Japan

Evening Falls on Shimokitazawa

Evening Falls on Shimokitazawa

Old capital with historical spots

Old capital with historical spots

Kamakura is well-known as a old capital with a great many temples and shrines. The city is surrounded by mountain on three sides, while to the south it faces Sagami Bay. It is a beautiful tourist area. It has warm climate. Upon entering the back street leading from the busy main roads, you see beautiful […]


Staycation

Staycation

Maybe it was the weather. The threat of a typhoon that, until late Friday afternoon, was threatening to ruin any chance at a successful beach holiday; the clouds that have persisted since. Perhaps it was the crowds. The masses of people, all using the 5-day holiday weekend to fill every train, plane, bus, hostel, pension, […]


Charcuterie

Charcuterie

Kojimachi Butcher Shop :: Tokyo, Japan Agfa Vista 400


Shibuya

Shibuya

The famous, crazy street crossing at Hachiko Plaza in Shibuya, through the JR Station window. Agfa Vista 400


Rain on Saturday

Rain on Saturday

A little taste of autumn blew through Tokyo on Saturday. A little rain, a book, some movies, a long run around the palace. I was only missing a fireplace and some socks. Another Bicycle on Film, Agfa Vista 400


Jolly

Jolly

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful Hiki for an afternoon of wandering and eating and snapping cameras. Not only is her Australian accent adorable, but she knows all the best secret hiding places to take a new Tokyo resident. We wandered from one of my favorite neighborhoods, Daikanyama, to another favorite […]


Summer Wind

Summer Wind

The summer wind, came blowin in, from across the sea — Sinatra A two and a half hour train ride from Tokyo to Shimoda. A fifteen minute bus ride from Shimoda to Shirahama Beach. A room at the Gardenvilla Shirahama pension (guesthouse). A view that blew my mind open. A typhoon season surf. A warm […]


Beach Days

Beach Days

I fell in love with the beach the first time I put a fistful of sand in my mouth. Sure, sounds terrible now, but I didn’t have any teeth at the time, nor the ability to form concrete memory. This was later (and repeatedly) relayed to me in my older years. “You would just eat […]


Weekend

Weekend

It’s the weekend! Omote-sando :: on Film


Izakaya

Izakaya

Izakaya are traditional Japanese pubs, often small and intimate, cozy and comfortable. Drinks are served with small dishes that are shared with your table. My first authentic izakaya experience in Tokyo was with two Frenchmen at a spectacular and sophisticated hole in the wall in Ebisu. Literally. We walked up to a wall, they pushed […]


Bestill my heart

Bestill my heart

Tokyo, you are pretty dreamy. I love you any time of day, but you are especially magical at night. Omote-sando on Film


Nakameguro

Nakameguro

Last weekend I discovered a little slice of heaven in Tokyo: Nakameguro. A quiet, treelined canal dotted with shops and boutiques, cafés and bistros. We found a cafe along the canal, where we dined on potato wedges and cold beers as the sun dipped behind the rooftops and the crickets begged the evening on. Not […]


Quiet and yet so bright

Quiet and yet so bright

Sunday Night on Film :: Daikanyama, Tokyo


Matsuri

Matsuri

Matsuri ::  Ebisu, Tokyo


Omamori

Omamori

Omamori Cafe :: Harajuku, Jingumae, Tokyo


Display

Display

One of my very favorite things on earth is a good display. A shop window, a well-merchandised table, a refrigerated case. It makes me go ga-ga in the same way that my other strange preoccupations — paper goods, things in miniature, ginger anything — make me swoon. As far as presentation goes, Japan basically kicks […]


Sunset

Sunset

How the ocean sunk its teeth in me last weekend:


Island

Island

This is how it works: sun, hot, beach, book, sandals, purple yam soft serve, sleeping cats, shrines, tiny shops, steep steps, shady path, stunning view, Fuji, incense, garden, hawks, observatory, music, magicians, yaki soba, cold beer, book, sun, hot, terrace, long shadows, flat rocks, big ocean, meandering path, cool breeze, sun sets, thai noodles, more […]


Enoshima

Enoshima

Japan, you had me at konnichiwa. Sure we had that falling out last week with all those earthquakes. You made me think long and hard about our future. But then you surprised me with a weekend on the seaside, and well, let’s just call it a wash.


Filums, je pense que oui

Filums, je pense que oui

Two Saturdays ago, I spent a perfectly wonderful day with my friend Philippe, a Parisian I met during my first year in Seoul who has been living in Tokyo for the last two years. It was, sadly, his last day in Tokyo, as news of my arrival prompted him to move to Shanghai. Not really. […]


Fear of Fire

Fear of Fire

As a child, I had an exaggerated fear of catastrophes. Fire, floods, tornadoes, explosions, avalanches, swarms of killer bees. It’s even written in my baby book. I don’t know know where it came from or why I began spending each night quietly plotting escape routes as I fell asleep. Blame teasing adults who casually threw […]


Long Distance

Long Distance

This is my 100th post.


Saturday night sparks

Saturday night sparks

Saturday night, after some very restful rest of burrowing my nose in a book all day, I ventured out into the neighborhood foraging for food. Living in Tokyo is bringing back the exhausting daily work of “I don’t know what that says,” a challenging aspect of living in a country where the alphabet is very […]