karen. 20.
neurotic to the bone.
I want to be independent. To meet interesting people. … I just mean new people with clever things to say. Things I’ve never heard before. I want to be free. Open to whatever adventure comes along and sweeps me off my feet. Kate Morton, The House at Riverton (via pnko)
bigassbarahands:

mhd-hbd:

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treasurewisesilliness:

This is Japan in a nutshell.  Forget all the crazy stuff with the weird tv programs and the cosplaying—that’s just the outer shell that gets attention because it’s unusual.  This, this is the beauty of the country.  I’ve had little grandmothers chase me down because I dropped my shinkansen tickets.  In amusement parks, the attendants do their upmost to get lost items (usually cardigans or kids’ shoes) back to the owners—before the owners even realize they’d lost said item(s). I’ve had complete strangers not only give my thorough directions but have offered to drive me to the place I needed to go.
It is so, so, so hard to go back to the States after you get the J-treatment. I mean, Japan has its downside (“What is this madness you call pizza???”), but the general attitudes of everyone—even the so-called hardcore yankees (two of whom who, on a blazing summer day, helped me find one of my schools when I was heinously lost in the labyrinth that is the neighborhood in which said school is located)—is the epitome of the mindset that I wish everyone would adopt. Because yelling at people gets you nowhere. And being able to empathize with people kinda helps make this country a really nice place to live in.

Okay, I don’t usually add on to posts, but let me tell you a story.
Back in 2008 I traveled to Japan with my high school, and because it was the 20 year anniversary of our “sister city” partnership, the mayor of our sister city paid for our entire group to go to Tokyo Disney Sea. We were all elated, got in when the park opened, rushed to do everything we could.
Well, there’s a little ride near the front of their Tomorrowland where you ride around on a little rollercoaster-style pod. Kind of like bumper cars meets the disney tea cup ride but it’s also in water. It’s wicked fun and even though it was November, my friends and I were all willing to go on. One of my friends was wearing a scarf her host family had knitted for her, and on one of the turns of the ride, it flew off her neck and we watched in horror as it drifted across the water and got sucked under another pod carrying people.
We get to the end of the ride and explain to the attendants what happened, and as soon as she lets slip it’s from family, they all but rocket into action. They shut down the whole ride, and not only did they get the scarf out of the machinery, they blow-dried it for us so she could wear it again. It was freaking remarkable.
People in Japan are hella nice, yo. It meant a lot then, and even 5 years later, it still means a lot now. 

Japan is so densely packed with people, that if they had american attitudes a civil war would erupt.

The first week we were studying abroad in Tokyo, we, like the huge otaku we are, made our first trip to Akihabara that weekend. We still hadn’t gotten used to how the trains worked yet, and we had PASMO (but didn’t know how to use them correctly).
Instead of using our PASMO, we bought tickets at Takadanobaba (the connecting station) to go to Akihabara, but we messed up and when we got there, neither the tickets nor our PASMO worked. We were still VERY bad at Japanese, and were so confused I almost cried. 
That’s when this kind stranger came up to us sad weebs looking at the map and said “wakarimasen?” to which we replied “WAKARIMASEN TToTT” So, he took us to the station office, where he helped explain to us in simple japanese that we understood how to use the tickets. PLUS when we left, after thanking him profusely, he found us AGAIN and gave us all Akihabara guide maps, and told us to have fun :D 
IT STILL WARMS MY HEART WHEN I THINK ABOUT IT. PEOPLE ARE SO NICE THERE IT BROKE MY HEART WHEN I HAD TO LEAVE. 

tongue-toyed:

i never really liked

my name

much

until i found out

what it tastes like

when you write it in frosting

on top of a cake


where those of wit and learning will always find their kind.

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