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24
Feb

This week I started writing my next book. I have no idea when it will come out. I’ve tentatively pencilled it in for early 2019 but let’s see how that goes. The book is just sketches now; a smattering words thrown down in an attempt to corral five ideas into a…

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11
Feb

I had something of a crisis trying to make this week’s video. I went out and shot a bunch of video around Tokyo, put together some clips from my work, but it just didn’t seem to tell the story of the week I experienced. The most important bits, the in…

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6
Feb

I’m obsessed with getting more sleep. Partly it’s a result of being more health conscious after last year’s concerns. But mostly, it’s the realisation that after a lifetime of being a night owl, of frequently getting by with little sleep I’ve realised getting at least 8 hours a night makes…

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6
Feb

For the first time since the age of nine I’m not watching this year’s Super Bowl. This long, unbroken streak contains a lot of memories, but the way the experience has changed suggested it was time to rethink giving up a day of my life to this distant sporting spectacle….

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3
Feb

When I get asked questions like the one I answered yesterday, “why are you doing Japanese calligraphy” it’s usually part of a bigger question – “what’s your strategy.” It feels like some people see everything I do, the blogposts I write, the way I use social media, the decision to…

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2
Feb

For the past few months, I’ve been practising Japanese Calligraphy, or Shodō 書道. I take a three hour lesson twice a month (which I wrote about here) and if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you might have seen some examples of what I’ve been doing. Part of the…

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27
Jan

Is it a long weekend or is it a short week? This is the question I kept asking myself as I tried to make my 3rd weekly video for Youtube. I was excited to be heading back to the Japanese alps, especially now there was a lot of snow with…

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17
Jan

I realise that some of you live in places that are really cold, and compared to what you might experience, Tokyo isn’t really a cold city, but bear with me, because for us, it’s been a cold week. We’ve barely seen the temperature rise above 6C and at night it’s…

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9
Jan

Today I posted the first in a new series of weekly short films on YouTube. My hope is to use these to give you some background and behind the scenes moments to my life and work here in Tokyo and also my travels during the year. This one starts in…

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6
Jan

Today is Epiphany. The sixth of January marks the end of the Christmas season, 12 days after most of us have given our gifts and eaten our epic meals, we remember the visit of the three wise men and with it the bizarre simplicity of the story behind Christmas. After…

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