Which social media platform is your favorite? I think instagram is by far my favorite (although Pinterest comes to a close second). It’s usually the first thing i prop open on my phone when i wake up, and because Japan is ahead of the rest of the world there’s always tons of pictures uploaded from the time i go to sleep to the time i wake up. I especially love finding some really good people to follow, you know to add some inspiration to my #instafeed. I’ve been wanting to share some of my favorites.. so go ahead and check these out and if you don’t already follow me -> @littleislandtakara

@lizmariegalvan – i’m completely obsessed with everything she does. Her house is impecable, her thrifting/antiquing finds are always gorgeous and when they’re not she does a great job at transforming them, her husband and her are an awesome DIY team, plus she’s a Marine wife! ♡ Follow her blog!

@floretflower – i’m not sure when/how i found this instagram but i always feel like her flower pictures brighten up my day. If you’re in the Spring state of mind 365 days a year i recommend you follow this awesome flower farmer.

@hamadahideaki – there’s something about japanese photography that i just absolutely love! Hideaki has an amazing way of capturing his day-to-day life in Osaka. I especially love the pictures of his two sons Haru and Mina (search #hamadaharuandmina). He’s also been featured in Kinfolk!!

@charuca – i just started following this instagram a few weeks ago and it’s quickly become one of my favorites. Charuca is an illustrator from Spain and she just makes the most adorable things! Her cactuses are just too cute to handle and her kokeshis are kawaii (cute)!! Shop Charuca.

@livinginanotherlanguage – is one of my favorite travel bloggers!! She is currently living in New Zealand and let me warn you, her posts will surely give you the travel itch. Follow her blog.

@amandasuzannemarshall – i started following Amanda before i moved to Okinawa (her husband was stationed here too) and quickly fell in love with her instagram/blog/everything. She is one of my favorite lifestyle insta’s to follow. You’ll get your flower, food, travel and inspirational fixes by following her.

Q: Do you have any favorite #instas you’d recommend me? I love adding new inspirational people to my feed.

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Hi! I'm Laura, the girl behind Little Island Takara. I am a military wife and American expat living in Okinawa, Japan! Most days you will find me reading books, wondering what cafe to go to next or daydreaming of my next adventure.

Things I Love About Japan – Highlights

I recently started using hashtags on Instagram to put some of my pictures into categories and easily access them. One of the hashtags i created is #thingsilooveaboutjapan, where i share some of my absolute favorite…

  • Aw thank you so much for including me, I truly feel honored to be amongst such rockstars! You're the best. <3

  • I love Instagram, it is by far my favorite social media choice!

  • Love this! Especially #4! I too have always been told to never go to bed angry, but sometimes it's necessary! It gives you time to cool off and by morning you can approach the issue with a clear, open mind. And in most cases, if it's not important, you'll forget about it by morning and it'll be over and done with.

  • Rachael Brennan

    One of my favourites is Hello Sandwich! She's an Australian craft artist living in Tokyo and she takes beautiful photos. http://hellosandwich.blogspot.jp/ and her instagram is @hellosandwich

  • Hannah Curtis

    I only really got into instagram maybe 6 months a go, but I love it and its definitely one of the first things I check!