Hi everyone, I'm finally back and active again!
I have just come home after spending a year and 3 months working and traveling in Japan, I just thought you guys might like to hear a little about how I spent my time while I was on a hiatus.
I spend 1 year working as an English teacher in Nagoya and 2 months working in the snow at a little town called Hakuba, the rest I was traveling between getting those jobs.
While I was teaching, I taught children from the ages of 0-15 and they were all the most adorable children I've ever had the pleasure to meet.
In my free time while working in the snow (I had a lot of free time cause it was end of season) I learnt to snowboard and improved my skiing ability. I had a ball snowboarding the first run of the day over Japan's magical powder snow. Though my trip did get cut short (luckily by only 3 days) because I dislocated my knee while boarding. Oh well...
During my time off from teaching I traveled all the way up to Hokkaido to see the 2017 Yuki Matsuri (Snow Festival) and all the way down to Hiroshima.
Tokyo was pretty full on, Harajuku and Takeshita street were always full of the prettiest clothes including Lolita outfits and people. Akihabara, the anime and tech central, is even more amazing than you can imagine, cars have Hatsune Miku and Card Captor Sakura plastered all over them and every second store you walk into sells Copic Markers at a reasonable price. I brought home a now reasonably large collection of them and each time I go back to japan I will buy more.
Kyoto would have had to be my favourite place in Japan, Tokyo kinda overwhelmed me. I visited Kyoto on several occasions; I rode a bike though the bamboo forest at Arashiyama, got dressed up as Geisha for a photo shoot in Gion, ran through the gates at Fushimi Inari in a yukata, and went to Kinkakuji (the Golden Temple) and Kiyomizudera wearing my own full length sleeved kimono which I brought home. Funnily enough I was wearing my normal clothes and joggers (running shoes) underneath my Kimono that time. Kyoto is just beautiful!
I was lucky enough to find a small town called Takayama which I would suggest to anyone who ever visits Japan to go to. It is beautiful and I think I went there at least twice. Just an hour bus ride away is the even smaller village called Shirakawago and I got to experience an outdoor onsen while it was snowing. Just an hour north of Nagano city I did a short trek to see the famous Snow Monkeys, they were sooo cute!
I really wanted to go to the Ghibli Museum but silly me ended up sleeping through my alarm the morning of, and you have to buy your tickets over a month in advance. I was able to go to another animation exhibition at another point instead and I had a Japanese friend join me to help with the translations. It was really interesting to see how all the old (non Ghibli) movies were made and their original sketches.
I love gardens. My mum is a gardener and she has a 1.6 acre block in a country town in Australia completely fulled to the brim with garden that she planted while she was fighting cancer. Japan's gardens are very different from the garden I've been surrounded by for the last 6 years. They are memorizing, they change with each season and everywhere you look there is something different. Kyoto and Kanazawa have some of the most stunning gardens and ponds I've ever seen.
If your still reading, you've probably gotten sick of listening to my adventures by now so I'll stop here.
I start posting my artworks I finished while I was in Japan, though I don't have as much as I wish I did. I was a bit preoccupied. I thought I'd start off by posting my favourite completed artwork I finished while I was in Japan: