november in oki

35mm, 35mm film, analog photography, photography, elashock, film, karen okuda, konichiwakaren, okinawa, japan, nakagusuku castle
35mm, 35mm film, analog photography, photography, elashock, film, karen okuda, konichiwakaren, okinawa, japan, nakagusuku castle
35mm, 35mm film, analog photography, photography, elashock, film, karen okuda, konichiwakaren, okinawa, japan, nakagusuku castle
35mm, 35mm film, analog photography, photography, elashock, film, karen okuda, konichiwakaren, okinawa, japan, nakagusuku castle
35mm, 35mm film, analog photography, photography, elashock, film, karen okuda, konichiwakaren, okinawa, japan, nakagusuku castle
35mm, 35mm film, analog photography, photography, elashock, film, karen okuda, konichiwakaren, okinawa, japan, nakagusuku castle
35mm, 35mm film, analog photography, photography, elashock, film, karen okuda, konichiwakaren, okinawa, japan, nakagusuku castle

im in naoshima right now, and it's december. but i began my post-hsc japan trip with a week in okinawa from the 9th to the 16th of november. i spent my time hanging out with family - especially my baby cousin - and forcing my uncle to take me to castle ruins (among other places). even nearing the end of autumn it was 30ºC every frickn day (i was actually, literally dripping sweat from my chin when we went to nakagusuku castle) and it still felt like summer - typical.

i've been updating my youtube channel with videos of my trip, but i will also start to upload some photos and blogposts :~) even if u don't enjoy these, i love them - these photos and moments are some that i don't get to have very often. time in okinawa is special to me, and i feel it gets more precious as i grow older since time between visits get longer and longer. this island feels like home even though i've never lived here - and i've come to understand the quote, "home is not a place, it's a feeling."



Karen  

uruma store

uruma store, okinawa, japan, photography, olympus pen e-pl 7, karen okuda, konichiwakaren, elashock, dagashiya
uruma store, okinawa, japan, photography, olympus pen e-pl 7, karen okuda, konichiwakaren, elashock, dagashiya
uruma store, okinawa, japan, photography, olympus pen e-pl 7, karen okuda, konichiwakaren, elashock, dagashiya
uruma store, okinawa, japan, photography, olympus pen e-pl 7, karen okuda, konichiwakaren, elashock, dagashiya
uruma store, okinawa, japan, photography, olympus pen e-pl 7, karen okuda, konichiwakaren, elashock, dagashiya
uruma store, okinawa, japan, photography, olympus pen e-pl 7, karen okuda, konichiwakaren, elashock, dagashiya
uruma store, okinawa, japan, photography, olympus pen e-pl 7, karen okuda, konichiwakaren, elashock, dagashiya
uruma store, okinawa, japan, photography, olympus pen e-pl 7, karen okuda, konichiwakaren, elashock, dagashiya
uruma store, okinawa, japan, photography, olympus pen e-pl 7, karen okuda, konichiwakaren, elashock, dagashiya
uruma store, okinawa, japan, photography, olympus pen e-pl 7, karen okuda, konichiwakaren, elashock, dagashiya
uruma store, okinawa, japan, photography, olympus pen e-pl 7, karen okuda, konichiwakaren, elashock, dagashiya
uruma store, okinawa, japan, photography, olympus pen e-pl 7, karen okuda, konichiwakaren, elashock, dagashiya
uruma store, okinawa, japan, photography, olympus pen e-pl 7, karen okuda, konichiwakaren, elashock, dagashiya

this is uruma store. it takes like 10 minutes to walk from my grandma's house, and my brother and i used to come here every day to buy sherbet bottles for 10yen, dried plum sweets, whistle lollies, and cheap plastic toys. this store is what you would call a typical "dagashi-ya" and its interior that takes you back to the showa period is some kind of charm. dimly lit, every shelf (that's not full of candy) is packed with relics of past days - old cds, posters of past boybands, figurines of ultraman probably from the 50s and 60s, and other little trinkets. the mix between japanese and american trinkets that you find in okinawa is especially fascinating, i think. there was a back room full of more stuff from the showa period, it looked like, but of course it was staff only. you can see a huge icecream through the door, and from what i saw, seems like that's where all the good stuff is kept!!!

Karen  

my little panda kitchen

my little panda kitchen, cake, bespoke cake, vegan, elashock, karen okuda, konichiwakaren
my little panda kitchen, cake, bespoke cake, vegan, elashock, karen okuda, konichiwakaren
my little panda kitchen, cake, bespoke cake, vegan, elashock, karen okuda, konichiwakaren

a little treat to celebrate the end of exams (and chuck in luke and my birthdays, since we were too busy to organise a proper cake for both of our birthdays). a beautiful vegan cake by annabelle from my little panda kitchen!! definitely a photogenic subject for some glamour shots, but more than that a super duper delicious choc matcha cake - perfect for celebrating. ahhh the sweet taste of freedom ^_^

Karen