I was recently told that as an international resident, my fresh perspective of the environment and community around me can provide local residents with new ways to view and possibly engage with what has been so familiar to them. I loved hearing this!
Keeping this insight in mind, I thought of moments spending time with guests and international travelers where I am from, in between college semesters with an eagerness to use my camera to capture beautiful and familiar sceneries in and around the city.
Given my strong passion for photography and growing interest in writing, I am looking forward to continuing my exploration of Tosa-cho as well as the greater Kochi prefecture…the days, the nights, the landscapes, the animals, the residents, the stories…
Obviously travelers can be MORE than just tourists. With common sense, empathy, a strong sense of curiosity and a willingness to venture out, travelers can reinvigorate small or big towns and cities with a plethora of things.
During my car ride to and through Tosa for the first time, I couldn’t help but think of Radiator Springs, the fictional Arizona town and main setting in the Disney/Pixar film Cars. Like Radiator Springs, Tosa is a beautiful small town, with a small population.
Both towns are surrounded by beautiful landscapes and contain great business owned and employed by people who put their minds, hearts and souls into their work. Travelers and permanent residents will continue to breathe new life into Tosa, just as Lightning McQueen breathed new life into Radiator Springs.
Continue to venture out and explore. Be grateful. Express gratitude. Express your talents and use them to return kindness and to present new perspectives that can remind, illuminate and leave a powerful, positive impact wherever your temporary destination may be ✌🏾.