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Gearing Up For Japan

So, much of the past week has been spent on preparations for my trip to Japan.  I’ve been in one big daze for most of it.  I’m also starting to get butterflies in my stomach when I think of the trip.  Anyway, one of the things that I have been preparing during the week  is a travel journal for the trip.

I decided that I wanted to have a small journal that I could carry with me to record the details of my trip to Japan.  I purchased a pocket-sized Moleskine sketchbook for the job.  I love Moleskine!!  I was originally thinking that I wanted to purchase the pocket-sized grid variety, as grid paper is my absolute favorite,  but when I went to purchase it, the store was out of that kind and so I picked up this one instead.  After a bit of thought, I think that this was really a better choice in the end anyway.  The sketchbook’s pages are thick and durable and the fact that there are no lines means that I can draw in it (or stamp in it) without any additional lines getting in the way.

Pictured above is the cover page that I created for the journal.  (Please ignore, as much as humanly possible, the little repair at the bottom of the page; I kind of put the wrong dates there the first time…).  Let’s have a closer look at some parts of the page.

Here is a close-up of the title, Chad’s Sensational & Crafty Japanese Adventure:

How about a closer look at that sticker?

That little guy is Kogepan (burnt toast).  He is my favorite Japanese character and my journal would just not be complete without him.

Since Andrew and I will be spending most of our time in and around Tokyo, I drew a map and labeled our destination.

Then I noted that we would be spending much of our time in this locale.

Then I signed the whole thing in the most Japanese way I know – with my hanko:

I had this particular hanko made during my last trip to Japan.  The kanji characters phonetically approximate my last name and mean “child of the forest”.

Ultimately, although I love the covers of Moleskine in general, I’m planning on covering the journal with a fabric cover when I get back, using fabrics that I pick up during my trip.

Well, as you can see from the corrected dates on the cover page, my departure date is fast approaching.  We actually leave tomorrow evening to spend the night near the airport in New York because our flight leaves early.  I wanted to warn you all that the blog may be completely silent during the trip because I’m not certain what my level of internet access will be during my time in Japan.  Rest assured, however, that I will take many, many photos and buy many, many things which I will share with all of you here when I return, if not before.

Here’s hoping all of you in the Northern Hemisphere have a great transition to Spring – one of my favorite seasons – and all of you in the Southern Hemisphere have a wonderful transition to Autumn (get knitting, if that’s your thing) – my other favorite season – while I’m away!!