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Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

Location: Osaka Castle, Japan.
I arrived late during the evening but the efficiency of everything was instantly noticeable. What stood out to me most was the lack of wastefulness. People don't occupy unnecessary space if they don't need to, they simply use just enough to meet their needs. The parking spaces are just enough to squeeze a car into, as are the small eateries that line the main subway stations. Osaka City (or Osaka-Shi, locally) is currently the thirteenth largest city in the world, just behind Beijing. It has one of the highest longevity rates, yet the country's fertility-rate is rapidly declining. Combined, these two factors have led to the current Japanese population being predominantly elderly. It isn't unusual to see a senior citizen working late in the Subway, which surprised me at first because it's quite a rare sight in the UK. But as with anything, the longer you are exposed to it, the more familiar the occurrence becomes. Even though Osaka in particular has a high population density, it is a surprisingly clean city. Everybody contributes by doing their small part. There is a strong sense of pride that derives from keeping everything orderly and maintaining this gratification extends well beyond the boundaries of the home.

Very early on in the trip I began to realise that 9 days was probably not enough to adequately document the rich culture that nestles within this amazing country. Though, I have tried my best. The next series of posts are going to focus on my travels around Japan, I really hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed my time there. If you want to ask me anything along the way, go for it! I always enjoy reading your comments.


Creativity blog hop

I was tagged by the lovely Jane to take part in a blog hop on the topic of creativity. These were the questions:

What am I working on?
I am currently working on expanding the travel section of my blog! And, just posting more in general!

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I suppose the norm with travel blog/posts is to post photos and a summary of the day's itinerary. I love reading these types of post but at the same time I'd like to put my own spin on them. My aim is to try and do more illustrations when I go away. I want to keep a visual journal of the different food and places I experience because I think it makes it more personal! I guess with illustrations you can use them to try and highlight the simple beauty in things that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Why do I write/create what I do?
Honestly, from a very young age I have always felt a compulsion to create. I enjoy the process. The only way to really describe it is through the analogy of an action potential waiting to release neurons. If I don't create something for ages, it's difficult to focus on completing other tasks. I loved Uni, but I found it particularly challenging going for long periods of time without being able to do something I really enioy! It's strange, but I need to get my creative fill!

How does my writing/creating process work?
Ideas almost always seem to come to me when I'm occupied with something else (usually important). Whenever I had an essay to write at Uni I would always get a wave of ideas with no time to develop them further. But weirdly, if I set aside time to think of new ideas they just don't seem to roll in like when you're busy. However, if I am fortunate enough to have time to develop concepts that have caught me off-guard, these initial thoughts usually act as the base of my creative process. I'd usually roughly sketch those ideas with a biro into an old notebook, because knowing me I will forget them instantly otherwise! From there I'll play around with the position of the elements and see which configuration I like best. Next I experiment with colour schemes, but most of the time (if it's a painting) I'll choose the colours as I'm going along.

I will be tagging some other creative bloggers very soon to also take part, so check your emails! :)
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