This place has wormed its way into my bloodstream. I have sat in the sand reading and
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 [...]
I’ll admit I’ve been on a bit of a photography hiatus lately. It happens. And it’s a fairly deliberate hiatus, as I have a rather large non-photography endeavor before me that requires my attention and my focus. Having received a PhD in Procrastination, it’s important I practice some restraint and learn about this thing called [...]
Things I See When I’m Out Running With No Camera 1. The entire high school baseball team running in uniform before practice. 2. Cats in their own individual parking spaces in the parking lot. 3. Tourists from mainland Japan wearing high heels on the beach. 4. Colorful lunch sacks lined up perfectly on a park [...]
I am an object in perpetual motion. Put me into an automobile, train, plane, boat, hot air balloon, tuk-tuk or cable car and I am in my element. I am also amphibious, equally at home in water and on land. I grew up a steady diet of ocean and boats, and my sealegs are sturdy. [...]
Shinnen akemashite o-medetō-gozaimasu means “Happiness to you on the dawn of a new year.” I like that a lot. The celebration of the New Year is a big deal in Japan. At shrines and temples across the country, bells are struck 108 times at midnight on December 31, followed by the collective gobbling of soba [...]
When I was living in Tokyo last summer, I became mildly obsessed with seaside excursions. Living in two of Asia’s largest mega-metropolis urban jungles will do that to a person. Japan, being an archipelago, is framed by stunning coastline on both sides, and I’ve found this often surprises people. “I had no idea Japan had [...]
I’ve made a lot of things in the past three weeks. I’ve made three batches of cookies, two pies, several loaves of bread, a few pizzas, a lot of croutons, a Thanksgiving dinner, a turkey, my mother’s oatmeal stuffing, homemade jelly doughnuts, some salads, guacamole and coffee. I’ve also made Christmas gifts, training schedules, clean [...]
Some days you wake up and just feel like being a tourist. More often than not, I like to feel my way into a place when I’m traveling. I’m not all that keen on sights and would always prefer to get the leisurely first hand tour from a local. Secret coffeeshops and favorite walking spots, [...]
In case I forgot to mention, Okinawa is not just white sand beaches and green forest and turquoise water and volcanic rock. It’s also bicycles and edible children and cute cafés and talking elevators and a vending machine on every corner just like the rest of Japan.
I don’t have a lot of words, but I do have a lot of pictures. Listen, all this relaxing is positively exhausting. I have to go swimming. I have to lay in the sand. I have to make vodka tonics for everyone at 5pm. I have to read. My nose is deep in the Copper [...]
Today was another brilliant blue sky day here in Okinawa, even moreso than yesterday.
I will be honest. There has not been a whole lot of sunshine here in Okinawa since my arrival. The island is at the tailend of its rainy season, so while there’s been plenty of cloudporn and the occasional downpour, the sun and blue sky have kept their appearances to a minimum. But I knew [...]
Having grown up on the ocean, I am often amazed at how easy it is to slip into the comfort of silence. From an early age, I was trained in the art of sitting together quietly, listening to the wind and the waves, lazily watching the water breathe and the sun sink into the horizon. [...]
Tomorrow morning I am heading back to the place where my heart thumps deeper than anywhere: Japan. This trip will be a bit different.
I love lists. I always have. So while enjoying a perfectly simple holiday-birthday weekend, I was quietly concocting a way of sharing some of my favorite bits of the last year. A Little Miss Year in Pictures, if you will. And then the Queen of List-Making, the irreplaceable Andrea, made this list. And it made [...]
The last of the black and whites. From Zats Burger Cafe, Tokyo. I had avocado on my burger. We had beers. This was such a lovely day.
For me, one of the most intoxicating and mysterious parts of Japan is the way that everything is not out on display, overt and declarative, but is instead hidden behind curtains and rice-papered windows, discovered through half-open doorways and narrow passageways. To a hungry person or a nosy curious person, this is at times frustrating, [...]
Along the Chuo line Tokyo :: Japan
On a Tuesday during the late September public holidays, I met some fellow film photographers for a meandering walk through the neighborhoods along the Chuo railway line in Tokyo. This outing gave me the opportunity to finally break out the Polaroid, and also to break in a brand new pair of Vans. One of these [...]
It didn’t take long to figure out how deeply Japan has its teeth in me.
The contract on my short-term apartment ended yesterday, and it’s my second night in a lovely hotel overlooking the Imperial Palace moat. I’m trying to find loopholes in the moat’s infrastructure so I can storm the palace gates before I leave, but I’ve got a lot of other stuff to do in a short amount [...]
Shimokitazawa :: Tokyo And by night.
My fascination with Japan began in the very early 80′s, when a young Japanese man came to my small New England town to work at my father’s company. He soon brought his young wife and baby, and they moved into a huge apartment in an old Victorian not far from our house. I can’t recall [...]