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japan, lately.

It’s been so cold the last couple of weeks that I thought snow might come early this year. But the closest thing we had was slushy snow-rain for a couple hours last night. Whenever winter and cold weather is here, my memories always return to the long winter in Japan back in 2007-2008. There was snow, harsh dry air and a lot of walking outside. This weather also brings me back to the cold days and nights in my old apartment. Insulation was nonexistent. Walls and windows were either grim- or thin looking. Miso soups, hot teas, a couple blankets and a space heater were my loyal companions (besides my two lovely roommates, of course).

I worked at several branches, and most of them are at a least 5-10 minutes walk from the subway/train station. It was the same routine 6 days a week, walking alone between point A to point B, often with ample time for my mind to wander and enjoy the surroundings of holiday lights and decorations from the ground to the glass windows of skyscrapers above train stations and shopping buildings.

Though this was not during winter time, one of the branches I commuted to that stood out the most was the farthest from the train station. It was an easy 15 minute trek to get to that branch, where it is located next to a nice supermarket in Kani city. During the summer, there was no shade for me to hide under so I would have to walk through the fields under the burning sun. After a couple weeks did I finally learn to appreciate this long walk despite the unyielding heat. I loved cutting through the small neighborhoods with old-style houses and bonsai gardens, imagining myself being planted in that environment, living like a true Japanese local. After the houses came acres and acres of farm fields, neatly lined and squared with an occasional farmer or two tending in the muddy grounds. It was so peaceful–a nice break from the city life that Nagoya has to offer.

It was over 5 years since I left Japan and returned to Seattle. The trip back last December was much needed and definitely impulsive. But it was all worth it given how much I had missed the country. Seeing old friends, eating local foods and walking around the same (and even new) places brought a rush of memories back to me. I promised myself that I will return and live there again. Someday.






{Images circa Japan 2012}

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fall

Beautiful fallen leaves
Their red and yellow, Escaping dry limber branches
   To pair with–
         Misty cold air on my window, Wet grounds
   Wait and wait, for
Beautiful fallen snowflakes


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maui

I think I’m finally blogging again. The drastic change in weather has been affecting me like it always does every year. It’s not as bad as last year, but I still feel it getting more under my skin by the day. I kept telling myself to get back into my creative-happy mode and work on things again, and soon. Summing up all that motivation is quite a challenge, though. Seattle’s miserable rainy and cloudy weather is making me miss the warmth of the sun so much. Like Maui’s sun from last month’s week-long trip with O and his family (photos below and more of them here).


{Maui 2013}

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{Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle}

The weather has been warmer due to the constant rain since the end of last week. Thus it has fooled me into thinking that spring is almost here, even though it’s still January. Cold and dreary weather always gets me in a less than cheerful mood. Not to mention that there are always things to worry and stress about.

Sometimes I even get deep into thoughts about life {in general} and also about the life I’m currently leading. This quote from a TV show (yes, a TV show) holds so true for me:

“Life will knock you down more times than you can possibly imagine.

Don’t knock yourself down.”

With that said, I hope you’ll have a good week ahead. :-)

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