It was an eye opener diving deeper into the Japanese culture and its way of life.
As an artist and design student, I love experiencing new things, getting inspired by everyday scenarios and experiencing different ideas and possibilities. Hence, I pushed myself to discover new places in Tokyo such as staying in a capsule hotel for a night and immersing in the thrifting culture.
Staying in a capsule hotel was both thrilling and scary, being my first time staying on my own in a foreign country. The checking in process was very smooth. I went up to my pod and was pleasantly surprised by how spacious it was. Unlike the horror stories I heard, the capsule hotel went above and beyond my expectations. I did not hear a sound from the other pods throughout the night. The quiet factor was a plus point and I was well rested.
The thrifting culture is much more prevalent in Japan as compared to Singapore. The thrill of discovering a flea market happening on the weekend was a great feeling. The actual process of traveling and walking through the flea market was even better! The best part of the trip is when you rampage through a pile of clothing to find a gem at an insanely low price! I hope Singapore could adopt and cultivate a community as such to help with the fast fashion situation.
These small trips around Tokyo was the inspiration for my latest series, "Animal Attac" that was showcased at Yellowren Japan. I hope to be able to visit Tokyo again to explore more nooks and crannies.