Traveling to Japan

Traveling to Japan

Trip: 12 days; Month: May 2019; Weather: Spring (⛅️, 🌧); Itinerary: Download

Things you should know before the actual itinerary

When should you buy tickets?:
My siblings (TheSibLims) and I went to purchase Japan tickets during Thanksgiving week. The best time to buy is usually on a Tuesday. That’s when they have the best deals in my opinion. Sometimes you can get lucky though.

JR Pass for Japan:
TheSibLims and I went to purchase our JR Pass voucher for Japan on Japan Rail Pass website. The JR Pass has to be purchased prior to your visit to Japan. There are some stores that do sell the JR Pass in Japan, but I assume it’s only a few, which is why they suggest to purchase prior. JR Pass is basically a ticket to Japan’s railway system that helps you get around certain areas in Japan. There is an option to reserve seats, but can only reserve when you get to the station to activate it. When you purchase at home; just don’t forget it!

What should you wear?:
The month we went was kind of hot/cold (spring weather). I know, not a great way to tell you what you should pack. My suggestion is to pack loose clothes and if you’re a girl don’t pack shorts. I would recommend packing a skirt than shorts. I realized that there were not a lot of women who wore shorts when I was in Japan. It was either skirts that were a little higher than the knee or much lower than the knee and pants. I also packed pretty “light” but ended up having a small carry-on suitcase and a backpack…

Wifi? Do I need it?:
I mean it depends on your carrier and depends if that’s something you can live or can’t live without. Generally most places in Japan have free wifi, but when you’re walking around it is kind of hard to navigate without the inter-webs. I know traveling with TheSibLims, wifi was a must-have, but we didn’t get a plan. Our AirBnB came with a pocket wifi, but even then it wasn’t enough to sustain 12 days with. I would definitely check out this reddit post from /r/JapanTravel for more information on Pocket Wifi or SIM cards.

Traveling with Tattoos and you want to go to an Onsen:
To be honest, I wish I had prepped for this earlier because I have tattoos. I would suggest purchasing tattoo covers. Why? If you plan on going to an Onsen that is more traditional then they won’t allow tattoos because in Japanese culture tattoos were always associated with the Yakuza (Japanese Mafia). There are some Onsens that are more modern and allow tattoos. You’d just have to search for them. Yelp is your friend!

Footware:
I’m a girl and I love the idea of having access to shoes. If you’re a girl you understand. Well, I’ve done a lot of traveling and came to realize that less is more (yes that saying is true). I recommend bringing one pair of sneakers and maybe a small heeled boot just to dress it up a little. But I think one pair of shoes is good enough and make sure you don’t bring shoes that you just bought. Break into them or bring shoes you know are gonna be comfortable. Expect a lot of walking!

Mapping around:
Google Maps or Apple Maps is your friend!

Ghibli Museum:
TheSibLims did not get to visit the Ghibli museum because when we found out about it was too late. JTB USA sold individual tickets to the Ghibli Museum, but they discontinued it. Now they only sell these tickets as a combo/deal with the JR Pass. Make sure you plan out your dates! You should purchase these tickets prior to your arrival in Japan. The museum does not sell tickets. The tickets are available for advanced purchase on the tenth day of the month for the following month. You can buy here.

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My First Wedding Shoot

My First Wedding Shoot

Can I say jitters? I was pretty nervous taking wedding photos for the first time. Everything from planning and leading up to the big day. It’s crazy how your first time is always the most nerve wrecking; making sure all parties leave happy and satisfied.

The venue was at The Kellogg House, Pomona. I went there a month prior to the wedding date to scout the house and see which lenses would work for the wedding reception. I was able to meet the wedding planner and DJ to work out the agenda for the night. If you don’t now already, the Kellogg House in Cal Poly Pomona was constructed in 1962 with the architectural decor of a ranch-style house. I was told W.K. Kellogg was short and that’s why his door handles were really low so that he could easily reach them. Not sure how factual that was. Not going to lie, there were moments when I felt very creeped out being in the house because of how eerie it was when left alone. Each room and bathroom was isolated. The bathrooms especially was so dark, you couldn’t see what was on the other side because there were no windows.

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Trisha’s Bridal Shower

Trisha’s Bridal Shower

I had the honor to be part of my cousin’s bridal shower as one of her bridesmaids. Our theme was a Tea Party. The bridesmaids did a very good job on keeping it simple and cost effective. We had BC Donuts cater their desserts, which was amazing and tasty. The tea pots and saucers were from my best friend/sister and cousin. Everything was just beautiful and honestly a proud moment for me and the bridesmaids.

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A little something

A little something

I was honored to do a small photoshoot for my co-worker during October for their pumpkin patch with their kids. I must say I think my specialty in photography is children. I love taking photos of children because they are just such happy little people. 

I decided to do something new when presenting my co-worker’s family their photos. I included a gift box this way they would have something memorable to look back with my photoshoots. The gift box includes the following:

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Small Studio

Small Studio

I decided to do a little ghetto set up to take photos of my shoes so I can sell them on Poshmark and Ebay. Let me say it took me a really long time to get it set up correctly, but it’s do-able for now. Kind of funny how everything looks super ghetto from my point of view, but the results look semi-decent. I used a light box (on the left) to brighten up the left side because the shadows were too harsh when the right flash triggered. I lacked another flash, so it was really hard to find some sort of middle ground. I tried using a bouncer as well, but it didn’t work as well as having a light box. Had to make do with what I had at home.

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