The Japanese Pavilion at the Venice Biennial

originally published on Spoon & Tamago This year marks the 60th anniversary of Japan’s presence at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennial. The Venice Architecture Biennial, curated by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, is organised into themed pavilions from around the world. The Japan Pavilion drew a bustling and curious crowd, including the attention of the President…

Q&A for the Ogasawara highschool summer open house

An island friend of mine, a JET program English teacher at Chichijima, Ogasawara, asked me a couple questions to post up on a display board in the highschool’s international room for their summer open house. I’m reminiscing now and thought to post it here as well.   How did you hear about Ogasawara? My name…

Nagasaki: A week with obachan

Japanese grandmother is nearing 90 years of age. Despite her advanced age, she is quite spry and dances on a regular basis. I’m blessed to stay in her house in Nagasaki, inhaling memories as I breath in the dusty motes floating about her living room. The house is merely a leap and a bound from…

Tokyo/Ogasawara: The Last Day

Another photographic bombardment of love and peace. My heart has grown so big and receptive during these past months. I am so thankful for my island community- I will see you again soon- mata ne!

Dear Pelan Village: Mata Ne!

Dear Pelan Village, These last 4 months have been… Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, ho ho ho! As I cram to write you a legible letter before I catch the bus to take the ferry, these past 4 months blur before my eyes: all the grumpy Kaori moments are overwhelmed by the love and peace that radiates throughout the…

on emotional exhaustion and the conservation of energy in a foreign country

the writer rambles as she moves: a very nonsensical blog entry     The Japanese have a completely different grasp of privacy. Both in Saitama and on Chichijima, everyone knows everyone else’s business and sometimes people greet you by name as if you’ve actually been introduced, only because word has gotten around and you’ve been…

Thoughts: A Moment of Departure

Time passes too quickly. I am afraid that my life will fly by in the blink of an eye. I have been in Japan for six months and yet somehow all of the ups and downs have been recorded and filed away in my memory palace, quietly waiting for a moment in the future to be…

Home Again

Dear Readers, A short update because simply put, eloquent phrasing eludes me so I resort to diary-entry-style, uninhibited and free-flow. Soon I’ll be back home in Oregon, having landed the job of my dreams working at Nike headquarters. I’m sure to miss the geckoes scampering around my little wooden hut here on the island and…

Nebulous mobility, the future, and the frog

It’s a funny thing to realise you have branded yourself and that everyone is watching. That every action is a re-action and a reflection. Where you hurl forward trusting that your past has cleared the path before you, because you cannot spend eternity watching yourself. It is not time to rest; you have learned enough and now…

Ogasawara: Rainy Day Activities

Dear prospective Ogasawara visitors, As you might know, Ogasawara is a subtropical climate, subject to windy typhoons just as often as it is blessed by gorgeous sunny days. This blog post will give you a range of ideas on what to do on a rainy day so you can make the most of your visit…