ABOUT

Hinokiko et moi – as literally means “Hinokiko and me”; is a thoughtful lifestyle blog that I write in attempt to portray the everydayness thrown to our laps. Our mundane day-to-day life that is often more dull than glittery, messy than pretty, and perhaps, unreliable. Today we are ecstatic, the next day we are disappointed. Our ephemeral joy, our temporary happiness, they evaporate in a blink. Seems like only what is painful and broken, that lasts. Yet all of them are ever real, they are the genuine particles that make up our journey. And each of them is a story to be told. A story that may touch the heart, and connect our souls. A story that makes us human, just as we are. Then, when we try to look closer, we can see they are beautiful stories, nevertheless. They are the silver lining in our efforts to make this life understandable, or better yet, meaningful.

“Hinokiko” is a persona I met in my mystical imagination. Deeply inspired by the universe of Hayao Miyazaki, I wandered inside my mind and find him. “Hinokiko”, from the Japanese word of “hinoki” (檜) and “ko” (子), means “the little Japanese cypress tree”. Hinoki, or the Japanese cypress, is a slow-growing tree that is most prized for the Japanese. They grow together with the country over hundred years, befriending with generation to generation. Its wood is used to build the most sacred and oldest shrine of Japan, and retains its strength over centuries. All because it stays still through its ordinary days, grounded firm on the belief of its meaningful existence.

In my lucid dream, I see Hinokiko bids me to come along with him. He walks beside me and shows me the view to understand that the routine is also the journey to venture. The ordinary are what make up our lives, and build us stronger, wiser, firmer. The prosaic worth to explore, live, digest and reflect upon, mindfully. We discover the stories of unexplored beauty, intentional pleasures, thoughtful goods, and genuine relationship – things that often are in our blind spot, hidden in our plain sight. Things we take for granted, many times. Things that are good, beautiful, warm. Things we thought have never been in the midst of our brokenness. Yet they are, they have always been.

This blog chronicles that journey. It compiles the stories of the beauty in the ephemeral: life itself. The beauty that doesn’t necessarily pretty, but real. I do not try to sugarcoat things, by any means. What I am trying to offer is another pair of eyes. Eyes that are willing to look beyond the façade to see what is reserved for the determined – a poetry of life. This blog is perhaps a soliloquy in essence, but also a storybook of a relentless quest for a meaningful life.

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure.
There is no end to the adventures we can have, if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

JAWAHARLAL NEHRU

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My name is Crista Priscilla. I had encountered the blogging world since 2004, when I was just a high school student that time, and I blogged about the Math test I failed, or my wishful senior crush. Then as the years went by, I got more “serious” by writing about something more philosophical, something “more mature”, I told myself. I deleted my blog and started all over again, each time I had a new turning point in my life, which was a lot (sigh). It had been an on-and-off journey itself, until life happened and I completely left it behind.

Ten years later I went back to school to study International Relations in a graduate program in Japan, and little did I know, between the term paper and my master thesis, I found my love for writing again. When I finally got my degree, I lost the routine I used to treasure. I wanted to write, I needed to write. So I gave birth to this blog.

Living in Japan, Tokyo to be precise, for several years has inspired and taught me in many ways I never imagined. Most of them come from the fact that I am an outsider in this peculiar country, and forever I will be. I am drawn into the Japanese Zen philosophy, which I sadly witness it fading away, and yet I am creatively provoked by the paradoxical modern life of the Japanese. Both of the polar have constantly supplying me with endless inspiration and knowledge I use to communicate through my photography and writings. In fact, they also one of the biggest sources from which this blog is created. Here you’ll find me blabbering about travel, picnic by the stream, a quiet neighborhood, craftsmanship, humble food, as well as spiritual journey, a passion for the greater good, creative ambitions, and perhaps a broken friendship. Those that genuinely make up our lives, I’m trying to paint them through my words and telling it through my photography.

When I’m not behind the camera or in the middle of tight deadline, I can usually be found surrounding myself with little humans, teaching them all I know about art in a hipster neighborhood of Jiyugaoka. But in case you can’t find me there, I can always be found through these buttons below:

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    • How’s your 2018 been going so far? Mine has been restless, and all I am craving for is rest. Don’t get me wrong. All those things that seem to tire me are not bad ones, instead, they are the projects I’ve always been dreaming of. And that’s the problem. It gets me excited all the time. Overflowing ideas struck my mind, unstoppably, and nag me to stay “on”, and perhaps, why it’s actually draining me. 
My days ahead are full with possibilities that make me ecstatic when I’m thinking of them, but then leave me weary on how to manage and satisfy them all. 
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As much as our weekdays mean to be faithful in works, we are also designed to rest. It’s a one thing we easily forget, neglect, and often feel guilty of. We live in a culture where being busy, being productive, being such a hard worker is glorified gloriously, we forget that we are just human, not a machine, and resting is part of our essential nature. 
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Before my 2018 gets even busier I know I have to make the decision to keep the Sabbath holy. The one resting day when I (we) gotta let unfinished (and be fine with it) what God has let unfinished. It means to give that one day to witness and take delight in His faithfulness, trusting that He takes care of us, and we don’t need to fret about anything else. That we can press the “pause” button of anything that excites us, worries us, takes up the most space in our lives and just rest in His fatherly Love. He is most glorified when we are satisfied in Him, and I think that’s what Sabbath means. 
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So, here’s to more of the gift of rest in 2018. Isn’t it such a beautiful gift our souls have always longed for? 
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Calligraphy by @truffypi
Photography by @taylorandporter
Styling by @autumnandmeadow

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    • Read more books. Join @goodreads. Choose kindness. Others first, myself later. Learn new thing. Quick to listen, slow to speak. Buy secondhand stuff. Own less. Give generously and sincerely. Make time. Make memories. Throw more picnic. Watch Tarkovsky again. Write poem. Hike another mountains. Do small things with extravagant love. Be the home for a stranger. Live passionately, live intentionally, live deeply. 
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How do you want to live out every single day of your 2018? Throughout last year I had learnt that many times, the greatest things in life are not wrapped in shiny paper with big ribbon, like we always imagine it would be. Many times, the most beautiful, precious and meaningful things are hidden in our plain sight - buried together in our mundane lives, ready to be discovered only when we are living our lives faithfully, and yet passionately, no matter how insignificantly we feel about it. 
Great life won’t fall effortlessly from the sky. It’s created, it’s a decision made day by day, an attitude of heart. So, that’s how I would live my 2018. How about you? #livethelittlethings
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Flower arrangement by @hossyjun
Photography by @taylorandporter
Styling by @autumnandmeadow

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    • Closing the chapter of 2017 with one of the highlights that I treasure the most - being engaged to this man, @tsukunebozu. Three years ago it would not ever occur to me that I’d be in any relationship soon, as I was determined to take my time being single seriously. But “what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, those are what God has prepared for those who love Him”. And that’s the story of my 2017. 
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Finished and survived the graduate school with @ekachristine when it seemed impossible to do so when we first started; got a job in Tokyo when I wasn’t looking for it; went through a period of cluelessness and uncertainty of @tsukunebozu’s visa; had the best and loveliest adventure in the most mysterious island of Yakushima with @galee_e; got hurt by a friend I never thought he would do so; starting @autumnandmeadow with @truffypi and @nesyaldj; lost my Grandma and didn’t get the chance to see her the last time; and spent this very last day of 2017 with the only thing I ever wanted: 
time, lots of it, with my family @mickiotanjung @kathleengabriella @niachristy @esthersetiawati and dearest friends @liben.journal @isen_isen_ @hanskkusuma @christiancimo @beebookecil. 
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Through it all, one thing remains clear and steady - His unfailing love and accountable faithfulness. It’s written boldly in all the paragraphs of this year’s chapter. The things that make me happy, the things that break my heart, the things that I cannot comprehend. Through everything, He leads me, He provides me, and never He leaves me. 
And that’s the only story I desire for my 2018, the only story that is worth written, the only story that will be remembered through eternity. 
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Happy New Year 2018, loves. I know it’s gonna be a good one. #bye2017 #hello2018
📷 by @taylorandporter for @autumnandmeadow

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