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Careful What You Wish For

One year ago today, I landed at Logan Airport in Boston, still drunk on Tokyo, 13 hours with Japan Airlines, Natalie Portman in The Black Swan, twentysomething hours without sleep and a glass or two of wine. I fell comfortably into the arms of my family; the young children — who had not been told of my pending arrival — fainted on cue; lasagne and Girl Scout cookies were fed to me and I fell into a deep sleep for exactly one week.

I knew then that it would be a good long while before I returned to Asia. My father had suffered a 1-2-3 punch of illness and injury during my last two years in Korea, and small children were growing at alarming rates among my brethren. I loved living in Asia; it treated me so well. But I’d outgrown the distance separating me from my people. The distance separating me from ovens and microbrews and not-needing-a-translator-for-everything. So when a friend offered me a position as his Art Director at a small agency in a small New England town on the New Hampshire seacoast, I jumped.

What I didn’t know at the time was that I would stop writing in this space. I had stockpiled stories and photographs (more…)

Little Bits of Seoul

This week I’m back in Seoul, visiting with friends, welcoming a new baby, eating delicious food and marveling in the joys of public transportation. Being here is a good excuse to share with you some photos I took last fall on my friend Youngdoo‘s ailing Rollei XF35. I usually focus my cameras on the prettier details of this city, but during my final weeks in Seoul, I was intent on trying to capture the truer bits around me and the real things I saw every day while living here. Warts and all. This is the marketplace that was behind my building.

This is the other view (more…)

Araha

This place has wormed its way into my bloodstream.

I have sat in the sand reading and (more…)

Jiro-cho

I want to talk to you about sushi. Not your everyday breakfast sushi. I don’t want to talk about the standard sushi/udon lunch set sushi, and I certainly don’t want to talk about magical, touched-by-angels sushi. I want to talk to you about the experience of sushi in Japan.

I know many of you think that living in Japan means eating sushi every single day, and I know that many of you think that sounds like heaven on earth. (more…)


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Little Bits of Seoul
Little Bits of Seoul

This week I’m back in Seoul, visiting with friends, welcoming a new baby, eating delicious foo

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Araha
Araha

This place has wormed its way into my bloodstream. I have sat in the sand reading and

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Careful What You Wish For
Careful What You Wish For

One year ago today, I landed at Logan Airport in Boston, still drunk on Tokyo, 13 hours with Japan A

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