Yokohama, Japan ♡

Kimono ♡

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During my time in Japan, we went to Yokohama (a city an hour away from Tokyo) to visit my grandma’s friend of 55 years and her husband.

My grandmother’s friend Atsue handmakes kimono’s and she handmade me two kimonos.

They are so beautiful, one of the kimono’s is a yukata (which is a casual summer kimono) and the other kimono is a lot thicker with many layers and is used for formal purposes.

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This is the kimono used for formal purposes, look how beautiful this is!

This was handmade. Kimono’s are an art.

So beautiful, it makes me feel so proud of my heritage.

Kimonos are worn for many occasions, even during weddings, they have been around since the Heian Period in Japan which is from the year 794.

 

When wearing kimonos, their are specific ways you need to put on each layer. The kimono has to be wrapped onto your body a certain way.

(This is Atsue San, my grandma’s friend of 55 years and the lady that handmade me these kimonos)

Like I mentioned before there are many many many layers. haha

To the point where you feel stiff when walking around or sitting down.

This process takes a while, more than you would really think!

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Then finally ta-da!

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The Obi (the belt of the kimono) can be wrapped and tied in many ways.

This is how Atsue San folded my obi, this is very very difficult to do!

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This is Hirofumi San, Atsue San’s husband.

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My brother Andre and I.

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Hirofumi San, Atsue San and I.

Aren’t they so cute?! I call them my Yokohama Ojiichan and Obaachan (grandpa and grandma).

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Then, I tried the yukata (as mentioned before, the casual kimonos worn during summer).

This time my obi was yellow and folded in a bow, so cute right?!

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My family with Hirofumi San and Atsue San.

I cannot begin to thing how blessed I am to have been able to receive two handmade kimonos and to experience my Japanese culture in an even more traditional sense.

ありがとうHirofumi San and Atsue San ♡

 

Akarenga (Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse)♡

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Akarenga also known as the Yokohama Red Brick House, is a place I have been going for several years because of family friends that have taken me.

Look how cute and festive it was for Christmas!!

Fun Facts:

  • Akarenga is a warehouse near the Yokohama port.
  • There are two brick houses, One is a museum and the other is filled with small shops and restaurants.
  • In 1911 the first Brick House was built and then later in 1913 the second Brick House was built.

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Taking selfies outside haha

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We went inside and did a little shopping ♡

and later had lunch inside the brick house, there are many restaurants in the brick house.  We ate at the food court.

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This was my yummy lunch, I had sashimi donburi (donburi which literally means bowl in Japanese) and miso soup.

yummy.

Cup Noodle Museum ♡

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We went to the Cup Noodle Museum and we got to make our own cup ramens!!!

 

Andre and I were so excited!!!

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To the left is Andre’s and to the right is mine 🙂 I put little narutos that had cute birds on them 🙂 (naruto is a cured fish).

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After making our cup noodles we got to put them in bags, so that’s me showing off the cup noodle I made, loud and proud 🙂 haha

Then on later floors they had the history of how the first cup ramen was made and it was actually a very educational and inspiring experience!

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I would recommend for you to go if you ever have time to visit Yokohama:)

Thank you Yokohama ♡

Yokohama is a city I have grown to love very much.

またね Yokohama ♡(see you)

With so much love,

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Tokyo, Japan ♡

IMG_3701My family and I were blessed to go on a trip to Japan . As some of you may know, I am half Japanese and my mom’s side of the family still lives in Japan! So we try to go visit often.

 

Sensoji Temple ♡

IMG_5137We began by visiting the Sensoji Temple, which is one of the most famous and oldest temples in Tokyo (Asukasa district).

IMG_5129Here is a photo of my brother & I in front of the entrance, as you can see this place is filled with many people and tourists!

IMG_5139As you begin walking into the entrance you are greeted by hundreds of little shops that sell osembe (Japanese rice crackers),okonomiyaki, chopsticks and millions of other things!

IMG_5140Look how beautiful! If you ever come to Tokyo, this the temple you should visit.

IMG_3869.JPGI took this cool photo of my brother at the temple and he later ripped his pants haha

 

Daikanyama – Flipper’s♡

IMG_5094Some of you may know that Daikanyama is a city in Shibuya (Tokyo) where I dream of living some day 😀

Daikanyama is filled with adorable cafe’s, clothing stores, restaurants and a million other things I could name off.

Cute stores, including this one we went to called Flipper’s, where they sold fluffy pancakes !!!!! ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

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IMG_5120.jpgLook how fluffy and yummy this looks!!!

IMG_5126.jpgI want to go back and eat this right now!!

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IMG_5104My family and I had a great time 🙂

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Shibuya ♡

The next day we went shopping in Harajuku/Shibuya area. This behind me is a cute little van called espresso express and you can find them around Tokyo.

They are just parked in a little corner somewhere selling coffee & tea.

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We passed by Flamingo, which is Felipe’s favorite thrift store in Harajuku.

 

IMG_3814.JPGWe went to 7-eleven everyday and I bought onigiri mmmm.

For those of you who don’t know the convenient stores are different from other convenient stores you would find in the U.S. or in Europe etc.

They are filled with delicious fresh foods, including onigiri (which is a rice ball), yummy teas and drinks, cakes, and more!! I tend to spend hours in convenient stores in Japan. haha

IMG_3893Arigato Tokyo ♡, I will be coming back very soon! (and hopefully maayyybe to live their someday)

See you soon♡

with so much love,

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The Asian Magazine ♡

 

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I recently had the amazing opportunity to collaborate and write for the travel segment of The Asian Magazine May/June 2016 issue.

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It is a seven page spread of my experience to Japan with my boyfriend Felipe! Thank you to our sponsor Audley Travel a traveling agency that tailors your journey to fit just for you. Isn’t that amazing?! For more information, you can check out their website here- https://www.audleytravel.com

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Never in a million years would I have thought my name would be on the cover of a magazine. I am so thankful for this experience and I have learned so much! Thank you to Remi David for taking a few of the photos in my article. As well as Jane Luo and Mav Niu from The Asian Magazine! Also a special thank you to Miles from Audley Travel. An extra extra extra special thank you to Felipe for encouraging me and being a part of this whole process.  I am thankful to everyone who was a part of this experience.

If you would like a copy of this issue you can go to The Asian Magazine’s subscription page. Which is here- http://theasianmagazine.com/subscription

 

You can also check out their blog post for a few behind the scenes photos and a small part of the article- http://theasianmagazine.com/archives/675

All photos of me in this post have been taken by Lillian Seibert http://seibertlillian.wix.com/lsphotography

 

With so much love,

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Oak Cliff Film Festival (Made in Japan) ♡

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Last weekend I was able to attend the Oak Cliff Film Festival. I love watching independent films. So being able to go and support an independent film was exciting for me.

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As I was looking at the list of films that were being featured during the festival the title ‘Made in Japan‘ quickly caught my attention. (Obviously because I am half Japanese and have a huge love for Japan)

Made in Japan is a documentary about a japanese country singer named Tomi Fujiyama. Yes, she is a japanese lady singing country music. Isn’t that so interesting?!

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I felt this film was really relatable because I am a half japanese girl living in Texas! Texas is a state filled with country music and I never in my life imagined that country music  would ever be tied with a japanese artist.

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Tomi Fujiyama performed at the Grand Ole Opry in 1964 alongside with Johnny Cash and many other legendary country artists. She was the only artist to receive a standing ovation that night.

Her dream was to sing at the Grand Ole Opry again. During the documentary she goes to america to try and perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Unfortunately due to the music industry being the way it is today the chances of Tomi performing at the Opry stage was almost impossible. You will definitely have to see the documentary to see if she ends up being able to perform at the Grand Ole Opry again!

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The film was so great because it really showcased Tomi’s hard work, fun energy, and beautiful spirit. It was so refreshing to see a true artist continuing her craft and being  true to what she loves.

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At the end of the film we were able to ask the writer and director questions about the film. It was very inspiring and interesting to listen to the writer discuss about the process of the film.

Made in Japan has already reached great success with interviews from Jimmy Kimmel to features in SXSW. 

Here is a video of Tomi Fujiyama performing-

I personally am not a huge fan of country music but when I listen to her sing I get a little emotional. You can sense her soul radiate from her music.

Made in Japan will be coming out sometime next year! If you get a chance to watch the film I definitely recommend it.

with so much love,

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Mamma Nappa’s Art Show Feature ♡

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My mom recently started painting last year.  Family, friends, and I noticed that she had a natural talent for art.

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Her artwork has been featured in art shows and  many people have bought and requested personal pieces from her. So she decided to start her own business. Which is already doing very well! It is really cool to see that she never focuses on the money or the business side of her art… she always focuses on her craft which is what a true artist should do. My mom always expresses that there is always room to grow and that she still has yet to learn. 

It is great to see that people believe in my mom and that people believe in her art so much that they are willing to purchase her work and even display her artwork in an art show.

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A few months ago my mom decided to submit three of her pieces into the Dutch Art Gallery Show. Which is a very difficult gallery to get into. Only the greatest artists in the Dallas area can get into this gallery and show.

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Not only did she get in but all three of her pieces were accepted into the show! Which is such a big deal!! We were so excited for her.

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It’s so beautiful and inspiring to see my mom going after her dream and using her talent! My mom has taught me that you can continue doing what you love at any age. To always work hard. To express your feelings and emotions through doing what you love. That there are no boundaries to what you want to do and learn in life.

If you are interested in some of my moms artwork you can view her instagram here- http://www.instagram.com/kaori.nappagallery

There will be a website made very soon.

So proud of you Mamma!

with so much love,

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Epcot Park at World Disney ♡

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Yesterday I went to Epcot Park at World Disney !!! Epcot is a showcase of different countries in the world, it was very cool to be in France, then China, then Japan in less than an hour 🙂

(Does it look like i’m holding the ball?? haha)

France

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I had a strawberry macaroon and it was delicious 🙂

Morocco

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America

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Italy

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We had lunch in Italy at a restaurant called Tutto Italia, I had a Insalata Mista

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Germany

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I tried the original werther’s caramel popcorn

China

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Japan

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Norway

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I was trying to be funny and tried to make it  look like I was carrying the ball and totally FAILED

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Then I actually took one that made it look like I was holding the ball “sort of”

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I had such a great time, I can’t wait to go back 🙂

I LOVE YOU DISNEY

with so much love,

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