Thursday, May 26, 2016

Blog: Huntington Visit

Last weekend, I went to Huntington WV to visit one of my best friends from high school who I haven't seen in years.  I don't think I've seen her since I came back from Japan the first time, so 3 or 4 years!?  Anyway, it was so much fun.  We've both grown and changed a lot over the years, into better versions of ourselves, I think.  She's one of those friends that no matter how long we spend apart and how many things change in our lives, when we get back together it's like no time has passed and we can easily talk to each other about anything <3

Of course, (like in high school, but now with a better camera) I always shove my camera in the faces of my pretty friends.  Here are the results!  Next time, we will try and do a full, planned shoot.  I was too busy talking, catching up, and meeting new people so I only got a few this time

Until next time

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

New Gachapon + Collection

Of course I couldn't go to Japan without coming back with more of these!  Unfortunately, I couldn't find some of the ones I really wanted (post with my faves here!)

So I'll start with the new additions!

And here are all of my sets!

And then a few random pictures from my collection

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Photography: Azaleas

Azaleas are in bloom everywhere around town!  These are all of the different colors and kinds I encountered with my camera.

These pink ones were in front of the Creative Arts Center.  I was admiring them the day before I got my camera wishing I had my camera, so when I got my new one I went back to take pictures while they were still in full bloom!

I really like the contrast of the dark stormy sky and the white azaleas.  The sun was still shining on them, making them look extra bright, while the dark clouds were on their way in the background.

I got them on a sunny day too!

Then these ones were super tiny! Their petals were also more spaced apart

Blog: Japan Day 4 Part 2: Mini Live Show

Took a little break from my Japan posts because of my recent photo shoot, but now I'll get back to them!  This was the second part of this day, day 4.

We started by getting ramen here in Shibuya at a place called 麺屋武蔵 (menyamusashi)!  It's a type of ramen that you dip the moodles into the broth, which is thick and gravy-like, then you add hot soup to the broth so you can drink what's left after you finish the noodles.  I poured the hot soup into my water cup by accident thinking it was to refill the water...I must not have been the first ever to do that though, as the worker guy noticed immediately and got me a new water glass right away, no questions asked or judging looks XD

After that, we ran and took the train to Asakusa to see Takeru's friend and band mate's show!  We were too late and missed her playing though X( We did catch this guy's awesome performance and I got his cd!

After that (and a few drinks) we went and got some more drinks from a nearby conbini, then had our own mini live show near a river with a view of the Tokyo Skytree

This night was so much fun!  There was such a good atmosphere between us all, and the music she played was soooo good!  I wish I had a chance to get to know her better.  She doesn't speak English at all, so I need to get better at Japanese, so I can practice speaking with her.  I think we got along really well, but we had such a short amount of time, and a language barrier. X(  Buuut distance won't matter anymore when I live in Japan, and language won't be a problem because I will get better at Japanese!

That's all from this day <3