Archive for April, 2014

hanami verses

29Apr14

When the cherry blossoms all fall from the trees they group together in massed piles, a kind of strange writing on the dark ground which can almost be read but yet somehow is impossible to transcribe.  In this season, verses want to be written and lines drop through the air, linking together in drifted quatrains. […]


Actually, these were all shot in the spring of 2013.  All shots were taken using a Holga CFN 120 loaded with LOMO 400 medium format film.  


Do I have a Japanese doppelgänger?  I don’t think so, really — but the other day when I was visiting an antique store in Kobe with my friend Miyuki, one of the customers said that I look like Takanori Jinnai (陣内孝則).  I’m pretty convinced that it’s just the dark plastic eyeglass frames that both of […]


A few weeks ago I went to Kobe with my friend Miyuki Nakao to visit the Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art.  Though I’m absolutely wild about Tadanori’s art and have been to see three different exhibits of his work since I’ve lived in Japan, for some reason I hadn’t yet visited the Yokoo Tadanori […]


I just heard the news that my old friend Christopher Sawyer was named Sonoma County’s top sommelier in The Bohemian’s 2014 “Best Of” awards.  Being named top sommelier in one of the most renowned wine-making regions in the world is no small change.  Sonoma County has changed dramatically since Sawyer and I grew up there, […]