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Follow Fabienne Around Japan

Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa
'Golden Gai', Shinjuku, Tokyo. 
Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Tokyo 
Lake Ashi, Hakone
Kiso Valley, Nagano
Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa
'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter' Universal Studios, Osaka 
Arashiyama, kyoto
Japan. Oh where do I even begin! I first visited this country when I was 16 years old, as my sister had moved to the quaint & beautiful town of Himeji for a year, so I decided to visit her! I didn't think much of it, I just missed my sister & wanted to see her. Little did I know it would sparked a love affair within my soul & I would continue to return to this country many times. 
Japan is a country I hope to live in for a short time later in my life. The culture, the people, the devotion to kindness, mindfulness & tradition, everything about this incredible country is truly profound. This was my first non work-related international exploration in 4 years, & even though I worked a little (life of a CEO!) it felt so restorative to simply be able to explore, wander & dream. I spent a lot of time out I'm nature during this trip, which was quite nurturing & healing. The last time I visited Japan, I wrote a song whilst walking through the Japanese Alps, on a snowy afternoon, & this time I wrote another song whilst wandering the streets of Nagano one windy evening. 
I do feel there is a bit of myth around where people can source inspiration. Unlike a lot of society, I do not choose to believe in 'escapism', I do not believe that only travels to far & distant lands & 'holidays' away from the 'daily grind' will spark inspiration, happiness & contentment. I believe that this is our ego always searching for more, instead of harbouring stillness & peace within our present moment; I've spoken more about this here. In saying that, I do believe that there is power & transformation in removing ourselves from our daily rituals & immersing ourselves in the zone of discomfort. Travel, for me, definitely puts my out of my comfort zone, for those that know me personally will know I am a home body at heart & enjoy the simple pleasures in life. 
I've had a people ask for my Japan recommendations or where I've visited, & even though I do not think I have even cracked the surface yet with this magical country, I will definitely share another post that details where I have been & what I would recommend :) 
With love & light, 
Fabienne x

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