WARNING: this post is pretty picture heavy!
I don’t think I’ve said this, but I used to live in Japan, between the ages of 3 and 7. It’s not that much compared to how long I’ve been back in England, but I do think my time there helped form me as a person.
A lot of things have been coming up recently that remind me of Japan: frequent trips to sushi restaurants, my friend eventually getting me to watch some anime, being bought some of those Chocolate Koala things I used to eat, re-watching The Wind Rises, and some of my friends actually going to Japan (!). This isn’t really the right word, but I guess I was feeling kind of…homesick?
You’re no doubt wondering how I could be homesick whilst at home, and I’m not really sure myself. We haven’t been back to Japan since my return for the start of Year 2, and basically I just really, really want to go back. I’m probably looking at things through rose-tinted glasses, though; most of my friends moved away after the tsunami and earthquake, and it’s just not the same when you go there as a tourist. Still… NB: I’m actually feeling okay now 🙂
Anyway, I usually visit the Japanese Matsuri, a free market sort of event, in late September, but for some reason we missed it this year. To make up for it, I took a trip to a different event called HyperJapan with my awesome friend Anna. I didn’t buy that much, but I took a lot of leaflets so that I can visit their shops or online shops myself in a less busy environment. But, seriously, look at those cat ears! THEY’RE HAIRCLIPS. BUT ALSO CAT EARS.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who celebrated it yesterday! Have you guys ever felt homesick at home?
(And guys, I’m sorry about the state of my blog. It pains me to see it so aesthetically displeasing. IT WILL BE FIXED SOON I PROMISE!)