Monday, March 5, 2018

Early spring has arrived in Tokyo

The most gloriously warm, beautiful day in a long while, it seems. The sharp biting chill of winter has taken a step back for the time being, and an amiable breeze flows in to take its place. I sniff, and the air smells different. Soft, round, fluffy. Like cotton candy, except made from new grasses and unfurled buds. I'm so excited, I feel like dancing. Down to my bones, I can sense the new season coming. I'm ready for it.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018

Snow comes to Tokyo

It's been quite some time since this much snow fell in Tokyo. I couldn't help staring at the swirling flakes and thinking how beautiful it all was. The cold bites at my face and makes my fingers hurt if I stay there too long, but there is a certain kind of wonder to these moments of first snow, the sight of everything slowly, slowly being covered in soft blankets of white. Branches and leaves frosting over. The lights blurred and clouded through the flurry. How peaceful the silence.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Welcoming the new year

A beautiful day to start off 2018 - warm light and fresh air, golden grasses, bare branches with tiny buds just starting to hint at new beginnings. I hope the new year is off to wonderful start for you.

Saturday, October 7, 2017


The scent of rich, damp soil and stacked logs. Forest fungi rising toward the light from between peeled bark. The mountains, treetops whispering to each other underneath the light rain. Cool stones wearing living ornaments of moss. A weathered old bridge tinged with green. It jiggles as I step across. Everything here lives and breathes with a calm, beautiful quiet, and I take in great lungfuls of it, a photographic scent memory of this day and place.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

NHK World: Document 72 Hours - Tokyo English Narrator - 英語ナレーター

I provided the narration for the NHK World program, Document 72 Hours: Small Funerals in a Big City.

The episode airs on October 10th. See here for more details!