So, I have been back from my trip to Japan for 5 days now. I can’t express how much I wanted to push off looking at my pictures, as if I was finally saying goodbye to the most impressionable and meaningful trip I have ever taken in my entire life. I finally unpacked today and put my precious memories-in-Pikachu-form in their rightful place. But, unfortunately for any Japanophile, the treats and toys pale in comparison to that of just simply being in the incredible country of Japan.
Through out my early childhood, to say that I was an outcast would be an understatement. Which was fine by me, as I was nurtured profusely with all of my nerdy, favorite things – Sailor Moon, Pokémon, Tamagotchi, Nintendo and the smallest, cutest items (particularly plastic food!) As I grew, the Japanese influence did not cease to exist. Japanese rock (Malice Mizer, Moi dix Mois) became my high school obsession – haha. By the time I was 20, I was knee-deep in all things Japanese – at least as close as I could get to any aspect of the culture, or cuisine (finally had sushi at 18!)
Most of the images in the gallery are completely un-edited. I didn’t bother with focusing on photography, so I could enjoy the experience more. But I do know I found so much information just from viewing other’s travel photos, so I thought I would include those for other people looking to visit Japan. ^__^
In early September, I’m not quite sure what little birdy sung in my ear – but I was in a particularly frustrating spot in life, and I just had to do something. Feeling so restless, the moment the thought even began to cross my mind, I had already acknowledged and accepted the challege – I was going to get to Japan under any circumstance! On September 3rd, I met with my three best friends, all with a unique and personal love for Japan as well. Two weeks later, the Lord blessed us because somehow we had just booked our tickets dated for January, 2013! (Thanks to the immense support of our loved ones for making such a sudden decision!)
While sitting for literally four months straight just doing research on everything and anything Japan-related, I would imagine us in Tokyo. I would put us in the Instagram’s of all the lucky travelers before us and I would know – we will be there soon enough! But even I could never expect how Japan did not simply “meet” my dreams – this country surpassed them. Even with the all the imagination and passion I have in my body, I didn’t expect Japan to have such an impact on me and our friendships. I feel such a tight bond with these ladies, and Tokyo simply solidified it!
I am simply working the hardest I can, just to get back to Japan. I have found my soulmate country and I have never felt so connected to myself! I think we all learned a lot about ourselves, and isn’t that always the most rewarding part of travel? I can’t wait to be back. It can be just too addicting!
These are just a few of the moments I was lucky enough to have with my three best friends. If you would like to see more, as they were coming live, please visit my Instagram. ^_^
Thank you for reading~!