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Through Photographs – 25 June 2013

As I write this I sit in my room, contemplating the end of my year abroad while incense wafts about me and my ridiculously messy surroundings. It’s been a crazy year, full of ups and downs, twists and turns, and other cliches but, still a year I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world (yet ANOTHER cliche.). I mean, in two weeks it all comes to an end, as abrupt as it started, and I’ll be on a plane back home. Conveying what this odyssey has meant to me in words will come in the next post, but for now I think the best way is to do it through photographs. I’ve taken hundreds since I’ve been here, and through those photographs I can give you a sense of what it means to experience the places I’ve seen, places some of you have never been, and may never go. That way, at least visually, I can share those experiences with all of you. I’m not rich. I’m not some magnate who just decides on a whim to fly halfway around the world. And who the hell knows the next time I’ll get to see these places again. That’s why these photographs mean so much to me, and why it means so much to me to share them with all of you.

 

This is I-House, the place I've called home since September.

This is I-House, the place I’ve called home since September.

 

Going to a Chunichi Dragons baseball game with some people I met here.

Going to a Chunichi Dragons baseball game with some people I met here.

 

Looking toward Nagoya Station from Sakae the first time I went out alone.

Looking toward Nagoya Station from Sakae the first time I went out alone.

 

The Port of Nagoya.

The Port of Nagoya.

 

Watching a few friends play Super Smash Brothers on a lazy day.

Watching a few friends play Super Smash Brothers on a lazy day.

 

Me fucked up in a club.

Me fucked up in a club.

 

Yosakoi and fireworks.

Yosakoi and fireworks.

 

And dragons.

And dragons.

 

A couple friends who came to watch me...

A couple friends who came to watch me…

 

... do this to myself.

… do this to myself.

 

Bored, so took a candid of my RA.

Bored, so took a candid of my RA.

 

Makin' ashtrays with friends.

Makin’ ashtrays with friends.

 

This girl wanted to clean my ears soooooo badly.

This girl wanted to clean my ears soooooo badly.

 

Big balls through the streets.

Big balls through the streets.

 

Me postin' at a parade in my shades and pot leaf chain.

Me postin’ at a parade in my shades and pot leaf chain.

 

And with a few friends, too.

And with a few friends, too.

 

The burger from hell...

The burger from hell…

 

...with friends...

…with friends…

 

...of course.

…of course.

 

Halloween.

Halloween.

 

More Halloween. And liquor.

More Halloween. And liquor.

 

And more of each.

And more of each.

 

Making soba with friends.

Making soba with friends.

 

The Grand Shrine at Ise.

The Grand Shrine at Ise.

 

I pet the deer...

I pet the deer…

 

... while my friend got attacked by them.

… while my friend got attacked by them.

 

Horyu-ji in Nara.

Horyu-ji in Nara.

 

This was before I began getting drunk at karaoke.

This was before I began getting drunk at karaoke.

 

Christmas in Seoul.

Christmas in Seoul.

 

Seoul from my hotel room...

Seoul from my hotel room…

 

...and the alley outside.

…and the alley outside.

 

A Korean love message at Seoul Tower.

A Korean love message at Seoul Tower.

 

The city from Seoul Tower.

The city from Seoul Tower.

 

The Han River.

The Han River.

 

New Year's Eve.

New Year’s Eve.

 

Then I got really drunk.

Then I got really drunk.

 

Then I got drunker at karaoke.

Then I got drunker at karaoke.

 

The first sunrise of the year from the highest building in Nagoya. Almost threw up up there. ALMOST.

The first sunrise of the year from the highest building in Nagoya. Almost threw up up there. ALMOST.

 

A random temple in Nagoya with a couple friends.

A random temple in Nagoya with a couple friends.

 

Found this walking around the city.

Found this walking around the city.

 

The phallus at Komaki Shrine.

The phallus at Komaki Shrine.

 

Walking with friends.

Walking with friends.

 

Me doing a little rock jumping.

Me doing a little rock jumping.

 

The Totoro house.

The Totoro house.

 

The cherry blossoms outside of I-House.

The cherry blossoms outside of I-House.

 

Me flipping off the camera in front of the cherry trees outside of I-House.

Me flipping off the camera in front of the cherry trees outside of I-House.

 

Flower viewing with a few friends.

Flower viewing with a few friends.

 

Flower viewing with more friends.

Flower viewing with more friends.

 

Cool fire.

Cool fire.

 

Cherry blossoms stretching across the street.

Cherry blossoms stretching across the street.

 

Once again, drunk with friends.

Once again, drunk with friends.

 

Me singing in front of everyone at a neighborhood Cherry Blossom Festival in Nagoya.

Me singing in front of everyone at a neighborhood Cherry Blossom Festival in Nagoya.

 

Iwasaki Castle, about a fifteen-minute walk from I-House.

Iwasaki Castle, about a fifteen-minute walk from I-House.

 

Cool flower.

Cool flower.

 

Random walk with friends.

Random walk with friends.

 

Suzuka Circuit.

Suzuka Circuit.

 

The guy's my friend, but I was aiming for the girls next to him.

The guy’s my friend, but I was aiming for the girls next to him.

 

The racetrack.

The racetrack.

 

A bit o' drift.

A bit o’ drift.

 

Kyoto Station.

Kyoto Station.

 

Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Fushimi Inari Shrine.

 

Ginkaku-ji Temple.

Ginkaku-ji Temple.

 

View of the mountains around Kyoto from the end of the Philosopher's Walk.

View of the mountains around Kyoto from the end of the Philosopher’s Walk.

 

Kumano Nyakuoji Shrine.

Kumano Nyakuoji Shrine.

 

Park near the Kyoto Municipal Zoo.

Park near the Kyoto Municipal Zoo.

 

Yasaka Shrine, in Gion.

Yasaka Shrine, in Gion.

 

Geiko standing outside the Ichiriki Teahouse, the most exclusive in all of Gion, Kyoto, and indeed Japan itself.

Geiko standing outside the Ichiriki Teahouse, the most exclusive in all of Gion, Kyoto, and indeed Japan itself.

 

Hanami Lane, the heart of Gion.

Hanami Lane, the heart of Gion.

 

Geiko rushing to an appointment.

Geiko rushing to an appointment.

 

Kennin-ji Temple.

Kennin-ji Temple.

 

Daimonji.

Daimonji.

 

Kinkaku-ji Temple.

Kinkaku-ji Temple.

 

Arashiyama with a friend.

Arashiyama with a friend.

 

Togetsukyo Bridge at Arashiyama.

Togetsukyo Bridge at Arashiyama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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