For those who had visited Kyoto before must understand how hilly it is, and Higashiyama district - where this pagoda is - is no exception.
It was Ramadan, and also a very hot day because the sun shone so brightly. Imagine that you had to walk up and down stairs in that condition but you couldn't sip even the smallest drop of water. My mouth was so dry and I kept swallowing my saliva. Lol!
But you know, that was nothing compared to the struggle of Hajar, in extreme thirst, to find water for his son Prophet Ismail Alaihissalam. 😭
Exploring Japan by car and a tent in the backseat has been the best decision I made. This way I can stretch my budget and find time to focus on making art and my next steps after Japan, cause I have some crazy ideas. Do you remember I made a post about my uncertainties after Japan? I really had no clue what to do next and right now in this moment I am getting more confident about my future decisions. I even have multiple ideas! Now, it's just a matter of choosing, luck and hard work.
Let's do this 💪🏻
So many feelings have been going through my mind the past week. Is the mural project going to work out? Can I finish it in a week? What if it's gonna be a total fail, first time you know?! How long can I stay in Japan? What should I do after Japan? Go home or decide to find work in Australia? Travel more in South east Asia and see what happens? Settle in the Netherlands and find my first apartment and make a cosy studio for myself to make art? See my old friends again after a long time? Or explore new places and meet new people? Volunteering?
My mind would go crazy if I wouldn't have my little journal. And I updated it last week with a Japanese quality notebook. The paper is so damn smooth and I booked a pilot fountain pen. Might be developing an addiction to fountain pens here in Japan.
What I want to say with this. I might look happy on the outside but I have my ups and downs. On this picture I had a really good day of working on the concept for the mural painting and visiting a park in Tokyo with my Japanese friend.
The reason I've been all over the place last week is because of the mural painting project. It's a crazy BIG project and I never did this before so I had some start up problems. But slowly I am getting in the right mood. My mind is just making over hours since working on this project. It's a big step out of my comfort zone, but I'll be super proud at the end.