The past two weeks I've been pretty inundated with trying to be a good student. But! Saturday is my designated 'go and do something awesome' day. These pictures are from those days!

This is real life.


More ants.




On the weekend, Kyle, Mizuki-chan, Toshi and I crammed into a small car and traveled to Ibaraki- Japan's least popular prefecture!

After a quick combini stop and some close calls driving out of Chiba, we at last arrived at the Hitachi Seaside Park!

There is a lot to see there, but the main reason I wanted to visit was to see the beautiful red hills unique to this time of year.

We made it to the top of the field just in time for golden hour.

Two great dogs! The one of the left is the mum and the right is the son.

Being natural like.

We finished our day in Hitachi by the seaside and then went to an all-you-can-eat curry restaurant. When we were coming back to Chiba we drove on a highway that goes right past the Tokyo skyline. It was incredible and so humbling.

Sometimes life here isn't that different to my life back in Sydney- I still study at home and cook dinner for myself and stay in to watch my stories and dye my hair. So days like this just make me realise all over again where exactly I am in the world!



Today marks one month that I have been living in Japan!
These photographs were taken over my first two weekends living in Inage- only one hour from Tokyo.

Shibuya! It doesn't matter how many times I go here, I am STILL amazed at all the lights and people and traffic. This might be my favourite people watching location. 

Yasu finally got his copy of NEMUI DESU!

After drinking together I had to run through Shibuya station to catch the last train home. Catching the last train on a popular line is something I'd definitely recommend doing while in Japan. It was so squishy I didn't even need to hang onto a rail for fear of falling over. Also, I think something quite Japanese that I've been experiencing lately is this whole, 'seeing you off at the station' thing. Every Japanese person I've hung out with is always walking me to the station gate and waving goodbye to me. It's hard to tell if it's a Japanese thing, a gaijin factor thing, a 'you're younger than me please don't miss the last train' thing or a gentlemanly thing. But I like it.

The next day was my 21st birthday! I received a lot of gifts from myself this day.

Don't give up your day job, Y.

After meeting Yasu, Moe and Aki, we had coffee at Wired Cafe Harajuku. Suddenly, a surprise birthday cake arrived! 21th. So cute, Japan.

My heart (and stomach) was sooo full after saying goodbye to these three people. I had only known Aki and Moe for a matter of hours and already they had been so kind and generous to me. 

Then! I jumped on a train and met my friend Chiharu-chan at her work! For my birthday, she gifted me a new hairstyle! Afterwards she said, 'thank you for letting me cut your hair.' and took a photo of my blonde hair on the floor of the salon. During the cut, she said that it looked like snow was falling.

Isn't she cute.

The following weekend came and I had plans again to meet Moe and Aki in Yokohama. I caught the wrong train TWICE but managed to take a few pictures of sleeping people along the way. I've been taking so many of these pictures lately I am really building quite the collection. I can't wait to make them into something.. a large photo book or an exhibition or something.

Look at how good looking they are! Seriously. 

We walked around the city together and finally made our way to the seaside.

Aki took this one!

Yokohama's Chinatown!

I have so many pictures to share from this weekend and of the little town and the shoebox I now live in. Stay tuned!