Day 5: Let's talk about lifestyle! What do you consider to be activities that fit a "mori lifestyle"? Do you have any "mori hobbies"?
I personally don't really subscribe to the lifestyle aspect of mori. I do think there are hobbies that fit well with the aesthetic, but I find it kind of restrictive to place lifestyle expectations on a fashion style that anyone can enjoy.
If I had to pick hobbies of mine that fit with the mori theme, I would say hobbies with a focus on slowing down and enjoying the moment, and nature-related hobbies, are the closest! Here are a few of my personal hobbies.
1) Knitting! I love to knit. I never have time to finish projects, but I love the repetitive act of knitting and how relaxing it is, and I love having a unique finished creation I can wear in my outfits. Here are a few of my favorite projects. (By the way, you can also find me under forestsandtea on ravelry!)
Hufflepuff Scarf Cream Shawl
2) Hiking! I love to hike. I used to do a lot of rugged hikes back in the US. I do a lot less of that in Japan, as Japanese people associate hiking with climbing mountains, which are very different for me. But I love to be out in nature, and it's one of my favorite things to do.
Here are a few images from Mount Daisen, which I attempted to climb but didn't make it all the way to the top of.
3) Photography! I'm by no means a professional photographer, and I honestly have no idea what I'm doing, but I recently bought a nice camera to document my life here in Japan. I've found I really enjoy snapping pictures of the amazing things I've experienced here.
A small shrine in Ikurado Cave
A Haniwa statue in Miyazaki
A light exhibit in Tottori Prefecture
A shop front in a tiny local town
Another tiny shop front
Lanterns at a Cherry Blossom Festival
Lanterns at night
Another shop front
Hydrangeas at a mountain shrine
Hydrangea baths for a little frog!
A very photographic goat friend
How about you? Do you have any mori hobbies?