What Happens In Tokyo... Stays On The Blog.
A trip full of memories, documented through pictures, journal entries, videos, and souvenirs! Here is a collection of my thoughts that came from this amazing stay that started in Kichijoji , Japan, and made its way to Shinjuku. I love Japan with every bone in my body, and I am so grateful for the like-minded creatives I met there through Kaoru and the exhibit. We opened our doors to hundreds of incredibly supportive artists, foodies, hustlers, and role models! We were showered in love, and the fact that it was all thanks to our collaboration and images is so exciting. I have more coverage of what our exhibit looked like in the “exhibit” tab of the site. Enjoy!
I am currently on my plane, moments before taking off to Tokyo for the first time ever. This has been a very overstimulating few months for me, as I’ve been going through a lot of self realization and shifts towards a more fulfilling reality. I’ve been making a lot of important decisions for myself. I decided to leave my full-time job. I realized it was partially what I wanted, but not what I needed. It is very hard for me to admit that, because it makes me feel guilty for leaving, even though I’m the only one putting that pressure on myself. The people around me see my potential to grow! They know movements forward like this are simply a part of my destiny. I need to trust myself + my feelings, and I know that this trip will definitely aid me in that. <3
First day in Tokyo, and it’s already feeling like a dream! I took a bus from the airport to Kaoru’s town, and we hung out in Kichijoji. We talked at home for a bit, and then we headed out to see her neighborhood and the amazing food surrounding it. Incredible!! I got tomato ramen from a spot near the town center, and it was THE BOMB. Wow. That was after a quick market tour! We followed up dinner with a trip to the arcade (we got kawaii headshots taken!!!) and we played a bongo game. Then, we hit the 24-hour drugstore, picked up snacks/stuff and headed back. We had a great heart-to-heart before going to bed. I feel so happy + full here, and can’t wait to open myself up for the rest of this trip!
I am currently sitting inside of MoGreen’s office inside of our gallery and – IT! IS! BEAUTIFUL! I walked up to the building not suspecting a thing, and what do I see? Al and I collaged on the wall! So cool!! I cannot believe this is all so real. I am so grateful for the amazing team that is helping us out the gallery together. I don’t speak any Japanese, so it’s very interesting to watch people create the space that I’ve only learned about through Kaoru’s translation. Also, the zine is so cute! I’m so happy with it!! There are stickers, too! ♥️
I’m feeling so happy, and it feels like a reality finally. I cannot wait to share with everyone in the States!