2017 was… a year.
Personally, it wasn’t my best, but it definitely wasn’t my worst, either. It was a very average year… although that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Sure, my grandfather passed away and I went through a couple of bouts of depression, but some good things happened, too. I got to go home to Australia and see my family twice, spent time with friends old and new, went to see some of my favourite artists live, and made some great discoveries.
In the end, it all kind of evened out in to an average year, and that’s perfectly fine. That’s life, really.
Looking back, there were definitely things that I wish I could have done or at least pushed myself to achieve over the past year, but there’s always this year. Better late than never, right?
So, here’s a few things I hope to achieve in 2018. Continue reading “New Year, New Me… or Something Like That”
Long time no see… would be a bit of an understatement. I would make some sort of an excuse, but I don’t really have one, so let’s just get on with it!
Recently I went to Tokyo for the first time in almost a year. For those of you who don’t know (which is basically anyone reading this, let’s be real), I live in Fukui which is in central Japan. It takes about eight hours to get to Tokyo by bus (half that by shinkansen, if you have the money to spare), so naturally I find myself in Osaka and Kyoto far more often than the Easter Capital. I just don’t have all that much reason to go all the way to Tokyo 99% of the time.
So, clearly this trip was the rare, one percent.
A group of friends I met when I was on exchange decided we were well past due for a reunion. With me here in Fukui, another north in Yamagata, and the third living just south of Tokyo, it was basically a given that it would be the setting for our gathering. I couldn’t think of a better reason to jump on the bus.
Knowing I’d have a lot of time to kill on the morning of my arrival, I decided that I would take my trusty DSLR so I could take some pictures of the big city while I waited for my friends to get in to town. Admittedly I was hoping that I would snap more pictures even after meeting up with them, but clearly that didn’t happen because I was too busy enjoying the company of my long-lost friends.
Also, it was raining, so we ended up staying in most of the time. Figures.
Anyway, here are some of the photos I managed to snap in Tokyo!
One of the cornerstones of summer in Japan have to be the festivals. Throughout the warmer months, particularly during August once school holidays are in full swing, Japan is set alight by festivals and fireworks displays. There’s a buzz in the atmosphere as the locals come together, let loose, and enjoy the summer nights, eating, drinking, and playing.
The biggest festival in my current home of Fukui is the Phoenix Festival. Held over three days at the beginning of August, the Phoenix Festival is when Fukui truly comes alive not unlike a phoenix from the ashes, ha ha. The festival kicks off with a huge fireworks display along the Asuwa River, but the mainstay of the weekend of excitement was in the downtown area by Fukui Station. Food stalls, yosakoi dance competitions, and world beer stands were just a few of the things keeping the energy levels going through the weekend.
I’m not sure why, but I’ve always found it hard to start a blog without first writing an some sort of introductory post. It may seem odd, but I suppose I just feel the need to make a proper start when starting a blog.
I’ve started quite a few blogs over the years, only to abandon them completely and eventually start anew. It goes without saying that this particular blog may just be another part of the cycle, but given that I’ve bought a domain baring my name, I’m hoping that this will be the one that sticks.
So, I hope that you, person of the internet, will join me as I attempt to pursue my passions―photography, videography, and writing―and share them with the world. I can’t promise that I will post her regularly, especially since I also happen to do these things for my work, but I try to post when I can, even if it’s a seemingly meaningless ramble about life as an expat.
In the meantime, here’s the latest video I posted on YouTube: