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If You're Reading This... I Cut My Hair

Saturday, August 11, 2018

If You're Reading This... I Cut My Hair
A little over seven years ago, I started my natural hair journey and here I am now starting it all over again. It's so bizarre! If you asked me a month ago, "Hey, Sade would you be willing to cut off almost all of your hair?" I would say that you were crazy for even asking. But now, I just can't believe it took me so long. I mean, don't get wrong, the first week was beyond difficult. I cried everyday and consistently told myself that people were staring at me (I'm a gaijin so this may have actually been the case). But, why did I even care? I spent three hours every week washing, detangling, and twisting my hair! I can do all of that (minus the twists) in less than thirty minutes now. So, if you're contemplating cutting your hair and your only concern is what other people are going to think of you. Let it go~! Let it go~!
Pictured above and below, are the lights from the Mitama Festival at Yasukuni Shrine. Let me tell you, walking into this festival was a magical experience and it happens every year. 
Over 300,000 lamps were hung just for this festival alone. So, the festival grounds can get very crowded, very fast. If you're planning on going next year, arrive at least an hour early!

First picture taken by: Taiu Kunimoto

Golden Week Vacay 2018: Osaka Castle + Capsule Hotel

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Golden Week Vacay 2018: Osaka Castle + Capsule Hotel
After a short flight, we landed in Kansai International Airport and made our way over to our favorite hotel in the area. Hotel Vertex Osaka, situated in the center of Shinsekai and right next to Spa World, is a truly convenient gem. Unfortunately, we were only able to book the hotel for one night seeing as it was fully booked for the rest of the week. So, the next day we dropped our luggage off at Y's Cabin Capsule Hotel and made our way over to Osaka Castle.
The trek up to Osaka Castle would've been an arduous one had we not come across the Castle Park Tram. This cool road train helped us get up and down the park in no time. Due to time restraints, we were only able to stop by the castle and Cafe Gram. However, we highly recommend that you check out the other attractions throughout the park.
After a long day, we officially checked into Y's Cabin Osaka Namba. It was our first time experiencing a capsule hotel and maybe our last. Don't get us wrong the capsules and facilities were amazing; however, privacy is definitely something worth paying for.  But, if you only plan on spending one night in Osaka... go for it!

Golden Week Vacay 2018: Ocean Expo Park

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Golden Week Vacay 2018: Ocean Expo Park
On our last full day in Okinawa, we made our way up to Churaumi Aquarium/ Ocean Expo Park. From Naha City, it took us a little over two hours to get there by bus. After arriving, we went straight over to the aquarium... which was a bit too crowded to enjoy. So, after a quick walk through we moved on to the Tropical Dream Center, where we spent most of our time. While there, we saw beautiful garden arrangements and surprisingly more fish!
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*Picked this up and didn't realize I wouldn't receive a prize until after I finished finding all of the stamps...*

Golden Week Vacay 2018: Fukushuen Garden

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Golden Week Vacay 2018: Fukushuen Garden
 Last minute decisions can lead to amazing experiences and walking into the Fukushuen Garden was one of them. Even before entering, we could hear the rush of water and birds chirping. In contrast to the lively streets of Naha City, Fukushuen was calm and serene. As we explored, we noticed people reading books and relaxing on the benches scattered about the area. It seemed like a place where the locals went to take a break from their busy lives and breathe easy.
The thing we loved most about spending time in Okinawa was getting to know what life was like for the people that lived there. If you plan on coming to Japan, please set aside some time to visit Okinawa. You'll find that the history and lifestyle there is very different from mainland Japan.

*One of the smaller waterfalls that can be seen from the pavilion.*

Golden Week Vacay 2018: Okinawa World

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Golden Week Vacay 2018: Okinawa World


While in Okinawa, we had the chance to check out a couple of places in our first 2 days there. Some of the places we went to included Naha Kokusai Dori, Okinawa Prefectural/Art Museum, Shurijo Castle, and Okinawa World. Below we've included some pictures from the famous Gyoku Sendo Cave in Okinawa World.

Upon first entering the cave we began to worry about what exactly we'd gotten ourselves into and honestly we were pretty scared. Everything seemed so surreal, because it was our first time seeing something like it in person. Now, if you're someone that struggles with claustrophobia, I'd recommend that you avoid this place at all costs. However, if you're okay with small enclosed spaces you'll love it here! Walking around the cave we saw so many beautiful rock formations and gained a newfound appreciation for Earth's natural resources. So, if you're ever in Okinawa, please do not pass up this wonderful place!