Gratitude Journal #4

Hi Friends!!

To make up for my Gratitude Journal post being posted over a week or so late, I decided to go ahead and write #4 now. Plus, there’s just too much to be grateful for these past 2 weeks spent in Japan, to not write about it, ya know? : )

Here’s the list of a few additional things amongst others that made me smile while on this Japan trip:

  1. I serendipitously ran into a college friend from Minnesota in Shibuya, Tokyo!
    What are the chances that I would run into my friend that I went to college with in Tokyo of all places? So initially, my friend Tomoki & I planned on meeting up in Tokyo because I messaged him telling him I was in town. Plans never followed through, so I didn’t expect to see him at all on this trip.
    As I was walking towards this shop in Shibuya, I heard someone shout “Cindy!”. At first I was unsure and thought there was no way that someone would be calling out for me. I turned around and I see my friend Tomoki! I was so excited to see him because it’s been years since I’ve seen him. He gave me the biggest hug and lifted me up in the air. It was so nice to catch up and see how things were going for him after college. What a small world it truly is.
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  2. The adorable puppies at the local pet shop in Tokyo!
    On my walk back to the Airbnb after brunch one day, I noticed a tiny little pet shop along the way. I peeked in because how could you walk past a pet shop & not stop, right? Oh my goodness, I don’t think I’ve ever seen cuter dogs! (Besides my boy Sushii, of course)..
    These puppies were the tiniest I’ve ever seen and every single one of them were so loving. They all ran up to the glass & some even tried to climb out. My heart!! I wanted so badly to take one (or all) of them home with me.
  3. The especially fresh seafood at the various markets in Japan!
    Let me preface this by saying, I looooove seafood. Sushi, I’m still learning to love, but everything else, love. I had an absurdly large amount of fresh tuna, crab, squid, octopus, and scallops! Oh, and giant oysters. These were actually the size of my palm.
    How could a girl not be happy when her tummy is stuffed with delicious seafood, am I right?
  4. The rainfall in Kyoto.
    The weather in Japan is excruciatingly hot in the summertime. I’m talking 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to the extreme heat, it’s incredibly humid. So once I saw rain on the forecast for the time I would be in Kyoto, instead of dreading it, I was fully embracing it. The rainfall helped cool down the city and made it that much easier to go out & explore. Plus, the rain added to the whole ambiance of Kyoto : )

These are just a few more things that I’ve been so thankful to have come across during my two-week trip to Japan. As I pack for my journey back home to California, I feel sad that it’s already coming to an end. However, taking some time to look back on the events that made me smile helps me reminisce and reminds me to appreciate all that I’ve been blessed to experience.

I hope you all were able to find the time to reflect on the things that made you happy this past week : )

Cindy

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