Hello everyone! I have been offline for quite some time and just have some travel photos I would like to share. There has been a lot going on in my personal life which has gotten in the way of being creative, but hopefully within the next few months I will have more time to do art.
There are so many hidden gems in Japan. In my opinion, this is one of them. Close to Kamakura, just about an hour away from Tokyo, you can find this beautiful statue of Kannon, or Guanyin. She is located in a place called Ofuna. This place is very relaxing and I recommend it for a quick stop if you are on the way to Kamakura.
Another place I ended up over the last few months was Nagoya. I really love Nagoya, and it was nice to spend the day there. I have been there so many times but for some reason never had time to visit Nagoya Castle, one of the main tourist attractions in the city. The only downside about this quiet little city is that it’s so hot in the summertime! I went there around the end of July and I really thought I was going to melt! There were very few clouds to block the strong sunlight. I think I will visit Nagoya again before the year ends, and maybe a neighboring town by there as well. To be decided…
In August, I returned back to Massachusetts for a summer vacation. Where I am from in Massachusetts is close to Salem, home of the Salem witch trials. It’s a cool little city that I enjoy visiting whenever I come back home. The above two pictures were taken there.
Near my hometown there is a place to go fruit picking! You can pick apples, raspberries, peaches, blueberries, etc. Since it was peach season, I went with my parents to go peach picking. It was really fun! And the peaches were so good.
I do wish that it had been a little closer to fall so we could have gone apple picking though. Luckily though, I was able to have an apple cider doughnut for the first time in four years!! They are one of my favorite parts of going apple picking. I also got a pumpkin spice soda? I don’t really like soda but I had to try it because I love everything pumpkin. Also when I was home, my friend and I made really good pumpkin spice cupcakes, and I used the leftover pumpkin to make pumpkin pancakes the next day! Pumpkin in Japan isn’t the same as pumpkin in the United States unfortunately. I really miss fall back at home!
I had a bit more time home than usual, so I was able to visit Maine and New York as well, which was so nice! I hadn’t been to New York City in maybe about three and a half years so it was exciting to go back. I got to see a lot of close friends while I was there and eat a lot of good food.
Here are some photos of Boston, Massachusetts. It’s about a thirty to forty minute drive from my hometown. I spent a day here walking around with family and a friend.
We went to the North End which is Boston’s “Little Italy.” I got a really good bowl of handmade tagliatelle pasta. Bread with olive oil is one of my favorite appetizers and it doesn’t exist here in Japan, so this bread with olive oil (and a garlic/bean spread) was particularly good!
This month I will try hard and make more art! Please look forward to my next post. Thank you all for reading!