2020 Non-Photography Photo Journal

Aichi SoE Art Challenge: Days 1 to 3

Day 1: Cala Lillies

Recently, Aichi Prefecture declared a state of emergency, which caused a closure of many businesses. Because of this, I have had more time to work on personal endeavors at home. So, I challenged myself to produce a piece of art each day.

Day 2: Rose

As a theme, I decided on flowers. For medium, I pulled out a square Muji craft paper notebook, and oil markers. The paper holds the ink well and doesn’t bleed through.

Day 3: Pansies
2018 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Newer Pastures

This is my last full week of working in Mie Perfecture, for the foreseeable future. I’ll be commuting from my home in Nagoya to Mie three days next week to do crossover training with the new teacher. After that, I’ll mostly be at the office, save for a handful of assignments around Aichi.

2017 Photo Journal

Warm Roses


The mornings have been coming a little earlier and earlier each day. It hasn’t impacted my sleep cycle all too much just yet, but it will soon enough.

2016 Photo Journal

Yellow Roses


While waiting outside the local ward office for my friends, I came across these beautiful little yellow roses. In the language of flowers, I’m told they mean friendship.

2016 Photo Journal

A Small Rose

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Found this little guy on one of my walks.

I’ve been trying to be a little bit more active as of late, since I spend a lot of time doing the same things over and over. When I teach, I tend to stand in one place for most of the lesson. When I’m not teaching, I am usually found in one of three places: at my desk, on a train, or in front of my computer. None of those things are particularly healthy…

2016 Photo Journal Photographer's Note

Apologies for the Absence

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Long time no see, huh?

I’m sorry for the lack of updates for the past 2 weeks. I’ve been settling into my new apartments, which until now, did not have internet. I tried to log on and post via my phone, but it’s been slow going.

So, now that internet has been restored to me, I will be able to post a bit more frequently.

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2016 Photo Journal

Loosing Pieces

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Today, I’m going down to the city to sell the rest of my electronics (I’m only keeping my laptop and phone) and a few other things I’ve collected through out the years. Right now, I’m waiting at the train station with two large bags, filled with the remnants of what made my room my room. It’s a little depressing, to be honest.

Still, at the same time, it’s liberating in a way. I never knew I had so much stuff until I started getting ready to move. My life needs to fit into 3 suitcases and a purse. I own more than that…

After I drop off my things, I have anot her doctor’s appointment, since my health is giving me issues again. I wonder if this is all because of stress. However, the strangest thing is, I don’t feel particularly stressed. That is to say, I don’t feel stressed, so long as I’m not covered in hives or suffering from an overactive heart (a result from my previous meds).

Regardless, my plane leaves Friday morning (I have a taxi picking me up at 3 am) and there isn’t too much I can do until I can find a doctor overseas. I just hope that maybe a few tests can be run and the results can be sent to me whenever they are done. Other than that, I can only hope for the best.

2014 Photo Journal

I feel confused


Today is the first day in a very long time where I haven’t needed to be somewhere by sometime for some reason. I’m honestly out of sorts because of it. I don’t need to go to work today. I’m used to working seven days a week. I don’t need to go to an event of some sort. I have NOTHING planned… and it’s that lack of a plan that confuses me. I don’t know if I like this…

2015 Photo Journal

All Things End


Today was the last (half) day of classes for my little half-lings. Brother and I went out for a little bit to celebrate. He treated me to some sushi, which I enjoyed very much. Then we had a look around the Westchester Mall (White Plains) and the City Center.

I just got home a little while ago. After a cup of tea and a check of my email, I’m going to crash. Let’s see if I can sleep in a bit tomorrow. Night, all!

2015 Photo Journal



This week is shaping up to be a busy one. I got an email from my boss saying that we are to do a lot of activities with the halflings this week. Since it’s the end of the year, everyone’s going stir-crazy, so these activities should help to focus all the energy towards something useful.

I have to admit, I am counting down the days until the last day of class. It has been making me a little antsy– and I’m usually pretty chill– so if I can’t stay still how can I expect the little ones to? No one wants to do anything but try to make summer come a little faster. No one’s interested in doing (or grading) classwork or homework. I hate that we’re still required to do it.

But these events should break up the tedium. The school will be having its sports day, a carnival, a pizza party, and candy sale. I’m looking forward to the carnival and dreading sports day. My best sport is competitive reading (at best).