Monday, August 25, 2014

Landed in Tokyo

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So it's been a little quiet around here, like, quieter than usual, and there's a pretty good reason. We, like, moved across the world and stuff. We spent pretty much 3 entire days traveling once you factor in the time difference, and then we've been staying at a place with no wifi while we hunt for apartments. So 'social media' has been dodgy at best. Can't complain, though. I've actually really enjoyed the break, and there's always Starbucks (....I may or not be typing this at one right now...)

I found this cute little washitsu style flat on airbnb, and we're here for the next week until we can move in to the apartment we chose. I've been completely enamored with the shoji sliding doors, tatami room, and wood floors and walls. It's so peaceful and well-designed- if it weren't for the lack of internet, lack of air-conditioning, and lack of vacancy, I'd move right it. We even have a buddhist temple and grounds right outside our window. It's also located in a very traditional neighborhood in Tokyo- there are something like 4 or 5 temples just within a few blocks from our place. Although it was a very busy and overwhelming first few days here, with moving all our luggage from the airport, dealing with pretty extreme heat and humidity, and apartment hunting like crazy, we now have a place picked out and can move in on the 29th, so we've earned ourselves some chill time. IMG_6720

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We've still got a lot of errands to run- furniture and appliance shopping, buying a fridge and washer for the first time (!), making sure all our stuff gets to the right place at the right time, and making the move with all our luggage from our temporary place to our real one....and I still have a lot of film photos I just developed from Utah, so for the next few days, or weeks, maybe I'll probably be posting belated Utah stuff. Don't hate!

love, from Japan,
Kathryn

Saturday, August 16, 2014

cherry ice cream and a red barn

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I took way too long this summer to develop and scan my film from June and July adventures. Here I am, two days before I leave the country, scrambling to get everything processed and safely on the internet so my film doesn't get fogged by all the airport X-rays we'll be going through soon.

These images are from a lovely lazy sunday evening at Ryan's parents house (they've since moved:( ). They had trees and trees bursting with little tart cherries, so we spent the day picking and pitting them to make ice cream. I really miss this house, with its treehouse-like balcony and secluded rural ravine out back. I'm really kicking myself for not taking more photos here while I had the chance.

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top: h&m
skirt/shoes: vintage/thrifted.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

It's Muh Birfday

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Tacky tacky space magic land. I am now 26! And I found a rainbow unicorn piƱata! Nope, don't feel very different, but maybe this is the year I learn Japanese for reals (!?) and that would be a big step forward for sure. It's crazy to digest we'll be getting on a plane to Tokyo in just 3 short days. Crazytown. I think it's shaping up to be a fun day- I spent my morning eating Reese's Puffs in the big living room armchair to the Pee Wee's Big Adventure soundtrack while my family watched and waited ( a fun, weird, awkward tradition in our home)and then I opened presents from family, which were all pretty great: a polaroid land camera, some hand painted bird illustrations to hang in my new apartment, some perfume, and some mustard suede vintage pumps. Thanks family! you know me well<3

I think I'll make a cake later with some violet buds I found, have a lunch date with my dad, and then Ryan has some shenanigans planned later in the evening. I'm so glad I got to spend my birthday with my family before moving away.