I thought maybe coming here and writing may help my writers block.
I have a little over two months left in Japan and after living here for 5 years, it’s hard to believe that this chapter is almost finished.
Have I achieved what I came here to do? I’m still not sure what it is that I came here to do but I can say that I have learned a lot about myself and the world. I’ve tried a lot of things that I never would or could have if I had stayed in Canada. Most importantly, I’ve met a lot of incredible people and to me that is priceless.
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I’m passionate about life again! Maybe it’s partly due to the weather but the main reason for the re-ignition of this old flame is Caitlin Moran, Eve Ensler and my new attitude. Continue reading to find out how these incredible ladies changed my life.
I recently decided to take control of my life and instead of mulling over decisions to the point of insanity I now follow my gut. I don’t give myself time to think things over because that usually results in a “safe” decision. “I can’t really afford it” is one of my common excuses. This new attitude started with my decision to leave Japan. This should have been a difficult decision to make but it really wasn’t. I guess I thought that if I could make a major life decision such as to leave the place I had called home for the passed five years than I could make any subsequent decisions easily.
The momentum that this new approach had given my life is incredible. I’m regaining passion for a lot of things that life has to offer, music is one of them but also my passion for justice and equality.
Many of you know that last month I organized a reading of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler for V-Day Tokyo 2013. For those of you who don’t know what TVM or V-Day are I encourage you to Google it right now! Stop reading this and find out about V-Day.
Every time I’ve organized a charity event I’m always so impressed with the spirit and generosity of the people. It really makes me feel good about bringing people together and creating awareness. TVM was the most stressful event I’ve organized to date but also the most rewarding. Vspot.org have a lot of requirements for the events you organize so I had to adhere to their rules but also adjust to Japanese culture and business etiquette. This was my first time dealing directly with a Japanese owned and operated venue so at times it was difficult to get my point across but they were very helpful and were willing to meet me half way throughout the entire process. This was only a small part of what made V-Day Tokyo memorable and special to me.
Through only word of mouth and a couple of posts on this blog I was able to find an amazing group of ladies willing to help bring awareness and create a dialogue about women’s issues here in Tokyo, Japan. Many of the ladies I had never met before, most of them had never been involved in TVM before and a few told me that they would not have read had I not been the one organizing it. Each woman brought her own unique energy to the readings resulting in a perfect show. The turn out was amazing and I ended up with a tremendous amount of clothing (and money) to donate to our beneficiary.
Somewhere during the last five years I lost my feminine pride or maybe I lost it before that. But the closer it came to V-Day, the more passionate I felt about the issues we were discussing and more importantly about being a woman. In the midst of organizing and preparing for V-Day, I stumbled across a copy of “How to Be a Woman” by Caitlin Moran (synchronicity perhaps?). Finally I found a book about women that I could relate to. To me the book is the modern definition of feminism and Caitlin nails it on the head.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed Morans book, it wasn’t until I sat down to talk with one of the TVM readers when I finally remembered how enraged I used to get when hearing about violence against women, gender inequality or hate and inequality in general. This shit used to fuckin’ piss me off! I would yell at the television and curse the ground that rapists walk on. There was a time when I would cry uncontrollably and turn away from a movie depicting a rape scene or even eluding to it. It all came flooding back to me and reignited my feminist flame. I can wear that label with pride now because I understand it. I used to think of feminists in the same way as many others; bra-burning, man-hating lesbians. If you cut out all the crap and negative stereotypes that surround the word “feminist” you get down to what it really means, EQUALITY. And who doesn’t want equality?
I want equality for everyone.
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For those of you who are interested in participating in The Vagina Monologues on March 17th, all of the readings have been assigned but we could use your help in other ways. We need to fill the following roles:
Door person: responsible for welcoming attendees, handling cash transactions and handing out event programs. Ideally I would like to have one person for both shows but this can be split between two people.
Event observer: responsible for observing and later recording your impressions of the event. More details will be provided.
If you’re interested in either of these positions please contact me through this blog or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES ARE COMING TO TOKYO
and we need performers!
If you’re interested in
performing or reading a monologue helping out get in touch email@example.com or just show up on rehearsal day. Join the Facebook event page here https://www.facebook.com/events/334796759953089/
NO ACTING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
Rehearsal: March 3, 2013 1:00 – 4:00 pm Finished
Performances: March 17, 2013 2pm and 7pm
Where: Hatagaya Space Gamp (1 min from Hatagaya Stn)
*Take a left out of the north exit.
*Take the first left down the small street.
*Walk 1 minute, the building will be on your right.
2-8-15 Hatagaya ２−８−１５幡ヶ谷
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…but I’m finally leaving Japan!
It’s been an exciting, exhausting, interesting trip these past five years but my time here is up. It’s time to move onto my next adventure. Well, after I travel first. My first stop is Turkey to visit one of my best friends who I haven’t seen in 2 years!!
I’m so excited, I might pee my pants!
It’s a weird feeling knowing that I am leaving Japan and probably never coming back. I’ve lived here for 5 years, that’s a long time. It never really felt like home in that warm and fuzzy sense but it always kept me safe.
I was starting to get a bit sentimental there but I decided to delete it. I’ll post a sappy entry when the time for me to leave draws closer. It’s still 4.5 months away.
By the way, I’ll be selling and giving a lot of stuff away over the course of the next few months so if there is anything you’re looking for just ask, I might have it.
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Not in Japan.
I love bacon and I guess I was taking it for granted before moving to Japan because I just assumed that bacon in any country would essentially be the same. I didn’t expect maple flavored bacon but I did expect the bacon to cook the same. Sadly, it doesn’t. I thought it was my bacon frying skills that were getting rusty and that the temperature was too high. I even tried buying different brands and cuts of bacon only to have them all turn out like this (or worse).
It tastes fine but I would rather have my bacon evenly cooked. Unless I’m missing out on something, the only truly satisfying bacon experience I’ve had in Japan is from the ¥800 package of bacon you get from Costco. First of all, that’s damn expensive and since I don’t live anywhere near a Costco it’s a whole day excursion to go and get the bacon. The Meat Guy has bacon too and I’m sure its good but the price speaks for itself.
Maybe I’ll indulge next time and buy some bacon from an international supermarket.
I really miss my Canadian bacon and I don’t mean this
I mean this
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Oh me oh my oh!
In case you didn’t catch it or hear it through the Tokyo grapevine, my little side hobby has morphed into something much more. Instead of just baking for fun and selfishly satisfying our own gluttonous urges we (Ella and I) are now baking for you, you AND you!
This link provides just a small taste of what we offer. You order it, we make it. Keep in mind that we haven’t fully developed our menu so if you don’t see your favorite treat, just ask! And don’t forget Love.Hate.Bake. also caters to your special dietary needs including, but not limited to paleo, gluten-free and vegan.
Here are a couple pictures to get you salivating (and hopefully ordering).
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