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The changes

12 Jun

Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.

~Coco Chanel



28 Mar

From quiet colors


more vivid colors.

It’s happening soon.


26 Mar


by the time I upload all the photos

I’ve taken in NY,

spring will be here.

Quick quick,

because I don’t have

that many more left.

A warm cloudy day


a cold sunny day.

I think I take the latter one though.


21 Mar

These photos were taken when

my older sister Akiko

came to visit me in NY.

We had never seen so much snow

in our whole life

(except for when we went skiing, I guess.)

that we just had to laugh

at how crazy things seemed.


The day she arrived,

we were walking around Manhattan

and we decided to get a hotdog on the street

because that seemed like

a NY-thing to do.

(well, it seemed that way to us.)

So anyways, we got it.

That was the very first thing she had in NY


….it was like

….the most ordinary hotdog you could ever ask for.

It was so ordinary that we just had to laugh.

The expectation we had for

a hotdog bought in NY

and the reality…

Oh the gap!!

And since we couldn’t stop laughing

and since the wind was blowing so hard,

our hotdog started to get cold.

We were so lost in Manhattan

and we were freezing

holding a semi-frozen hotdog in our hand.

It was so sad and funny

at the same time that

we just couldn’t stop laughing.


After the laughs,

even the blizzard that

completely changed our plans in NY

seemed like it wasn’t such a big deal.

After the laughs,

even the most boring hotdog seemed

worth our time and money.

(…and it was.)

I’m not saying what’s happening now is

the same as our experience with

snow or the hotdog

but I am going to try to remember

the importance of laughter,

because that is what’s going to

change and improve the situations.

And though this earthquake is obviously

what made me think about what I just wrote,

I’m not just talking about the catastrophe in Japan

but about things that are

happening around the world.


I’ve been struggling between my mind

that keeps telling me that

it’s inappropriate to be laughing or smiling now.

(So I had been rather frown-y and depressed these days.)

But I know that isn’t true.

People who could laugh should laugh.

People who must cry should cry

until their heart is a little healed than now.

Smiles and laughter are contagious


more and more laughter

to the world

and for the world.

walking, coffee in my hand

9 Mar

So Leonardo,

you came to Thailand.

you came to New York.

Are you here in Tokyo yet?

The vintage buttons

I’d gone crazy over.

The day I felt that the spring was

not too far from where I was standing.

The santa that made me feel sad.

The day

I was simply happy.

A spot of RED

8 Mar

Finally got my photos developed.

I was actually going to get that done

while I was still in NY

but oh well, that is okay.


I’ve been told by many people that I walk slow.

At first, I thought it was only men

who think I walk slow

but apparently,

my sisters think I walk slow too.

Well, fine then.

I walk slow.

I walk slow because it’s too difficult

to walk fast

and to look up and down.

I tend to not look at right and left.

(Oh I know it’s a bad idea.

But it’s so difficult to look up and down and right and left

and ‘up&down’ is more interesting to look at than ‘right&left’)

Well, anyways….

I like to look at

below my eye levels and

above my eye levels

and that is my excuse for me

not being able to walk fast.

See, when you look

below your eye level,

you may find stuff like this.

(Too bad it’s blurry

but I also like it blurry.)

the warmth

27 Jan

Looking back at old photos.

Just feeling a little nostalgic for warmth.

It’s snowing again here in NY

and it’s about 10F outside.

I have never been in a place so cold

besides the freezer we had at the store I worked at.

A human body could stand under a harsh condition,

and I am fascinated by my own adaptability.

Oh boy, but I would really love to

take off my coat and boots and run around

without worrying about slipping or sliding on the snow.

Just a day or two would be fine.

I know, this is just me

wanting something that is on the opposite end.

I do that sometimes.