My image of “Deer Paradise” took an unexpected turn

Hai-Sai everyone!!

Sorry it had been a while since I posted last… moving overseas and traveling all happened at once… but here I am back!! With a story! 😉

On the way back home from New York, I stopped in Sapporo, Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. My friend visited Japan last year and fed deer, posted insta stories that looked ohhhhh sooooo adorable!!

So when my good friend from New York said that she’s visiting Japan about the time I’m moving back – and visiting some cities I’ve never been like Nara and Osaka – I jumped on the opportunity.

Since I loooooove animals I was so excited to finally see deer, feed and pet them!! 💃🏻😘💖🦌 ayyyyyyye

3 minutes of skipping out of Nara station, (I don’t care what people think of  my happy behaviors,) I saw bunch of deer and oh myyyy😍😍😍😍 I was ecstatic!!

But my friends whom I travelled with warned me that deer that hang out around the “deer cookies” venders should be avoided. So we picked a place further away from the streets… and still my friends got chased around by 3 deer, because poor thing, she was holding the bag with bread in it. They can smell the food on her!! We also saw bunch of helpless tourists being chased by many beer everywhere in deer-crowded area. Oh no we don’t want that. Although it was very funny to watch that… 😂😂

So I thought I’d pick an innocent looking, baby deer to feed. I was feeding one… and I suddenly felt a punch on my butt. And again. I look back and a deer was head-butting me, because how dare I not see her and feed another!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Sorry dear deer!

Later, I was trying to make a deer repeat the trick of “bowing.” I had food in my hand, well –  never tease a hungry, potentially aggressive animal. I saw teeth, and he bit me right by the crotch!! 😱😳😖 Japanese deer ain’t so demure like Japanese ladies. 😒

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And later, as if I hadn’t learned enough, I saw a nice deer by herself on the lawn, on the hill away from other deer. All the way down there across the lawn I see poor tourists (oh yeah I’m a tourist too,) being chased by 8+ deer…

Luckily I’m all the way over here, and there’s only one. She approaches and… OH MY GWAD CAN DEER SEE LIKE A HAWK!? Those 8+ horde of deer see me all the way from there (that was like 50 yards) and charge across the lawn, very fast. I tear up my baguette and drop them all over the lawn and walk away as if I’m competing race walking at the olympics.

Lesson learned: yes Nara deer are cute, the baby ones away from the crowded area… AND DONT YOU EVER TEASE THEM. No one got the time for that and certainly not these deer!! They act like they haven’t eaten in weeks when they’re fed every 2 minutes!!

Expectation: 💃🏻💖🦌😘

in reality was 😱🏃🏻‍♀️💦💨🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌💨💨💨💨

But when you see only like 2 of them in sight, like the corner of a park and if you don’t see any other in your sight… you should definitely feed them!! They are more shy and not aggressive. I even grew attachment toward two babies 😍

Thank you for visiting, until next time… 🤗

Love,

Erina

Invaluable Messages in Okinawan Songs

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Hai-sai!! (Hello in Okinawan language.)

Okinawa is known for its longevity, and people believe its because of  locals’ healthy diet.

It is also one of the most peaceful place on earth, where everyone is calm, sweet, caring and relaxed.

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And today, out of blue, I thought of Okinawan songs that have invaluable messages – which is so unique and different from urban lifestyle mentality. And I wanted to share it with you, it might mean something to you as much as it does to me.

  1. Kogane no Hana (Flower Made of Gold)

It’s about a story of a young man, who heard about a place where there’s a tree that grows flower made of gold. He dreams of becoming rich, and he leaves his home  (Okinawa) and his family behind.

“Pure and simple people,

People with clear and beautiful eyes –

Don’t cloud your judgement by golden flower and wealth –

Golden flowers disperse and perish…

Are you happy at work?

Are you healthy and well?

Do you have money in case of sickness?

Be careful of people who take advantage of you.

Oh pure and simple people,

People who speak different languages…

Don’t let golden flowers discolor your heart

Golden flowers disperse and perish…

What kind of flowers grow in your home country?

The gift the gods haven given us –

It probably isn’t money.

Simple and pure people,

Let real flowers grow in your heart.

Don’t throw your heart away for gold,

Golden flowers eventually perish.

Don’t throw away your heart for gold,

Let the real thing blossom in your heart.”

… what did you guys think?

When my Okinawan best friend sang this in karaoke, it hit my Almost-New-Yorker-Heart really hard. What have I become? What is most important in life? Is it money, success, freedom? Or family and love, care for one another and human connections?

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Of course I want to make my dreams come true. But I learned that I can do that while I cherish those important things – human connections and love for those who are around me and cares about me.

Call your family, if you have someone – family is blood and friends and people whom you value. Let them know time to time, that you appreciate and love them. Because we only live once.

Thank you for visiting my post, until next time… (^3^)-v

Love,

Erina

Celebrate Women with Us

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Women: our beauty shines through our eyes and souls; not from how our bodies are shaped or look, because they change overtime…

Our strength comes from our intelligence, love and care for others. That would never change.

When we love, we love unconditionally and will always be there by your side. Celebrate us with us; and see us through our eyes and souls – not by how we are shaped outside.

Inspired by this beautiful mural I found on #frenchmenstreet in #neworleans

Thank you for visiting!! Until next time🤗

Love,

Erina

 

 

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Everyone plays Music in New Orleans

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Living in NYC for 7+ years, and studying acting, I was always surrounded by music.  There are always people playing music on subway platforms; and I sometimes go to Jazz bars…

But, New Orleans? It’s on completely another level. Literally everyone – I mean anyone – plays music and jazz… even some people who you wouldn’t expect to play by looking at them. (Ummm hmm don’t judge a book by its cover…)

First night:

I had fun drinking Old Fashioned on Bourbon Street, (Bourbon on Bourbon. Yes, that makes me happy. I’m simple like that. 😂 )

The musicians at the bar I went – Bourbon Street Drinkery – they were so energetic and upbeat like a marching band. It made me feel so excited and sing all out with them (yep I did not care.)

Second night:

New friends I made from the Ultimate Swamp Adventure – a couple from Toronto who play music – asked me if I wanna join them in the evening to go listen to Jazz on Frenchmen Street.

And that’s the place to be for jazz – so I said heck yeah!!

The show they wanted to see at Snug Harbor was sold out; so we just found a restaurant down the street that had plenty of room and jazz that sounded pretty good. 🙂

They also had Warriors game on the TV screen – what more can I ask for? What a perfect night!! Lol had some steak and totally pampered myself…

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We step outside, and see a group of people playing jazz in front of a cafe that’s closed for the day. They had this gipsy-like feeling (not in the racial context but more like nomad, wanderer sense). Suddenly my mind was transported to Berlin… it was so magical.

We keep on walking and we see a group of guys and a couple is dancing to their music.

And we walk further down, and we see another group of people playing music. One of them was playing only 3-4 notes whole time… he gave me a feeling like I could pick up an instrument and play music instantly!! 😂 yay!!  They look like punk rockers but then they play jazz… interesting, eh?

New Orleans is truly a unique, culturally rich and fun city that became my most favorite tourist destination in the U.S. ☺️

Thank you for visiting, until next time… 🤗

Love,

Erina