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Woke up this morning burning all over, with my left eye swollen half closed and my legs on fire. Who knew mosquitos could be so irritatingly effective at having me stumble around like a pile of marshmallows on stilts in the early morning, in this gorgeous hand-built wooden country house in Saitama. Or the itchy…

Continuing the Matsumoto Family Legacy

Pictured above: Young Jim pictured snacking and smiling in an east coast diner, near his hometown in New York. Pictured below: Little Kaori and Jim frolicking at the Los Angeles beach. Just got off the phone with my American grandma, bading her a farewell before my yearlong+ adventure in Japan (with the occasional foray into India, Vietnam,…

Division Dildos: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No…it’s a dildo.

A biker, blue skies, some houses. It seems normal, right? Don’t let it fool you. Examine the white things hanging off the telephone wire above the street. Sneakers? Sleepy birds? I think not. I recently heard about this public phenomenon but…hearing isn’t quite believing. So I was delighted to drive under a well endowed pair on Division. I parked…

Dream on, Sucker

An old dream from finals week: Had an insane dream where I was working at a camp with Abbie from architecture class and she was really not happy with her wage and position and was really vocal about it interrupting the camp director during her speech at the parents opening and I kept on wincing…

Feeling Blue Feeling Black

draw your big feelings out I would blame it on a common case of teenage angst but I’m too old to pass as a pimple-faced, love-stricken, nerdy teen. There is a time and a place for everything, I suppose. Woke up in a black mood, so I dressed in black to match my aura. Very goth,…

Farewell Odd America, Hello Japanese Countryside

Welcome to my life for the next 4+ months. Kaori dialing in here: I’m leaving in a week to fly to Tokyo, where I’ll take a long train ride by shinkansen (新幹線, a train line) to a little village named after the gods in Saitama prefecture. I’ll live and work at an English Immersion language preschool called Sunnyside…

To Keep Myself Accountable: Very Early New Year’s Goals

Location: Japan Duration: 1 year Travel to one or more of these countries: India, China, Vietnam, Thailand. Track expenditures and stay within the confines of a budget. Get fit&healthy: bike, munch on lots of local veggies and fish. Learn and master HTML, CSS. Learn Java. Learn and master Photoshop. Get into one residency program and 1-2 art…

Rain Again, in Japan

Japanese monsoons are a force to be reckoned with. I recently watched an episode of Japonology, a wonderful show that highlights the country’s cultural delights, entitled “Rain,” featuring the poor host (albeit with a lifesaving British accent) stuck inside a weather simulator room and buffeted every which way by strong wind and rain. After watching the…

Gimbap+Friends in Seoul

January 9, 2015 Insanely happy. Not only was I able to successfully navigate the Seoul subway system so I could see art at both the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art and Seoul Museum of Art, but I also made a lifelong friend. I walked into a tiny crowded restaurant near the Deoksugong Palace, entering immediately…

Sleep+Sauna in Seorae

January 5, 2015 I ended my day in Seorae Village with a jaunt in the Parc Montmartre and was greatly surprised to find a small herd of rabbits romping about- totally unperturbed by the passerby. Let’s back up- after a really tough week researching on-site at the Unification Church’s training center in Cheongpyeong, I spent…