“Fat”: Or, Dysphoria

I’ve found myself to have taken the shape and composure of a round Italian parmesan cheese.

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eudaimonia in Italy

Quite often, I find myself lost in memories.   We clambered up dark canopied slopes, digging fingers into the dirt to pull ourselves upwards. Armed with woven baskets, we found masses of peeping orange chanterelles. It was like searching for little treasures; each mushroom brought us another smile. Later, we whipped up some chanterelle crepes and stood around…

Subterranean Youth Culture: LOLITA

Lolita Want to look tea-party-cute whilst rebelling against the patriarchy? Then go Lolita! A style that found its beginnings in the 1990s, Lolita is popular amongst grown woman who seek to escape the confines of societal expectation to dress to please the male gaze. The style can be interpreted as a method of escapism and a return to the…

Ocean Encounters

Reef sharks loiter two feet away, staring at me with curious, wide open eyes.    Perhaps they were messengers from the reef, saying “We’ve abided your fluttering about in this ocean of ours, but it’s high time you went home and left us in peace.” Or maybe they were a pair of oceanic bouncers, barring…

On the Ogasawara Archipelago

Dear Reader, Browse through these pictures to get a sense of what life is like on the Ogasawara Archipelago. I’m currently WWOOFing at Pelan Village in Chichijima, where I wake up at 6 am every morning to farm, help build a house, and cook. In the afternoon, I head to the beach to snorkel, swim,…

Part 3: The Three Parables: the Silver Lining

On the bright side… Although the interpersonal relationships are terrible at this tiny school, the education given to the children is top-notch, and the children brim with wonderful energy. They are very well cared for— they eat very well (all local organic ingredients, often shipped from different prefectures or from abroad) and their needs are immediately met….