Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Fall Colors in Tokyo

Finally, leaves in Tokyo are starting to turn gorgeous shades of orange and golden yellow.

Back to the season of sweaters, coats, and scarves! It is cozy, and I don't mind the cold as long as the air is fresh and the warm sun is shining. The feeling is all the more comfortable once you go back indoors for a nice warm cup of tea or a meal. The other day, on a walk through the Harajuku/Omotesando area in Tokyo, we came upon a California-themed cafe-restaurant! For a long time, I have been craving a good American-style breakfast food meal - it brings me back to some great memories. Behold: bacon, eggs, and pancakes! A bit of a luxury that day, as I've been trying to eat at home as much as possible to save money - but it is nice to treat yourself once in a while!

Walking through some of the quiet back streets which I've never been through before, there was a lovely red brick building with this pretty holiday wreath, and a brightly costumed mannequin on a street filled with clothing shops.

The other day, I found myself musing over the topic of being reserved or socially awkward. Having taught English in Japan for several years, I wouldn't say that I'm shy exactly, and I've found I do have the ability to talk in almost any situation. However, the difference between me and a more socially outgoing person is that (depending on the situation and whom I'm talking to) I tend to hold back and find a lot less reason to put streams of words out there, especially when meeting new people or those I don't know well. That has been the case since I was a child, the one always buried in a book or drawing :) But now with my photography work and other freelance activities, I discovered that I need to put myself out there a lot more. The past me would have hated it, because the past me was so scared of rejection and mistakes and not being good enough. But one of the best things that my photography work has taught me so far, is that fear of failure won't get me anywhere. I have to break down walls and build ladders out of air, keep pushing forward even when it means facing my weaknesses. And actually, I found that I love the feeling of challenging myself, of being able to do something that I thought I couldn't.

Autumn leaves in Omotesando.

I am grateful, and I'll continue to embrace each new opportunity.