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More Than Just A Dream

Mon Oct 19, 2015, 8:45 AM

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Toshiki Kadomatsu - 52nd Street

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This is all happening. To me. Right now.
I planned for all of the things that have happened in the past four days, but to say I anticipated how they'd make me feel would make me a liar.

It's currently Tuesday, October 20th, 12:00 am Japan standard time. I landed here Thursday afternoon. Friday afternoon/evening was spent getting a new tattoo done, a brushstroke around my first tattoo. My new tattoo was done magnificently, so magnificently that it makes my old tattoo look bad, hahah. I'll have to get my old one redone at some point.

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Saturday I saw Sakanaction, a band that I never thought I'd have the opportunity to see live, in concert. They were phenomenal, and I'm not entirely convinced that my soul has returned to my body since the concert ended.

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Sunday, I climbed a mountain and visited a Buddhist temple while I was there. It wasn't really on the expected list of things to do, but it happened. It was strangely peaceful, for as active of a trip as it was. It also kind of helps put your life into perspective when you climb 848 meters and there's a small, modest sign telling you that you've reached the summit. Everything about the world seems so large when you look at it from the top of a mountain, and it makes for a great reminder as to how small you really are in the grand scheme of things. But, on the bright side, it also provides a whole lot of calm and quiet to enjoy, and all in all it was very refreshing.

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Yesterday, I went exploring in Shijo Kawaramachi, a shopping district in Kyoto. Wandered around quite a bit, particularly in the Nishiki food market, tried tofu donuts for the first time (they were delicious), went to several record stores to hunt down a few Sakanaction CDs on vinyl before finally succeeding in finding them, and then relaxed for a bit before experiencing traditional teppanyaki for the first time at dinner. 

I mean it when I say this was one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten in my life.

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It's Tuesday now. I leave here on Sunday. So much has happened in four days and there are still five days to go. I knew this would be an adventure but I don't think I could've anticipated it being anything quite like this.

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:iconjdrainville:
jdrainville Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Be safe!  Have fun!  Hope to see lots more pictures. :heart: :w00t:
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hopeburnsblue Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Professional Writer
I'm glad you're having such a wonderful time! Yay! Also, sometimes music gives me an out-of-body-esque feeling, too.
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Skull-Of-Death Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Kudos to you, Kudos...

👍🏻
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alicelit Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Looks amazing! I'm very happy for you ^_^
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like a fantastic adventure.  :D  Your tat looks awesome.  Have more fun!
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Sounds wonderful! Enjoy your journey! :la:
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Oughter Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: i am so glad you finally got to go and it surpassed your highest expectations.

i expect a conversation with so many details when you get back. 
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ninebark Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart: I'm so excited for you! This is brilliant. All good things your way.

Love the tattoo (gorgeous), and the concert (crazy packed) and the hike view (lovely) and the foot (hungrrrry; need to grab some breakfast, it reminds me).

I can't wait to hear what the rest of the week brings!
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
Sounds and looks like you are having a great time there. That's how it should be and I am sure you will remember this trip for a very long time! :la:
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TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
Love the new tattoo! :)
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Anoya Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015   Photographer
Live your dreams, babe! :love:
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:iconhosagu:
hosagu Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Enjoy... Japan is just a country with which I felt in love :heart:
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Glad you are able to have the experience. Sending love :heart:
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
:faint: it sounds like an overwhelming, incredible experience. Glad you're getting the most out of it!
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Heidi Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
Everything about this journal is 💯;)

~Heidi
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so happy for you that one of your dreams in life has come true! Not many of us can say that! :)  Enjoy yourself to the max! ((I bet you are dreading leaving; I know I am just reading this and I'm not even there. :rofl: )  What does you tatoo mean?
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Exillior Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It sounds like one of those visits where you live a million experiences crammed into nine days, and realise you could live there for a good couple of years and still be doing new, fun things. /whyIliketravelling
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ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015   Writer
That's definitely true. Although, if I lived here for much longer, I would feel supremely apologetic for my poor Japanese. Communicating has been a bit tricky, even with how accomodating shopkeepers have been. :/ I need to spend more time learning the language and then come back once I can actually speak a bit better, heh.
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Exillior Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It is impossible to live somewhere, engage fully with the local culture, and remain completely inept at the local language. Even though I was only in Germany/Italy/Spain for short periods of time, and have never learnt any of those languages (not even the usual touristy phrases before travelling), I could get by decently.

You will also note that the only people who have the attitude that you should be able to speak their language fluently and without any foreign accent (otherwise "too bad, you dimwit") are... English-speaking people. People in other parts of the world generally presume people can't speak their language very well, and are often even curious to try their knowledge of your language on you.
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ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015   Writer
Well, you'd be surprised, I think. XD; One of Cee's former coworkers at his current job never bothered learning Japanese, in spite of the fact that she was employed in the country. How that worked, I don't know, but apparently she made it happen.

I will say though, the Japanese are incredibly accomodating on the language front. Practically every sign was written in both Japanese and English, and every mode of public transport had English, Japanese, and Korean instructions both on and off board. It's true though, I come from a very American standpoint on that one, and we're not super accomodating about most things when it comes to language. Here in California most things can be found in English and Spanish, simply by way of necessity, but there's no expectation that things will be in multiple languages in the rest of the country, or that places will naturally have people who speak a language you can communicate in.
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Exillior Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That is exactly why I used the phrase "engage fully with the local culture". Many people don't. If you're hanging out a lot with people speaking a certain language, you end up understanding what they're saying. But a lot of people somehow manage to go about and not really immerse themselves in the world around them. XD

I am curious - if somebody spoke only Spanish and not English, what would people's attitudes be towards them in California?
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ikazon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015   Writer
That's fair. I don't get how one can go about that though, it seems a bit of a waste to not assimilate at least a little bit, there's so much going on! Although I guess if I were someone coming to the US it'd be different. For as much as we tote being a melting pot, we really don't have a lot by way of culture... :P

There are a lot of people like that in California. They can get by, to a degree, but people who speak solely English are definitely harsh toward them. Even people who are speaking Spanish who can speak English fluently get flack for it, it's a little absurd.
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Exillior Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Some people aren't interested in other cultures at all, going by what I've seen. They find it an inconvenience that things aren't how they're used to them being for them - e.g. same language, same culture, same cuisine, etc.

Perhaps that's what melting pot means? It all goes in and is melted into nondescript liquid? :lol:

Yeah, that's what I thought. It's like that in the UK too. If you don't speak English you're stupid; if you speak a foreign language in an English-speaking environment, even if you also speak English well, you're a hateful foreigner that would be better off back in your own country.
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ikazon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015   Writer
Yeah, I don't get that mindset in the least. It seems like that's an ideal time to learn things, why waste an opportunity like that?

Maybe so! :laughing:

There are definitely some people who think that way. We're not quite so extreme, although that's not to say we don't have people who think that way, but it's hard to have that sort of mindset all the time when so much of the population didn't stem from here in the first place, heh.
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GeorgeXVII Featured By Owner Edited Oct 19, 2015   Traditional Artist
Great to see how much you enjoy your trip !! Best regards !! :hug:
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ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015   Writer
Thanks, George! Hope you're well too :hug:
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GeorgeXVII Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015   Traditional Artist
I am , thanks :hug:
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Excellent! What does the tattoo translate into? :)
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ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015   Writer
Ah, that's my old tattoo, actually, haha. The brushstroke around it is the new one. It's "saru" and means monkey. :nod:
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
Ahhh! It works well together :) I love the brushstroke!
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
It's great seeing how much you enjoy your trip there :love:
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ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015   Writer
It's really an amazing place, I don't think I could've expected it to be this good. :w00t:
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
It's always great when something you're excited for exceeds your expectations. I would also love to visit Japan in the spring sometimes :love:
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leomon32 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Food, tattoos, Japan yeah ! Go to a Pachinko/slot room for me.
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ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015   Writer
Too much smoke for me XD But I did pass by a number of pachislot places, I took a picture of one for you, remind me to send it to you later if I don't. :P
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leomon32 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yeah !
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
AAWwwww!!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconsweethugplz::iconflyingheartsplz:I love you my dear!!! :iconaawplz: I'm SO happy to know that you're having such an amazing time there, you're an AWESOME human being, you deserve all this joy a LOT!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
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ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015   Writer
Thank you, Eve :huggle: :love: How are you?
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
AAwwww I'm well Trevor, thank you so much!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconloveloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: Not as good as you, though ;P But here I am, practicing my drawings and putting some features together :typerhappy: Planning a trip to go see my Mom in Argentina soon!!! :eager: And thinking happy thoughts about the future!!! :iconlawooplz:  :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015   Writer
Sounds like all kinds of fantastic!
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ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015   Writer
Definitely! It's been a fantastic trip thus far! :D
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Wow! This is so cool!
I hope you had the awesome four days there so far and that the coming days are even better!
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ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015   Writer
Thanks! :hug:
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Its okay *hugs*
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brennennn Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That all sounds amazing!  So much done, so much still to do. I hope you enjoy the rest of it as much as you've enjoyed it to this point. :) :hug:
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ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015   Writer
It's been quite the trip, that's for sure! Still plenty of time to do more, but even if I had to leave today I'd be happy with what went down. :D :hug:
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Serrara Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You are still lucky.... :hug:
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ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015   Writer
Very much so. :nod:
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Serrara Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
yeah
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