• Canada Toronto

    Christmas at Casa Loma

    Since I now basically live right next door to New York, I decided to break my recent tradition of visiting the city in December and head to the Great White North instead. I got…

    December 28, 2017
  • Massachusetts USA

    Inside the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    The glass-enclosed tunnel leading out from the New Wing of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a portal through time, transporting visitors to a 1903 Venetian-style palace. The 4-storey residence, located in the Fenway-Kenmore…

    December 12, 2017
  • Connecticut USA

    Autumn at Grace Farms

    Sejima Kazuyo was born in Ibaraki, Japan in 1956. After graduating from Japan Women’s University in 1981 with a master’s degree in Architecture, she joined the firm Toyo Ito and Associates. Six years later,…

    November 28, 2017
  • Connecticut USA

    Inside the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion

    Nestled in a cluster of trees adjacent to U.S. Route 7 in Connecticut is a 62-room, 44,000 square-foot (4,100 m2) Victorian-era mansion that was built by a man with a name just as majestic…

    October 23, 2017
  • 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