Making Friends in Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park

Oh, hi! I’m on Spring Break, so that means I have a life again for about a week! I think I spent the first day of my break pretty well. I went rock climbing, had brunch with friends, ran lots of errands, spent some time blogging, and then I saw Beauty and the Beast! (SO good!)

I’m still sorting through my Japan photos (no surprise there!) and came across photos from a day I explored Japan alone after Adam left. We had gone to Yoyogi Park together earlier in the week, but I loved it so much, I decided to go back by myself.

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park

I was blown away by how many people were gathered there. In true Japan form, everything was super orderly and trash was nowhere to be found. Tarps were provided so nobody needed to bring their own, and they were all staked down already so you didn’t need to worry about finding an open space. Having that many people together in one place and not worrying at all about crime or chaos was so different than what I’m used to in the states, haha. It was wonderful.

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park

I saw an owl! Some guy was just standing there holding him like it wasn’t weird at all. I don’t think I had ever been that close to an owl before. They’re so beautiful/strange.

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park

My phone/portable wifi had died earlier that morning when I was at the fish market, so I was wandering aimlessly and feeling a bit disconnected all day (which I quite liked, actually!). I was taking photos and ran into a group of people who invited me to sit with them. Four of the guys were from Japan, one girl was from China, one guy was from Spain, two other girls were from Germany, and there was an older couple to my left who were traveling from Canada. It was fun getting to know them and we spent a few hours drinking, laughing, and relaxing in the sunshine as cherry blossom petals fell from the trees above us.

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park

It’s definitely one of my favorite memories from Japan. I love meeting new people when I travel, and it was the perfect way to end my trip. I can’t wait to go back.

Thanks for reading! xo

 

By amandaaude@gmail.com

"That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet." - Emily Dickinson

10 Comments

  1. Reply

    Fiona

    So lovely, this post makes me miss Japan!!

    1. Reply

      amandaaude@gmail.com

      <3 <3 Ugh, me tooooo!

  2. Reply

    Craig Aude

    Beautiful, as always.

  3. Reply

    Jae x SCATTERBRAIN

    Beautiful photos, Amanda! Especially loved the one with the owl in it!

    1. Reply

      amandaaude@gmail.com

      Thank you! It was so cool to see!

  4. Reply

    Jacqueline

    What a perfect travel experience! This is my favorite thing about exploring the world. Those moments in which you connect with others in a real and meaningful way. Plus, that owl!

    1. Reply

      amandaaude@gmail.com

      Yaaass. Totally! And I know. I want an owl now!

  5. Reply

    Laura

    Oh my gosh, those cherry blossoms are gorgeous! What a neat thing to experience. Also, I’m going to see Beauty and the Beast with my mom tomorrow and I can’t wait!

    1. Reply

      amandaaude@gmail.com

      You’re going to love it! :)

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