|Summertime + lollipops|
After a shaky past few weeks and some changes in my plans, July quietly faded away to open the door to a (probably) more adventurous August. I lazily savoured those peaceful, scorching past couple of days, and spent countless hours lounging on the grass at Yoyogi Park, listening to the sounds of cicadas, and roaming around the city, hunting for treasures.
In a few weeks, I'll have been living in Tokyo for a full year, which seems incredible, but looking back I'm quite pleased with everything I've accomplished and I feel so lucky to be here. Tokyo has been a whirlwind from the very first day I stepped off the Shinkansen, brandishing my polka dot backpack and cluelessly looking for my house.
I'm finally taking that train journey to my beloved Shikoku this week, and it feels like I'm coming home. I need udon, rice fields, and mountains, it's been too long and Tokyo will wait for me. I'm forever thankful for cicadas outside my window, fresh peaches, and shameless idleness.
I really haven't been up to much.
In other (unrelated) news, I'm back to studying Japanese, and I'm wondering if listening to podcast lessons in my sleep with help speed up the process or just give me restless nights. In all seriousness, I've been cramming and trying to overcome my shyness when it comes to putting together sentences. I don't want to live my Japan experience half-heartedly.
|Cappuccino at Rose Bakery, Kichijoji|
|Tokyo blue skies|
|Not being boring at Yoyogi Park|
|Yeah, Sid Vicious sings the truth (sometimes)|
|Mameshiba is one of my favourite characters.|
It's not quite a bean, not quite a dog, but it's cute.
|Riding my favourite line, Yamanote.|
|Hidden oasis in the midst of Harajuku|
|Oh I love gardens so much.|
|Ikenoue at night, I love my neighbourhood.|