Saturday, April 05, 2008

Return to Tokyo

I am back in Tokyo after a gorgeous time in Australia. It went by too quickly but the weather was perfect, I achieved all that I set out to do and I got to spend everyday with my mama relaxing, shopping, eating and just hanging out.

Arriving in Brisbane airport I was whisked away to the Sunshine Coast to hang out with my nan and gran. The perfect opportunity to get a bit of family hooping happening.

I cannot even describe how beautiful the weather was. Returning to Australia makes you realize what an outstanding country it is. The space, the beauty, the smiles are so very missed being away from it.

And then there was Sydney. I have been to Sydney many times in my life for various reasons - shopping, parties, friends, travel. This time blew me away. I can honestly say if I could pack everything into a bag including Masao and move to Sydney next week I would. The planets were superbly aligned on our visit. Mum and I took the quick flight from Brisbane to Sydney and from the moment we stepped off the plane Sydney did it's best to impress!

I had heard people in the past, non Sydney dwellers, refer to the city using all sorts of negative terms. After living in Tokyo for more than four years now I saw Sydney as a city that knows what it wants, provides for diversity and offers spectacular scenery to delight the senses. Of course that is from a visitors point of view, but I am still a bit Sydney starstruck.

While I hooped it up with Bunny Hoop Star and a fantastic group of talented women, Mum hit the streets with camera in hand documenting her kilometers of travel on foot in photos, hundreds of them! Naturally she ended her Sydney adventure with a long reflexology session at one of Sydney's many massage centers.

The Sydney journey was made even sweeter by the accomplishment of three of my big goals for the year. 1. Meet Bunny Hoop Star 2. Become a certified hoop teacher by April 1. and 3. Purchase at least 10 hoops by April 1. I plan to write a whole post about the weekend of teacher training.

Arriving back in Tokyo last night I saw the cherry blossoms from the sky and knew I had to christen my new hoops under the blossoms today. It is good to be back, I have massive plans and some how I have a feeling Australia will feature more heavily in them than I had previously envisioned. Yay for international hoopiness!

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Blogger Jo said...

welcome back!

5/4/08 11:19 PM  
Blogger Suzy said...

Hey there,
So glad that you had a good trip. And especially that you enjoyed Sydney, I think it's a fabulous city too :)
Suzy x

6/4/08 6:34 AM  
Blogger sushizume said...

Thanks Jo hope to see you soon!

Suzy you live in a beautiful city. It was a super fast trip and I really had no time to catch up with anyone. Next time I would love to meet up with you, finally! You can show me around town.

6/4/08 11:08 AM  
Blogger Poppy & Mei said...

I'm so glad you came back!
No wait! I'm not! Move to Sydney, yes, that would fit nicely with my cunning plan!
Thanks for dropping by, you are the inspiration behind me going RAW baby!
Congrats on the teaching thing, I wish we were closer...Xxx

7/4/08 9:08 AM  
Blogger Sigsy said...

Hey there
Nice to see you on Sunday and what fun the hooping osan and 'ladies' were.
I totally hear you about Sydney. It is a gorgeous place and, yes, I too was just a visitor but it is an incredible city much maligned by many. Perhaps living there is different but I would ship Kei and I there in an instant too. He lived there and loves it too.
Great to see you achieved all your goals. I am going to start making mine for my trip to UK now.

7/4/08 11:23 AM  
Blogger sushizume said...

B I am really overwhelmed to hear that my rawness has rubbed off.
I have to admit I had a tiny blow out in Sydney - I have this thing for baked beans!!! Don't I let myself indulge on the last few days of my trip!
I am back on track now though, feeling good for it!
Oh Sydney is so very tempting!

7/4/08 10:52 PM  
Blogger sushizume said...

Sigsy when are you off to the UK?

7/4/08 10:52 PM  
Blogger bunnyhoopstar said...

Sydney is EXACTLY how you described it... gorgeous, diverse, hip, cutting edge, kooky, queer... a little rainy at the moment but still lush. I STILL see it in this way after living here for 12 years. I'm saving a hoopspot on the block for your next visit lady and i gotta say - i miss you already! X

9/4/08 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Aimee said...

Your back! And it sounds like a magical trip. I love the photos and especially that some of your dreams and goals were realized. :)

10/4/08 1:52 PM  

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