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5
Jun

Having decided to quit BeingTokyo last week (you can read more about this here), I now have no side projects. Life now is just work, family, sleep and recreation. This is a stark contrast to how things felt back in 2015 when I realised life had become just a collection…

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3
Jun

The concrete footpath outside the post office was a harsh place. Every weekday afternoon, before 2.50pm, I would be waiting there, usually alone, for my daughter’s school bus. This shadeless corner of the city was warm even on a Hong Kong winter’s day. But in the summer it was oppressive….

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25
May

I hope they turned out great, those photos you took in the café this morning. I was standing behind you for a while, not because I wanted to admire your technique or your huge dSLR camera, but because I was trying to reach for a small brioche and you were…

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18
May

Last week I enjoyed my 12th Japanese calligraphy lesson. It was a beautiful, blue-sky kind of morning as I walked to class. One of those days when dressing seems effortless; a shirt and jeans with no concern about feeling too hot or too cold, no precautions for the effects of…

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3
May

As a kid, I played golf, occasionally and for fun. Only during my three years living in Delhi did I very play seriously. Re-learning the game as an adult was fascinating, given the changes in the way the equipment was made and the techniques were taught. So much was new,…

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10
Apr

Today my wife starts a new job.  It’s a big change for her.  A new industry.  A vast role with a lot of responsibility.  Helping clean up her LinkedIn profile over the weekend, before the inevitable journalistic examination, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the roles she has succeeded…

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27
Mar

She still rode with training wheels when we first stopped by the tree, a wind gnarled conifer, perched high on a bluff above a frequently empty expanse of flat beach. The big hill was too much for her, so exhausted and hot, we stopped in its shade to drink some water and rest….

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17
Mar

A few weeks back I was chatting with a friend, a ski instructor, who also enjoys taking photos.  The conversation was like so many others I’ve had with amateur photographers in recent years – I wanted to see some of her photos and she wanted to go through some well…

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12
Mar

The first in what will be a series of limited edition prints using Black & White photos and Japanese ink. I’ve been studying Shodō (Japanese Calligraphy) for some time (I’ve written about it here and here) and wanted to incorporate brush stroke and my main work in photography. This execution…

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3
Mar

Winter is over in Tokyo.  Although there’s still a hint of crispness in the air the seasons have now shifted.  I leave my home in a shirt and jacket, the accoutrements of winter, gloves, scarf, not to mention thermal under layers, are now surplus to requirements.  I pace the short distance to…

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