Who are you, if you don’t count work?

This question may sound strange, until you think about how you normally introduce yourself. I bet one of the first things you’ll say when meeting a new person will be about your job and occupation. For better or worse, what you do for a living is a significant part of everyone’s identity. But if you […]

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Oh dear!

Going to Nara, I knew it’s famous for sacred deers living around one of the temples. But I had no idea there would be this many of them! There are literally thousands, roaming free around the city, crossing streets, and stealing cookies from careless tourists. They’re also completely unafraid of people, even the little ones. […]

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Mind mapping

Staring at a blank page terrifies me. I’m only comfortable writing about things I can place in a larger context, and understand how they relate to everything else. At the same time, I get to understand new concepts mostly through writing and talking with other people. I often have a vague feeling that I know […]

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Asking powerful questions

When I’m feeling useless, unproductive, and stuck, taking a short break for journaling is often enough get me out of this state of mind. Over the years I’ve experimented with different journaling techniques, and recently I’m especially enjoying the help of Soul Cards. But even when using beautiful art as a prompt, I’m sometimes lost […]

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Japanese calligraphy

I love calligraphy. It’s fun to do, aesthetically pleasing, and in my case utterly impractical, one of the few things I do just for their own sake. I started playing around with calligraphy when I lived in Korea, so now that I’m in Japan I couldn’t miss the opportunity to learn a bit about the […]

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Space traveller

The incredibly friendly host of a guesthouse in Fuji saw me sketching one day, and asked if I can draw something on the huge blackboard in the house kitchen. He complimented on my drawing so many times before I even got started, that I was a bit worried I wouldn’t be able to live up […]

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Lost in Tokyo

If you’re looking for me, I’m lost in Tokyo. I’m totally mesmerized by this city and all its neon lights, cute tiny plants in cute tiny backyards, and multiple layers of highways, pathways, and trains stacked on top of one another. I’m also surprised by how familiar it all seems. So many tiny details, from […]

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Did you forget how to dream?

Ever spent the whole day on social media when you knew you should be working on something? I know it happened to me, more times than I would like to admit. Over the years I’ve tried hundreds of hacks, from gallons of coffee, to multiple alarm clocks set throughout the day, to buying myself something […]

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Mr Birdy

This is the only photo I have of Mr Birdy. To his right is Bunny the Space Philosopher, my long-time friend and travel companion. He arrived in a subscription box of random cute stuff from Japan. I only learned that you can subscribe to random cute stuff from Japan because they had some problems with […]

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Symphony

Imagine. Just imagine. Imagine you’ve been deaf all your life. Then after a few decades of living in a silent world, you receive an experimental hearing implant. The person who gave it to you insists you go to a symphonic concert together… The concert starts, and you’re immediately taken aback at the array of exotic […]

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