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The changes

Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.

~Coco Chanel

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From quiet colors

to

more vivid colors.

It’s happening soon.

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Hopefully…

Hopefully,

by the time I upload all the photos

I’ve taken in NY,

spring will be here.

Quick quick,

because I don’t have

that many more left.

A warm cloudy day

or

a cold sunny day.

I think I take the latter one though.

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Sister

These photos were taken when

my older sister Akiko

came to visit me in NY.

We had never seen so much snow

in our whole life

(except for when we went skiing, I guess.)

that we just had to laugh

at how crazy things seemed.

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The day she arrived,

we were walking around Manhattan

and we decided to get a hotdog on the street

because that seemed like

a NY-thing to do.

(well, it seemed that way to us.)

So anyways, we got it.

That was the very first thing she had in NY

…and

….it was like

….the most ordinary hotdog you could ever ask for.

It was so ordinary that we just had to laugh.

The expectation we had for

a hotdog bought in NY

and the reality…

Oh the gap!!

And since we couldn’t stop laughing

and since the wind was blowing so hard,

our hotdog started to get cold.

We were so lost in Manhattan

and we were freezing

holding a semi-frozen hotdog in our hand.

It was so sad and funny

at the same time that

we just couldn’t stop laughing.

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After the laughs,

even the blizzard that

completely changed our plans in NY

seemed like it wasn’t such a big deal.

After the laughs,

even the most boring hotdog seemed

worth our time and money.

(…and it was.)

I’m not saying what’s happening now is

the same as our experience with

snow or the hotdog

but I am going to try to remember

the importance of laughter,

because that is what’s going to

change and improve the situations.

And though this earthquake is obviously

what made me think about what I just wrote,

I’m not just talking about the catastrophe in Japan

but about things that are

happening around the world.

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I’ve been struggling between my mind

that keeps telling me that

it’s inappropriate to be laughing or smiling now.

(So I had been rather frown-y and depressed these days.)

But I know that isn’t true.

People who could laugh should laugh.

People who must cry should cry

until their heart is a little healed than now.

Smiles and laughter are contagious

so…

more and more laughter

to the world

and for the world.

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So Leonardo,

you came to Thailand.

you came to New York.

Are you here in Tokyo yet?

The vintage buttons

I’d gone crazy over.

The day I felt that the spring was

not too far from where I was standing.

The santa that made me feel sad.

The day

I was simply happy.

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A spot of RED

Finally got my photos developed.

I was actually going to get that done

while I was still in NY

but oh well, that is okay.

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I’ve been told by many people that I walk slow.

At first, I thought it was only men

who think I walk slow

but apparently,

my sisters think I walk slow too.

Well, fine then.

I walk slow.

I walk slow because it’s too difficult

to walk fast

and to look up and down.

I tend to not look at right and left.

(Oh I know it’s a bad idea.

But it’s so difficult to look up and down and right and left

and ‘up&down’ is more interesting to look at than ‘right&left’)

Well, anyways….

I like to look at

below my eye levels and

above my eye levels

and that is my excuse for me

not being able to walk fast.

See, when you look

below your eye level,

you may find stuff like this.

(Too bad it’s blurry

but I also like it blurry.)

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the warmth

Looking back at old photos.

Just feeling a little nostalgic for warmth.

It’s snowing again here in NY

and it’s about 10F outside.

I have never been in a place so cold

besides the freezer we had at the store I worked at.

A human body could stand under a harsh condition,

and I am fascinated by my own adaptability.

Oh boy, but I would really love to

take off my coat and boots and run around

without worrying about slipping or sliding on the snow.

Just a day or two would be fine.

I know, this is just me

wanting something that is on the opposite end.

I do that sometimes.

 

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光と話を集めに

いよいよ…というか既にもう4日経ってるけれど

2011年。

おめでたいね。

そして、ニューヨークに来て

早くも1ヶ月経過。

早いね。

去年は色々と、変化の多い年だった。

タイに住み、ラオスへ何度か行き、

ライティングの仕事も続け、そして楽しくなり

この仕事で食べていけるようになりたいと思えるようにもなり、

トイレットペーパーのないトイレにも慣れ、

色々なところへ一緒に旅をした彼と

分かれて歩いていくことを決め、

辛いものは全然ダメだったのに

今じゃぁ辛くないとダメになり、

大勢が集まる会はあまり好きじゃないけれど

食わず嫌いは良くないと自分に渇を入れられるようになり、

高校の時の友達とも再会し、

卒業以来会っていなかった

小学校の時の友達とも飲みに行け、

弾けたニューフレンドたちとも出会うことができ、

『チャンスが見つかれば明日にでもニューヨークへ行く』

…とベッドの中で一人誓った次の日くらいに

本当にチャンスが見つかり、

その2週間後くらいには飛び立ち、

『もうじき死ぬ』と20年近くいい続けた

鉄人じいちゃんが、95歳で、今度こそ本当にこの世を去り

(おじいちゃん、大好きだよ。)、

クリスマスイブは、一人で友達のジャズピアニストの

パフォーマンスを聞きに行き、

少し大人になった気分を味わい、

クリスマスにはお姉ちゃんが遊びにきてくれて

歴史に残るような吹雪にも屈せず

2人で雪にまみれて笑い、

ニューヨークで大学時代からの

仲良しボーイと、

大晦日じゃなければ絶対に行かないような

マンハッタンのクラブで年越しをし…。

全て書き出したらキリがないけれど、

本当に色々したなぁ。

…………………………………

私の夢は、

孫に色々な話をできるおばあちゃんになること。

(…ということは、私の子供が必要なんだけど。)

去年は、『良い話』が沢山詰まった一年だった。

2011年はどんな出会いを作れるだろう。

どんな話を集められるだろう。

…今年は、お父さんとお母さんに何か贈り物をしたい。

旅を続けたい、

もっと自立したい。

…じゃない。

今年は、お父さんとお母さんに何か贈り物をする。

旅を続ける。

もっと自立する。

日本に戻ってきては、気まぐれにどこかへ消える

こんな私ですが、

今年もよろしく。

 

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Husky Voice

Photos taken in Tokyo, Japan.

I thought I lost this roll of film but

I found it on the bottom of my purse,

right before I left Japan

so I developed it in NY.

I always love photos that look a little bit coarse

with a little dull colors.

I wish I had husky voice that goes with

the quality of the photos.

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I have been getting up at around 11 or noon

so I better go to bed now

so that I could get up at 6:00 AM tomorrow.

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My resolution for this week is…

– Eat Healthy

Yes, that’s right.

Whenever I am in the city over the weekends,

I feel like I am eating and drinking terribly.

Time to reset my body!

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Mellow Sunday…

I couldn’t finish the post yesterday

but it was supposed to be posted on Sunday.

Ooops.

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Finally the snow has started to melt

and we could almost walk everywhere

without being trapped in puddles.

My leather boots are not happy with all the water

and salt on the street and I’ve been polishing them

everyday once they are dried.

Oh well…I guess they add some characteristics.

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Today I got up and walked to Green Point

which is like 20 min. walk from where I am staying

in Williamsburg.

I met up with Matthew and we went to

Peter Pan Bakery to have some doughnuts and coffee.

Yum yum.

They have very yummy doughnuts.

I am kind of glad that I don’t live near

Whole Foods, doughnuts or a bagel shop.

It would be so dangerous.

In the night, I went to Pinkerton wine bar

to hear Matt

(…I hope you don’t mind me linking it to your site!)

play jazz.

Good music, good people, and some wine.

Life is good.

He will be playing there every Sunday night from now on.

If you are in the area, you should stop by

and have a glass of wine.

Little cozy bar with nice atmosphere,

I wish I could go there every Sunday night

but alas, I have to leave for Port Washington on Sunday nights.

Today I will go to East Village again

to pick up my photo.

Getting kind of hungry, but first…

shower time.