Author: Nicole

Capricorn, Scorpio rising, moon in Pisces.

Fushimi Inari

I can’t properly do justice to just how cool an experience Fushimi Inari was.  It was the warmest day Kyoto had in store for us, but we made it to the top!  Everything about this hike through vermillion gates was beautiful, even the time we accidentally went off trail.

We also got to Daigo-ji on this day!  We were a bit tired of walking by that point, but we finally saw some sakura there.

Tomorrow, more of Kyoto is coming your way!  After that, we hit the sakura jackpot in Tokyo, so be sure to stay tuned!

Osaka to Kyoto

Pokémon Center Osaka was probably my favorite one– we went right when it opened so it wasn’t so crowded.  Also, it was the first time I had seen a Pokémon Center and the magic is real!

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Girls: Latching

It’s Marathon Monday here in Boston.  My fiancé and I are spending the day blissfully at home, on our respective computers with Hulu running through SVU in the background.  The jet lag is wearing off little by little (I promise those Japan vlogs are coming!) and we’re readjusting to life as we knew it…

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Making the adjustment all that much harder is the fact that Girls aired its last episode ever last night.  While I’ve really enjoyed watching this show, this final season sometimes fell a bit short for me.  By now, I’ve come to terms with the fact that this is Hannah’s season.  I knew we’d see Hannah’s baby in this episode, thus her world is now a bit far from my own.

We find Marnie in Hannah’s house upstate, having literally nothing to do with her life and seizing the opportunity to prove herself as Hannah’s best friend.  She moves in to help Hannah with the baby.

We meet baby Grover and the breast feeding issues Hannah is having with him, but the final story isn’t really about breastfeeding.  Instead, we see Hannah continue to be Hannah, despite having to take care of Grover.  She’s profoundly mean to Marnie at times– not like Marnie has any business being there; she’s just filling a gap in her own life.  Marnie calls Hannah’s mom to the scene who Hannah also mistreats.  In the end, Hannah has her moment of bliss successfully breastfeeding her baby and that’s that.

So, I kind of love that Hannah is still just Hannah.  In a humorous moment, we see her go through a range of emotions while talking to baby Grover, treating him like every other relationship she’s had.  Lorene is right, though; this is the first decision she can’t take back– she can’t drop out, move home, break up, or quit.  So, Hannah has some growing still to do.

I wish we’d gotten more resolution with Marnie, who obviously needs to figure out what she wants to do.  Still, I love that Lorene treats her not as a desperate case, but as someone with options in life.  She’s not done because her band didn’t work out or because she’s been upstate taking care of someone else’s baby for 6 months.

We know Shosh got married.  We have no idea what happened to Jessa, but like, I could never figure out her life anyway.

It’s not necessarily the finale I wanted, but I’ve really enjoyed the ride with Girls.  I will seriously miss this show!  Thoughts?