Light after darkness

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Lantern Festival, Tokyo, Japan

Hello again!

It feels like I have woken up from long dark sleep. I have been at home for a few months now but got sick right away after returning home from my two months trip in Japan. For this whole time, I have been sleeping – walking in this endless mist. Today I finally started going through my Japan photos. I’m getting better.

The photo above was taken in Tokyo during lantern festival. It describes my feelings right now perfectly. Seeing light – fire and city – somewhere between all this darkness. taking small steps forward everything seems to fall into its place. My blogging motivation has returned, work seems to flow too easily, and everything just seems so right. My path is leading towards the right direction.

Do you ever feel like this? You have been in a wrong situation forever and then out of nowhere everything just clicks. I’m trying my best right now, let’s hope it’s enough!

With love,
Lost Viivi

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Piece of Peace

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Tokyo, Japan

This photo is from the time I lived a month in Tokyo. It’s important for two reasons. Firstly because this local lady and small girl taught me how to make origami bird. They didn’t talk English, I didn’t speak Japanese. Despite that, the experience was something I won’t forget.

Second reason? The meaning of this bird and the ways I have met it later on in my life. The birds were sent to Hiroshima to be part of this collection of origami birds that present peace and remind us why we should be against atomic bombs. There is whole story behind the origami birds but I won’t talk about it now because I am not as educated on the matter as I would like to be. Later on during my visit to Hiroshima, I saw the beautiful birds where they were meant to be.

My meeting with the birds didn’t stop here. The next year when I had returned back to Finland and was studying business we ended up speaking about the origami birds in one of our courses. Totally random but made me go back to the time that changed a lot for me.

The third time I needed to have a reminder of my time in Japan, I met the beautiful origami birds once again. I was in Budapest and my friend had recommended The Hospital in Rock museum for me. Coincidentally, they had a special exhibition of atomic bombs and the last room was full of those birds delivered straight from Japan.

Who knows when I will meet these birds of peace again. Or maybe someone else gets this same feeling of hope everytime they see the small blue bird I folded with the help of two kind human beings.

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I dreamed of Japan…

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Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto, Japan

Last night I dreamed of Japan. I was walking on the narrow streets of Tokyo, getting lost between the torii gates of Fushimi Inari and ate sushi in that small restaurant of Osaka. It felt I was truly back there and when I woke up my heart was aching. It has been two years but Japan has never left my heart. I have tried to get this feeling while visiting other countries and countless cities around the world but it never works. There was something different in the way Japan made me feel. It was like finding a lost home.

We have been talking about going to Japan with my mom so the hollow feelings and dreams full of memories must be because of that. Japan is drawing me to come back. Two years feels like forever. If I close my eyes, I can almost imagine me back there. I was totally alone and still so full of life. My travel romance was with this country and its culture, not just with some random dude from my hostel. I miss Japan like I miss Finland when I am traveling far away from my home country.

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With love,

Viivi & Homesickness 

 

When art lover travels

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Small Museum in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

Museums are my expensive guilty pleasure while traveling. I would save a lot of money if I just skipped them altogether. But I can’t. Most of my friends don’t understand my fascination with museums. They are just houses full of paintings. But during my life I have learned that museums are a lot more. Look at the photo above. Isn’t room full of those colorful paintings, a few colorful statues and amazing view from window to outside world worth of paying a few euros? For me it is, for some people it isn’t.

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Memories from Harajuku

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HARAJUKU, TOKYO, JAPAN

After a long time I am back with photo from my Japan trip. I can’t believe it has soon be two years. It still feels like I returned just yesterday. You can’t even imagine how my I miss back there. Japan was country that somehow fitted perfectly for me. I felt more home there than I feel in my home country Finland!

This photo is from Harajuku. One of my ultimate favorite neighborhoods in Tokyo. I had been using Line with my friend for some time when I first visited this small shop selling only line fan products. It was like heaven.

Now I am just looking all these photos I took in Japan… Maybe I will share one tomorrow for throw back Thursday in my INSTAGRAM.

Ueno Park’s Torii Gates

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Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo’s best torii gate photography place is definitely in Ueno park. I walked past this spot so many times that I can testify how popular it is. There was always someone posing in front of the torii path. This photo was taken on surprising moment when no one else was under the gates.

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Waterfall and new friend

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There is this big greenhouse place in Tokyo and this is waterfall from there. I also have fun story to go with this photo.

I had Tokyo grutto pass that gives you free admission to many attractions. Greenhouse dome was one of them. I went in took some photos and was quite awed. The nature is totally different from what I used to. However I had quickly sir led around the whole place and decided to leave. On my way out I saw place where they taught origami. Of course I went to learn!

My origami didn’t go well but something good came out of it. The place had free voluntary guides and one of them spotted me. She asked if I would like to get tour around and of course I said yes. (This trip was meant to be full of mew experiemces!) I got long lesson about Japan’s nature and got good sightseeing tips from the local guide.

She also told me that I was the first ever guest to get English tour from her! How cool is that? After the tour I recommend her to do it more often because her English was excelent and the stories interesting.

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Cool Museums

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Japan took my museum expectations to another lever. Maybe it’s because I am from tiny Finland but every museum I visited left me with awe. When I went to this one in Ueno park I had (surprisingly) good luck and it was free admission day.

Oh, I almost forgot… I got to see real mummy! #historynerd

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