To all of my American friends, I hope you all exercised your right to vote today. I don't care who you voted for, I just hope you voted! For the first time ever, there were more millennials than baby boomers voting, and that is exciting! This is our time, take advantage of it. Do not be idle, start giving a damn. Here comes the change 💙💙💙
This shot was taken in the Peace Plaza in Japantown, San Fran. The space is nothing fancy. No bold colors or flashy art. In fact, it sits between the entrances of two crowded shopping malls. But standing in this plaza gave me an overwhelming sense of calm and for lack of a better word, peace. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I'm the great granddaughter of Japanese immigrants. Or the granddaughter of an incredible Japanese American born man who faced extreme discrimination as a teenager during WWII solely for the shape of his eyes and yet went on to fight for this country and recieve a congressional gold medal. Or maybe it's because I saw zero conflict or disruptions, all ages and races enjoying this space, and that it's a surprisingly quiet spot in the middle of a crazy city.
I might not ever actually know what it was, but I do know that I want everyone to feel this sort of comfortableness in all spaces throughout this country, and we cannot get there without voting and letting our voices be heard.
Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon
📍 downtown of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
✔️ Vietnamese: Vương cung thánh đường Chính tòa Đức Bà Sài Gòn or Nhà thờ Đức Bà Sài Gòn
✔️ French: Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Saigon
✔️ Officially named Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception
✔️ Established by French colonists who initially named it Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Saïgon
✔️ Ccathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880.
✔️ It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters (190 feet)