The Smallest Corner

Where: Kamakura, Japan

When: July 2009

Camera: Canon Powershot A550

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A small city, a small street, a small corner beside a shop. What do you find there? In the United States I would expect maybe beer bottles and cigarette butts, maybe a trash can, maybe, at best, a potted plant or a bit of a store window.

Instead, in this little corner of Kamakura, about four square feet of ground space, there is a lovely cabinet displaying some art, some ubiquitous and frighteningly realistic Japanese plastic food models for the restaurant behind, and the smallest bit of landscaping I think I’ve ever seen. The ground cuts away swiftly into a tiny pond, and a tiny tree rises above.

I almost don’t know which impresses me more: the scale, or the flawless blending of practical, artistic, and introduced natural beauty.

/Three Weeks of Japan Mania

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A Sushi Feast

Where: Tokyo, Japan

When: July 2009

Camera: Canon Powershot A550

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After a day trip, Laura and I returned to Tokyo to find an unbelievably delicious feast waiting at Mayumi’s house. The sushi was much better than any I’d ever eaten before. There was sweet eel and egg sushi, chewy squid, flavorful salmon roe, and chewy, translucent squid alongside more familiar varieties. Every bite was amazing.

/Three Weeks of Japan Mania