January was a whirlwind of traveling for pleasure and for work. I went to see Kanjani8, went to Kyoto 2 times, and made my first trip to Toba City in Mie. I want to keep up this pace for traveling to areas around Kansai and taking more photos, as it has been a form of healing for me and a way to direct my some of my energy into something that I have had an interest in for a while.
One of the most exciting parts of this month was starting my very first goshuinchō, or special stamp book that you can buy from shrines and temples. With this in hand, you can get a stamp at most shrines and temples that you go to, documenting all of the places that you have been to. January 2017 is the beginning of my journey to see more temples and shrines in Japan and travel more.
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2016 was a year of exponential growth for me. There have been some amazing times and some really difficult times. I've now completed my second year of working, changed jobs, lived a full year with a roommate as an adult, and experienced my first real heartbreak. For 2017, I will be focusing on me and what I truly want to do for the last half of my 20's and to travel more, especially around Japan. Happy New Year!