In my house of the future, regardless of where it is, will totally have one Japanese themed room with rice paper screen doors (shoji), tatami, and a hanging scroll of calligraphy that I’ve written. Not that I’m any good at calligraphy though, it’s just that my handwriting is so bad in any language I’m sure I could turn it into art with enough curvy lines and a big brush.
If you're wondering how my last vacation went, I was in Japan this past March just in time to watch Sakura start to blossom. I also finally got to hit 2 spots I've always wanted to go: hiking in the Kiso Valley along the old Nakasendo highway and seeing the ancient farmhouses of Shirakawa-go, Ainokura, and Suganuma.
Closing the boarding door on a 777.
•Books: Freakonomics, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
•Shows: TED Talks, Colbert Report, バライエティ番組
•Movie Genres: slice of life, documentaries, ジブリ・Ghibli Films
--English: The New Pornographers, Joy Division, The Who,
--日本語: スピッツ, Base Ball Bear, The High-Lows.
The genres that suit me best are power pop and rock.
•Food: Japanese and American cuisines are my favorites to enjoy and/or make, but I like changing my menu up regularly.
Mountains > beaches
Android phones and PCs > Granny Smiths
•Sturdy luggage - something has to hold all my clothes, laptop, and souvenirs.
•Noise-Cancelling Headphones - they allow me to still love airplanes, while I enjoy my music.
•Someone to talk to - because I just have to tell you that...if you've never had a grilled oyster in Japan before, you HAVE...NOT...LIVED!
•Humor - because oysters aren't as funny sitting by themselves in a pool of water...not being grilled.
•The ancestors who came before us- because someone had to figure out the hard way that hemlock can't be turned into a caesar salad.