I was talking with my friend Pixie this morning, telling her all about my trip to Tokyo, and she asked me how the experience inspired me. I explained that all of the images, sights, sounds and experiences are still sinking in, and I think it will be a week or so before I am able to dive deep into all the different roots of this newly blossoming garden of inspiration. I was able to get short bursts of creativity out of my system each day as I took photographs, wrote journal entries and createdcollages, and I know these will provide valuable insights and stepping stones into more meaningful creations. I want everything to have a little more time to stew, so I have time to discover connections that perhaps I did not see at first. Pixie also asked what, if any, epiphanies I had on the trip. The perspective that shifted the most while I was there was in the way I look at the size of the world. I'm not sure I was even conscious of believing the world was large and vast and - for the most part - foreign to what I know, but I do know that on this trip I suddenly realized that the world is actually small. And even though we can go to a new place and experience much that is unfamiliar and perhaps even uncomfortable, "foreign" does not have to mean unfriendly, scary or negative. I got on a plane for about 11 hours, and I was in Japan, across the Pacific ocean from my home in Venice, CA. If I were to get on another plane from there and continue heading west, I could fly for about six hours and be in Singapore. If I kept going I'd be in Egypt. And so on and so on. I was reminded that the world is mine to explore - it is for all of us to explore - and all I have to do is have the courage to trust that I will figure things out, be assisted by friendly people even if neither of us can speak the other's language and that I will always be myself wherever I go. I am back from Tokyo feeling a little bit braver, a little bit more worldly and very much aware that there is so much more to see and experience. My passion for travel is fiercer than ever. My passion to grow and challenge myself deeper than before.