Girl’s day

June has been good to me. Though it’s now rainy season and sunlight has been rare, I am definitely enjoying my final months here with my lovely friends.

I was invited out to Miyakonojo for lunch and a rock bath/sauna trip with two of the coolest ladies I know. We went to a restaurant called SLF and had an amazing four course meal. The salad was covered in local veggies and a perfectly paired blueberry dressing. For the main, I went with margarita pizza and it also did not disappoint. I ate the soup too quickly to take a picture. I’m sorry, it was pumpkin and delicious. Finally, I had a cappuccino and coconut gelato. Ahh, it was the perfect lunch.

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After we headed to Miyakonojo Green Hotel for their stone sauna (岩盤浴). I had never been to a place like this before, and I am so glad the girls invited me. You change into a provided cover-up, drink some water, then lie down on the hot slab of rocks in a dark room that’s about 40 C (104 F). First you lie on your stomach for five minutes, then switch to your back for ten. They play light instrumental music, so it’s extremely relaxing, but staying in past 15 minutes isn’t recommended this time of year because you can easily overheat. In-between sessions, you can a break in an air-conditioned room and rehydrate. We did three times total and each time there was more and more sweat. But each time I felt lighter and lighter, like all the impurities and tension were leaving me. Afterwards you can shower, and they have necessary products like shampoo and body wash available. It’s said to have a lot of health benefits, and there were quite a few positive testimonials displayed in the lobby. It was an amazing experience, I highly recommend it if you feel like you need a detox or just want to relax.

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I’m trying so hard to save money for my future move, but I can’t pass up opportunities to see my friends and experience new things. I’m considering this day justifiable because of its therapeutic nature. I feel amazing! Make sure to check out these spots if you’re ever in the area!

Summer staple sandals/tacky tourist chic

I am not a big summer shoe person. I despise flip-flops and love boots. However, when I saw these flatform slip-ons, I was instantly converted. I’m also super into sandals with socks, so I’ve been experimenting with these new babies. I can tell I’m gonna be wearing these all summer.

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sandals: Jeffrey Campbell
shorts: wego
sweater top: Brandy Melville
lace gown: Heather

Now that they’re broken in, they are super comfortable. The process of getting them there was bloody, but we’re the best of friends now!

Here I paired them with some dinosaur socks for the ultimate tacky tourist look haha! What are you into this summer? Crop tops? Lace? Huge sandals? Let me know!

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June 6th/6月6日

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Ootd

最近、悩みいっぱい。仕事の契約が終わるまで、ちょうど2ヶ月残ってるんだ。私、少しずつ成長している。今からも、成長し続ける。そのために、新しい生活始めないといけないという考え方がある。成長するために、住んでいる場所も仕事も変わりたいということ。だから、8月に引っ越す。。。どっかに。

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でも、ここにいる人、今までできた友達がいなくなって寂しい。なぜかよくわからないけど、最近よく泣いちゃう。releaseだけど。悪い気持ちはそとへと思ってる。泣いたら、不安か悩みが少しずつなくなる。と思う。とりあえず、大好きな友達と相談したり、遊んだりしている。いつも泣きそう気がするけど、幸せ。こんな素敵な経験できて嬉しい。ありがとう、皆。💕

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Recently my head has been swimming with doubt and anxiety. My time here in Shibushi is coming to and end. But I’m growing. Everyday I’m growing and learning who I am and what I want. I want happiness. I want to never stop learning and having fun. In order to continue my pursuit of happiness, I have to start over a bit, so to speak.

In August I plan to move within Japan. But every time I think about it, I cry. I am going to miss all the friends I’ve made here so much. So until we say goodbye, I’m enjoying every moment. No matter how small.

Tears don’t mean we are unhappy or weak; they are a part of growing and living. I’m so thankful for the wide-range of feelings I’ve felt here. I’ll be so sad to leave, but incredibly thankful for everything that’s happened to me.

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This is happiness.