Monthly Archives: November 2013

Revenge of the Akuma Clan Launch

It’s November 26 and that means that my second book officially launches in the United States and will soon launch in other countries around the world. Writing a novel is a work of years and so it’s exciting to finally be able to share something with you that started back in 2010. While Revenge of the Akuma Clan is a fantasy set in Japan for the teen market, it contains many of the experiences I’ve shared right here on More

2013 Kume Island Shrimp Festival

Just two days ago, on November 23, Kume Island held its annual Kuruma Shrimp Festival. The festival is small, but popular with visitors coming from outside of Okinawa for a unique chance to see and taste the prized shrimp (they’re actually prawns but you get the idea). The festival started off with the usual welcoming speeches by the town tourism office, mayor, and shrimp industry representatives. Workers from the four local farms and the Okinawa shrimp cooperative sent the season’s

Senso Temple in Tokyo

After visiting Tokyo Skytree during my two-day trip to Tokyo I worked my way down to the new train station to work my way back into town. Many people had suggested the Asakusa area so I got off at the Asakusa station, just a few stops from the tower.¬†I didn’t have any specific plans or maps but I quickly found my way to a highly populated area before the Senso Temple grounds. Between the Kaminari (lightning) Gate and the Hozo

2013 Japan Writers Conference

Every year the Japan Writers Conference is an event that is free and open to the public. Those who write in English provide presentations, discussions, and workshops on a variety of subjects. Though thrown by writers for writers, it is a great opportunity for those interested in the creative process to gain new insight into a variety of fields. This year the JWC took place in Nishihara, Okinawa on November second and third. It was my first time attending the

2013 Kume Island Marathon

Every year the Kume Island Marathon¬†draws participants from around the world. This year a typhoon almost managed to cancel the event (ferries were canceled), but still several hundred people managed to make their way onto the ferry. As with last year, I was asked to do photography for the event. I started out at Miifugaa, but then worked my way around to a few other locations. I ended up with over a thousand photos total from the day. I’ve edited