A few days ago I started to think my idea to want to relocate (again) to Japan was
a bit ambitious and silly, but now that i'm looking at all these photos of my
friends I think it would be silly not to seriously consider it. I think a big part
of the reason I keep flirting with the idea is that it is very do-able at this time
in my life. Sometimes I feel like my choosing to stay in Sydney with my plants, my
Jess and the living room that turns golden from 3-4 in winter is saying no to the
opportunity to live a different kind of life. 
What's a girl to do?

Anyway, enough of that. 
These are the photos I took during the days I spent with my
friend Mayu and Moe as well as Ayaka-san and Buket. It was a really dreamy time in
case you can't tell.

Mayu'you-want-another-umeshu?'Tatsuki san.

When I left Japan in 2015 I gave Mayu my plants. These plants are resilient. They
survived in my shoebox room with very little light and even kept on living when I
went overseas for a month. I left them in the care of everyone's favourite Iranian
PHD student, Majid. I know it's kind of creepy but it felt like meeting old friends
when I saw them in Mayu and Buket's Funabashihouten apaato.



When I was in Japan in 2014/15, I lived in Chiba prefecture. It's pretty close to
Tokyo and it's convenient enough to visit. Though if I'm honest, I spent most of my
Tokyo Time back then in Shibuya drinking and blacking out with my friends. That was
a nice time, but this Japan trip, I wanted to explore more of suburban and downtown
Tokyo. Luckily for me, my very good friend Mizuki was now living in Togoshikoen in
a very small apartment. I had the pleasure of staying there a night and experiencing
again the shoebox room life. It was the best. After we met at the station and had
been out drinking, we visited the sento near her place and had a bath. Up until a
few days ago, I was still using the same small conditioner bottle I bought at that
sento. It was only the size of a lip balm but it smelt really really good. Visiting
the sento with your girlfriends is the best, I liken it to going to McIver's,
except nudity and pre-bath entry shower is mandatory. I've been told some peculiar
things in Japanese bathhouses. For example, "I want to scrub your back", "Hey, your
boobs got bigger!" and "I've never seen a naked foreign person before."

Oh yeah, and I went to the maneki neko temple in Setagaya. Of course it was the
cutest thing you've ever seen.