Japan Travel Diary | Part One: Tokyo

A long overdue post. Back in late March/early April, Edgar and I took a long-anticipated trip to Japan. Words still cannot describe how overjoyed and incredibly excited I was to have gotten to travel back to one of my favorite countries with someone this special -- and during cherry blossom season! It was beautifully timed; I have honestly never have seen so much pink in my life. 

For two weeks, we traveled all over: from Tokyo, to Kyoto, Osaka, and the hot spring resort town of Hakone. I still have withdrawals and I really cannot wait to go back.   

もう一度日本に行きたいです。。。

Tsukiji Fish Market

Ueno Park, Tokyo

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There is something about this country that will always have me daydreaming about returning. I'm not sure if it's a combination of the culture, the food, the language (which I'm proud to say, hasn't rusted at all that much -- in fact, I got to play translator and interpreter for Edgar most of the time) or if it's just the immense subtleties and the finer details. Either way... 

Our weekend in Kyoto will be posted soon. 

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Echo Mountain

Last weekend, a few of my good friends and I woke up at the crack of dawn to hike halfway up to Echo Mountain in Altadena. I've never seen a more breathtaking view than I've ever had in my life - we were literally climbing above the clouds and hearing our voices beyond the canyons (thus, the name). Thank you Becca for organizing this, and to Lisa and Peter for picking me up and feeding me such a decadent brunch in Pasadena. We ended just talking for hours at AU79 Teahouse. All before 12 PM. As it goes for most of my weekends ... I hate waking up early, but I love doing all of this early. It feels so great to get early workouts in on a Saturday morning; I feel like I've accomplished a lot more - it also sets for a good mood for the rest of the day! So when's our next one guys? 

Los Angeles Winters

This past Sunday I woke up at 7AM (I don't think I've slept in for the past several months) and took a more or less planned trip, an hour and a half down the Pacific Coast Highway with my friend Carmen. After spending a couple of hours at a meeting in Dana Point, we decided to just spend the rest of the afternoon driving around Orange County. We indulged in some amazing fish tacos and cocktails at Bear Flag, soaked up the sun at Newport Pier, and took a drive to snack at my favorite mochi ice cream spot, Mochilato.

Vitamin D is real. Being both transplants from New York City, we came to a realization yesterday that this was probably the most time we've both ever stayed outside in general. Aside from being in the office half the time, a lot of my extra time is literally spent outside. Whether it's running, hiking, or just hanging out - the winter and the weather in California is way too contagious to not enjoy or appreciate. Needless to say that I'm so over the cold, snowy winters of the east coast. 

A Little Bit of L.A.

Ever since I moved into LA, all  I have been consistently doing is working, eating, making new friends, entertaining visitors (come back!!/come visit!), and running/training/carb-loading for the Nike San Francisco Half Marathon (more on this to come later). 

A few snapshots from the past couple of months, all shot with my Sony NEX-5T: 

Office lobby.&nbsp;

Office lobby. 

Shinsengumi setup.&nbsp;

Shinsengumi setup. 

JiST Cafe - one of my favorite brunch spots in DTLA.&nbsp;

JiST Cafe - one of my favorite brunch spots in DTLA. 

Warner Brothers VIP tour with Melissa and Dave.

Warner Brothers VIP tour with Melissa and Dave.

The actual Friends/Central Perk set.&nbsp;

The actual Friends/Central Perk set. 

WB Studio Tour - Prop Rooms.&nbsp;

WB Studio Tour - Prop Rooms. 

Morgan and Scott - on my birthday - all the way from NYC, making their big move to Vancouver, Check out their blog here:&nbsp; http://fortyeightoysters.tumblr.com/

Morgan and Scott - on my birthday - all the way from NYC, making their big move to Vancouver, Check out their blog here: http://fortyeightoysters.tumblr.com/

My bestie/Pincess visiting me/living with me for a week during her business trip - at Tsujita Noodle in Sawtelle.

My bestie/Pincess visiting me/living with me for a week during her business trip - at Tsujita Noodle in Sawtelle.

Back in NJ for Labor Day Weekend. My little sister's hangry face.&nbsp;

Back in NJ for Labor Day Weekend. My little sister's hangry face. 

Me and Jenny after finishing a Sunday run at the Rosebowl. We've been training together (along with many others) for the Nike SF Half in October! Send us good vibes.

Me and Jenny after finishing a Sunday run at the Rosebowl. We've been training together (along with many others) for the Nike SF Half in October! Send us good vibes.

Until next time!