A lot of fashion and style blogs list “must have items” or “things we love.” This weekend, I stumbled upon the blog Cupcakes and Cashmere and have enjoyed reading the author’s recipes as well as her “Five Things” posts in which she lists five items or things that she is enjoying at the moment. The items aren’t necessarily new or found in stores.
This month has been a little tough on me for a variety of reasons, and I have felt a little under the weather, but there is still so much I enjoy about my life in Japan. So, every week or so, I will list “three little things” that make me happy at the moment. I’m not a huge consumer, so I don’t want all of these items to be commercial, but I hope the lists give you insight into everyday Japanese life.
1. My red TOMS shoes
These shoes were a gift from my fashionable sister, and I love the vibrant red color. I wore them to the beach two weeks ago with skinny black jeans and a long-sleeved striped tee. I also have a black pair that I wear everyday in school as my “indoor shoes” (shoes in Japan you can only wear inside). Best of all, for every pair you buy, a new pair of shoes is given to a child in need.
2. Chamomile tea
The weather is getting colder, so I am drinking more hot tea before I go to sleep. I am sensitive to caffeine, so my choice almost every night is chamomile tea. I tried growing the plant myself this fall on my tiny porch, but am still awaiting for it to bloom. I will try again next year.
Cake is quite a popular dessert in Japan. I devoured this delicious banana-chocolate cake at a cafe in Namerikawa. Japanese cakes generally have less sugar than American sweets, so that makes them taste even better in my opinion.