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I discovered the shaky silhouette of a stray kitten on my illustrator art board one day, a remnant of an artwork that I have deleted and brought this clumsy neko 'Lucie' to life. Made phone wallpapers out of cat prints for my mom and thought I'd share it. [Free for grabs - click on desired wallpaper and save for use.] ☺

The origin of the name 'Lucie' is from a Japanese movie that I caught in-flight. Chat Noir Lucy – is about a superstitious fortune teller's encounter with a black cat. It is a heartwarming film which made me smile a lot. This is one film I'd recommend to all cat lovers. I have linked up the trailer below, I hope you guys will get to watch it. ☺

Town of Cats

While waiting for the last ferry to get to another island, I headed back towards the playground surrounded by pine trees (one of my favorite things besides sliced bread, and donuts and pancakes and ...) in Megijima. Blame my squirrel instincts for my penchant for pine cones.

As I was trying to kill time with a photo shoot of pine cones in ~*natural lighting*~, I spied a creature lurking in the distance from the corner of my eye. And I wasn't quite sure what to do when it started running towards me at a speed that compromises the island speed limit. It did not help that I was a surviving target/victim of copious sneak attacks by the friendly bookshop cat where I used to work. Since then, I have developed a slight fear towards skinny and agile cats.

I soon decided that it just wanted to be fed and is probably harmless. Unfortunately my lunch consisted of a can of royal milk tea so that was basically all I could offer. Strange enough, it attracted more and more cats as they came slinking out of the shade. All of a sudden, I was surrounded by cats waiting to be fed, as other festival goers looked on in curiosity. (Perhaps wondering the cats were part of the triennale – "これ私はフィード猫" artwork.) It was a strange experience as I have never once been surrounded by so many cats before and that almost got me into trouble.

I got so distracted by the cats – when I abruptly checked my watch, it told me that my ferry was about to leave the port. Panic-stricken, I left the cats and ran for all that was worth leaving them with what little I have and quite upset that I didn't bid a proper goodbye.

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The look of abject disappointment

The look of abject disappointment

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I thought about how I could have been left on the island with the cats and Murakami's short story 'Town of Cats'. I couldn't help but associate his works with the Japanese islands that I have visited as they give off the same sense of mystic as portrayed in Murakami's works (most of it accounting to the fact that I was by my own). I have read and reread the 'Town of Cats' a couple of times, and I love how it hits a poignant note about truth, loss and life.  I hope you will enjoy it as much I did.

When a vacuum forms, something has to come along to fill it. That’s what everybody does. / Haruki Murakami

Traveling with a can of tuna

Because I literally did this morning. I'm never good when confronted with sign boards in the JR stations here in Japan because they never ever state the name of the station that I'm going to. This morning was no different even after I put on my enigmatic frown "どこですか?" to good use. When I boarded the train, I thought something was fishy. After leering around suspiciously I found a can of half eaten tuna on my right by the window. おもしろいです。 We then had a lengthy conversation exchanging nutrition facts along the way to Takamatsu.

I decided to visit Okayama for the Setouchi Triennale 2013, (which runs through three seasons - Spring, Summer and Autumn) after hearing about it from Alicia. Upon arrival, I was immediately impressed by how well developed Okayama is. I haven't had the time to explore the area around my hotel since I headed straight for the islands this afternoon. Also, very unfortunately due to a narcolepsy relapse this morning, I only had time for Ogijima (男木島) and Megijima (女木島) island.

The islands are really beautiful and well maintained. It was apparent that the people there live a simple and quiet life. I suppose the Triennale was very much driven by the purpose of introducing tourism to the seto inland islands but I am not sure if it is necessary as it could be disruptive to the residents' lives. I do hope that they benefit from it though. I mean, the cats on the island certainly did. I had to share my royal milk tea with 8 strays that came running towards me thinking that I have food for them when I just wanted to rest on the swing. At that moment, I thought fondly about my travel companion this morning. I guess it was not a meeting by coincidence.

The trip so far has not disappoint, I'm slowly finding what I started out to seek in traveling solo. I will always love traveling alone and having time to myself. But the down side of it is having to finish an entire Rikuro cheesecake and maki roll big enough for 6. Just kidding, I was really glad that I had them all to myself. But it would be really great if my friends were here to share these beautiful moments and swoon over kawaii Japanese things together (miss you guys!) For now, I'll just leave yall with some pictures taken on my phone today. This is the first time I'm posting from my iPad, here's hoping that it doesn't screw up.

おやすみなさい ♡

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