05. The Golden Cracks

One of the joys of living overseas is being able to see the world differently, sometimes in ways I would never expect. One day when I was in Kyoto, in the Kyoto National Museum, I stumbled upon some clay bowls. Everything about the exhibit screamed, “These things are important!” They were individually encased behind panes of glass. They sat beautifully displayed on felt-covered small boxes. They each had their own special lighting, but the odd thing to me was that they were broken. …

04. Simmering in the Gospel

One of the joys of living overseas is being able to experience different parts of the world. There are times when I think, “Wow, that’s exotic.” Sometimes it’s a smell in the air. Sometimes it’s a sound that I hear. Sometimes it’s the feel of the atmosphere. When we first moved to Tokyo, I had such an experience. …

02. The Scarf

My friend, Shannon Johnston, started The Scarf back in 2011 as a direct response to the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster here in Japan. It was a way for people to knit their hopes, thoughts, and prayers together for the people of Japan. Scarves are something you wear around your neck like a hug. The Scarf was a way people could give hugs without actually being physically present in Japan. …

”The Scarf”

People are scared. They are scared of the future. They are scared of going outside. They are scared of wearing a mask and scared of not wearing a mask. They are scared of one another. In a crisis like this, what can an artist do? …

01. Love Your Neighbor

Mayu is a visual artist in Tokyo. With the spread of COVID-19, like everyone else, she was stuck at home, with no way to share her art and no way to make a living. What bothered her most, though, was that people were hurting all around her. She wanted to do something, but didn’t know […]

Love Your Neighbor

Mayuko Shono, or Mayu for short, is a visual artist here in Tokyo. With the spread of COVID-19, like everyone else, she was stuck at home, with no way to share her art and no way to make a living. What bothered her most, though, was that people were hurting all around her. She wanted to do something, but wasn’t really sure what she could do …

Be Still and Know

Heavy creaking in the ceiling above my head jolted my sleep-numbed mind into consciousness. My eyes flew open to darkness. What is that noise? Where am I?“Everybody out! This is a big one!” someone behind me yelled. That was all it took. I blindly fumbled for my flashlight, always near my head for emergencies like […]

やめよ。知れ。

天井がミシミシいう音がして目を開けると、辺りはまだ真っ暗だった。
「何の音?ここはどこだ?」
寝ぼけた耳に誰かの叫び声が響いた。「逃げろ!大きいぞ!」
ぱっと目が覚めた。いつも枕元においてある懐中電灯を手探りでつかみ、ジャケットを拾った。床がグラグラ揺れていてまっすぐ立っていられなかった。なんとかドア枠にたどり着き、つかんで外に押し出した。