October 1, 2016

Packing list: Scotland

Next week I’ll be going to the Isle of Skye in Scotland! Below are the key wardrobe items that I’ll be bringing with me, sorted into two outfits.




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August 18, 2016

Scenes from my past two weeks

image11{Montepulciano, Tuscany}

I’m back from Europe! After a few days in London I went to Italy where I embarked on a road trip that began in Milan, moved through Cinque Terre in Liguria, and ended in Tuscany. Below are some pictures!

image1{View of London as seen from Duck and Waffle}

image5{At Sugar House Studios in London}

image12{Walking along the terrace of Milan’s cathedral}

image3{Inside the Orto Botanico di Brera}

image6{Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre}

image7{Siena, Tuscany, where preparations for the Palio were underway}

image8{Siena Cathedral}

image9{The view from a vineyard in Montepulciano}

image13{A fountain in Siena that dates to Roman times)

image10{Tuscan grapes}

image14{My trusty ride on this Italian road trip!}


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July 29, 2016

packing list: Italy and London

Soon I’ll be leaving for Italy and London! Below are the things that I’ll be packing in my suitcase. Hopefully I’ll be well-prepared for the sweltering heat that the Italian summers are famous for!







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May 11, 2016

Scenes from my weekend

image2{Montmorency Falls}

This weekend I was in Montréal and Québec City, and as always, here are some of the photos from my trip!

image1{View from the top of Montmorency Falls}

Processed with VSCO with q1 preset{A schoolyard from the 1800s in Québec City}

image4{Poutine at La Banquise in Montréal}

{Inside Montréal’s Notre-Dame Basilica}

image3{A military marching band in Québec City}



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May 5, 2016

Packing list: Montréal and Québec City

This weekend I’m running away to Francophone Canada! I’ve heard so much about how simultaneously European and North American it is, and I’m excited to finally see that blend for myself. Now that the characteristically harsh winter has passed in Québec, I look forward to leisurely roadtripping from Montréal to Québec City and eating my weight in poutine along the way!

Below are the things I’m bringing with me, sorted into outerwear and two outfits:





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April 24, 2016

Scenes from the last three weeks

image9{Cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens}

Everything has burst into full bloom here in New York! Spring has finally arrived, and the past week was full of beautiful weather and sunshine. Below are a few photos from the last three weeks, including some very belated pictures from my trip to Japan and Singapore!

image1{An examination of what might be a fragment from one of the most important 12th c. hand scrolls in Japan (鳥獣人物戯画)}

image8{The Brooklyn Museum’s artist’s ball}

{On a hike to 戸隠神社 in Nagano, Japan}

image4{Nagano, Japan}

image6{Sakura mochi in Tokyo}

 a {Nagano, Japan}

image2{The Singapore Botanical Gardens}


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April 13, 2016

A history of the colour pink in Japan

image1{The Meguro River (目黒川) at 中目黒 in Tokyo}

After my recent visit to Japan, which felicitously coincided with the cherry blossom season, I thought I’d spend a little time covering the history of the colour pink in that country. Compared to other languages (such as certain ones in Europe), the colour pink in East Asia does not nearly have as long an etymological history as other colours in terms of being recognized as a distinct colour in its own right rather than as a derivative of ‘red.’

However, in the case of Japan, ‘pink’ has a rather long history—as is fitting for the country with a famously deep appreciation for cherry blossoms. As far back as the 8th century during the Nara period, ‘pink’ or「桃花褐」was found in Manyōshū (万葉集- Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves), the oldest surviving compilation of poetry in Japanese. In it, the colour is used to analogously compare the impermanency of a pink stain to the shallow feelings of a woman:


Here, the colour has been transliterated as ‘tsukisome,’ and while there are other variations on this word that involve the Chinese character for ‘peach’ (桃)*, they all denote the same colour: pink. In addition to the words for ‘pink’ that involve the character for ‘red’ (淡紅色、退紅), this raises the total number of possibilities to one that far outnumbers any imaginable counterpart sum in English.

Now, of course, the Anglicized pronunciation of ‘pink’ (ピンク- pinku) is most commonly used in spoken Japanese. And while the majority of other words for ‘pink’ are considered obsolete today, the range of ways in which this colour has been described indicates how much the concept of pink has been contemplated in Japanese thought throughout its literary history.

* 桃花褐(あらぞめ、つきそめ) 、桃染(つきそめ)、桃色(ももいろ)


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March 23, 2016

packing list: japan & singapore

Soon I’ll be leaving the city again for a trip to Singapore and Japan! Below are a few things that I’ll be packing. As New York is experiencing the last few vestiges of winter, I’m more than happy to skirt away to the tropics for a short while. Most of all, though, I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with my family and seeing the cherry blossoms!




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March 12, 2016

Scenes from my (last two) weeks

Processed with VSCOcam with c2 preset{Those Parisian nights!}

Hello again! I’m back in New York after spending two weeks abroad in Europe, and I’m glad that the weather is already warm enough to feel like Spring. As always, here are some scenes from my trip to Spain and Paris!

Processed with VSCOcam with c3 preset{Walking on a bench like a naughty tourist}

image1{An exhibition on nanban Japanese lacquer in Pamplona, Spain}

image11{Bone marrow with caviar, pickled onions, and chestnuts}

image8{An old favourite at the Louvre}

12778792_10153403715862361_6649380200137333305_o{Midnight in Paris}

{Breton buckwheat crepes}

image6{At Les Chouettes, a beautiful restaurant!}

image10{At a little back garden in Montmartre}



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February 20, 2016

Packing list: Madrid and Paris

Tomorrow I’ll be leaving on a trip to Madrid and Paris! I am so excited. Any trip that allows for both work and leisure is always a welcome idea to me. And what wonderful destinations this time! Below are the wardrobe pieces that I’ll be bringing along, sorted by the outfits that I have in mind:




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