For Those Who Were There in My Worst

Friday, January 23, 2015

Hi again! Say, how's life? So, concerning about my last sad post about my somehow failure in fitting in to the society, I must say that, I was so tired that day. Lots of assignments for the following week while I tried to adapt from my usual holiday routine to the usual one was a hella hard job to do. I was in an utter shock, completely unready to face tomorrow.

A lot of thanks for everyone who were there for me in my worst. 

For the one who accompanied me to a dinner for two. It was an unforgettable dinner. Got a cafe latte instead of hot chocolate (which was funny, somehow), laughing out loud, and cried when Coldplay's Fix You (and some others I can't remember all of them) was on the radio. The one who replied my chats as quickly as possible. With funny words. Inspiring quotes. Heartwarming lecture. 

And... another lovely tune from no other, Mocca. Yeah it's true. Life keeps on turning. Sometimes you're on the top of the world, sometimes you're not.
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Somehow a happy ending.

This is Just a Bad Day, Not a Bad Life

Friday, January 9, 2015

First week of semester five, and suddenly, BAM! Five deadlines due for next week. Okay, let me do some brief descriptions: two designs should be ready by this weekend, including 30 logo sketches and 3 alternative packaging designs for a brand that I never heard before. Followed by a journal to be read and reviewed, and two tremendous presentations coming up next week.

Wow. Just wow.

I feel even more sadder when I had a discussion with my friend at lunch, discussing about productivity and some incoming organizational events that my friend is gracefully being offered, while I'm not. I never blame anyone for this. I just keep on blaming myself for being a stupid personality who never really fits in society. 

I'm sorry for being such a complete weirdo. 

The only thing that relieves me now is just writing this maybe useless words to this space. Maybe if you mind, please don't read this. I can't help but write this. Hehe. Sorry! Here's some catchy tunes you might want to hear, especially ones who currently feeling the same as I do.


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All that I need now, is for the rain to fall from the sky... To wash away my pain inside.

Serenity in Meiji Shrine

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Day 4
Locations: Meiji Shrine (明治神宮, Meiji Jingū), Tokyo


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After spending some time strolling around the urban Tokyo, let's take a peek of a calm, relaxed, tranquil, and serene Tokyo. Meiji Shrine's Southern gate is located exactly beside Takeshita Street in Harajuku, and you can reach it by walking from Harajuku Station. You can also reach Meiji Shrine's Northern gate from Yoyogi Station. You can locate the shrine entrance easily from its large torii gate and a pretty wide road. This Shrine is dedicated to first emperor of Modern Japan, Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken in 1920s.




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It took me approximately 15 minutes walk to get to the main complex of shrine buildings from the Southern gate. Before I reached the main complex I came across barrels of sake (Nihonshu-do, 日本酒度), which are donated to the Meiji Shrine by its patrons. Beside the sake barrels, are barrels of wine. 


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When I reached the entrance of the shrine's main building, firstly I have to do the hand washing custom known as chōzuya or temizuya (手水舎). There is a chōzubachi (手水鉢) , a water basin provided to perform the custom. The process of the custom is similar to wudu ritual performed before Muslims before they having their prayer. It involves washing both of your hands and washing your mouth. It was such a privilege for me to know and perform some customs and rituals across the world!


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Finally I got into the main Shrine building! In the main building, there are some activities visitors can do, including making an offering in the main hall, buying amulets and charms, or writing wishes on an ema.

When you want to make a wish, go to the offering box (賽銭箱, saisen-bako) located at the main hall, toss some yen into the offering box, bow twice, clap twice, bow again, and then make a wish. I successfully doing this after watching several locals, to avoid cultural faux pas, hehe. You can also make a wish by writing it on a piece of paper and then tie them into the prayer wall.









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You can also buy an ema (絵馬) for 500 yen. You can write whatever you wish for and then hang it on the wooden planks that surrounding a tree. I spent a lot of time reading all of the wishes that were written and some of them are so heartwarming. 






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Many Shinto weddings are usually held in Meiji Shrine on Sunday mornings, and there is an office located near the entrance that you can visit to arrange a marriage ceremony. The biggest festival that are held in here is probably Hatsumōde (初詣), the first visit to the shrine on 1st January. Some other festivals that are held here are Coming of Age Day (成人の日 Seijin no Hi), a celebration for those who turned 20 in the current year (I should be celebrating it now, hehe!), and Seven-Five-Three Day (七五三).

Well, that's all for today. Stay tune for other posts about my trip in Japan. By the way, I will revise some of the posts that were already been posted and probably will add more photos! See you!

Shopping Spree at Shibuya and Harajuku

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Day 4
Locations: Shibuya and Harajuku, Tokyo

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The very next destination I took after visiting the books heaven in Tokyo was the shopping heaven for people of Tokyo, Shibuya and Harajuku. These both districts are neighbors because they are placed next to each other so it was easier to reach these two locations with local train. First, I went to Shibuya, a place known for its lights and crowds and shopping spree. There were lots of tourists the time I arrived at this place. 


Me in front of the famous Shibuya crossing. Indeed, it was really crowded.


One of many main interests in Shibuya is this Hachiko Statue. Hachiko is a well-known story from Japan about a loyal dog who waits for his master even years after his death. This statue was made on the spot where Hachiko stays to wait for his master to come home.


Another interesting spot in Shibuya is this Shibuya 109. I remembered this place appeared in many mangas I read and also animes I watched. Well, I took a look in the inside and it was just an ordinary shopping place.

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After I took some strolls around Shibuya I decided it was time to move on to Harajuku. It took me only one station from Shibuya to go to Harajuku. The first thing I saw in Harajuku was a long, crowded street named Takeshita Street. Yes, you can see below that Takeshita street is a famous shopping district that sells mostly a lot of fashionable stuffs. There are lots of food shops in this area and it seems crepes are the most famous food you can try here. Too bad I can't take a picture of those pretty crepes store because most of the shops in Harajuku doesn't allow photographs. :(


Well, that's all for Shibuya and Harajuku. Please stay tune for another post about my trip in Japan! See ya!

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