Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy 2015, from Japan

Happy New Year!

I've been away from this space for what it seems like several weeks now, between moving house and a few trips to Kyoto, Christmas and New Year, and now I'm taking a minute to breathe and write for pure pleasure- something I don't get to do so much anymore.

I never really make resolutions at the start of every year, but I always have in mind a few goals and projects. I like new years as they're a fresh start, and they give me motivation in the midst of cold winter months. Last year, I hoped for a more comfortable and settled life, and a trip home to Canada, and everything happened as I wished for. I had also hoped for a less dramatic year- while there were no city hall and immigration and apartment dramas, it was extremely eventful, but in the best way possible.

For 2015, I just want to live a more balanced, healthier life. I'm often driven by work and taking on so many projects, but I want to be more careful about what I choose, and save time for just enjoying life; reading books, meeting friends, running and baking. I always say that but I never do it. Will this be the year I finally do it?

I love, love, love my new home and home life, this is the most comfortable I've ever felt and I look forward to coming home every day, something I rarely felt in the last few years. Tokyo winters do not bother me too much, it's chilly but the past few weeks have been so crisp and sunny. I still loathe my daily train commute, it's something I don't even want to think about, but I'm keeping myself distracted with podcasts and music. However, some mornings I'm so squashed in the packed train that I can't even reach my pockets for my phone, let alone my bag. Welcome to Tokyo!

Despite all this, I'm not quite ready to end my love story with Tokyo just yet. This past year was so wonderful to me, and all I can hope is for more similar adventures, more travel and more books.

Our sheep family

Meeting this deer every year at New Year



My Favourite Places in Tokyo

I had the opportunity to share all my favourite places in Tokyo with Air France, so have a look at a roundup of my go-to caf├ęs and shops around the city! I hope this map is useful next time you're in Tokyo, or if you live here already and want to try something new.