Whenever September rolls in, convenience stores in Japan can be seen stocking stainless steel containers near the counter. Inside, an array of various ingredients—boiled eggs, sausages, fish cakes, radish, etc.—all soaked in brownish broth. This is oden, a traditional Japanese comfort food often enjoyed in the cold weather. Although popular in fall and winter, it can be eaten all year round, with stalls and restaurants that specialize in making them. Continue reading “When in Shizuoka, Eat Oden”
It was sudden, and then sweeping—the memory of my grandfather.
I was in Chiba, surrounded by stretches of green fields with the summer sky wide open above me, walking alone on a paved road when a small figure hovered in front of me. Its tiny wings were fluttering hastily, as if trying to beat the passing of time.
“A dragonfly!” I said out loud. Continue reading “Dragonfly”
There was a time in my life that whenever I felt bad, I would go looking for clovers. It became a habit around five years ago, when I’d just moved from Manila and noticed that clovers were more abundant in Tokyo. I have always loved the magical stories people weave in everyday objects, so naturally, I felt drawn to the idea of searching for a four-leaf clover.
Located at the fringes of western Tokyo, Okutama is a town that offers the quiet majesty of nature to anyone who drops by for a visit. I walked the Otama Trail for my first ever solo hike, which gave way to a lot of reflection. Continue reading Trailing Thoughts in Okutama