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Collage No. 22 // The Collage Series - Mood:Japan

Collage No. 22 // The Collage Series - Mood:Japan

Wow, No. 22 already. I can't believe that I already created 22 collages, that is quite a lot. Well, 38 more to go! Let's see with what else I come up with. 

So this one is another Japan inspired collage. I told you before that I went to Japan in 2009 and that I absolutely loved all the beauty that I saw there, I loved the food that I ate and overall it was a fantastic vacation. A former friend was doing an internship in a small town about one hour from Tokyo by train, Higashimatsuyama it was called if I remember it right, and her boyfriend at that time was a German expat working in Tokyo so he of course knew all the good places around. I remember that we went to a restaurant where we ate Korean BBQ, that we grilled right on our table, and the food was absolutely delicious. Well, apart from that I did not eat out so often since Japan is very expensive and also it was in 2009 that I traveled to Japan so you can imagine that my memory already faded quite a bit.

Collage No. 22 // mood:japan #design #graphicdesign #thecollageseries #nature #japan #nippon #travelmemories #inspiredbyjapan #freelancedesigner #designer #branddesigner #brandsylist #designblog #blogger #creativity

We also went to restaurants that were pretty much like Japanese fast-food restaurants. I think we ordered our food at a vending machine that had photos with the different dishes which made ordering for us much easier of course, then we sat down at the bar and the waiter brought us our dish just a few minutes later. It was served very quick, I ate some meat-rice dish with vegetables and the meat was kind of shaved, very thinly sliced. I remember that I liked what I ate.

When I was in Japan it was Summer and extremely hot, so my appetite was not very big anyways. I pretty much lived on onigiris, rice balls filled with fish, that I bought at the kombini stores like 7/11 every day. I loved these rice balls. I also bought sushi at the kombinis pretty much every day as well and I loved them too. Well, I could live on rice and fish, it seems! 

Oh and Higashimatsuyama apparently is quite famous for Yakitori skewers - that was pretty much the first thing I learned after arriving in Higashi and oh boy, the Yakitori there really tasted amazing. 

Collage No. 22 // mood:japan #design #graphicdesign #thecollageseries #nature #japan #nippon #travelmemories #inspiredbyjapan #freelancedesigner #designer #branddesigner #brandsylist #designblog #blogger #creativity

You can see that I really enjoyed my time in Japan a lot. I guess therefore I sometimes tend to design something very Japanese inspired. Also, when I was still a little kid, my father traveled very often to Japan for business and when he came to visit me after his trips to Japan, he always brought me Japanese barbies and Japanese geisha dolls that we still have at my mom's home. I got very early influenced by Japan and therefore I have always been so fascinated with this country. 

Have you ever been to Japan and if so, how did you like it? 

images via pinterest -- all images used are for inspirational purposes only

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