city life

The More I Live The Less I Fear

Do you remember Yasu? My ex-neighbour that was too shy to talk to me for a year but then became my best friend? Well, she came to visit me in the big city and we had a blast together and I showed her my new favorite places. In saying that, I couldn’t help but notice a lot of this (see below picture) which made me think… (don’t say I told you so!) that the countryside does have its benefits. For one, I am spending a lot of unnecessary money here. Mostly on over-priced drinks (oops) and it’s hard to walk past a top that’s been reduced by 80%! I also can’t help but feel body conscious with the crazy amount of advertisements everywhere. However, I still believe the more I live the less I fear.
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Material Girl

Everyone has specific stuff they like. Some people like to spend their money on video games, some on cars, others don’t have any money to spend at all, I know this stuff. For me it’s salad packs and raw nuts. I am so happy here in the city. So happy to be around healthy foods and soy chai! So much so, that I’ve started feeling guilty about my new found goofy smile. I think, What’s the catch? I don’t want this chapter to end! I want to stay forever. Yuka, can I?

In other news, I have started learning a new tongue, the language of Manato-san:
Kan kan – rail way gate thingy
Mui mui – insect
Booboo – car
Bus – bus
Densha densha – train
Wanwan – dog
Jaja – sound of water
Naynay – no/finished
Juice – juice

Pictures from top to bottom: breakfast(homemade granola, banana, walnut, pistachio and cacao nibs), kale green smoothie, a quiet day at Umeda (Osaka station), city rooftop garden (12th floor), Studio Ghibli store, natural-food buffet at Moku-Moku farm on the 10th floor of Lucua (I had two plates AND dessert!), more city snaps, beautiful beautiful salad porn, a light dinner (goats cheese, smoked salmon, dill) and last, coffee with organic dark chocolate.
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Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

Except I got lost…good lost.
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I forgot to take that yucky end-bit off of the fruit. Oops. And now it’s the only thing you’re noticing since I’ve pointed it out to you. Argh. But look! There’s also Lifa’s spoon. He’s with me. They all are.
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There are SO many cute dogs in Osaka! I swear, they’re everywhere. In fact, I told my friend Soroosh that I’m contemplating starting an Instagram account titled: Dogs of Osaka. Sounds like the name of a biker gang, he replied. Alas, I am determined to photograph em all!
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Bright Lights

I am in Osaka and I am already loving it. So far, I haven’t really figured out how I’m going to post about this place (I will be here for one month) but I guess whatever I do will be similar to the others: honest snaps of my every day. All I know is that I can’t wait to wake up and explore even more. Ah, I cannot begin to tell you how good it is here. Maybe because I was in the countryside for a little longer than I should’ve or maybe because this is just how Osaka is. It is alive. I feel energy everywhere. People are living, riding their bicycles, lighting their cigarettes, blowing on their hot food and catching Pokemon. I missed civilisation. We were born to connect. Don’t get me wrong, nature is beautiful and important but there’s only so much solidarity a young lady (only 23) can take!
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In addition to vending machines and convenience stores, Japan has ample hair salons. And not just any old barber shop, their hair salons are so cool! Super chic and fancy! I always think they’re restaurants.
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Japanese are experts at making fake food look just as appetising as real food! Actually, I once watched a documentary on this… so good!
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“You can’t understand a city without using its public transportation system.” (Erol Ozan)
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