My adopted Japanese mother recently complained that I no longer take pictures of things and post them online. She questioned whether this was because I needed a new camera. Maybe my old one no longer worked?
And so when my birthday came, a package from Japan arrived at my house. Inside the package was a new Canon digital camera. Now I am compelled to post photographs. Those Japanese ladies are sneaky!!
Here are the first ones I’ve taken. I do remember taking lots of photos while I lived in Japan, and posting them here for friends and family and interested parties to see what life was like where I was living. And I remember that it was fun to do this. In the past two years, though, life became very busy for me, teaching full time, taking classes toward an MFA degree that I’ve finished this summer, and trying amid all of this to continue writing. I had to stop doing lots of things I enjoyed doing, things that added to my happiness in life quotient, while managing these other pursuits. Writing a blog and taking photographs and posting those was one of those things that stopped, not completely, but to a trickle. I want to get back into the habit of it, though, because keeping a blog wasn’t only just fun, it satisfied my desire to have a space in which to meditate out loud, and to share things from my life with people I want to keep in touch with but live far from. Even though I’m back in the U.S., I have lots of friends who live far away, in other states. And also in other countries.
So here are a few photos I took recently. Home, garden, cats (Kokoro first, Yuki second), and an amazing Tom Kha soup that Tony made tonight.