“You Do This To Me”

You came and you changed my world. -MJ (Liberian Girl) 1) It’s two days until Michael Jackson’s birthday. When my friend BL told me it was his mother’s birthday on August 25th, I responded that it’d be Michael Jackson’s birthday on the 29th. His next words were, “So what?” Our friendship ended on that subway ride, (after an hour of I…

To Beach: Beach, Beached, To Have Beached

Dear Friends, I promised myself when I returned from Shimoda’s Shirahama Beach that no day off, from then until the end of summer, would catch me not wearing a swimsuit. I have two days off, and I vowed to myself that at least one of those would be spent at the beach or at a pool. (Off the record,…

Obon: To the Dearly Departed… The Joy of Life

Dearly beloved, We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life. Electric word life, it means forever, and that’s a mighty long time, but I’m here to tell you there’s something else… Prince (Let’s Go Crazy) In various parts of Japan from August 13 to August 15, the Japanese celebrate Obon. Many leave their apartments and…

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I already know how to love I already know how to kiss with tongue So now all that’s left is to dream I already know where to go I already know where to stay So now all that’s left is to live -  Os Tribalistas- (Ja Sei Namorar translated) Tokyo excites me. It excites me when…

Shimoda: Sparkle by the Sea

Dear Friends, My mother often talks about her “heart smiling.” Her top three inducers of heartsmiles are usually birds, flowers, and her grandchildren (*not in that order– roses would probably be first). When I arrived in Shimoda (door to door, four and a half hours from Tokyo, because I took the cheapest way), viewed the never-ending sea from the train, felt…