Dressing Up to Look Plain

A few days ago, I took part in a flower arrangement festival 勉強会 (benkyoukai) once again. In Japanese tradition, practices such as, the Tea Ceremony, or the Ikebana (the local term for flower arrangement), refer to formal sessions during which advanced practitioners showcase their craft under the guidance of their school’s leader. A benkyoukai differs… Continue reading Dressing Up to Look Plain

Lurid and spiritual lessons from Cape Town

An almost endless variety of typologies we all have, to classify people into groups. With today’s article, it’s my hope to propose at least two more to your list. Firstly, through this account of my time in South Africa, I’d like to underline the fundamental difference separating people who’ve been there from those who haven’t.… Continue reading Lurid and spiritual lessons from Cape Town

The girl without a face, my guilty pleasure and the last drops of rain

Today, I want to share something sad. For the life of me, I am unable to remember the face of my first kiss. OK, that admission is definitely more pathetic than sad. To be completely honest, I can’t even remember her name. No matter how hard I try, she seems forever out of reach, elusive… Continue reading The girl without a face, my guilty pleasure and the last drops of rain