Back in Canada

Hello friends & family & followers,

I have returned to Canada safe and sound. I have been here just over a month now and am settling in well. I would like to continue blogging as I have enjoyed doing so for the last three years. I would like to keep this blog set up as it is right now, as my documentation of my life in Japan, so I will continue blogging over here at my blog on rachellake.ca.

Thanks to all who have read and followed me along in my adventure in Japan. It certainly was a beautiful experience. I met amazing people and will always hold Japan and the people I met there dear to my heart.

I leave this blog now, as I left Japan, with a quote given to me by my dear friend (one of many who I miss so much already):

“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.”                                                                                                                           ― Miriam Adeney

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June Photo Challenge : Images

I have no idea why Flickr is failing me, and refusing to show the photos I link to. I have been trying to update the links to refresh them and get them to show, but it doesn’t seem to be working all the time. If you see a Flickr error message instead of an image, you should still be able to click on the image, which will take you to the Flickr page of that image where it can be seen.

Thanks,

Rachel

Cats of June

During this past month, I took a fair amount of pictures of cats. I filled my cat-image-quota, which I limited to one, for my photo a day challenge (quota filled here) early on. But that didn’t stop me from snapping pictures of cats whenever I could. I collected cat pictures, I just didn’t post them.

I present them to you in all their glory now. All photos taken with my Nikon D3200 and 50mm1.8. in the month of June.

Behold, gentle reader, the cats of Japan…

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14_06_29_179.jpgOhashi jouzuuuuuuu. (Reference for foriegn readers in Japan).

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Which photo do you like the best and why?

That’s all for now (what more could you possibly ask for, anyhow?)

BYE.

June Photo Challenge : 30

We have reached the end; the end of June; the end of my photo challenge month; and the end of my last full month in Japan. Wow.

I went out today in search of something worthy of my last image, and decided to take a little self portrait (a.k.a a classier “selfie”) in the mirrors in the street. These traffic mirrors are commonplace here, alongside the tiny roads I wander while looking for pictures. So here I am. This is just an average scene, me wandering the streets with my camera.

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My final thoughts on this past month. A lot has changed, and is changing, in my life right now. I originally started this project with the idea of just forcing myself out of my house. I can get a little hermit-like at times so I wanted to give myself a reason to go out and walk and a place (this blog) to hold myself accountable. I found, for the most part, it wasn’t as hard to find photos as I thought it might be. Some days were obviously a bit more challenging than others. Some days I spent hours (seriously, so long) in front of my computer debating between 3 or 4 images I’d taken that I loved. I found my walks helped me to re-appreciate this country that has hosted me for the last 3 years. I was out seeking beauty, seeking culture, seeking to share experiences with you. I’m glad that I rediscovered some of this appreciation during this last month.

If you haven’t grown tired of all the photos yet, and I hope you haven’t, I really want to share with you more images I made this June. My goal was to each day edit and upload only one, which was a challenge in itself. I always took more than one picture a day, ranging from 4 or 5 up to around 100. I would like to edit and share some of my other favourites with you this week (including a post of all the images of cats I took! haha).

With that, I want to sincerely thank you for following me along with me this past month! Now, bring on July!

Love,

Rachel

June Photo Challenge : 28

Just getting home late Sunday now from a weekend trip to Takamatsu, Kagawa with Deandra! I had an amazing time but am so tired now! Can’t be too bothered to edit/upload pictures, but managed to make a choice for Saturday’s picture! A day late (and will be a day late with Sunday’s) but oh well! Will write more tomorrow!

takamatsu station kagawaAs seen from Takamatsu station. 

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

xo – R