Found an old roll of film the other day and decided to develop it! Got to relive some of the memories when I went to Kyoto & Nara last fall.. ↓

Also, a cool track I found tonight to listen to along with it. Press play and enjoy!


chill deer

moss temple

satomi deer

wobble deer

If you’ve been out in Tokyo, you know exactly what this video is talking about. While Japan values hard work, people are also extremely willing to forgive drunken mishaps for this very reason.

Yet, the fact that one can lay asleep in the street and wake up with iPhones and credit cards still in possession certainly reenforces both Tokyo’s reputation as a paradise of public order and or consideration for other people no matter how intoxicated they may be.

Nevertheless, brilliant way to spread awareness of excess drinking.

Cheers to the weekend!:)

Kyoto: Through a Thousand ‘Torii’ Gates

“As a writer, I feel a certain humility in trying to describe Kyoto. It is an exquisite city, elegant and complex and filled with layer upon layer of subtle meaning. One could spend a lifetime trying to describe it and not do more than scratch its surface.”Lori


I toured beautiful, freaky, and very moving Buddhist temples as well as some slightly boring castles. Saw a pair of geishas walking to work in the entertainment district and a whole passel more arriving by taxi. I drank wine with a friend I met in Hong Kong and poked through shops and even got to see my uncle and cousin in town. But mostly I just walked around Kyoto, looked at old buildings and stuffed my face. Maybe it was best I left when I did. Three days of that was fantastic; more might have convinced me to stay.

Photos: By me

Music: About You by XXYYXX


Hanami in Tokyo, Japan: beneath the cherry blossoms

In Japan, the year is divided by events of nature. Cherry blossoms. Fireflies. The autumn moon. The changing colours of the leaves. Japanese people admire these signs of change in nature and celebrate them. Hanami, or cherry blossom viewing party is a significant event in the calendar symbolizing the beginning of spring. In my opinion, one of the best times to be in Japan…I mean, what’s better than drinking, laughing, eating, chatting under the warm sun?

Here are some iPhone snaps:

At the imperial palace gardens

On a run before work, by my house…

Party people in Yoyogi park

Samurai gang


Wisteria blooms in copious amounts of wisteria blooming at Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan April and May. Honestly, remarkable!

Another place to go on my list.

Another place to go on y list.

Wisteria blooms in copious amounts of wisteria blooming at Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan April and May. Honestly, remarkable!


A couple of doors down..


Uniqlo has launched today a 12-story flagship store  in Tokyo, in the main street of Ginza, just a couple of doors down from the A&F store I work at. It will be the chain’s biggest store  and will have staff able to speak in English, Korean, Chinese, Spanish and French. Apparently approximately 20% of the employees working at this store is non-Japanese to best serve customers from all over the world shopping in Ginza, known as the home of the most sophisticated and luxurious shops in the country. Smart.

CEO Tadashi Yanai has stated that Uniqlo plans to open 200 to 300 more stores per year worldwide to boost its global presence and compete with bigger fast retailing chain stores like the Gap and Zara from Spain! It was quite lively with the continuous line outside of the store this weekend in Ginza!


Tsukiji, Japan: the freshest sushi in Japan i.e. the world…

Mao, Denisha, and I decided to go on an early morning adventure one fine Saturday morning to Tsukiji—the world’s largest marketplace for seafood. As the meter ticked away Yen as if it were seconds on a digital clock, I thought to myself why do I do this to myself? But the second I entered the rustling bustling Tsukiji fish market, I was so happy to have the opportunity to experience it. Tens of thousands of tons of seafood from every ocean of the world quickly change hands in Tsukiji’s auctions and in the marketplace’s hundreds of tiny stalls.

I’m not a morning person, so luckily the earlier Roppongi club scene prepared me for a bit of the chaos. There were trucks backing in to unload tuna, as well as a barrage of small, fast vehicles that seemed like go-carts. Add to that bikes, and men pushing wheel barrels along the wet fish filled ‘roads’. No matter where I went – I always seem to be in the way.

Our guide (Mr. Sugimura) told us that the some of these Tuna sold for a mere $15,000 US. Yup, you heard that right. I stared at the expensive tuna and thought about how it costs more than all the money I have earned in my whole life combined. Then, I thought about how this was the middle man price – then it had to be cut up and sold in smaller chunks to restaurants and grocery stores, and by the time I paid for it – it was only a small piece of that $15,000. For any of you that wonder why sushi is so expensive – well…everyone needs their cut and if it already starts at $15,000 you do the math. I really don’t believe there is a ton of mark up on sushi any longer!

Probably the best sushi I’ve ever had.