“I’m Fine” in the New Year

Feeling some sort of vague sadness for the past several days – about aging, impermanence and the persistence of various problems, personal and social, which listening to a song I heard – or noticed hearing – for the first time yesterday at the Azabu Juban Starbucks seems to capture perfectly.


Recharging yesterday at Shinjuku Gyoen (in Tokyo), thanks to the sun and its energy in the leaves of maple and gingko trees.

My Favorite Vegan Bistro in Tokyo

This past Saturday, after yoga in Shitamachi, I enjoyed a meal at my favorite vegan bistro in Tokyo – Little Saebejae, less than a two minute’s walk from (at least one exit of) Asakusa Station.

Fantastic, subtle flavors imparted to every dish by the owner-chef, who runs the place by herself, all for a very reasonable price.

Highest recommendation!

Autumn’s Close – Yesterday Morning In My “Backyard”

So fortunate to have such a spacious park in my neighborhood (Rinshi no Mori, near Musashi Koyama Station).

Just a two minute walk from my apartment – always nice for a break from writing or whatever, breathing in some tranquility, and oxygenating the brain!

Rainy Day … Background Reading

Spent time this rainy day afternoon at a Starbucks in Omotesando doing some background reading for the new version of “Bonobo Christ” that I’m working on. A book of scholarly articles with titles like, “The Absence of Sexual Coercion in Bonobos” – all with the aim of better understanding key differences between humans and bonobos. And the broader goal of adding depth, insight, authenticity to the story. And because I’m just plain interested in this subject as well.