Japan Sakura Spring Voyage

SPRING 2015, WHY AM I KAWAII


Happy days are here! Spring has officially begun as these pinkish, cotton candy-like, ball of fluff are everywhere in Japan. I love it! By the way, this is my very random kawaii community appreciation post. Why am I kawaii? And why I love being with my kawaii.ph family?

Before my life with kawaii.ph and japanlover.me started, I’m doing fine traveling around Australia, thinking of my next step in life. Being free like I’ve always wanted, only to realise that freedom is not free, it comes with a price. After my OZ trip, I was thinking of staying in the Philippines for good but then an opportunity to work closer to Tokyo appeared and I took it. It’s my dream and if I won’t go for it, it will haunt me.. that’s what I’ve thought. There, I’ve met Kaila (who I called as my human lucky charm) and our other Kawaii.Ph friends and family. Even if we’ve only met once or twice during Kawaii in Manila 2, they’ve made me felt like I’m part of their lives and not just an option. I’m not saying that I’m receiving special treatment like how divas wanted, what I’ve felt is something genuine like how human beings should treat people. That they are loved, not used. I’m 25 now, and I know who’s treating me well and who’s abusing my kindness which I naturally am unless provoked… My life in Japan is a dream come true, kawaii lovers like me would understand. This is our mecca.

However, some where along the way, I got hurt for always wearing my heart on my sleeve (as I always do) and realise that there are things that aren’t worth my time like my day job. And then here are my kawaii.ph friends, believing in me no matter what. That’s the most important thing for me, not only because I wanted to have a support system but because I treat my friends as family and fortunately, they do too.





Thank you, Kaila for my Alice! You know that I love you! No explanations why!

So why am I kawaii?
I am kawaii not because I live in Japan but because I acquired the talent to remain “soft” despite the world showing it’s true colours on me. It’s not all rainbows and pinks. There will be greys and blacks. There will be lots of people, events that will shake your faith but you must remain strong and keep your light. Ask yourself, will it still matter after 10 years? No it won’t.
I am kawaii not because I have a youthful face but because I have a smile that sometimes mean, you’ve hurt me but it’s not a reason for me to crumble.
I am kawaii not because I have a tiny, high-pitched voice like the ones in animes but because I have an opinion that I fearlessly share.
I am kawaii not because I could act silly but because I could just easily laugh at myself. Every single time.
I am kawaii not because I’m rich and that I could afford all the branded Harajuku shops has to offer. I am kawaii because even without all these fancy added extras we wear to be labeled “cute”, I could be proud of myself. For being the star that burns holes through the darkness. For staying grounded despite the temptations of superiority and seniority. For accepting simplicity despite seeing the beauty in the world of filters and photoshop. For being an Earthling. For loving life despite knowing there are could be monsters born out of good people. For having too many why’s that couldn’t be answered.

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    Mokatea
    March 31, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Well written, Ate Ashley 🙂 !

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    Anagon
    April 3, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I super love this post. <3 It inspires me. 🙂

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    Vanessa L
    April 6, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    I fell in love with this post so much <333

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    Ronalene Soluta
    April 7, 2015 at 6:44 am

    HANDS DOWN! <3

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