In November of 2017 I travelled to Japan with my friend Isabelle. Japan has been a place I've been wanting to visit since I was a little girl mainly because my parents and brothers lived there in the 80's. My life has been heavily influenced by Japanese culture: I grew up in a Buddhist household, my mom always cooked Japanese meals, I heard the language being spoken quite often by my parents and we had a lot of Japanese friends. In the house I grew up in, there were Samurai swords hung on walls for decoration, beautiful hand fans with Japanese calligraphy, my dad's Japanese diplomas decorating the walls of his office, and my mom's kimonos which I'd wear for Halloween. When my friend told me she had plans to visit Japan, I jumped on the opportunity to join her as quickly as I could.