Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday Papers: Tom Bissell

"They say the mountains call your name, and you spend the rest of your life trying to figure out which one called you."

On the turntable: Dinosaur Jr., "Dinosaur" 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Imbibing Bibliophile #15

Nothing Sacred, by Angela Carter
Kin'oni SSS Pale Ale, Onidensetsu Brewery

On the turntable: Duke Ellington, "Ellington at Newport"

Friday, May 26, 2017

Nakasendo Waypoints #101

A shifting of angles.
Heat, and the summer rains,
Exchange places.

On the turntable:  Descendents, "All"

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Imbibing Bibliophile #14

A Walk in Kumamoto, by Yoji Hasekawa
Enigma IPA, TDM 1874 Brewery

On the turntable:  David Bowie,  "Ziggy Stardust"

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


In old Kyoto,
What is the 'kigo'
For tourist season?

On the turntable:  Dizzy Gillespie, "1945-1950 Small Groups"

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Walk through History

My latest travel piece for the Singapore Straits Times, on walking Nara's Yagyu Kaido.

On the turntable:  Deep Forest, "Pacifique"

Monday, May 15, 2017

Nakasendo Waypoints #100

Far from the madding crowd,
Between steadfast peaks and resolute water,
Into the future I go.

On the turntable:  Dizzy Gillespie, "The Cool World"

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Imbibing Bibliophile #13

The Last Shogun,  by Ryotaro Shiba
Punk IPA, Brew Dog Brewery

On the turntable: Del McCoury, "Celebrating 50 Years"

Monday, May 08, 2017


Golden Week.
And it was that last day
That shined the brightest.

On the turntable:  Doyle Lawson, "Bluegrass Gospel"

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Nakasendo Waypoints #99

High to low.
Defying natural wisdom
As summer dawns.

On the turntable:  Dead Kennedys, "A Skateboard Party"

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Nakasendo Waypoints #98

Maples uncurl
Their tiny fists
To catch the fluttering petals.

On the turntable:  Dead Can Dance, "Unreleased Tracks 1"