Minoo — My heart is still fluttering. Goose bumps have yet to cease. I am flying high, so high, off the scent of wood. All kinds of wood. I can vividly hear the sanding, the hum of the chain saw. I want to bo...
Tokyo — I am in love with my new apartment. During the day there is so much light pouring in, I don’t know what to do with the brightness. I look forward to off-days so I can sit in the sunshine, look out o...
Kurashiki — On my out of Kyoto was when things got weird and kept getting weirder. I missed my bullet train, hopped onto the next one - all was well. Then, things took a turn towards crazy town. Stupid me left ...
Tsukiji Fish Market
Playground for adults.
He said. She said.
3 Artists, 2 NYers, a Photographer, and Ebisu Tour Pt. IV: Ebisu Ramen
Tokyo and their many hidden cafés absolutely kills me. Beautiful day, company, life.
Snoopy on a peanut. Snoopy. Peanuts! Get it...? Haha
Rosé bubbly. Oysters. Happiness.
3 Artists, 2 NYers, a Photographer, and Ebisu Tour Pt. III: Ebisu Yokocho
3 Artists, 2 NYers, a Photographer, and Ebisu Tour Pt. II: the Snack Bar
3 Artists, 2 NYers, a Photographer, and Ebisu Tour Pt. I: Pubs
Mother's Day, 2014
I am the worst.
Same story. Different city and When Enough is Enough.
Beyond Jiro of "Jiro Dreams of Sushi": Japanese Craftsmanship at its finest; furniture edition.
Bullet trains are the best. Japan: I love you!
AM view. New apartment, life.
My beautiful neighborhood. I fall more and more in love Tokyo and Japan. Can't believe I live here.
Train riding, riding.
Crystalize by Tokujin Yoshioka. Breathtaking.
Darn Kumamon. All over Tokyo too.
C is for dog.
Note to self: what I don't want to be.
Aizuwakamatsu and my very, very, very, long day.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
"Foamy" (フォーミー), is the way to request 'extra foam' in Starbucks Japan. Learned something new in Koriyama, Japan.
Kobans. Lanterns. Mountain tops, and a foreign language.
Happy New Year from beautiful Sendai! May your forthcoming year, be your best yet.
New Year's Eve, 2013.
Southern women and ramen.
Once upon a time...
Kumamoto, nice to meet you. And yes. That is my handwriting. I can indeed write Japanese characters.
So long Hiroshima. The trolleys, people and historic city are indeed, きれい! (beautiful). Will definitely return.
"Dear Japanese people! I now understand the history of Hiroshima and the atomic bomb-attack."
Cable cars? Cable cars! Hiroshima, I love you already.
McDonald's Japan; my saving grace. So long Okayama. It's been... special.
"Closed" thank you, come again and please drive-thru.
Rickshaws and bullet trains and yakuza - oh my! Permanently filed under: when things go awry.
Holy shit, Kurashiki.
Hello, Okayama. Your trains are like a comfortable version of Cal-Train. Nostalgia.
「感謝を忘れない」Always stay grateful. Thank you Kyoto for your kindness, charm and hospitality. Until next time!
In which I inadvertently made a new friend.
Beautiful breakfast for a beautiful Kyoto morning.
Enamored by Kyoto.
Part of first course. At random restaurant in 先斗町 (Ponto-cho), the magical district where 料亭 (ryoutei)s still exists.
In Kyoto, there are cabs with heart shaped taxi signs. I heart Kyoto, too.
Protecting Yasaka Shrine. 八坂神社でございます。
Almost missed my connection! ギリギリせーふ。Sorry Nagoya, we will meet again.
Two and half hour train ride almost done. Takayama to Nagoya by train is a wondrous sight.
Wood station. Takayama, is very special.
Snowy morning during my morning bath. God. I love Japan.
View from one of the outdoor hot springs (露天風呂 = rotenburo).
Hida Takayama. Where beef is recommended for tourists, locals mostly eat seafood.
On and on.
Panda and piglet nikuman (baos). Confession: I have no clue where I am.
I thought Shinkansens were blue and white and shaped like bullets. Mine looks like a dolphin.
6am. My people are already lined up for bentos. Japan!
Disney installation. Christmas in Tokyo.
Smoked ham. Cornichon. Bubbly. And whiskey なう. God. I love Tokyo.
Zen. (Taken earlier during my mind-blowing dinner.)
Special Niigata osake (sake). So smooth. Delicious. Happy.
Hidden nook in Central Tokyo.
Vinyl. Whiskey. Tokyo.
Tuxes and kimonos and ball gowns oh my.
Minami Aoyama. The West Village of Tokyo.
Translation: "Dear customer: no loud talking. Laughing. This is a place to enjoy music."