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Osaka in December

05/01/2019

This wasn't the immersive site-seeing type of trip like I had last year. It was more, let's go shopping and wander through department stores until we forget how stressed work made us before this holiday, kind of trip. Anyway, I filmed (kind of), but as always, I was distracted by pretty things and didn't film as much as I could have. I realized this kind of thing, though…

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Rokko-shidare

19/11/2018

They sat on the curb, their knees knocking against one another, their bellies warm from fried food. O licked her fingers. She reached over and poked Q on his cheek. Q shot her a glance as he shoved a few pieces of fried sweet potato and onion into his mouth. He chewed slowly, then, “So, are you ready to go?” O shook her head. “Definitely not, we just got here.”…

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物の哀れ (Mono no Aware)

17/01/2018

Looking back, I would have to say that I’m incredibly lucky. Lucky in a lot of instances, which considering my pessimistic personality, is something that I’m not quite used to. I don’t know why, but there’s still this part of me that likes to chip away at any smile I may have and repeat the phrase over and over: You don’t deserve this. My initial near-breakdown and nervousness…

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Christmas in Kyoto

08/01/2018

Apologies that it took a couple more days than originally planned to get this uploaded; my only excuse right now is the fact that I'm back at work so I'm lacking a bit in extra time to finish these things. Either way, here you guys go - part 2 of my Kyoto trip.…

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Christmas Eve in Kyoto

04/01/2018

As 2017 came to a ridiculously fast, but inevitable, and frankly highly anticipated end (not that 2017 was a particularly awful year, but I like the idea of a "new" start too), 2018 began with a strangely motivated Monica, who, whilst breaking out of her creative rut, edited, and enjoyed editing, her footage from Kyoto. While I'm wallowing a bit in self-pity because I had an amazing holiday in Japan, I managed…

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When in Kyoto

31/12/2017

The Boy forced me to dress in kimono (knowing I'm the kind of person who has to be "forced" to do something that she secretly has always wanted to do since dressing up as Mulan for Halloween when I was little- yes I am aware now this is extremely problematic but I was 7 and unaware). We took pictures and acted extra, so here they are.…

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22/12/2017

I spend the night restless, drowning in a canopy of fading light from the a lamp across the room, occassionally reaching over to read another chapter of the book tucked underneath the rough cotton sheet of the pillowcase. It’s stained in leftover foundation and flicks of mascara, reminisce of impromptu naps just before dusk. There’s a smell there if I adjust my head the right way, drop my…

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6,819 Miles

12/12/2017

It’s that time of year again, and despite finally being in an area that has actual seasons, which is something I’ve wished for after years of watching the most banal yet heartwarming holiday movies, I’ve found my limited holiday cheer is for the most part, already exhausted. My experience with the holiday season is complicated, and has been a bit less magical since I found out that there…