Friday, April 14, 2017


I have mentioned before in one of my posts that Chiba-koen is my favorite hanami (flower viewing) spot in Japan. Not much have been written about this park since most locals and tourists prefer Tokyo area during spring, but I and my friends usually visit this place every year.


pink cherry blossoms 
falling faster than my hair 
i am growing old 

~ totomai 

Saturday, March 18, 2017


I bought the book, Kamikaze: A Japanese Pilot's Own Spectacular Story of the Famous Suicide Squadron, in 2013 but did not have the time to read it until recently. The book opened with an explanation from one of the authors, Gordon T. Allred, after he was informed that the story of Yasuo Kuwahara may be a fabricated one. He maintained that he still believes Kuwahara, and let the readers decide afterwards. 


Sunday, March 12, 2017


Today, my blog turns 10 - that is a decade of blogging, shooting, and distilling thoughts. For the past ten years, I always see to it that I have at least one blog entry per month. Checking the number of posts, I have a total of 354 including this one - an average of 3 blogs per month.

Photo by: Noli / Dave 
Bodypaint by: Tokyo Bodypaint 

Sunday, February 12, 2017


I attended the wedding of my friend last January in Calatagan, Batangas. Batangas is known for its beautiful beaches. The wedding reception was held in Stilts Caltagan, so for convenience, I booked a room at the said resort for two nights. I stayed at the tree house which was very different and interesting at the same time. And outside of that tree house, the blue waters are always to greet me - have a nice day.


Sunday, January 22, 2017


How about starting the year without a job? The company decided to cut down the number of employees due to the crisis faced by the oil and gas industry. I had a strong feeling that this will happen soon so I can't say that I am not prepared to hear the news. It's been great decade of experience and knowledge.  


Thursday, December 29, 2016


Today, I am a year older and there’s no stopping it. Most of you are aware of my yearly birthday tradition - photo shoot in birthday suit. I was running out of idea and then I met Ai-san, a body painter in Yokohama, in one of photography meet-ups.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Last December, I posted my first “before and after” photo on Facebook. That was three months after I started my low-carb diet. Since then, I have posted 4 more times to show the progress. Don’t worry, this is the last “before and after” photo since I already reached my goal. I will just try to maintain it.


Watching Winter 

 I watch...

the sun paints 
the roofs 
in shades of orange,
why not blue or green?

the last two 
maple leaves 
finally let go -
can they survive the cold
like Hansel and Gretel?

 the Christmas twinkles
fill in 
 for the fireflies
to bring back
the warmth of summer 

 myself melts
in front of the mirror 

a reflection stare back at me 
 without blinking

 was I a snowman 
or a scarecrow 
or a human


Tuesday, November 22, 2016


This morning I was awakened by a strong earthquake, two minutes ahead of my daily alarm setting. I immediately sat on the edge of the bed. While waiting for the shakings to stop, the ghost of the March 11 earthquake flashed back. As soon as the earth stabilized, I switched on the lights and proceeded with the routine of a salaryman. Shower. Eat. Travel. Work. Eat. Shower. Sleep. Pretty exciting life, right?

photo by Noemi

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