We’re all quitters.

Society looks down on quitters but sometimes quitting is the right thing to do. When a computer application is being incredibly slow, there’s little else you can do but quit the application by pressing Command-Q (or Control-Alt-Delete for you PC users out there). Similarly in real life quitting is sometimes simply necessary. I was one … More We’re all quitters.

A World of Wishes

Each wooden tablet, called an “ema,” has a message of good luck and is signed by a name. This wooden wall enclosure in itself contains thousands of names. Names of visitors from all over the world. Names in Japanese, Chinese, English, Spanish. I find comfort in the fact that I was able to leave behind a name … More A World of Wishes

Blanket of Snow

Stillness envelops me as I stand encircled by a forest of white. Not a soul is around, just mine – warm, vibrant, and lively. . I taste the iciness in the air and it numbs my mind. Cheeks flushed, I breathe out – A thick fog of white appears and disappears. A sign of life. … More Blanket of Snow

A life spent Afloat

A life spent Afloat Is a dangerous one indeed – To have no Purpose to devote Is to rest upon a river that has no stream. . Stuck Indefinitely in indecision As endless wading – becomes eternal Waiting – Carefully balanced on the brink of existence Going nowhere, Changing nothing. . To waver on either side … More A life spent Afloat


On one night of the year, the entire community of Sendai floods the streets. During Sendai’s yearly Tanabata festival, the young and old come together on the streets and watch the firework show together. … More Festivity