spotted in: kyoto

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photo credit: papa suzuki

Location: Kyoto, Japan

 

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spotted in: narita airport

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On my way to Vietnam for the Golden Week holiday (a cluster of national holidays during the first week of May that allows many Japanese employees to take a week off from work)! Squeee! I can’t wait to explore this country and also meet up with my high school friend Dan, whose grandparents and several family members live in Saigon, and also Caitlin and Molly, friends from college. I got smart and booked a non-stop flight that earns mileage this time around, which cost about $100 more than the budget option, but I think is worth saving the extra 10 hours of travel time and not dealing with rude flight agents and random delays (cough china eastern cough cough).

I know I’ll be in good hands with Dan, but any recommendations out there for must-sees/dos/eats in Vietnam? Cảm ơn! (thank you!)

xo your friend alice

Location: Narita Airport, Chiba Prefecture, Japan

spotted in: ohori koen

I impulsively decided to take a trip over a long weekend to spend the first day of spring in Fukuoka. The impulse was spurred by a feeling of restlessness after my friends left, a hope for early cherry blossoms in the western isles of Japan, and just wanting to take advantage of three consecutive days off work. The trip from Tokyo takes about 5.5 hours on the shinkansen (bullet train). It was my first time visiting Kyushu, so I’ve now seen parts of Honshu, Hokkaido, and Kyushu. The only remaining major Japanese island I’ve yet to visit is Shikoku. My goal is to visit all four before my stint in this beautiful country is over for the time being.

“Both life and death manifest in every moment of existence. Our human body appears and disappears moment by moment, without cease, and this ceaseless arising and passing away is what we experience as time and being. They are not separate. They are one thing, and in even a fraction of a second, we have the opportunity to choose, and to turn the course of our action either toward the attainment of truth or away from it. Each instant is utterly critical to the whole world.”

– Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being (2013)

My friend hates having her photo taken, but she gave me approval to shoot anything but her face (which is a shame because it’s a lovely one).

girls x waves

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Location: Ohori Park, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan

spotted in: kamakura

鎌倉大仏, Kamakura Daibutsuimg_5382img_5396img_5415img_5411(startlingly delicious) pressed squid cracker

 

why you look so mad mama? // that’s more like it! nomming on shirasu-don (rice topped with miniature sardines, a specialty of Kamakura)
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I just finished two straight weeks of 15-17 hour workdays (including weekends) so I’ve had little to blog about. While tough, there is something about the grind and the feeling of accomplishment knowing you helped achieve something on a grand scale and as an integral part of a whip-smart, amusing team (when the hours get long, the memes and puns start flowing). Until the next adventure, here are some photos from a day trip to Kamakura back in January with (who else but) my mum.

Location: Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

spotted in: asakusa

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mamachari: the Japanese bicycle station wagon

sometimes there’s a child seat in the front as well and I always think these mothers are braver or more competent human beings than me because I would never trust myself with children on that contraption. wisely, they only ride on the sidewalks. and how cute are those hats Japanese schoolchildren wear?

that’s tokyo sky tree in the distance, a restaurant, broadcasting/observation tower, and the tallest structure in all of nipponland. we’re all about the superlatives here, aren’t we?

xo your friend alice

Location: Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan

spotted in: victoria park

IMG_0980IMG_3724.JPGDid you know there’s a large Indonesian population in Hong Kong? They’re the 2nd largest ethnic minority next to Filipinos and largely work as domestic workers (according to my friends at CNN Hong Kong this is due to high demand across socioeconomic classes for housekeepers). On Sundays many turn out on their day off to hang outdoors with their friends near Victoria Park rain or shine. We came upon a group performing a traditional Indonesian horse dance, drinking buckets of juice, and having a lovely picnic. I love their head pieces and this boss lady’s outfit.

xo your friend alice

Location: Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, Wan Chai District, Hong Kong