Z is for 材料

Z is for 材料

is for zairyou, or the Japanese word for ingredients. Life in Japan can be a wonderful experience, but not everyone who comes here loves it, or understands it. Beyond the obvious language and custom barriers, there is also the physical barrier (if you look foreign, then you will always be foreign) and social barrier. Some people [...]

L is for 土地の人

L is for 土地の人

is for tochi no hito, or the Japanese word for Locals. No country can really be home without the flavor of its local residents, and Japan has its fair share of characters. From cosplayers to upright business men, there's a sort of quirky, fun-loving, gentle nature about the people here that has always made me feel right [...]

桜: Cherry Blossoms

桜: Cherry Blossoms

I went walking in the neighborhood near my school after a jog on Saturday. The cherry blossoms were bursting in little pink and white explosions of subtle perfume near a creek where the cherry trees lined the banks. While I have always liked plum blossoms more than cherry blossoms, there was something extremely intimate about [...]

The History of Kyoto

The History of Kyoto

In December, 2011, as part of a project on my old blog, I created a massive video detailing the history of Kyoto––abridged, certainly––that tried to focus more on the cultural elements rather than the political. I've decided to repost that video here, as I find myself going back to it every now and then. Even [...]