I can’t quite handle the cute.

I can’t quite handle the cute.

This seriously just made my week.

This seriously just made my week.

Check out my latest Girl Informer post for full thoughts on my time at the 2014 DICE Summit. I apologize in advance for all of the feels. DICE was an emotional experience, and it was not easy writing this!

I think it’s really awesome that my grad programs allows me to study all of the nerdy things I really love #otaku

I think it’s really awesome that my grad programs allows me to study all of the nerdy things I really love #otaku

hehehe I couldn’t help myself

hehehe I couldn’t help myself

The final batch! I had to end it on a silly note ^_^

First photo to last:

  • Shopping in Osaka
  • View from Himeji Castle
  • Street art, Akihabara, Tokyo
  • Busy nightlife, Akihabara, Tokyo
  • Too much money spent, Akihabara, Tokyo

First photo to last:

  • Inside Todaiji Temple, Nara
  • Bamboo forest, Kyoto
  • On the way to Nara Park
  • Up close with deer, Nara Park
  • Flowers in Nara
  • Exploring the forest of Nara Park
  • Kusunoki three-prong tree, Nara Park
  • Feeding deer, Nara Park
  • Small pagoda, Mount Kōya
  • Manhole cover, Osaka

First photo to last:

  • View from hostel, Kyoto
  • Temple structures, Kyoto
  • Wandering the streets of Kyoto
  • Inside the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto
  • Shrine detail, Kyoto
  • Torii gates, Kyoto
  • Government building, Kyoto
  • Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto
  • Walking through bamboo forest, Kyoto
  • Bamboo forest, Kyoto

First photo to last:

  • Daibutsu (Giant Buddha), Kamakura
  • View of the coast, Kamakura
  • Enjoying the beach, Kamakura
  • Beautiful flowers, Kamakura
  • Shinjuku Central Park, Tokyo
  • Being a kid again, Shinjuku, Tokyo
  • Dragon Ball Z beverage, Shinjuku, Tokyo
  • Skyscraper in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo
  • Near Roku Roku Plaza, Roppongi Hills, Tokyo
  • Sushi with friends in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo

Not surprisingly, I’ve been thinking about Japan a lot lately as I’m currently trying to lock down my plans for a summer abroad. While the process is pretty stressful and I don’t quite know what the future holds, all that really matters is returning to the country that made me fall in love two years ago.

I’m going to start sharing some of the most interesting photos from my trip. Not all of them will be landmarks or particularly important spots, but I think all of them are visually provoking in some way. I hope this can give others just a small taste of the wonderful things that Japan has to offer!

Please note that I’ve tried to label these photos to the best of my memory and knowledge. If you have any questions about specific locations, just ask!

First photo to last:

  • Kaminarimon Gate, Asakusa, Tokyo
  • Nakamise shopping street, Asakusa, Tokyo
  • Found near Asakusa shrine, Asakusa, Tokyo
  • Drinking the popular Asahi beer in Narita Airport
  • View from hostel, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
  • Exploring the lush streets of Kamakura
  • Massive graveyard, Kamakura
  • Statue on Daibutsu Hiking Course, Kamakura
  • Hiking the western hills, Kamakura
  • Taking a break at a small cafe, Kamakura