On Water and Belonging

All water has perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was. – Toni Morrison 1) When driving from Kingston to Montego Bay, for a long stretch there’s nothing but fields, hills and trees. Green, green, green everywhere. Then, there are towns: churches, bars, people, and stray dogs running or limping across the…

… It Only Gets Better

Dear Friends, Earlier today, I commented to a friend from my Berlitz orientation class that although we’ve only been in Japan for four months, it feels like I’ve been in Tokyo forever. She agreed and said that she’s also settled quite comfortably into the lights, late nights and beer, and “it’s amazing how quickly time goes.” Tokyo is like a favorite sweater that was in the back…

Building Bridges One Glass at a Time

Life is just a party and parties weren’t meant to last. – Prince (1999) I called my father this morning to wish him a very happy birthday. Just as weird as it must be for parents to see their children grow into their many stages of life, it’s equally as odd to see one’s parents age. Granted, children…

Letter from Tokyo: “Rejoice, Rejoice!”

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. – Isaiah 43:19 (The Bible) Dear Friends, Two minutes ago while I was eating a juicy, delicious grapefruit (Hi DB!), the fullness of this life hit…

Letter from Tokyo: “Wake Up and Live”

Dear Friends, This morning, I skyped with DB who told me that his greatest disappointment with his move to Washington, D.C is the lack of close friends nearby. We reminisced about when we lived in Jersey City how we’d pop over to each other’s apartments to cook (well, he’d whip up scrumptious Southern dishes and I’d watch), have ridiculous conversations, write papers together…

Letter from Tokyo: Be Patient

Dear Friend, The best thing about life is its unpredictability. We never know what’s going to happen from one day to the next, and though we try to rush it (C’mon life!), it unfolds exactly at the pace it should/when it should/how it should. Patience is key. (I know sometimes you want to slap patience…

Dear Red Bull

I love you like a love song baby. – Selena Gomez & The Scene (I Love You Like A Love Song Baby) I tried to stay away from you. (I swear). You wielded too much power over me, and I knew I was drinking you way too much. I needed you more and more… you’d leave…

Already A Year of Contradictions

Happy 2012 Friends! I must tell you that the first day of this year has already proven that 2012 is going to be the year of contradictions. For New Year’s Eve, some friends and I went to Jiyugaoka to eat soba. M informed us that eating soba will bring financial luck… I eat noodles everyday and have had…