Hello darkness my old friend.
Time to hustle and grind.
Print deadline in a week.
No rest for the wicked.
#comics #illustration #manga #warheadcomic #warhead #ksanzo

Back in the dusty mountains and 80% unpacked.
You know you’re truly exhausted when sunlight offends all your senses and you feel like your very soul is evaporating.
#traveling #mountains #sleeptimenow

Dear Japan,

Dear Japan,

While I usually slide out a slick and concise sign off to a new country as I depart, given the circumstances and my long standing love affair with so many aspects of your culture, I feel something more is in order.

This stint of time, while short, has been significant and rich with meaning. Though my inability to read kanji left me ignorant to many of your subtler nuances, I unearthed facets of myself as I briefly pinwheeled through your mountains and cities.

I learned about myself as I learned about you. Such is the way of travel, yet this has been an encounter of considerably greater resonance.
For this I am very grateful.
More than anything you helped me rediscover my innate curiosity— something long dormant and sorely missed.

There are things about you which I will long for like an irritable burr-itch on my heart. The wonder that is the Japanese 7/11 will never cease to amaze me— that I will no longer be able stroll down the street and pick up a seaweed onigiri or tender red bean mochi saddens my heart.
I’m sure I’ll be craving the velvety, refreshing Matcha Latte for a long time after my return to the states.
So many sweets, the names of which I do not know, whose unparalleled flavor linger on my lips and tongue— a fondly remembered kiss.
The wonders of Daiso that have allowed me to kit my kitchen-ware entirely in acid green.

There are things about you I will never forget.
The arresting and unmistakable scent of cedar that snakes helter-skelter through your street and has permanent residence at your shrines and temples. It crests the wave of heady aromas which washed over me like an incoming tide.
The vast quiet and striking composition of your sacred spaces which smoothed every one of my live-wire neurons to serenity.
Your ebb and flow, your rhythm— an unerring timepiece of cutting edge design, elegantly carved from one thousand year old wood.
The striking beauty of your landscape— the juxtaposition of mountain and sea. The unending green of your forests. The layers of blue ridge-lines receding, fading to the horizon.

You are at once both baffling and familiar; and completely mesmerizing.

Thank you for everything, with all my heart.

I will see you again soon.
And when I do I’ll have a good measure more Japanese under my belt than I do now.


I was more excited for this tofu bun than I probably should have been, but it was super delicious.
#japan #dimsum #kyoto #traveling #food

My drinking buddy for tonight.
#kyoto #japan #traveling

Made it to Izumo today. Anyone who knows me knows this is a big item crossed off my bucket list. Very cool indeed.
#japan #travel #izumo #izumotaisha #mitama #shinto #blueseed

(Source: iraffiruse, via xxmisty)

I have spent more money on music in Japan than I have on anything else apart from food.
#japan #music #jrock #traveling


Two and a half weeks isn’t nearly enough time here.

There’s still so much to do and see.

So many shrines, temples, cities, people, places.
I want to live here so badly.

I want to be part of this whirlwind of wonderment.








Circus Tree: Six individual sycamore trees were shaped, bent, and braided to form this.

how the hell do you bend and braid a tree

Actually pretty easy. Trees don’t reject tissue from other trees in the same family. You bend the tree to another tree when it is a sapling, scrape off the bark on both trees where they touch, add some damp sphagnum moss around them to keep everything slightly moist and bind them together. 
Then wait a few years- The trees will have grown together. 

You can use a similar technique to graft a lemon branch or a lime branch or even both- onto an orange tree and have one tree that has all three fruits.


As a biologist I can clearly state that plants are fucking weird and you should probably be slightly afraid of them.

On that note! At the university (UBC) located in town, the Agriculture students were told by their teacher that a tree flipped upside down would die. So they took an excavator and flipped the tree upside down. And it’s still growing. But the branches are now the roots, and the roots are now these super gnarly looking branches. Be afraid.

But Vi, how can you mention that and NOT post a picture? D:



when i lived in ocala we had a bunch of citrus trees in our back yard and there was this one really tall one and on the top it was oranges and the bottom was grapefruits it was really cool

(via just-yasmeen)

A good day indeed.
#japan #miyajima #traveling #shrine #happiness

#theboxtrolls #hiroshima #japan #animation

Hiroshima Animation Festival, round 2. Laika Seminar presenting Box Trolls.
#boxtrolls #laika #anime #animation #hiroshima #japan