School is out and summer is in session! ☀️ For many high schoolers, this means kicking back, heading to the beach, and spending quality time with friends and family. 👭🏖
However, recently signed Nous Model, Dakota Marquiss, had a different plan this summer. Eager to expand her modeling career, Dakota and her family traveled to Tokyo, Japan 🎎, for not only a fun family vacay, but also to meet with various agencies. It’s not a simple task breaking into the Eastern-Asian market, but with Dakota’s natural zest for exploration – it was a trip full of joy. 🎊
To learn more about Dakota’s first-time travels to Japan, peep 👀 her interview below:
I am 16-years-old.
3.) Where did you travel to?:
4.) What brought you there?:
I went with my family for summer vacation/visiting agencies.
5.) Before arriving what made this country stand out to you?:
The culture. In Japan, the (historical) culture is still so present, that it is really different from all the other places in the world.
6.) What agencies did you meet with while you were there?:
7.) What was the fashion like where you visited?:
I absolutely LOVED the fashion in Japan. A lot of it is pretty similar to what you would find here, however, the one thing that really stood out to me was all of ‘babydoll’ style clothing. I had heard about this before going, but I never thought that I would like it as much as I did!
8.) How did you get to place to place in the city you visited?:
In Japan, I walked and took the train most of the time, which, while being a little more difficult than driving, was definitely worth it! It gave me a chance to really experience the city and the culture.
9.) What songs/ type of music do you listen to while traveling?:
10.) What are some of the best locations/ hidden gems that most people have not heard of in the city that you visited?:
I don’t know if this technically considered a hidden jem, as I had never heard of it, but the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building. We went at night and it was amazing! From the top of the building, you can see the entire city lit up and the view is incredible! It is one of the most beautiful things that I’ve ever seen.
Dakota is all smiles as she explores the city of Tokyo.
11.) What do you do to stay healthy while traveling?:
I spent A LOT of time walking in Japan so I think that definitely helped. I did have some trouble eating there, so what really helped was bringing some of my own snacks. With my own snacks, I could continue eating healthy without starving or eating something that I knew wouldn’t be good for me.
12.) What is something you brought that is not absolutely necessary but you liked having?:
One thing that I’ve always needed to have with me when I travel is something to read on the plane. This trip I brought the book “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. It was really great way to kill time on the plane.
13.) What is one food that you could now never eat in your home country because you’ve tasted the original version in it’s country of origin and you’ve now been forever spoiled?:
Definitely ramen! I’ve always loved ramen, so honestly I’ll probably still eat it here, but it will NEVER be the same!!
14.) What was your favorite thing about your trip?:
By far, my favorite thing about Japan is how different it is than here (California). It’s almost like being on a different planet, definitely in a good way though. Pretty much everything is different there, which I think is what makes it so interesting!
15.) What is the best time of year you believe to visit your city?:
I’ve heard that the best time of year to visit Japan is in the Fall because it’s not as hot and humid as it is during the Summer… which would definitely be a relief! Although, I would really love to go in the Spring because that’s when the cherry blossoms are in bloom and I’ve wanted to see that since I was like 13!
16.) Did you snag a cool item when you were abroad that you are excited about?:
Definitely!!! We spent a day shopping in Harajuku and I got some really great clothes that I don’t think I would’ve been able to get back here. I’m really excited about that!
18.) Do you have any additional advice for others that wish to travel to this location?:
Tokyo is a HUGE city and there is so much to see there! So, if there is something that are wishing to see, but it doesn’t work out, just let it happen because you will mostly likely run into something just as great!
Tokyo, Japan – Snapped by Dakota.