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8
Sep

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum And Hiroshi Sugimoto

Today I went to the impressive, recently renovated Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. Sadly the Museum closed for a 2 year renovation not long after I moved here. Thankfully it has reopened this week and if you ever get to Tokyo you should make it a priority to visit this space….

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4
Sep

This Week I Quit Talking To Myself (Kind Of)

This week I quit talking to myself. Well, not entirely. I quit having a particular kind of conversation. I know that sounds crazy. But is it? I grew up believing that “talking to yourself is the first sign of madness,” which of course, is pure silliness. We talk to ourselves…

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1
Sep

Personality Tested

After a long summer break, a mix of medical leave and annual holidays, it’s good to be back in Tokyo and back at work. Or at least, something that feels like work. The first week back always feels slow. Partly it’s the whole post-holiday thing, the feeling of being in…

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Living In Japan
26
Aug

Starting My 4th Year Of Living In Japan

This week I’m celebrating the start of my fourth year living in Japan. This means I’ve been here longer than either of my stays in India or Singapore. And, while I haven’t yet been here as long as I was in the UK or Hong Kong, I have been in…

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4
Aug

This Week I Quit Checking My Email Every Day

This week I quit checking my email every day. After cleaning up my contacts list I got to thinking how I could better manage the time I spend communicating with people. Email takes up a lot of that time. It’s not fun. It breaks my working rhythm on most days….

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26
Jul

This Week I Quit Apologising For My Holiday Schedule

This week I quit apologising for my holiday schedule. Right now I’m on a summer break, escaping the heat of Tokyo’s summer for a few weeks by the cool winter beaches of Adelaide. Together with my recent medical leave I’ve been off work for three weeks now and I won’t…

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8
Jul

Cut Again

It wasn’t till a few minutes later, sitting in the bizarre carnival that is the food court of Tokyo Tower, that it hit me, the shaking, the nerves, the shock. It was a lot smaller than last time. I guess I knew what was happening now, I could talk myself…

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26
Jun

Bill Cunningham

I woke today to the news that iconic fashion and street photographer Bill Cunningham had passed away. It’s really hard to articulate how influential Cunningham was, since so much of the way we understand fashion today, especially the way fashion is portrayed on social media, comes from his approach to…

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19
Jun

This Week I Quit Discussing Identity On Social Media

This week I quit discussing identity on social media. Somewhere between the current, vicious election cycles in Australia, the UK and the US and the incessant bickering about the place of “foreigners” in Asia, I’ve felt overwhelmed by the tone and intensity of online identity debates. So, I’ve decided to…

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12
Jun

This Week I Quit Asking What’s The Matter

This week I quit asking “what’s the matter?” It’s been my favourite way of joining, or should I say, barging into a conversation. I’ve realised (too slowly perhaps) how off-putting and combative this phrase can seem. Yes, it might not be my intention to put people on the defensive, or…

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