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The Fourth Wall (of my bedroom)

The Fourth Wall (of my bedroom)

13 months after moving into my LA apartment, my room is FINALLY at the point where I’d be happy to invite guests over to check out what I’ve done with it. Recall how the highly idealized Moroccan motif  for my bedroom was replaced simply with the color orange, though I regret to report that for most … Continue reading

I miss Okinawa.

It’s 3:30am on a Saturday night. I have a million things on my mind, but right now that’s the one keeping me from sleeping.

It hasn’t quite set in…

Almost 36 hours ago, I got on a plane (the first of three) and said goodbye to Okinawa. Since I arrived in Hawaii a little over 12 hours ago, I’ve caught up with the fam, gotten a pay-as-you-go cell phone, eaten one too many dark chocolate acai berries from Costco, and managed to partially unpack the … Continue reading

The Seawall

The Seawall

I’ve got nostalgic pavements, I’ve got familiar faces. I’ve got mixed up memories, and I’ve got favorite places. – Kate Nash It may not look like much in this early summer morning photo I took last week, but for the past year and a half, this has been my favorite spot in the entire world. … Continue reading

Final Days: Friends, and Food

Final Days: Friends, and Food

With just a little over one week to go til my permanent departure from Japan, I have way too much going on to write a proper blog update about it all :(. However, I will say that lately I HAVE had the time to sit down and eat a bunch of amazing food, with amazing … Continue reading

Party in the USA… Oki Style!

It’s not that I’m not patriotic or anything (ok, maybe I’m just not), but I honestly thought I’d make it through two time zones’ worth of Independence Day without having to chime in about it. Of course, the fourth of July is the birthday of my home nation, and due to 70% of American military … Continue reading

Reunited and it feels so good

Reunited and it feels so good

Last week and the weekend brought some sweet reunions with old, older, and not-so-old friends. First, a high school classmate who I probably haven’t seen since we graduated happened to be in town for a week (he’s part Okinawan so this was his second time here and he already has a lot of connections on … Continue reading

Irei no hi: Okinawa’s Memorial Day

Irei no hi: Okinawa’s Memorial Day

Everyone knows I live in Japan, but I’m pretty sure that most people’s vision of what it’s like where I live is very different than the actual case. I live in Okinawa, the southern most part of Japan, made up of 150+some islands. Geographically it’s closer to Taiwan (a 1-hour plane ride) than it is … Continue reading

HOLY HABU, BATMAN!!!!

HOLY HABU, BATMAN!!!!

Quick factoid: Okinawa is the indigenous home of Ovophis okinavensis, the most venomous pit viper species in all of Japan. Here in the islands, the scaly critter is typically known as plain old “habu,” the Japanese word for venomous snake. Warnings against encountering the dangerous creature had me nervous before arriving in Okinawa; however, since … Continue reading