Those of you who know me or read my personal blog know that I spent two years living abroad in Japan and just recently returned to the US a few months ago. My husband and I tied the knot just a couple of months before we departed for our new adventurous life overseas, so the first two years of our marriage has felt like one long, amazing honeymoon.
We spent our first anniversary touring the Izu Peninsula of Shizuoka Prefecture, a resort area known for its beautiful coastlines, mild climate, scenic views of the mountains, and onsen (Japanese hot springs). We viewed the early-blooming cherry blossoms of a small town called Kawazu, and feasted on cherry blossom ice cream, snow crab legs and fresh sashimi.
In our second year, we did a Hawaii-in-Tokyo theme and visited Hawaiian establishments which also had locations in Japan. We ate dinner at Roy’s, a Hawaiian fusion cuisine restaurant, while enjoying a night view of the Tokyo Tower. Then in the morning, we enjoyed macadamia pancakes drizzled in coconut and lilikoi syrup at Eggs ‘n Things in Harajuku. In-between all of the eating, we visited Ghibli Museum in Mitaka to enjoy all things Totoro and more.
This year, things have been much different, what with getting settled back in to our new old life in California. Without getting into the details of our personal lives too much, let’s just say the past few weeks have been extremely stressful and quite hectic. We could barely get away and had to return home early the next day, but it was a much needed mini-vacation and though it was short and on a budget, we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves. We drove out to Bodega Bay to take in the beautiful coast and ocean air. We ate and drank to being alive, to our health, to being happily married and in love, and to being with our families. I am so thankful for the three years we have shared together, and for the many years to come, and most of all I am thankful to have such a wonderful, supportive, and loving husband.
The digital images from our first anniversary were taken with my old Canon EOS 20D, and the Polaroids were taken with my favorite thrift store score, a Polaroid SX-70 Time Zero OneStep and Polaroid 779 film. The other digital images in this post were taken with my current camera, the Canon EOS 7D. Polaroids were taken with the Polaroid 636 CloseUp and expired Polaroid 600 film.
Long live Polaroid and instant film.