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Kyushu: What A Difference A Year Makes!

Japan, Travel

Dear Friends, This morning I woke up to a lovely email from my dear friend Nigel which closed with the words, “Do you know what you were doing this day, last year? Yes, it was the start of our Kyushu…

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Tokyo: It’s Pink Now.

Japan, life

Dear Friends, The sunlight is pink now. It’s 5:23pm and as the sun sets on the brick building across the street, the world glows petal-pink through the still, sheer white curtains. No wind stirs, but the temperature has dropped many…

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A Lifetime of Used Tos

Japan, life

It’s an early summer morning in Tokyo. I have been sitting beside the Sumida River for some time; it’s the only place to escape the heat. At 10am, it’s already 85 degrees. There’s a small breeze here, and I’m trying to…

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The Wind’s Beside Me

Japan, life

Riding a bicycle on long stretches of open road could possibly be the most exhilarating feeling there is. It feels like waking up to your favorite song; it feels like drinking a cappuccino with an extra shot shot of espresso; it feels like the second…

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There Are More Seas


Living in a foreign country can enable one, if they’re not careful, to become very solitary. It’s easy to withdraw into oneself when the primary language spoken is not one’s own, is incomprehensible, and sounds like nothing more than Charlie Brown’s teacher–…

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We Know What We’re Waiting For

Japan, life, Travel, Wellness

In this place, boys are waiting, girls are waiting, birds are waiting. It’s coming, and we’re all waiting. Some of us not too patiently, but I’ve been patient. The unraveling of these years, the tapestry of life, has taught me…

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Re: Visiting and Returning to Shimoda


(March 20th) Dear Friends, When I leave Tokyo, barring any unforeseen circumstances, it will be spring. The streets will be lined, as they are today, with cherry blossoms. Trees blooming and blowing pink and white. It will be the frailty…

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The Apt: Small and Sweet


Hi Friends, Today’s an exciting day! The other day DS asked me how my move was going, and I confessed that I’d been so busy with work that I hadn’t packed, moved anything into the new place, or even bought…

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Finding a Place in Tokyo: Moving on Up… Up and Over


Dear Friends, “Make a decision and make the decision right.” – Abraham-Hicks Last week, something clicked while listening to a lecture on abundance, and I felt that my biggest desire, an apartment, could be mine now. For some months, I’ve been putting off moving…

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Fishing Meditation


Dear Friends, A few months ago, a former co-worker virtually introduced me to a wonderful couple. After a few email messages, it was my pleasure, two weeks ago, to meet M and E at Starbucks for coffee and tea, then an hour later, traipse to a…