MY TRIP TO JAPAN! PART 13: Hedgehog Cafe Yokohama

HEDGEHOG CAFES ARE REAL!

SPOILER ALERT: this cafe also had Meerkats!

To be honest, I don’t like when animals are commercialized. But, I will say, this Hedgehog Cage is immensely clean and very careful on how guests handle the hedgehogs and meerkats.

When you first walk in an employee sits with you and explains the hedgehog personality, and the correct way to handle them. They sit with you for a while to make sure you’re doing it right. Not only that, the staff walks around the entire time making sure the animals are safe, and being handled adequately. I appreciated the educational aspect of the entire experience.

If you’re in Yokohama, you definitely don’t want to miss this Hedgehog Cafe. Admission includes a drink of your choice, leather gloves, and 1 hour of Hedgehogs and Meerkats.

You can check out this photo of Tim Ferris visiting a Hedgehog Cafe while in Tokyo!

MY TRIP TO JAPAN! PART 8: Yokohama Osanbashi Pier

Yokohama is Japan’s largest city. What I loved the most was the feeling of being on the off-beaten path. You don’t see as many foreigners as you do in Tokyo.

The pier is one of the most notable and iconic aspects of Yokohama. There’s a lot to do on this waterfront such as visiting to the CUPNOODLES museum (!!!), the Yokohama Landmark Tower (epic boutiques, coffee, and art),  the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, and of course, the Ferris Wheel at the Cosmo World amusement park.

When the Yokohama Ferris Wheel, Cosmo Clock 21, first opened in 1992 it was the largest ferris wheel in the world! The view of Yokohama surrounding areas was beyond words. The most impressive was seeing the sun set over Mt. Fuji.

As you’ll see below, Yokohama won me over.

What is your favorite waterfront city?

Running Towards Something

Doesn’t it feel good to have clarity about a goal? I truly feel that there’s an unusual power that overcomes us when we are specific with what we’re seeking.

More specifically, I’ve had a dream of running in a Disney race for about 5 years now. I’m not sure how it came about, but when the idea came, I knew I wanted to do it. Last year, I signed up for the Disney Princess Half-Marathon. It’s one of their largest races with over 40,000 (!!) mostly women participating.

Well, so it’s happening next month! It’s always seemed like a daunting task but, like anything, it just requires daily and/or weekly progress. To be honest, it isn’t the running that seems most overwhelming to me, it’s bracing the crowds, getting my bib the day before, and making sure I wake up at 3:00am the day of.

I noticed that having a specific goal allows me to understand what actions I need to take. For example, in preparation, I purchased a pair of Brooks sneakers (Levitate 2). (This isn’t an ad, but if Brooks Running company would like to sponsor me — holla at ya girl.) I’ve only gotten a mild jog in them, but so far they are the lightest, most comfortable running shoes I’ve ever experienced.

This post isn’t really about running or shoes.

Lately I’ve felt a little lost, well let me be honest and say very lost, but don’t we all sometimes? I noticed that it’s so easy to make ourselves feel like we’re the only ones going through something. This isolates us and makes the whole thing worse.

Preparing for this half-marathon has led me to wonder, am I being specific with my other life goals? What I realized is that I’ve had a lack of clarity, and this has led to a feeling that I’ll never make it, without knowing what that “it” even is. I’ve been running towards something without even knowing what “that” is.

As I continue to unravel the path I’m on, I invite you to explore who you are and also do the same.

Because as Tony Robbins says, Clarity=Power.

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.