Saturday, November 10, 2012

The mother of dragons

Some more of them analog pictures, from a really good day.

On tuesday i got tattooed (yes, i will get to those pictures too, promise!) and after the session was done, we went back to Shige and Chisato's place for a Yokohama sleepover.
We usually go home to Tokyo every night, so it was kind of a nice change to not have to be on the train for an hour and a half after a session like that.
And it was of course nice to hang out outside of the shop too.

My session went really well, in the sense that i am still alive and my tattoo is finished.
I am not particularly strong, and i definitely squirm WAY too much, but i will say that going for big sessions like this one has become much easier for me since i learned to co-exist with my anxiety.*
Not having to worry and "what-if" in the days, hell, sometimes weeks, leading up to a session has made this part of my life so much easier and more enjoyable.
The pain still sucks as much as ever, maybe a little more each time, but not fearing it is pretty wonderful.
I still get nervous, though, but that's only normal, cause, hey, getting tattooed sucks!

We stayed up way too late that night, but slept in too.
Shige had a day off, so we decided to take a day trip to Kamakura (why do i always go hiking after long tattoo sessions?) which turned into an even better day trip to Enoshima.

Again with the violently happy Amalie.
I don't think anything could have spoiled my mood that day.
It was like Japan just decided to bombard me with magical shit, and i was more than happy to accept it.
Like, those dogs?
A whole gang of dogs, even more than in the picture, dressed as bees! You bet your ass i squealed! And it's possible i did a little dance too!

Even on relatively short trips like this one, when we don't even have a rail pass, we always end up having the best time ever.
Our reasons for going twice a year may not exist anymore, but i will never stop coming to Japan.
















There was a super tall lighthouse on top is the island, with an elevator leading up to a viewing deck.
Yeah, i hate heights, but we all went up there anyway, and had the most amazing view of a misty Mount Fuji, Yokohama in the distance, and hawks flying all around us.
There were cats on the island too, of course, a candle light festival that we actually got to enjoy cause we stayed there so late, a cute little French Toast cafe where we ate our unhealthy lunch... and yeah, tons of other awesomeness.
And if you're wondering if i got one of those sweet shell dream catchers? No, but pretty close. I did get an awesome shell souvenir that will go in my new bathroom in Berlin.
Total score!


*I try never to say stuff like "control my anxiety" or "conquer it" or whatever.
Without getting into a whole rant about anxiety, the point is to learn to live with your heightened sensitivities, or whatever we wanna call it, and accept it as a part of your life and personality, instead of trying to deny or beat it.
I don't know if that makes any sense, but maybe i'll try to explain it better some other time!

6 comments:

  1. Oh hell I totally know what you're talking about with the anxiety. It always helps me if I tell Ryan or whoever I'm with (who knows how easily I freak out) that I'm feeling it and they understand that i might have to put my hood up and not talk very loud (that helps for some reason??)

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  2. You're not alone on the anxiety front. Your photos are amazing. I'd lI've to visit Japan. It looks so magical

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  3. is that sweet potato ice cream?? oh and that lantern looks so worried, bless him!

    I totally understand what you mean about not trying to control your anxiety; i've come to terms with the fact that i'm going to have to deal with depression my whole life so I just need to face it each time, get through it & it will pass. embrace it kinda? anyway I'm glad your dealing with yours

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  4. Yes, fall is sweet potato season, so everything has sweet potato in it. I love it!


    Yeah, embrace it, exactly! And not feel so guilty about not being perfect and happy all the time.

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  5. It sure is magical...

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  6. Yeah, i agree. Not having to lie about having an "episode" or whatever, helps me too. It's funny how we all have our little tricks to help us cope!

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