The Power of Connecting

I’ve worked at Airbnb for the past 3.5 years as part of the Community team — helping to create connections between members all over the globe. I’ve seen the power of forming relationships over shared values. But I think its been a really long time since I had felt it for myself. That is to say, until my most recent trip to Japan. On this trip I tapped into the network that is Airbnb and created community with many of its members (employees, hosts, guests) along the way. I had nothing short of a transformational experience. True magic. Even though I was traveling by myself, I’ve never felt more connected. Everywhere I went I was greeted as a friend and not a stranger.

Big love to Wakana, Seiji, the staff at Fukuchiin, Rachel, Miho, Miro, Mark, Eri and Naoko for making me feel so at home.

Here is a breakdown of some of the magical people I met, places I visited and things I did along the way!

Tokyo

Airbnb in Shimokitazawa.

Yoyogi Park + Meiji Shrine.

Omotesando Koffee.

Tsutaya Books — While its a chain it is still amazing. Perfect place to come at the end of a long day of walking, drink a cold beer and read a good book while listening to jazz!

Mori Art Museum — Saw the Lee Mingwei exhibit.

Ueno Park.

Kinfolk Lounge.


Koyasan

Fukuchiin temple — stay and attend the morning session with monks at 6am. Eat like royalty. Bathe in healing waters.

Okunoin Cemetery — stunning backdrop for very ancient tombs.


Fukuoka

Ōhari park + Japanese garden.

Mori’s listing.


Miyajima

O-torii Gate.

Itsukushima Shrine.

Nature walk!


Hiroshima

A-bomb dome.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

Okonomiyaki — Japanese pancake. Eat it anywhere you can.


Kyoto

Calligraphy of my name and a beautiful poem.

Naoko’s listing.

Studio Bindu — yoga!

Tadka — Indian restaurant.

Path of the Philosopher.

Ippodo Tea — they teach you how to brew a proper cup of tea. So lovely.

Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu — Christmas came early for Elizabeth. Really beautiful canvas bags.

Morikage Shirts — Beautiful handmade shirts for men and women. If I were rich all my guy friends would have one of these right now.

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