May 8, 2017

The Community Station KITAKITA

When you have a place like this to wait for the airport shuttle bus, it doesn't even matter that you have almost an hour to kill after getting off the local train.

Community Station KITAKITA is not only a cafe, but also part architectural design firm and part share space. The two designers that operate the space mentioned that they also rent out the open space for events. They were nice enough to show me around the renovated space because I was pretty curious as to how they changed the layout.

Isn't the space beautiful?

I was only there to pass the time before heading to the airport, but I learned about other interesting places in the Kita Akita area that made me wish I had more time here. Just another reason for me to come back, I guess!

If you're ever in the area, stop by for a cup of coffee or just to chat with the friendly designers :)

Here are some photos:

3-18 Matsuba-cho, Kita Akita-shi, Akita JAPAN
OPEN: 10:00am-6:00pm (closed Sun & Wed / varies by month, check website!)
ACCESS: right across from Takanosu Station on the JR Ou Main Line 

January 4, 2017

The New Years Hatsumode in Imabari


I am one of those people who love the new year. How about you?

For me, I think it's the sense of starting anew. So many possibilities in the new year. And yes, I know it's just a regular morning of another day...but it just feels different. Special somehow.

I think it was a couple of new year holidays ago that my whole family went to Okinawa to be with my grandma. It was after my grandpa had passed away and it was just really lovely getting to be together, welcoming another new year together. 

And during that trip, my grandma mentioned that we should go see Hatsu-hino-de at my grandpa's grave (which may sound creepy but Okinawan graves are like tiny stone houses with a large space in front of it for family gatherings!) because it has a great view of the sunrise. So thus began this tradition of going to see Hatsu-hino-de. 

It's not always everyone, and it's not always planned ahead of time. But for the past few years I've dragged myself out of bed at the crack of dawn to watch the sunrise burst through the clouds. And it's pretty great. I love the anticipation of watching the sky turn brighter, and how the sun feels against my chilled face once it shows itself. 

This year, I asked my sister if she wanted to bike to Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, which is part of the Shimanami-kaido. My second cousin had recommended it the previous year and I wanted to go, but my sister is smart and instead recruited my mom into going and driving us over. Ha. 

Here are some photos:













December 4, 2016

The December Link Love

Happy jolly month of December to youuuuuuuuuu!

You didn't think I'd just fade away into the new year, did you? I'd like to say that neither broken computer nor depressing short daylight could keep me away from updating this blog. But in fact, it had.

Until the Christmas miracle. You guys, my computer is still aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive!

It's a little shaky and shuts down automatically sometimes, but I've decided to appreciate the time I have left with my computer. Hopefully I'll have enough time to also begin posting photos from this summer, which I have been wanting to do for a long time.

Speaking of Christmas, how are you going to enjoy the holidays this year?

I'm actually going to be travelling again. Christmas travel may become a tradition for me (I went to DC last year)...although not sure it's the best time for travel really. I missed one of my flights last year and had to reschedule, but hopefully that won't happen again this year. The plan is to head home to Ehime for new years via Helsinki and Kobe!

Oh, and this winter? If the snow in November (which hasn't happened in Tokyo for over 50 years) is any indication, Tokyo may actually get a real winter this year (and by real, I mean piles of snow)! Whoo hoo!!!

I am excited and even thinking about getting snow boots. Ha.

Well, whether you get snow or not, I hope you are enjoying the jolly joyful season that is the year end holidays! x

 -------------------------------------------------------Link Love-------------------------------------------------------

- Chuckles all around.

- Finally made my way here.

- Let it Tokyo!

- Christmas trees from around the world.

- But actually this tree is my favorite this year.

- This is all kinds of sweet.

- It's time to choose...this, this or this?