MY TRIP TO JAPAN! PART 15: Lake Yamanaka, Yamanakako

Yamanakako is a quaint mountain town, around one of Mt. Fuji’s 5 lakes, Yamanaka. It’s a must visit when traveling to Japan! I stayed here 4 days when I ran the Sponichi Half Marathon.

The bus from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji station is a scenic 3 hours. You can expect views of farms and rice patties – quite the contrast from bustling Tokyo. I was traveling alone, and although nerves almost got the best of me, the entire ride was easy to figure out, safe, and quiet.

I hope you don’t hesitate traveling across Japan on a bus or train — it’s easy to figure out and everyone is immensely helpful if you get into a situation where you need assistance.

Oh, and can we just talk about how breathtaking Mt. Fuji is?!

MY TRIP TO JAPAN! PART 9: Yokohama Chinatown

The other night I went for veggie sushi with one of my best friends and she wanted to know all about my trip to Japan. It seemed appropriate to have a Japanese meal.

I shared that I stayed near the Chinatown in Yokohama, and her reaction was, “Chinatown in Japan?!”

I know, right?!

Yokohama Chinatown reminded me a lot of China — Music! Lanterns! Dumplings! It’s in your face in the most beautiful way. Check it out…

MY TRIP TO JAPAN! PART 7: Discovering Yokohama

Do you know the feeling of being in a place that makes you feel so alive? Like, where you just feel even more like yourself?

That’s how I feel about being in Japan.

There’s something unique about the Japanese culture that resonates so deeply with the way I see the world.

It’s been about two years since my last trip to Japan, but this time I travel south of Tokyo to the city of Yokohama.

Join me, as I continue the Japan series and share some of my favorite spots and experiences in Yokohama!

 

You can read the previous posts here >>

MY TRIP TO JAPAN! PART 1: PEONY GARDEN AT UENO TOSHOGU

MY TRIP TO JAPAN! PART 2: EXPLORING TOKYO

MY TRIP TO JAPAN! PART 3: KYOTO COFFEE SHOP

MY TRIP TO JAPAN! PART 4: OWL CAFE ASAKUSA

MY TRIP TO JAPAN! PART 5: BEING PRESENT IN HISTORIC KYOTO

MY TRIP TO JAPAN! PART 6: DATE NIGHT AT THE PARK HYATT TOKYO

what’s your favorite travel destination(s)?

Ruins and Wild Horses

Traveled to Cumberland Island this past weekend in quaint St. Mary’s — a small town in Georgia. The island is a smooth 45 minute ferry ride on St. Mary’s River.

The 35,000 plus acres of island is uninhabited and undeveloped, and utterly captivating. Cumberland Island is home to the famous Dungeness Ruins, a Carnegie family Mansion until it burned down.

I’ve never been this close to a wild horse and I must say, I was geeking out and blown away by the entire experience. The getaway was unusual, adventurous, and enchanting.

Realizing that often times the best adventures are uncomplicated.

Being Honest With Yourself, Even If It Hurts

In more recent months I’ve been challenging, and facing, the fear that creeps up when I think of what others may think of me.

Growing up, my very philosophical parents used to try and soothe the very angsty teen version of me by saying, “don’t worry, when you get older, you’ll care less of what others think of you.”

It’s got me thinking that as we get older, we may care less of what others think, but what I really believe happens is that we begin to care more about what we ourselves think.

By caring more about what we deem important we light up in the world, we begin to take action on what really matters to us, and we begin to take steps towards the business, creative practice, or career that has been calling us.

But most importantly, by caring more about what we think of our own lives, we begin to find fulfillment in simply being ourselves.

This is a friendly reminder from someone who has been actively practicing radical honesty in her daily life — in creative practice, relationships, and career.

It will be uncomfortable, and it may even hurt, but you’re doing it for you.

Be honest with yourself.

Be honest about the life you crave.

Be honest about who you’re becoming.

At the end of the day, the approval you’re seeking is your own.