Kyoto and Me

I received a great opportunity from my school to travel to Kyoto, Japan for an International Conference. CAADRIA 2014.

It was such a wonderful experience! A paper I co-authored got published for this conference, and I had to do a poster presentation. In addition to the conference, I took a tour of Kyoto.

Kyoto is comprised of small buildings and houses along with mid-rise buildings. There’s some type of building code there in which they aren’t allowed to build up to a certain height. This gives Kyoto a different kind of urban feel. It still feels like a small town in some sort of wonderful way. I really enjoyed it. Loved the architecture, culture, and lifestyle.

Everything in Japan is on-time. If you aint there, they are leaving yo’ ass. Just kno dat. But that’s the way I like things because I hate waiting. And making others wait is rude.

Here are some of my photos from my trip with my Canon 7D. I’ll post more that I took with my phone 馃檪

Most of the photos here are of the temples in Kyoto. I paid much attention to the beautiful detailing that the Japanese seem to focus effort on. I love them for that!

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The photo above is one of the World Heritage places. I was so lucky to see this! It was enchanting. So enchanting that I lost my tour group!!!

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The photo above is of the bamboo forest. I was not so impressed. It was very much carved and paved for tourists. I wanna see the real STUFF!!

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We visited a “love” shrine. Seemed a little crazy when the tour guide was explaining to us the purpose of this shrine. So you go here to pray that you and your love one will be together forever like… boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, husband, etc. I don’t know, if I found out my boyfriend traveled all the way to a shrine to pray for our eternal love… I would like he’s nuts. But then again, it could be a cultural difference, and or me just not fully understanding this. Hehe. I understand if you pray for marriage though.

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Can you believe these are hand carved?

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Kyoto and Me


Isn’t it amazing how everywhere you turn, everyone is trying to help Japan recover from their losses?


I and a bunch of other passionate individuals are putting together a free event to help Japan’s recovery efforts.

This event is FREE FREE FREE! So you should come with your many heartful friends.


Name: Reach Out To Japan
Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Date: Friday, April 22
Location: Ola Nui! (next to Logo’s Bookstore, off of ward avenue)
Price: NO COVER!
Parking: Much available street parking


Below is a list of activities we plan to be having at the event:
路 Live music & entertainment
路 Live arts & crafts
路 Supporting Japan Tshirts & other merch for sale
路 Donation Station
路 Silent Auctions
路 Origami station
路 And more鈥

The most attractive aspect of this show is the MURAL in which EVERYONE that comes to the show may contribute to this mural. You don’t need artistic skills to contribute to this mural. This is going to be a multi-media mural.

You can put inspirational quotes, saying, phrases, you can add your own artistic drawings… anything you think the people of Japan would appreciate.

I will be mailing this 20 FEET CANVAS MURAL to Japan where it will be displayed in either a shelter or a hospital. Japan will know that we care about that, and that we will help them through these tough times.

Oh and did I mention this event is FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Bring your family and friends!
*There’s alot of parking too!

For more information, or questions regarding this event please contact Juliann Chen at


the land of the rising sun

more like.. the land of fucking advanced technology!

We stayed at the Shinjuku Prince Hotel, Shinjuku Prince Park Hotel, and some place in Nagano. hehe.

There’s so much to do in Japan! It was exciting and fricken amazing. You can always easily take the subway/train anywhere. It felt great not to DRIVE everywhere. Now that I’m back home…. I still hate driving! I enjoyed eating. Yumm. Rice Balls 鉂 Sushi 鉂 RAMEN! 鉂 Yumm! Everything was so delicious over there!!!

What made this trip even better was our group of friends we had.

Me, Sister Julia, Brother Alex, Randi, Taka, Terence, Emily, Kaori, and Jayson.

We were the party 馃檪

Anyways, enjoy the pictures

the land of the rising sun