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2021 Photo Journal Photographer's Note

10 Year Anniversary

In the evening of April 29th 2011, I uploaded my first post on this blog. Never had I imagined that I could be continuing to do so many years later. Nor did I ever imagine that I would meet so many wonderful people or receive such kind support. Thank you all for these past 10 years and I look forward to what tomorrow will bring.

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2021 Photo Journal

A Little Color

It’s been just over a week since I moved into the new apartment and now I think that it’s time to start making the place feel more like a home. I’m not exactly sure how long I will be staying here, so I’m a bit hesitant to splurge on furnishings that may be difficult to transport back to Nagoya or otherwise get rid of. So, as a result, I’ve been looking into ways to give mundane things another use. In this case, a plastic bottle turned vase, which can be put into the recycling bin when I leave.

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2021 Photo Journal

An Update

Howdy y’all. It’s been a hot minute since my last post. The truth is that I’ve been taking some time to work through a few things in my personal life, which is why I haven’t been updating so much lately.

Not sure when I’ll return to my old update routine, but I am hoping to be a bit more present here in the future.

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2020 Photo Journal

Hidden Places

Lately I’ve taken to spending some time outside before heading into work. I’ve been told that it’s a good way to mentally prepare for the day.

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2020 Photo Journal

Prickly

I’m embarrassed to admit it but I was so prickly today. Everything and almost everyone irritated me. Hopefully I’ll calm down after a nice weekend.

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2020 Non-Photography Photo Journal

Obon Came and Went

Last week was our obon/summer vacation. Because of the current state of emergency and our company’s current restrictions, there wasn’t too much to do, except for stay home. During this time, I played two online games of D&D, did a couple of drawings, started writing a new story, and slept. I only went out to buy food.

But it wasn’t all bad. This summer has been a hot one since the rainy season ended. I’ve never tolerated the heat well, so staying under the AC has been just fine with me.

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2020 Photo Journal

The Hot Days Cometh

We got a little break from all the rain this weekend. However, with it came a spike in temperatures in my area. According to the forecast, we might get more rain later this week, which might hinder some people’s plans for the two day holiday. Regardless, it’s nice to see a bit of sun.

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2020 Photo Journal

Flow

This afternoon, I took the leap and applied to a music school in Nagoya. I’ve always been heavily into music and singing in particular, but I’ve always lacked the confidence in singing in front of all but my closest friends and a few choice coworkers. That said, I would love to get more involved in my hobby, so I looked into voice coaches and music schools in my area. After finding a highly rated one and reading their site, I applied for a consultation and trial lesson set for next week.

I’m super nervous, since my voice has gotten pretty rusty after being quite sick in February and the whole State of Emergency thing. I am also a bit wary of the language barrier, since instruction will be entirely in Japanese– which is fine for work related things– with a Japanese teacher. But I look at it this way; if I want into the Japanese music scene, I’ll need it.

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2020 Photo Journal

1001

When I started this blog I never imagined that I would ever write so many posts. It all started out as a challenge to myself to see if I could post a picture a day– I couldn’t– back in 2011. It slowly morphed into something of a journal before becoming what it is now. Where it will go from here, nobody knows, but it’s been fun and I hope to continue for years to come. Thanks for sticking with.

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2020 Photo Journal

Outside

The State of Emergency was lifted about a week ago. Stores and such are still on modified hours, but things are starting to very slowly return to normal.