July’s Blogsphere Highlights #1 (2018)

I wanted to share this list of excellent posts. One of mine was shared in this list, but I am reblogging this to share the others great posts.


Happy spoopy Friday the 13th! I am officially back from my small hiatus, which means Jason did not get me! My dad has returned to excellent health and humour once again. Thank you so much for all of your words of kindness, positivity, and support. You’re really the best community. ♥

To kick-off my official return to fun blogging theatrics, I wanted to share a handful of fantastic posts from various content creators around July’s blogsphere. In the midst of all the stress and anxiety from the past week, reading your posts kept me feeling excited, inspired, and motivated to return quickly and work harder than ever. You all are so brilliant and creative, and I hope that I can share a bit of your wondrous contributions as a way to show my appreciation of all you do.

Everything will be broken up into relative categories. Please, check…

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Finding Your Soulmate

“How did you know he was your soulmate?”

“My what?”

“You know, your true love? Your destiny.”

“Um… erm… I don’t believe in that kind of thing.”

“Oh… so you settled.”

“I didn’t settle. I just don’t believe that relationships work that way.”

“It’s okay. You can be honest. He’s not the One. Not every one is lucky like me and my husband. We complete each other. He always supports me.”

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The Entertainer Blogger Award

I was nominated a couple months by fellow blogger, Audrey, for the Entertainer Blogger Award. I feel very honored by her kindness.

Audrey, thank you for the nomination and I’m very sorry for how long it took to write this.

You should check out her amazing blog for great insights on life and travel.

I’m Mara Waka. I live in Japan and run a freestyle blog that focuses on my experiences, opinions, infertility and travel in Japan. My husband and I enjoy exploring Japan together.

Give Audrey blog a click if you want some great tips and advice.

Entertainer Blogger Award 2

The Entertainer Blogger Award is an award nominated by one blogger to another fellow blogger whom he or she finds fun, inspiring and entertaining.


• Thank the person who nominated you to add the link to their blog

• Add the rules so others can follow

• Nominate people who you find fun, inspiring and entertaining!

• Answer the same questions

• Include the graphic in your post

My Response to the Questions

Why did you start blogging in the first place?

  • I started blogging to share my adventures and struggles with infertility and life in Japan.

What is your favourite book?

  • I don’t really have a favorite, but I was always fond of fantasy and science fiction. The Lord of the Rings is the closet I have to a favorite.

What do you dislike the most?

  • Flakes.

What is your favourite food at the mall?

  • I have to choose just one?  I’d say pizza whenever I can and wherever I can.

What is your favourite pastime?

  • I love writing stories and editing videos.  It is my dream to be a fiction writer one day.

My Nominees (Drumroll)






If my nominees do not wish to accept the award, no worries about it. Though I would love to know more about you, my fellow bloggers. They are all excellent blogs that I highly recommend checking out.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

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Shiradezakura in Minobuma Town In Yamanashi Prefecture

On a Sunday with perfect weather and cherry blossoms almost at full bloom we made sure to avoid Tokyo like the plague. I saw posts of the horrible crowds that descended on all the cherry blossom spots in Tokyo — hordes with plastic tarps, stacks of bento, and ice chests of beer.

Not wanting to miss out on the weather and cherry blossoms we headed west, to a more remote spot to enjoy Shiradezakura…

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