“When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it wherever you go”
– Alexandra Stoddard
On my first visit to Japan, this place captured my heart. There is beauty in every small thing. From the flowers, architecture, food, culture, and especially people, beauty can be found in everything.
Flowers, trees, and foliage a many line the streets, parks, and small corners of Japan. Japan’s nature had the power of encapsulating my heart, and making me take a second look at the natural beauty around us.
Japan’s unique architecture is one to be awed. Amongst the tall buildings which are uniquely made, so are the buildings that are a bit more aged. Japan has taught me to see the beauty in things that are both old and new.
The food is world famous. Not one meal on this trip wasn’t worth remembering. The way food was presented, the way it was served, and of course the flavor held beauty in and of itself. Japan has taught me to appreciate the time, effort, and process that goes into food preparation.
I give a standing ovation to Japan and their efforts to preserve culture. I was most impressed and pleasantly surprised to learn just how culturally conscious Japan is when it comes to cultural preservation. Being a Native Hawaiian myself I am no stranger to the importance of cultural preservation and perpetuation. Therefore, it was not only inspiring but it was beautiful to see the importance placed upon culture in Japan.
This opportunity that I was blessed with was life changing. It was an experience that has changed me forever. I thank the Kakehashi project, Senator Daniel Inouye, and all who were involved in giving me the opportunity to experience Japan like I never would have before. I found beauty in everything that I was able to be apart of. I found beauty in being a global citizen and understanding what beautiful things the world has to offer.