Today marks one month that I have been living in Japan!
These photographs were taken over my first two weekends living in Inage- only one hour from Tokyo.

Shibuya! It doesn't matter how many times I go here, I am STILL amazed at all the lights and people and traffic. This might be my favourite people watching location. 

Yasu finally got his copy of NEMUI DESU!

After drinking together I had to run through Shibuya station to catch the last train home. Catching the last train on a popular line is something I'd definitely recommend doing while in Japan. It was so squishy I didn't even need to hang onto a rail for fear of falling over. Also, I think something quite Japanese that I've been experiencing lately is this whole, 'seeing you off at the station' thing. Every Japanese person I've hung out with is always walking me to the station gate and waving goodbye to me. It's hard to tell if it's a Japanese thing, a gaijin factor thing, a 'you're younger than me please don't miss the last train' thing or a gentlemanly thing. But I like it.

The next day was my 21st birthday! I received a lot of gifts from myself this day.

Don't give up your day job, Y.

After meeting Yasu, Moe and Aki, we had coffee at Wired Cafe Harajuku. Suddenly, a surprise birthday cake arrived! 21th. So cute, Japan.

My heart (and stomach) was sooo full after saying goodbye to these three people. I had only known Aki and Moe for a matter of hours and already they had been so kind and generous to me. 

Then! I jumped on a train and met my friend Chiharu-chan at her work! For my birthday, she gifted me a new hairstyle! Afterwards she said, 'thank you for letting me cut your hair.' and took a photo of my blonde hair on the floor of the salon. During the cut, she said that it looked like snow was falling.

Isn't she cute.

The following weekend came and I had plans again to meet Moe and Aki in Yokohama. I caught the wrong train TWICE but managed to take a few pictures of sleeping people along the way. I've been taking so many of these pictures lately I am really building quite the collection. I can't wait to make them into something.. a large photo book or an exhibition or something.

Look at how good looking they are! Seriously. 

We walked around the city together and finally made our way to the seaside.

Aki took this one!

Yokohama's Chinatown!

I have so many pictures to share from this weekend and of the little town and the shoebox I now live in. Stay tuned!