• Connecticut USA

    Kent Falls State Park

    One of my favorite things about living in Connecticut is being surrounded by nature. Despite being a pretty urbanized state, there is plenty of untouched land filled with rolling hills, woodlands and water. While…

    September 17, 2017
  • New York USA

    Storm King Art Center

    The first time I went to an outdoor sculpture park was in Japan. The exhibits were so creative and interactive, that I ended up visiting twice, despite it being a 2-hour drive away. So…

    August 28, 2017
  • USA

    Hello, America!

    “Presione el botón! Si, el botón. No, a la derecha! A la derecha!” I fumbled frantically around the dials on the car door but to no avail, then turned to the driver apologetically. “I…

    August 19, 2017
  • Japan

    Goodbye, Japan!

    After four years, the time has finally come to say goodbye to my life in Japan. In just a few days, I’ll be getting on a plane bound for Stars Hollow. That’s right, ladies…

    July 24, 2017
  • Japan Kyushu Miyazaki

    Sun Messe: The Maoi of the East

    In the Valparaíso Region of Chile, a group of statues equal in shape and size rise from a site known as Ahu Akivi and stare out into the Pacific Ocean. These mysterious Maoi are…

    July 20, 2017
  • Fukuoka Japan Kyushu

    Yanagawa: The City of Water

    “Aaa-eeh,” the punter sang, “tsukino dokoromo hatsukano yamimoe.” His throat danced around a different note for each of the syllables of the old Japanese poem. The sun was beating down, making me wish we…

    May 30, 2017
  • Japan Kyushu Nagasaki

    Glover Garden and Dejima Island

    On top of Minami-yamate, a gorgeous hillside overlooking Nagasaki Harbour, sits Glover Garden (グラバー園), an open-air museum of the homes of former Western residents of the city, who settled there after the end of Japan’s…

    May 16, 2017
  • Japan Kyushu Nagasaki

    Inside Japan’s Dutch Theme Park

    I’ve always dreamed of visiting the Netherlands, partly due to my Dutch ancestry but mostly because of my love of cheese and other edibles. So when Golden Week began approaching, an annual string of public holidays, and Austin and…

    May 11, 2017