Ogasawara, Ye ‘Ol Land o’ Tropical Paradise

Thinking of visiting Ogasawara or staying at Pelan Village? You’ve come to the right place. This photo gallery will give you a photographic glimpse into what life is like on this gorgeous island.   Click each photo to enlarge it and read a description.   These pictures mostly sum up all the perks of visiting…

Architectural Ikkôan Book Captures the Beauty of Wagashi

Japanese patissier Chikara Mizukami dedicates this gorgeous book to the art of traditional sweet cakes called wagashi. Wagashi is an art form that evolved from the ancient imperial capital of Kyoto. Today, these delightful morsels continue to accompany Japanese tea ceremonies. Wagashi’s delicate fragrance and appearance accentuates the flavor of ceremonial tea. As Mizukami explains, “Tea is…

Celebrate Mt. Takao’s Earthly Delights at the New Takao 599 Museum

Sick of the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and itching to get away for a day?

Then I’ve got the perfect solution for you. Merely an hour’s ride from metropolitan Tokyo, in Hachiōji, there is a mountain resplendent with scenic beauty, hiking trails, and a buddhist temple. This stout mountain is home to more than 1,200 different kinds of plant life, wild boars, monkeys, and all sorts of feathered friends. Visitors who venture onto the mountain after sunset may be lucky enough to catchy a glimpse of musasabi, a Japanese giant flying squirrel, soaring overhead.

Instructions for Fame

Dribble chocolate sauce over your toenails. This is gesture, not laughter. Drag ego across the wall in a wide arc, take a selfie, post online. Forget what real life is and become another inter-wave an instant ramen. You never knew a generation that retained their image. Fast is fashion. Are you fashionable? Applications due in T-13…

“Enveloped by Korea” | Seoul, South Korea

‘Cone Room’, and ‘Like Second Skin, But Too Blue’, 2015: A two step, two part project by Kaori Freda which deals with religious experiences and the revisiting of adolescence memories. The manner in which I interact with and interpret my surroundings through visual mediums has been profoundly influenced by my adolescent exposure to a Korean…

How to hand-fish while snorkeling

Since I started snorkeling, I’ve been fascinated with the intricacies of hand-fishing. I’m an amateur- an amateur frustrated with the apparent lack of how-to information on the topic online. So here’s my little contribution to like-minded people who want to catch some dinner. This morning, the Shimizu family and I went hiking to Buta Beach, toting…

A Pelan New Year

Scroll through a photo gallery full of snaps from Pelan Village during this Japanese New Year.