I’m an achiever. According to my Strengthsfinder assessment, that means: You feel as if every day starts at zero. By the end of the day you must achieve something tangible in order to feel good about yourself. And by “every … Continue Reading →

Singing from the Cross

Four weeks ago I watched Silence: the Martin Scorsese film released last December, based on Shusaku Endo’s historical fiction novel. One hour prior, I finished reading the book. The story follows two 17th century Portuguese Jesuit missionaries’ journey to Japan in search of their … Continue Reading →

2016 in Review

For the UK, it was Brexit. For the US, it was Trump. For Japan, it was Pen Pineapple Apple Pen. For me and Chi, 2016 went a little like this: Wedding: Engaged in January, married in May…and June. Of all events … Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving for Thorns

Since early October, I’ve been fully healthy for a whopping two days. Nothing serious. Just a cold that Chi and I have passed back and forth to each other — sharing is caring — combined with allergies, and a case of food poisoning … Continue Reading →

The Bridge LIVE@Shimokitazawa

A few photos from our performance at The Bridge LIVE@Shimokitazawa this past Saturday! The Bridge LIVE is a gathering of several bands every three months in the trendy town of Shimokitazawa. It’s put on by my friend Joey Zorina, who is reaching out … Continue Reading →

Four Years In

Four years ago this month, I boarded a flight from LA to Tokyo, with two suitcases, a carry on, and a backpack. I didn’t even have my guitar. Just the essentials — clothes, Trader Joes gifts for people I had … Continue Reading →