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


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- Chuckles all around.

- Finally made my way here.

- Let it snow...in 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?

September 1, 2016

The September Link Love


Happy September everyone!

Is it just me or does it feel like fall all of a sudden? Here I am wanting to cling onto summer for a bit longer and wearing a sundress and I step outside and it's cardigan weather? WHAT. IS. HAPPENING. This is not the heat island Tokyo weather I'm used to and I feel a bit confused.

Well, enough about the weather. How are you? I hope you've had a great summer!

I had a really great summer actually, all surrounding the big family event of the year...my sister's wedding! It was wonderfully joyous with a bit of chaos thrown in, which I think makes for the best parties. It was quite the Mountain Day (the day of their wedding was on a new Japanese holiday that was just established this year) for our family!

I would tell you all about it except my computer broke down (so long ago that I don't even remember when...) and I am too lazy to write blog posts on my cellphone.

I could completely overcome this hurdle by just buying a new computer, but was all things in life, you sort of get used to not having something. I haven't had a tv for over 5 years now and I don't really miss it. The same thing is slowly happening with my computer, too.

 One the one hand, I have more time to swim, read, or sleep when I would have previously just watched an episode of something on the computer. But on the other hand, I really want to catch up on watching all the Elementary episodes while organizing all my photos, especially for the blog. Blog posts are always a place for me to remember things by...so I really want to share photos from Germany and Kobe before I forget everything. And more importantly, apparently Sherlock Season 4 is set to begin in 2017 so I DEFINITELY need a new computer by then.

All this to say, I am enjoying my computer-less days while I can because it's not something I can live without for long...but until then, my blog posts may be very sporadic.

 But I hope you're all doing well and enjoying this gradual shift from summer to fall! xx

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 - Some days are totally like this.

 - Amazing views.

 - How many have you tried from this list?

 - This hashtag is everything.

 - Who left an impression on you at the Olympics? (Me: Fu Yuanhui, Michelle Carter, Yusra Mardini and Saori Yoshida, to name a few)

June 25, 2016

The Omoshiro Tube at Hitachi Seaside Park


Did you think all there is at the Hitachi Seaside Park were rolling hills of Nemophilia flowers?

Nope, nope, nope.

This nationally operated park is fairly large and has everything from barbecue corners to cycling courses. There is also a playground of sorts in an area called Pleasure Garden. (*insert innuendo of choice here*). It's actually a pretty popular spot, though random, with anime themed attractions, semi-roller coasters and even a bmx course.

But we were only interested in one thing...the Omoshiro Tube!!!

This orange tube of fun (which is literally what the name means) is over 400 meters long and it twists and turns around this corner of the park. It is part obstacle course, part observation deck and we had tons of fun on it, as the name indicated!

So if you're ever at Hitachi Seaside Park to see the flowers, do so. But take some time to see other areas as well. Like the ferris wheel or the beach area by the ocean that we didn't have time for. It's definitely worth visiting.

On our way back to Tokyo, we stopped by a parking area on the highway that had a giant Hello Kitty vending machine. Naturally we had to take a photo of it...but just as we were snapping pictures, a man with five dogs walks by.

I've seen two, maybe even three, dogs but this man had FIVE.

Hello Kitty vending machine took to the back burner and we were all over the dogs, which according to the nice owner were a mom and her kids. They were so well behaved and sweet as can be, my friends and I were smitten.

You just never know who you'll meet on the highway! x


Here are some photos:























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June 21, 2016

The June Link Love


Oh June, how can you almost be over?

If you haven't noticed, I'm a little behind on my blogging schedule. Work has been insane, as in 2am emails and endless documents to go through. And yet, I am weirdly excited about all this because I'm learning so much and it's a project we've been working on for a while now. I'm in an odd place where my body is yawning-so-hard-that-my-jaw-may-dislocated-exhausted but my mind is totally-ready-to-do-handsprings-down-the-hall-pumped!

Hopefully next month, body and mind will unite.

Anyways, did I mention that I was in Germany earlier this month? It was amazing. AMAZING. My first time in Europe and although it was only a long weekend, I had the best time. Can't wait to share with you!

How are you enjoying June? Is it raining where you are? It's pretty darn sunny here in Tokyo...is rainy season over? xx


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- Here comes the rain!

- Famous novels retitled like Friends episodes.

- Throwback to all this gorgeousness.

- Tokyo subway map by walking types.

- A new kind of real estate?

- Who are you at the airport?

June 13, 2016

The Flight to Dusseldorf via Dubai


I've mentioned this before but I've always been team window seat.

This is mostly due to the fact that I like to sleep on airplanes, and the window seat makes it easier to snuggle. But there are times I'm forced to keep awake so I can smoothly transition to local time when I land. There's nothing worse than jet lag the entire week, so I usually adjust my sleep schedule accordingly by watching movies, listening to podcasts or just simply stare out the window.

It may depend on weather or geography but technically the view from an airplane window is always pretty amazing. So of course I have to take photos. Sometimes I end up with just as many photos from inside the plane as during my travels!

This time around, I flew from Haneda to Dusseldorf, with a short layover in Dubai. x

Here are some photos:


June 9, 2016

The Long Weekend in Germany


Hallo Deutschland!!!

I had so much fun with my girls in Germany! 

Oh, and did I mention this is my first time in Europe? I know, I don't know why I waited so long. But I love that Germany ended up being my first European country, even if it was just a small corner of the country.

This weekend all came about when my friend R realized that there was a Pentatonix concert in Cologne AND our friend H lived near Dusseldorf. We'd been wanting to visit her but you know it's hard to schedule something last minute, especially when it includes 15+ hour transit. But all three of us checked our schedules...and it somehow all worked out!

June was the perfect time to visit, in my opinion. The weather was perfect, with everyone eating outside. Apparently Germans eat outside as much as possible, especially when the weather is nice. I would think that a restaurant was full because all the outdoor seats were be taken, but then when we stepped inside the restaurant there are a whole bunch of seats that were open. I quickly learned that the outdoor seats were the most popular.

We were also there during white asparagus season, and let me tell you, Germans love their spargel. Every restaurant had a special spargel menu to celebrate this joyous season, and we definitely took advantage of it. We had so many types of spargel and they were all delicious.

We also spent a day in Cologne, exploring the city before the concert. The cathedral was massive and there was so much to see. We also walked along the Rhine river and crossed the Hohenzollern Bridge before heading to the concert venue. 

As for the concert, Pentatonix blew me away. They were amazing. Also, on the way back to the station after the concert, we were trying to figure out which street to take and a random German girl spoke to us in Japanese! She had studied a year in Tokyo and understood we were trying to get the same station as her so showed us the way. What a night, we had the best time!

We spent a lazy Sunday at a lake near where my friend lives, just relaxing and playing games. The water was super cold but a lot of the locals were jumping in and swimming. I guess when summer is short, you take full advantage of warm weather.

My last day in Dusseldorf, H and I took the Rhine river cruise because I wanted to see the Gehry buildings at Dusseldorf Harbor. We also did a little shopping (souvenirs and these sandals!) and ate here and there before heading to the airport.

All in all, the long weekend in Germany was totally worth the long flight. I love it when a sudden plan comes together so well like this. Germany is such a friendly country. I can't wait to come back to explore other cities some day!

Here are some photos: