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May

This week I quit saying “my younger self would’ve liked…” I’m not sure where this phrase originated (if you know please leave a comment) but it’s become commonplace now as a way to describe something we once loved but don’t want to fully admit still appeals to us in our…

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13
May

This week’s YouTube video is a short Q&A session, where I try to address a few things that have come up in YouTube comments and also on Twitter. I like answering questions via video, since some things are a little hard to explain in a quick online comment, or might…

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6
May

This week, I quit Medium. A popular blogging platform, Medium is a darling of the tech and digital world and to be fair, there is a lot of great content writing to be found there. Regardless, I’ve decided to not only delete the medium app from my iPhone, but also…

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Holidays Are For Thinking
5
May

We are in the midst of Golden Week here in Japan. This is a series of 4 holidays which run together in the calendar. Since we don’t celebrate Easter here, Golden Week serves as the big Spring holiday for most people and because of how the dates fall this year,…

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26
Apr

In today’s Japanese lesson I was having a conversation with my tutor about taste in fashion. Actually, it was nowhere near as impressive as all that. My impossibly patient tutor was helping me with a textbook and one of the questions asked “what colour T-Shirts do you wear?” I started…

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22
Apr

As I wrote this tribute to David Bowie just a few weeks ago, I couldn’t have imagined I’d be writing another one so soon, for an artist that perhaps more than any other, deeply touched and inspired me. But now, Prince has passed away, and many of us are digging…

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21
Apr

While discussing a portrait of Alfred Stieglitz in his book, Examples: The Making Of 40 Photographs, Ansel Adams makes some fascinating comments about “Small Cameras.” Of course, what Adams’ had in mind was actually 35mm film cameras from Leica and Contax. But, in a way, Adams’ thoughts seem relevant to…

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19
Apr

We don’t have a lot of outdoor space in Tokyo, but we do have a small garden, and now that the days are warmer, it’s delightful to sit out there and enjoy the Spring air. In the morning, I like to take my first coffee and sit on the teak…

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18
Apr

Yoshida Kenkō was born around 1283 and became an officer in Japan’s Imperial palace. Sometime around his 40th birthday, for reasons that are uncertain but perhaps related to the death of Emperor Go-Daigo, he chose to become a Buddhist monk. Although he wrote poetry, Kenkō is best remembered for his…

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15
Apr

A year ago today I launched my book. I’ve already written plenty of reflections on the process of writing and releasing the book and put everything I learnt about creating a publishing startup together into a video you can find on YouTube. I don’t want to go over all that…

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