/ 2017 . 08 . 19

Senjojiki, A Cirque Above The Clouds

I often wonder why I travel. Or why it captivates me so much. Or why I always long for it, just like a child trapped in a tower without a door and desires for the outer world as she is... ...

/ 2017 . 08 . 11

Tokyo Eatery: Regendo, Story of A Thoughtful Meal

My years in Japan has been a constant love-and-hate relationship. Although I inherit the similar East Asian look and was raised by some same parts of its peculiar culture, it doesn’t necessarily make my life easier here. There are days ...

/ 2017 . 07 . 30

Tokyo’s Neighbour Trip: Gunma

Living in Tokyo surely has its many perks, but this biggest city in the world can be depressing as hell, too. With its constantly moving people, rushing trains and convenience stores that never sleep, I often find it hard to ...

HINOKIKO et MOI is a thoughtful lifestyle blog that chronicles our ordinary days. The routine, but also the journey to venture. The prosaic worth to explore, live, digest and reflect upon. It’s telling the stories of the unexplored beauty, intentional pleasures, thoughtful goods, and genuine relationships. In essence, it’s a storybook of a life being lived mindfully and meaningfully, every single day.

    • You know, sometimes I wonder, why do I have this seemingly relentless long to go far - to travel and not to settle so easily? 
With this age of mine, and myself being an expat in #Japan, so many times families and friends throw me the same old question, “So, what’s next? Are you gonna stay forever in Tokyo?” And if I answer “I have no idea!” (yes, with excitement), they will frown in disbelief and stare at me like I’m not supposed to answer that way. But who the hell knows anyway? And is it wrong to keep the options open and wide? 
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I remember spring last year, when I was determined to find this particular cherry blossom spot and it took me twice of getting lost before I finally arrived. It’s not like I had not seen sakura before, or that they only bloomed in that place, or that it would be the last time they bloomed ever again. But it was that serene joy that I felt when I recognize them from afar, knowing that I had come to the right place. It was this indescribable wonder when I looked at them, blooming beautifully. It was this delight, unfolding beauty and transcendental moment that manifested through the journey, the adventure - which I couldn’t access in any other manner. And that gladness transforms itself into an ever flowing inspirations, encouraging me to live creatively, making delights for others surround. 
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So, what’s next for me? I don’t know. And I think that’s still the most exciting response I can utter to live this adventurous life. 
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P.S. This dreamy bridge and cherry blossom abundance are in Yokohama, just 1.5hr from Tokyo. I put up a guide to get there on my blog, link on my profile! #visitjapanjp #UnknownJapan #Yokohama #vj_view_2018

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    • What’s your traveling ritual? I love to rise up earlier - before the sun’s up if I could; and take a morning walk around the place where I stay, hoping to catch the sunrise and feel its warmth breaking the sleepy sky. 
Maybe the sun is different in other country, I thought to myself. But of course I’m being silly. For me it’s fascinating to see how this foreign place wakes up slowly, and begins their day differently from what I always know, and that helps me to understand more about the country I’m visiting. 
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Even the chirping birds are different. Or maybe the way people smile are different here. 
There are so many interesting stories laid open there just in one early morning, and it’s enough to amaze and inspire me of the wonder of traveling - knowing that we don’t know so much, and how beautifully ordinary our lives are, even when the mornings in other places taste a little bit different. 
_ “The world is a book,” St. Augustine said, “and those who do not travel read only one page.” How true, and yet I believe if we would be a little bit more mindful about our new surroundings as we travel, that book we’re reading could go far and deep, as deep as our understanding, and as far as the world is unfolding before our eyes. #mindfultravel #passionpassport 
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    • Funny how sometimes the things that are overlooked and mundane are the ones that make me smile whenever I’m feeling homesick here. The pristine beach, snowcapped mountains, the old villages - they blow my mind away, yes. But I couldn’t run away to them every time this foreignness is unbearable, or when I need just a little more reason to stay in this alienating country. 
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Then my eyes catch this side of the street, with white walls from old bath house that was turned into a museum, with wires decorated on them, and a cute forest-green signage I don’t even know what it’s for. I pass this view and stop for a while - admiring how those little things that don’t seem to match to each other are actually fit in a nice color scheme & composition; and I think, “oh how typical Japanese way it is”. Then I suddenly remember how my life in Japan sums up. 
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If you ask me how interesting my years here, I don’t think you would hear me talking about the posh Ginza street, or the fresh blue fin tuna cut. Well maybe they are parts of it, but mostly I’ll tell you about that ordinary street. Or about the farewell event poster I accidentally see for an old train in Gunma that no longer will operate because it’s already a “Grandpa” (that’s what’s they wrote on the poster). Those little things that are so subtly woven in my everydayness, little prosaic things that bring warmth to this outlander heart, little things that I often take for granted. 
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Those things, surprisingly, are what ground my feet and heart in this strange land - no matter how many times I wish I were somewhere else. #livethelittlethings

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    • I’m not looking forward to summer and its humid heat. I’m still very much liking the winter breeze to linger although it’s freezing, but I surely do miss the ocean and just sitting out there, gazing over the horizon. 
This trip I took with @galee_e to #Yakushima last summer was perhaps the best summertime I had so far through my years in Japan. Yet its pristine blue water and quiet forests were not easily reached. In fact, this maybe the most challenging trip I’ve ever planned - with the multiple flights to take, single local bus route, 5-hour mountain hike; and planning is kinda my thing. Still, I was overwhelmed. 
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But what was I thinking - expecting travel to be easy and smooth? Isn’t through that exhausting road, getting lost, feeling foreign, and confusing route, that we find the pleasure of travel? Why should we travel if it’s only to seek the same comfort of our backyard? 
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Travel is life changing, I believe. Not only because of what we find in the other place, but somehow I also believe, because of how we find ourselves in a place that is unfamiliar, strange, uncomfortable, and yet challenges us to wear the open mind and heart, to see and understand new things, to broaden our backyard horizon, and foresee the new us. #traveldeeper 
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    • Recently I’ve been delving into some extremely talented people’s works: learning from their podcasts, writings, photography, and webinars. People whom I’ll never heard of if I didn’t join this @Instagram world & community. Their works have been an amazing inspiration for me, and I just can’t help not to share it with you all. Go follow them if you haven’t, and hopefully you’ll be inspired and motivated by their admirable works as I am.
@local_milk - a cook, a stylist, a photographer, a traveler, a person whose works have awoken my hibernated passion, check her feed and you’ll understand why (this scene was styled by her and taken during her Tokyo’s workshop last year).
@ginnyau - a stylist that has brought styling into a whole new level. Her intuition is from her heart, and her creation is not just visually beautiful, they are heartwarming when you see it. Her works remind me (a lot) that a picture is a story to tell, a fragment of human’s relationship that we can understand, not just a beautiful painting with no meaning. 
@nikspeller - influencer marketing specialist whose writings are just sharp, intense and full of ugly truths about this industry. It’s really eye opening to read his “edgy” take on social media marketing, but more importantly how he values authenticity over the so-called “engagement rates” in this saturated industry. 
@me_and_orla - her podcasts are full of insightful Instagram know-hows, but also thought-provoking topics from critical angles (with many experts as her guests! - that’s how I “found” @nikspeller, fyi) and just by listening to her you’ll learn so much in an hour. 
@bylianggono - my dearest friend who has been inspiring me with his works ever since we were in university. His inspiration comes from his ordinary surroundings and mundane everydayness, and yet with his hands he turns it into some poetic styling that makes you wonder how he does it. 
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    • Anyone gonna be in Japan this coming spring for such cherry blossom abundance? I’ve put up a list of hidden gems - certainly away from the touristy crowds, where you can immerse yourself in those gorgeous spring wonder. I’ve got so many questions from family, friends, and strangers asking where is the best spot to enjoy the most of those blooms, and if you go to the “Top Sakura Spots” based on your Google search, the chance is you’re going to also immerse yourself in thousands other tourists and locals, and possibly missing the serene moment of admiring those beauty. 
Those places are my hideaways - I hope nobody else would find them so I could enjoy it myself, but isn’t it selfish? Plus, there’s this inexplainable joy in exploring the off-beaten path - a feeling that always stirs my longing to travel deep and far, and has become my mission to encourage others to amend the way we travel. 
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Check out my story’s highlight or my blogpost (link on my profile) for more details on how to get there. It might not be an easy trip (I got lost too), but I am sure it will be worth the journey! 
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    • A handwritten love letter and that ring that says it all. There could be many more “symbols” of our relationship, but the one I am truly fond of is our adventure together. 
It says it all, even more so in a way we couldn’t express. 
Here’s to many more journeys with you, @tsukunebozu, and let’s start with forever. 
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Calligraphy by @truffypi 
Ring by @iliamond 
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