Visiting Japan for Google! + Kamakura Trip 【日本 2017】

I visited Japan in January/February of 2017 but had the honor to visit again in early March after receiving an invitation from Google! For this blog, I thought I’d share some of my new favorite spots I discovered in Japan along with a few photos from the event at the end. :)

By the way, I just uploaded a new video on my YouTube channel, so please check it out if you haven’t already. :D


 A place called “Kamakura” in Japan is about 40 minutes from Tokyo by train, but it was my first time ever going there. The photo above is the Meigetsu-in temple in Kita-Kamakura, and I was appalled by the beauty of this place. The peak-through window to the garden has a different “face” for each season because you can see the foliage in the Fall, bright greens and ajisai flowers in the Summer, snow in the Winter, and sakura in the Spring! I recommend visiting early in the morning because there won’t be as many people and you’ll get to enjoy the calm and quiet environment.

 Hokokuji was one of the most relaxing and refreshing places I’ve ever been to. It was a serene area full of bamboo trees reaching towards the sky that never seemed to end. I’ve seen this place numerous times in photos and have always wanted to go, so being there in person (especially when the weather and temperature was great!) was such a surreal experience. You can enjoy authentic matcha and wagashi (Japanese confectionery) here as well, so it’s a perfect place to come with friends, family, or your significant other. I was told that this place is terrific for photos and it’s known  also known to be a popular “healing spot.” To be honest, I did get a bit emotional inside because it was so beautiful and brought back many wonderful memories. :) I literally have hundreds of photos I took in Kita-Kamakura and Kamakura, but here are a few more!

One of the highlights during my trip was being able to see sakura (cherry blossoms) in Japan for the very first time! Since it was early March, it was very unlikely to be able to see sakura in full bloom, but there was miraculously one tree that had sakura blossoms all over! It was very different from the sakura in New York City. I felt like it was more dainty and had warmth to it with a blush of light pink on ivory. I’ve wanted to see sakura in Japan my entire life, so I was thrilled that that came true during this trip. :) Visiting Kamakura became one of my best memories in Japan. I was able to discover so many breathtaking parts of Japan I didn’t know, and it was fascinating being able to experience  so many “firsts” including doing omikuji, eating omatsuri-like food, and riding on a jinrikisha. I hope that I can make another wish of mine come true when I go to Japan next time! 

Finally, here are some photos from the event that I was invited by Google for! I was welcomed to be a speaker in front of 160+ entertainment industry and media experts, and it was a blast meeting lots of inspiring individuals from various fields. It was so much fun being back at Google for lunch again, too (no matter how many times I go, I get so excited with the awesome selection of food they have :D) , and a whole bunch of Google and YouTube Space Tokyo staff members came out to have lunch with me which was incredibly sweet. (T_T) I’d like to send a huge thank you to Google and YouTube Space Tokyo for flying me out to Japan and having me!! I hope that I can continue doing more exciting things around the globe. :)

  I’ll continue to blog here every now and then including my beauty and health favorites, daily life, and much more, so please come by again. :) Thank you for reading!

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