Sunday, October 4, 2015

Autumn in Japan

And just like that it's already autumn, and soon I'll be celebrating six years living in Japan. Six years!! Sometimes I feel like I just arrived yesterday with my two suitcases, but on the other hand so much has changed in my life that it feels like forever ago. But no matter what happens, I'll never forget coming here in the first place and those new beginnings. Making that decision to move to Japan without any set plans really changed my life forever.

This time of the year always makes me nostalgic, autumn is when I left my life in Montreal and moved to Japan. It's also when I got married, and now it will be when bébé arrives- another big life change. I've been loving being pregnant, something I did not expect at all. I'm trying to keep a balance between working hard yet having lots of time to rest, it's not always easy but at this point I'm learning to be kinder to myself and realizing I have some limitations.

I don't know just how ready I feel about anything that's coming up, but like every other situation in my life, I tend to just go with it. I feel similar to how I did when I first moved to Japan, jumping into the unknown, equal parts terrified and excited. So, if this experience is anything like Japan, I think it will be extremely rewarding and filled with wonderful surprises.

These days I'm looking forward to cooking some nabe (Japanese hot pot dish), baking again, spending more time outdoors since it's so comfortable, catching up on reading books, sleeping sleeping sleeping (despite the recurring insomnia) and chilling out with that growing bébé making flips in my stomach.

A few scenes from lately…

A rooftop shrine

View of Shinjuku

My favourite spot

A Tokyo cat

A fringe

Train line at dusk

I interviewed Dominique Ansel from the cronut fame

A full moon on moon-viewing festival

Yukata style

Soy honey frappucino at Roppongi Hills

My puppy

6 comments:

Charles Martineau said...

Your favorite spot... where is that exactly?

オリたん said...

Ah I look forward to your updates so much, even if they are few and far between. I hope that you will always continue to write every now and then even once bebe is in your arms~

I'm curious to hear what has caught your eye this season? I remember you sharing about the exclusive Alexandre Plokohov pieces for Uniqlo and those were some of my favorites last year.

Vivian said...

Charles, it's the Park Hyatt Tokyo :)

オリたん 、thanks for your kind words as always! This season has been a bit different since I live in maternity clothing, but I love the fall collection at Zara, lots of oversized scarves and chunky coats, I've been shopping there a lot. Uniqlo was a tad disappointing so far, but I'm awaiting the Carine Roitfeld collaboration. I've also been ordering from ASOS, lots of non-maternity swing dresses and t-shirt dresses!

Sophelia said...

I haven't been keeping up with my usual blog reading (new baby = no down time)... you're pregnant? Amazing! Congratulation, so happy for you :)

Charles Martineau said...

oh merci pour ta response! I'm going back to Japan for the holidays and hopefully I can spend some time to Tokyo and check this place out.

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