OSAKA April 2016


I am so grateful for that trip because the three of us in the family were all in good health and were able to survive so much walking to get from one place to another. We are fortunate that we had a safe trip and the area we were in was not hit by the earthquake at the time.

Moreover, I am grateful to have seen the beauty that was Japan and to have experienced it with mom and papa. There was a quiet order, a feeling of safety, cleanliness, and friendliness of the environment. Discipline is a cultural norm in Japan which I think my own country needs. It is not a discipline that hinders self-expression but is a public good that results in fairness, honesty, and order enjoyed by its citizens.

I am also grateful that my lupus is not coming back. I went there without taking any medication. HOORAY!


  • No matter how much you prepare for something, life will throw  you curve balls. I have been preparing for this trip for two months, exercising almost every day and doing squats to strengthen my legs only to catch a viral cold a week before going there. I had to spend the week prior recuperating and mostly just lying down on my bed and drinking meds and fluids. In essence, I’ve lost much of the gains I had by the time we were in Japan.
  • Always bring lotion and moisturiser on your trips (especially if you can’t understand their language). Maybe this is only applicable because my skin is not used to the cold weather in Japan. But my goodness, DRY SKIN. This could have been easily resolved by going to the drugstore; unfortunately, I do not understand Japanese.
  • Always pee if there is a pee break.
  • Always bring tissues, wet wipes, and sanitizer–because you never know 😳.
  • Pray.

Thanks be to God. 

Author: Joandrea

Hallo! I'm Joan! I write to tell stories that inspire.

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