FKSLYxJPN, DAY 2

At this point, you’re probably wondering a couple of things, so let me try to address them. In a nutshell, it’s been over a month since my last post. Why? Mostly school and a little vacation. Between “studying” for finals, graduation, and said vacation, I’ve had little to no time for this. While I would’ve loved to kept it consistent, I had to keep my priorities straight. After all, I don’t get paid nearly enough to blog “full time.” That aside, I’ve finished school, got back from vacation, and now it’s time to find a big boy job. In the meantime, I’ll be back to blogging regularly, which if all goes well, will be 1-3 times a week.

Another thing you might be confused about is why this post starts on day two of my trip, instead of the first. Although we got into Japan early enough to do some things, I felt it would be best to not only be honest with all of you, but for day one to be relaxing. That, and we had to adjust to the time difference. Japan is 16 hours ahead in case you’re wondering.

Day two, like most of the trip, was jam packed. We started the morning  like every morning we spent in Yokohama, with homemade breakfast thanks to the amazingly talented and overly hospitable Kimiko obasan (Sly’s aunt). Before I continue, I gotta say how amazing her cooking was. It was not only delicious, but also pretty healthy. The ingredients were also exponentially better than anything we have in the US, so there’s that. After breakfast, Seichi ojisan (Sly’s uncle) drove us out to visit Huruko obaachan (Sly’s grandma) at a nearby eldercare facility. Despite her fragile little body keeping her limited to bed rest, she had a very sharp mind. I was particularly amazed by how much she could remember about her past, and how well she could carry on a conversation. Yes, I needed everything translated, but if I knew how to speak and understood Japanese, I feel like we could talk for days. Surprisingly enough, I was told that the conversations I really missed out on was with Hiroshi ojiisan (Sly’s grandpa), and brings me to the next part of our itinerary. After spending time with obaachan, we drove out to visit the cemetery that ojiisan’s grave was at. I’d never seen a Japanese cemetery in my life, but what I can say is that it felt way different than the ones we have. I think it has more to do with how death is viewed in Japan versus America. What I’m trying to get at is that their cemeteries aren’t “creepy” or “sad.” Rather, they’re peaceful. After we picked the weeds and cleaned his tombstone, we drove along the coast to get dropped off at our next destination: Kamakura.

FKSLYxJPN, DAY 2
Miura, Japan

FKSLYxJPN, DAY 2

In Kamakura, we did the whole tourist thing and checked out the local shops, the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and then walked what felt like miles to the Kamakura Daibutsu in Kotoku-in. While there, we had a ton of Japanese students, learning how to speak English, approach and ask us for a photo op and autographs (LOLOL kawaii). Finally, we ended the night with dinner at none other than Denny’s, and for anyone who’s been to one in Japan, knows how serious it is.

FKSLYxJPN, DAY 2

FKSLYxJPN, DAY 2

See more photos from this trip on Instagram via #FKSLYxJPN.

FKSLYxJPN, DAY 2

OUTFIT | Sunglasses c/o Zero UV.”Winston Royale” Watch by Komono c/o East Dane . “Coolidge” Shirt c/o Matiere. “Harding” Pants c/o Matiere.

FKSLYxJPN, DAY 2
Kamakura, Japan

Sylvia G Photography



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