#Cherry Blossoms of Sapporo

Finally got to see the cherry blossom of Japan – bucket list wish accomplished!

The #Shanghai Bund

#Shanghai Bund! All lit up – it just #shines
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Tongli Bridges

Some ancient #bridges on the waterways of #Tongli in Southern #China.

Standing through the Storm

#Temple in #Taipei. The #cultural difference between temples mainland #China and #Taiwan was interesting. Taiwan had more varieties of blue, a lot more incorporation of ocean symbolism, and a lot of practicing believers in there praying. In China you have some believers pray, but it’s more like ‘while I’m here.’ In Taiwan the feel is that they normally come, and this is daily life.

Either way, the temples are gorgeous!

Elephant Mountain!

We climbed Elephant Mountain 😡 πŸ’€ I stopped counting after 400 stairs – I have since died of stair death. πŸ‘» I am just a ghost now. . . . But seriously! πŸ‘πŸ” It was the nicest time I’ve had in a while. We didn’t get there until after 6 and it was already way dark. I was worried it would be full of drunks / creeps / make-out sessions. It wasn’t! We kept running into the nicest people! Everyone was encouraging each other. Ran into a group of about 15 #Indonesia students there for someone’s birthday. Then a group of #Korean boys. Then some westerners. A #Chinese girl who was posing for a billion pictures with the help of a #Philippine boy who was great about trying different shots and so patient. Then a sweet #Philippine boy walked us down – he’s just finished a contract in Japan. Everyone was just telling each other ‘you can do it! You’re almost there!’ This is what ‘coming together’ and ‘community’ should look like. ❀️❀️ Made me fall in love with humanity again.

City Sidewalks, Brilliant Sidewalks

Lights 1a

I went out walking one mornung in spring πŸŽΌ

‘By the river I went walking
When my troubles came to mind.
But I did not stop for them
And they could not catch up to me.’

This is the breath-taking park at #Arashiyama in #Kyoto Japan. My friends went to find the #monkey πŸ™ˆπŸ™‰πŸ™Špark at the top of the mountain, but I’m not a HUGE fan of monkeys up close – and – personal. So I just walked along the river. This day is one of my most precious memories. The atmosphere just soothes your soul ❀️.