Tokyo

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 […]


Octopus Hot Dogs and So On

Octopus Hot Dogs and So On

Wednesday evening, my friends Meera and Ross rescued me from what otherwise would have been another steamy night with a series of graphs, flowcharts and charts explaining How the Internet Works. Thank you, Meera and Ross. Thank you from the depths of my soul. As part of her yearly quest home to Singapore, Meera was […]


Please do it later.

Please do it later.

Yes. Please do. I’ve yet to see this happen on a subway. Apparently the Japanese are an extremely obedient people. And polite. There are also signs for polite cell phone use, elevator etiquette and noise pollution. I know a couple places that could use a whole shipment of these signs. I’m not naming names. I’m […]


Bicyclettes

Bicyclettes

So, to the wind

So, to the wind

The more places I go, the more I am struck by sense memory. The way pieces and angles and scents carve themselves into corners of the mind and wait patiently to come out from their hiding places at future unsuspecting moments. The curve of a road, the light in a tree and you are transported […]


Just like that

Just like that

This past weekend was of the glorious, magical sort. The kind in which everything sparkles and everything glows, and it wasn’t because I am smitten. I walked half of Tokyo and then some, fueled by not much more than mochi and Pocari Sweat and the promise of organic yogurt. The sun was brilliant, the sky […]


Kojimachi

Kojimachi

On Friday night, after the rain, after a long but exciting but tiring but productive week, after a warm cup of Royal Milk Tea, after changing from heels and fancy pants to sandals and skirt, I set out with camera into the quiet neighborhood and the warm warm wind.


Happy

Happy

All weekend I would catch the word “Tokyo” on storefronts and signs. I must admit I did several double takes. Hope your weekend is/was as gloriously happy as this one was.


With Sincere Heart

With Sincere Heart

When I moved to Korea, my first weekend in Seoul was during the Lunar New Year holiday. I lived in a relatively quiet, residential neighborhood away from the busy-ness of central Seoul, made even quieter by the national holiday. Shops were closed, streets were empty, not a creature was stirring, and so on. My first […]


A few favorites

A few favorites

A few favorite things during my first week: Bicycles Mornings on the patio Miso baked halibut with genmai and seaweed soup for lunch ($8) Powerpoint (Actually, no. But it owns me. OWNS ME!) The vast selection of convenience store puddings and custards French shows on Japanese TV (the only ones I understand) The flower shop […]


The Neighborhood

The Neighborhood

Chiyoda-ku :: Tokyo, Japan


I wasn’t prepared for this

I wasn’t prepared for this

Three weeks ago. G-chat. Me: So I have question. Bill: Yup. Me: If my company, say, was offering to send me to Tokyo for three months, and let’s say hypothetically, I had two hours to decide, um, I would be stupid to turn it down, right? Bill: Right. Me: I mean, it’s only three months, […]


Tokyo

Tokyo