed all the green.

I really love this place, the forest is so beautiful. I honestly never get tired of coming here, it's already the third time I've came here since moving here and it never gets old. The green leaves, the tall beautiful trees, the clear water, it always reminds me of a fairytale. Even more, of Peter Pan.

We hiked up to the second waterfall this time but it was bit of a letdown, so small. But it was still nice. Afterwards we decided to head back and eat udon but ran into a snake. I'm not down with wild snakes, I'm always scared they might be poisonous so we went around another way and went to the udon shop.

We also had soft cream, I decided to try a new flavor, black soybean flour soy milk. It was not so pleasant, the flour taste was so strong. It surprised me every time I took a bite lol. Lyy has white coffee which was amazingly good, I think I'll get that next time.

Friday, June 3, 2016

forest nymph.







Saturday May 21st, 2016

I recently got to work with a Tokyo photographer who usually shoots city/urban photography but wanted something different. So he came to visit me in Chichibu to shoot some nature scenes. Chichibu's nature is something else, like from a fairytale.

I never minded doing fully implied nude as long as it is done tastefully. There is something beautiful about a woman's naked body in contrast to the nature, it just seems so raw and natural. 

I really enjoyed this shoot, and the look of the photos. My friend told me I reminded her of a forest nymph, and I loved the idea. When I was little I always wanted to be a nymph, funny how I got to be one in my own way.

Photographer: Eno