Archive for August, 2013

Way back in the year 2000 — just after eating 237 boxes of Weetabix to help scrub my interior of the last grim remnants of Y2K hysteria — I took a trip up to Portland, Oregon, and visited the 24 Hour Church of Elvis, founded by artist Stephanie Pierce.  The shots you see here were […]


Kunio Kato’s beautiful and melancholic Academy Award winning animated short, Tsumiki no Ie (つみきのいえ) — The House of Small Cubes — is a film infused with the sadness of disappearing time.  The source of melancholy seems obvious at first: it’s the classic melancholy of old age in which the gradual erasure of the world one […]


Last night I took the train to the Higashinari area of Osaka to see ANOTEN, the Yoshitomo Ano (阿野義知) exhibit at Ponte M (match point アテリエ).  match point (マッチポイント) is a company — or collective? — that sells candles and organizes candle-making workshops as part of a larger counter-cultural effort to build community and create […]


Last week my friend Miyuki and I visited the 2013 Dojima River Biennale — being held at the Dojima River Forum — so we could listen to ice records.  The Biennale is a masterclass in curatorial intelligence: centered around the theme of ‘water,’ the exhibit showcases a huge variety of highly-pleasing work.  I’m sure that […]


Osaka nights

12Aug13

When the Osaka heat gets to be too much, there’s no better way to beat it than a rooftop party.  My friend Yuhei’s sayonara party (he’s off to England for a couple of years) featured amazing food and friends, card tricks, and the distant booming of the Yodogawa Hanabi fireworks festival. Photographs by Yuhei Abe.


A few weeks ago I went to Nagoya to watch the Arsenal v. Grampus friendly.  It’s the first time I’ve ever seen the team that I’ve followed for years play live (that would be Arsenal, not Grampus), and it goes without saying that I was excited.  Though the match itself wasn’t very spectacular, it still […]


NYC taxi

08Aug13

This beautiful hand-printed postcard arrived in my mailbox yesterday, courtesy of the ever-talented Stafford Gregoire.