I like metaphors and symbolism. This picture visually shows how my life is right now. It’s empty, beautiful, lonely, clear, and without a true destination. Who knows where that path ends!
I am so close to graduating college. I know I am on the right path, I know where I want to go, but for now there are unseen obstacles. I may not get financial aide for the fall, I may not be able to go to Japan the month I want……..
We try to plan and prepare for everything, but just like this path, all we can see is what is there at the moment. We can’t look that far ahead(literally and figuratively).
As for the empty and lonely part, I am taking this path by myself. I have no romantic relationships, nor is anyone traveling with me when I do move to Japan. I will do this all on my own. Even with support, I am physically alone.
Scary as it may be, this path is just beautiful. There is some clarity in my mind at the moment. My head seems clear now than ever because I am done with all my classes for my major. I just need the fall semester and thats it. For once in my insane life, I feel the pressure of college slowly lifting and being less than it was several years ago.
As I continue this path/journey…I hope that my goals will be fulfilled. I hope that one day I can come to a destination that I longed for. I hope that I can also find love from another and not be so lonely.
Till then I look at this picture that represents me and keep walking….
When I went to Japan I had the opportunity to enjoy an onsen. This is a public bath, or a bath you take with others. I was able to do this with a Japanese friend and it was very relaxing!
If you don’t know about an onsen then I will let you know now!
You must shower first, on what is basically a floor. The floor is designed like a shower, but you must sit. You have a stool to sit on and wash from there. After, you can go into the bath. A bath in Japan is for soaking and relaxing. So no dirty bodies please! You can’t wear a towel or any article of clothing. Basically you must be quite comfortable with bathing with others. This seems rather odd for many Americans, but the Japanese are a group centered society. They see it as normal and are quite respectful. So don’t worry too much about being a naked foreigner.
*warning, the onsen is extremely hot spring water. It has minerals and again, super hot, even more so than a hot tub! When I soaked in the bath with my friend I could only do 10 minutes maybe. LOL
After that you take a quick shower to wash off the minerals of the bath. Then you dry in the dressing room and sleep like a baby that’s just been fed. HA
When I visited my other friend I had the opportunity to try the onsen again. Unfortunately my little red friend decided to visit me. DARN!
The onsen I couldn’t go to was located in a nice resort town in Hokkaido. I have the following pictures to show the town and all its relaxing glory. I will love to travel to this place again and enjoy the onsen with others.
As you can tell I have no inhibitions. How do they say, “When in Japan, do as the Japanese do!”
Going to the town…
An Oni watches over…
Inside the hotel…
Me and one of many Oni…
Cute critters in front of a store…
Weapon of the Oni
More cute Critters
A dog holding a sign…
A reading Oni
Me in my hotel room with my friend…
A boat of yummies!
I like this picture!
Part of the hotel room…
The hotel I stayed. There were many hotels.
An opening of a hot spring. Hot hot hot!