Okinawa

Araha

Araha

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


Jiro-cho

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 […]


A Sunday on Film

A Sunday on Film

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

Things I See

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 […]


Sea vs. Humans

Sea vs. Humans

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. […]


Hatsumōde

Hatsumōde

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 […]


The Life Aquatic

The Life Aquatic

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 Have Learned Something

I Have Learned Something

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 […]