Sushiyama Travels Celebrates 6 Year Travelversary

2017 was a year of slowing down, putting down roots, living life offline, community and routine development, and perhaps most significantly, keeping my feet on the ground. Since moving back to Japan in May, I haven’t stepped foot on a plane, and it was for the best. It feels like I’m still trying to recover from the jetlag of traveling nonstop over the past four years.

When I first sat down to write this post, it took a lot of brain power to try and recall everything that happened in 2017 and unfortunately to no avail. Last year, I put a lot of effort in immersing myself in the everyday, and in doing so, I came out of the other side of any moment, day, or experience unable to remember much of what happened. To me, this is a good thing. It means that whatever I’m doing or whoever I’m with, I’m giving it/them my full attention. I want to keep it that way. I just need to learn to take notes along the way so that I’ll be able to better share in more detail everything that happens and how I’ve grown in a year’s time.

2017 Highlights

  • Starting the year with family in Florida
  • Creating my own coffee table book of my favorite photos I’ve taken in Japan
  • Seeing Diamond Fuji for the first time
  • Taking my friend Justin’s Homecooked Filipino Food cooking class
  • Visiting Miami, FL for the first time and taking a food tour through Little Havana
  • Getting my new work visa and officially settling more permanently in Tokyo
  • Moving into my new apartment in Asakusa
  • Starting my job as a tour guide and meeting so many wonderful people from around the world
  • Watching sumo wrestlers during one of their early morning practices
  • Photographing the opening event for Kanze Noh Theater in Ginza 6 with Instagram
  • Taking my annual hike to Shosenkyo Gorge to see autumn colors
  • Finally seeing for myself what Tokyo’s overly hyped Robot Restaurant show is all about
  • Spending a wonderful, relaxing birthday weekend in Nikko featuring hiking, onsen, and autumn colors galore
  • Contracting mono and not being able to lead tours for 2 weeks
  • Spending Christmas Eve at Disneyland Tokyo with my friend Erika

A Few Favorites from 2017
Books

  • The Book of Joy – Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu
  • Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
  • The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware
  • Talk Like Ted – Carmine Gallo
  • The Book of Forgiving – Desmond Tutu
  • The Shack – William P. Young
  • The Japanese Mind – Roger J. Davies
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson
  • Eating Korea – Graham Holliday
  • A Kim Jong-Il Production – Paul Fischer
  • It’s Only the Himalayas – S. Bedford
  • China Rich Girlfriend – Kevin Kwan
  • Rejection Proof¬†– Jia Jiang
  • Rich People Problems – Kevin Kwan
  • Scary Close – Donald Miller
  • I Can’t Make This Up – Kevin Hart
  • Braving the Wilderness – Brene Brown
  • The Sun and Her Flowers – Rupi Kaur
  • The Wisdom of Sundays – Oprah Winfrey
  • Love Warrior – Glennon Doyle
  • There’s More to Life Than This – Theresa Caputo
Movies

  • Hidden Figures
  • Fences
  • Trevor Noah’s Afraid of the Dark
  • The White Helmets (Netflix Documentary)
  • Gaga: Five Foot Two (Netflix Documentary)
Destinations Visited

  • Miami, FL
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Nikko, Japan

2018 Practice & Improvement

  • Keep reading books on a consistent basis
  • Spend less time on social media (did pretty good with this in 2017 so I’d like to keep it that way)
  • Work on maintaining mental and physical wellness
  • Go out and take more photos with my Sony camera
  • Practice kindness towards myself and others
  • Keep up with Japanese language learning
  • Get comfortable with living in the unknown.
  • Whatever I’m going through, love myself through it

Where to in 2018?

I don’t have any travels planned for 2018. I’m still keen on keeping my feet on the ground for at least another year, but that doesn’t mean I’m not daydreaming about traveling. High on my priority list for my next trips include New Zealand, Guam, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, and a trip back to America to see family. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to exploring more of this beautiful country I call home particularly the mountainous regions and traditional areas like Takayama, Niigata, and Hokkaido. Above all, I’m excited to keep exploring the veins of this massive, chaotic, wonderful city I love so much and eating everything delicious I may discover on my path.

Since settling back down in Japan last May, I haven’t written at all on the blog, and I don’t expect to write much from here on out. So I just wanted to say a massive thank you to those of you who have kept up with my adventures and travels over the years. It means more to me than you’ll ever know that you’ve taken the time to read the words I’ve put down on digital paper. May there be many more adventures, obstacles to conquer, things to be grateful for, and reasons to celebrate for all of us. Cheers!

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