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Gaddi Songs at Ghoomakad

On our last night in Rakkar, we hung out on the balcony at Ghoomakad with friends and made music. When we’d trekked up the mountain a few weeks previously, Foja hummed and whistled a tune that was an earworm. I was really glad that it was played that night...

Winter Hoop Dance

I joined a group on Facebook called The Hooping Game. Players are assigned songs, then have 48 hours to make a hoopdance video and post it back to the group. I got my song yesterday morning and braved the almost freezing temperatures at Yoyogi park to make my...

Hello Tokyo 2006

Hello Tokyo’s had a facelift, new voiceovers and some updated details. I ended up doing the voiceovers for the transportation section while I was still stuffy. I did my best, but my voice sounds a little strange. If you’d like to see it, all 11 minutes are...
Chasing the Director

Chasing the Director

On location at Narita I’m involved in a film project but this time in front of the camera instead of behind the scenes. It’s really difficult not to compose the shots in my head and think about how everything will be edited together. But all I have to do...
Lip synching

Lip synching

This week I’ve been reworking Hello Tokyo for a presentation that I’m giving later this month at Tokyo Here and Now, the twice-a-year orientation program hosted by the Tokyo American Club. It was high time for a Hello Tokyo update as a few things have...
Carrot Flowers and Starred Shiitake

Carrot Flowers and Starred Shiitake

In preparation for next week’s recipe–a Japanese winter stew–here’s a video to show you how to do some of the decorative cuts that make nabe as lovely to look at as it is delicious to eat. Simple Japanese Decorative Cutting 3.7 MB...