It's impossible to overstate the role that ceramics plays in daily life in Japan. It's equally impossible to deny my obsession with it. Another impossibility is to give a comprehensive overview of the role ceramics plays in Japanese history and culture. There are books and experts on this subject. I consider my self an admirer. … Continue reading Things My Mother Taught Me
Judging by the pride I felt, you might have thought I'd just recited the US Constitution by heart in five different languages. As it was, I spoke one short sentence in Japanese to a woman who works in our apartment building in Kyoto. I'd been practicing the phrase for weeks. I wanted to be … Continue reading Making Myself Proud
I wanted to love it, and I occasionally did almost enjoy it. It had its moments. Just not enough of them. It was a blockbuster digital art show presented by the Mori Art Museum called Tokyo Lab Boundless. It is state of the art of digital technology. Tickets were scarce, but I got one. I waited … Continue reading There’s Still Time
My pores are opening to my new world. I'm a little like a bi-valve when I fly. Part of me shuts down/closes and waits patiently to arrive on another shore. If there are periods of turbulence, I shut myself off even more. My flight to Japan was truly fine, considering the distance traveled. I did … Continue reading Opening to a Different World
Waku waku (suru)! I recently learned, means I am excited. Or shall I say doki doki (suru), meaning I'm excited and nervous at the same time? Either way, I'm off to Japan again in two more days. My excitement is always a given, my nervousness is a result of being by myself for about two … Continue reading Am I Waku Waku or Doki Doki?