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



Some words are so unique to their language that they cannot be translated directly into English. Some feelings are so indescribable that they cannot be expressed in a single word. Komorebi is a Japanese word that describes the way sunlight manages to perfectly filter through the leaves of trees.

3 years

3 years ago I started this blog without knowing really what blogging was. 3 years ago I wrote “Introduction: Writing Through Life” without foreseeing what I’d even post on this blog. A lot has happened in 3 years. I’ve published 87 blog posts, have created 25 incomplete drafts, and have come pretty far from the days … More 3 years

Radical Authenticity

Mindlessly scrolling through social media feeds is a task that is emotionally taxing. Yes, I will occasionally come across an enjoyable cat meme or perhaps a strangely amusing photoshopped picture. But more often than not the majority of my feed consists of pictures of people who are traveling the world, doing yoga at the crack of dawn, … More Radical Authenticity


Stagnant and unmoving. Two words that describe both the water in the pictures above and certain moments that persist in my adolescent existence. … More Stagnant

Mirrors and Reflections in Japan

From the week I spent in Japan in August, I’ve learned so much about Japanese culture. I admire the fact that their culture is embedded into their everyday lifestyles. The fact that the Japanese are respectful and neat is reflected in their spotless streets and tidy public areas. Japanese gardens are groomed to perfection and just everything about them … More Mirrors and Reflections in Japan


Fun comes in many different shapes and sizes. From left to right: an outdoor summer orchestra concert in Boston, a board game night at a friends house, a spontaneous balloon popping game after a picnic in the park. Photo challenge