i like japanese things. i like that sometimes japanese products are adorable for no other reason than to just be adorable.
i went to the daiso japan store (japan’s equivalent to the 99cent store) in mountain view recently and picked up a few adorable things.
each little knick knack holds an inordinate amount of sentiment for me, because each item reminds me of the sweet year i spent in tokyo, japan after i graduated from UCLA in 2006.
i am reminded of the constant surprises and joys of new things in a strange and wonderful place.
i am reminded of the lifelong friends i made while working with college students there.
i am reminded of Aaron’s surprise proposal at the end of my year there, after many hard months of long distance calls, and i remember crying on that bridge, in the rain.
i cherish all those things.
they start to feel like a lifetime away, until i find a little japanese joy in the form of a sponge with a face: