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 […]

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 […]

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 […]