Finally got around to making my project life for my US vacay 2 years ago:
I really enjoy looking at my past project life pages–been considering doing this for monthly highlights but as of now I have my illustrated planners/journals for memory-keeping. Here are some pages from my illustrated japan travel journal:
I sorta miss lj and my lengthy posts there but I also feel happy looking at (and finishing a page or two!) my tangible journals. 🙂
From Osaka, we went to Nara, where I went crazy because I dearly love deer. And Ninjas!
Sakura trees everywhere.
My fave mascot.
We stayed in this beautiful inn with deer origami and teeny tiny crane origami. They had the most beautiful yukata too, which I wore incorrectly accidentally heh:
First deer sighting, near the temple:
Inside the temple, you can donate a thousand yen (if I remember correctly) for temple restoration/and they’d give you a tile in exchange where you can paint your hopes/wishes, to be used in the temple. (I’m Rean, btw. My brother and I asked if we could split a tile and they agreed)
Sakura ice cream!
We went to the Ninja Museum, where they had ninja-themed trains:
My dad and brother joined the shuriken-throwing thang after the ninja show (which I thoroughly enjoyed) and I’m happy to report that I was able to hit some areas of the target (not a bulls-eye, but the target nevertheless hehe).
Cute kids in ninja costumes:
I wish we had ice cream vendo machines here too! I try to eat new ice cream/cold icy things when traveling abroad and I had the strawberry one, I think. I forgot to snap a photo because we were in a hurry, eep.
Holding hands with deer, checking out the sights:
Bye Nara! I really loved the Nara vibe, it reminded me of artsy Baguio.
I can’t get over how happy I was that we were able to visit one of my dream destinations last March: Japan! My excitement was beyond words–I was dreaming of this since I was a kid and I couldn’t believe we were finally going! There will be miracles when you believe!
I borrowed sd cards and filled around 10 gb with photos. In my excitement, most of those shots are blurry, though. I wanted to capture every moment but my hands wouldn’t cooperate, heh. I also wanted to fill my travel sketchbook with daily observations/food/people dorkwings but I couldn’t really decide if I wanted to draw or just stare at everything with happy tears streaming down my facee
(I did some drawings after, though, before I forget the happy memories. See my instagram for sneak peeks: @aphazia)
Here are some highlights of our Osaka trip. We went to Osaka, Nara, Kyoto and Tokyo.
Click each photo if you want to enlarge it. 🙂
Touchdown! First photo op, with vendo and Pikachu because why not:
I realized that I’m the sort of person who’s very easily excited by the littlest things (if they’re stuff I love). During our vacation, I confess that even if I wanted to preserve every moment by drawing it, I was just too tired and distracted. I’m having fun doing it nowadays though! It makes me remember those happy moments through photos I took, or through memories I try to dig up. I challenged myself to fill up a coherent spread in a cheap notebook:
…and do detailed watercolored pages in my small hobonichi notebook (the paper is smooth and could handle a fair amount of wetness). I also made some project life spreads (see previous entry).
For both notebooks, I didn’t use pencils because I might end up erasing everything lol:
I promised myself I’d document my life more so I set aside an entire day for doing project life spreads for our recent japan trip. 🙂
I used a lot of those mt washi tapes and sakura stickers. I also wanted to include all of my faves about the trip–which is a lot!
I used most of the fliers and free brochures that caught my fancy and store paper bags and mag pages as background.
I’ve dreamed of visiting Japan since I was a kid and I am finally here! Best ever! So many things have been making me really happy about this trip, but for today, I got to tick off an item that’s been on my bucket list: feed deer and buy an ocarina for myself:
I feel so grateful that my first time here is during the sakura season because seeing them in bloom is also in my bucket list. Don’t even get me started on the fantastic books and arts and crafts materials–my wallet is sobbing but I can’t stop smiling.
Love you Japan! (more soon!)