Now

Things I’m doing right now. Updated July 19th, 2022.

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Living

  • Living in Kasugai, central Japan, just outside Nagoya.

Doing

  • Rucking (walking around the neighbourhood for 7kms or so with a backpack weighing 20% of my body weight).
  • Walking/hiking/running/cycling. There’s a hiking/walking route map here.
  • Looking after my daughter full time. She needs attention, attention, attention.
  • Making contact sheets of photos taken since 1995. I don’t trust digital/the cloud to keep my memories safe.
  • Walking the old Nakasendō and Kiso-ji routes in central Japan. Finished walking the Kiso-ji for the first time in late November 2021 and plan to start over in spring 2022 walking with my daughter. I have been walking the Tōkaidō route occasionally, too.
  • Running a summer and spring homestay program to the Gold Coast, Australia for Japanese children.
  • Staying as fit as possible. My fitness has declined as my responsibility towards my daughter has increased. But I still run, cycle, hike, or walk most days.
  • Running our private English school with my wife.

Postponed

  • Winter trips to Hokkaido. Before the pandemic I went there every winter to photograph.

Books Currently Reading (2022)

For Japanese photography books go here.

  • People From My Neighbourhood – Hiromi Kawakami

Books Read in 2022

  • Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
  • The Secret World of Weather – Tristan Gooley
  • The Comfort Crisis – Michael Easter
  • The Courage to be Happy – Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga
  • Nightwalk: A Journey to the Heart of Nature – Chris Yates
  • How to Connect with Nature – Tristan Gooley and The School of Life (reread)
  • The Courage to be Disliked – Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga
  • Quicksand – Junichiro Tanizaki
  • On Assignment – James R. Larison
  • Modern Instances: The Craft of Photography – Stephen Shore
  • Summer – Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • A Pound of Pictures – Alec Soth
  • When We Cease to Understand the World – Benjamin Labutut
  • A Simpler Life – The School of Life
  • Photographs That Make You Think: Humans – Henry Carroll
  • The Ministry of the Future – Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs Of People – Henry Carroll
  • Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs Of Places – Henry Carroll
  • Spring – Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • A Notebook for Everyday Adventures – Alastair Humphreys
  • Contented Dementia – Oliver James
  • The Way of Zen – Alan Watts

Books Read in 2021

  • Winter – Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce
  • The View From Breast Pocket Mountain – Karen Anton Hill
  • This Life: Why Mortality Makes Us Free Martin Hägglund
  • Something Strange Across the River Kafu Nagai
  • Radically Condensed Instructions for Being Just as You Are J Matthews
  • Teach Yourself to Live: The classic guide to finding happiness C G L Du Cann
  • Four Thousand Weeks: Embrace your limits. Change your life – Oliver Burkeman
  • The Backyard Adventurer Beau Miles
  • Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Jia Tolentino
  • Wanderlust: A History of Walking Rebecca Solnit
  • The Turning Tim Winton
  • The Snow Leopard Peter Matthiessen
  • The Living Mountain: A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland (The Grampian Quartet Book 3) Nan Shepherd
  • 日本人の心がわかる日本語 (アスク出版) (Japanese Edition) 森田 六郎
  • The Unmapped Country: Stories and Fragments Ann Quin
  • Summer: Winner of the Orwell Prize for Fiction 2021 (Seasonal Quartet Book 4) Ali Smith
  • Two Meals a Day: The Simple, Sustainable Strategy to Lose Fat, Reverse Aging, and Break Free from Diet Frustration Forever Mark Sisson
  • The Tales of Ise (Penguin Classics) Peter MacMillan
  • History of Japan: Revised Edition Richard Mason
  • Lanny: LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019 Max Porter
  • Zen: The Art of Simple Living Shunmyo Masuno
  • Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters (Canons Book 57) Annie Dillard
  • Rashomon and Other Stories Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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