Convergence Factor: Micro

2021-11-26: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 94: The Light The light at the end of the tunnel is a strobe. Not the persistently pulsating variety you might …

2021-11-23: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 93: Uncooperative In cities, we try to put nature in a box, to contain it in parks and flowerpots so that we can keep …

2021-11-19: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 92: Sitting on a Mid-River Stone To sit and do nothing in nature is one of wonderful. To simply exist and observe, to notice the …

2021-11-16: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 91: Stars and Waters The high, thin wisps of cloud traversing the sky were matched by the steam rising from the water’s …

2021-11-11: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 90: Sharp Enough The odd patches of hair missing from my arm show I’ve been sharpening kitchen knives. If a knife …

2021-11-09: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 89: Not Giving Up Teaching English in Japan is a trap. That is, it’s a trap in the sense that it can be very, very …

2021-11-05: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 88: Oh, an Earthquake My aunt saw my kitchen on the news. In a segment broadcast on her local NBC affiliate in the USA …

2021-11-03: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 87: A New Bath to Call Home A bath at home is well and good, but a bath at the sento1 is a thing apart. Something social, even …

2021-11-02: #flashnano 2021, Day 1 This November, I’m going to be attempting to fully complete Nancy Stohlman’s FLASHNANO, a monthlong …

2021-10-28: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 86: Falling Into Patterns It wasn’t the first time I had moved in with a romantic partner, but when I moved into my current …

2021-10-26: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 85: Absent I was sitting around with a handful of students yesterday who had arrived early. And in the early …

2021-10-22: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 84: Conditioning Ostensibly, I am an English teacher. My students do everything in English at my after-school …

2021-10-19: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 83: Bulging The forty-liter clear plastic bag bulged and looked ready to burst, its surface stretched taut like …

2021-10-15: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 82: Hidden Away It was either the wind or the cat and, between the two, it seemed more likely to have been the cat. …

2021-10-12: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 81: Capsule Elegy Tokyo is about losing one of its most iconic buildings. Its fate now sealed, the Nakagin Capsule …

2021-10-08: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 80: The Old Life People in Japan still commonly use kerosene space heaters in their homes. Enough so that, in the …

2021-10-05: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 79: Transmitter When I visit the local shrine, it is not an act of religious devotion, though it might look that …

2021-09-30: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 78: A Different Model The street running past my apartment building has no name. This is neither a fluke nor uncommon. …

2021-09-28: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 77: Blemished Perfection is a dull proposition. It represents a fool’s errand in human pursuits and is as about as …

2021-09-24: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 76: Truncated It had been a beautiful, mature zelkova tree. It had a high canopy that spread beautifully over one …

2021-09-21: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 75: Fleeting Escape We’d have been fools not to take hold of it and run. An errant fragment of summer that turned up in …

2021-09-16: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 74: Loud as Flowers The highway is quiet, and small sounds seem loud. The traffic on National Route 298, elevated over …

2021-09-10: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 72: For a Limited Time The air smells of dry leaves and the subtly spiced, slightly sweet aroma that escapes them as they …

2021-09-06: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 71: Troublesome Gaps The word shotengai1 refers to a traditional shopping street or district, commonly with a roof …

2021-09-03: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 70: Rainfall The uniformity of the steady rain’s sound does not hold up under close scrutiny. Though comprised of …

2021-08-24: Somewhere in Japan Dispatch № 67: Continuity 35°40’10.79"N, 139° 44’ 52.89"E Surrounded on all sides. Hemmed in and dwarfed by glass-clad towers …

2021-08-13: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 65: I Am a Visitor Here It looks like I’m having lunch with a friend, there on the 45th floor, at a table by the window with …

2021-08-10: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 64: No Plan, Best Plan 35°48'6.11"N, 139°32'2.68"E At about 8 o’clock in the morning, we decided the beach was out. Door to …

2021-08-06: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 63: No Return There are expressions, the original meanings of which may differ from what they end up meaning to us …

2021-08-03: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 62: The Bike of Theseus 35°51'13.47"N, 139°39'23.63"E Most adults seem to have forgotten what all kids know with certainty: …

2021-07-30: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 61: But Only Just 35°51'32.6"N, 139°39'8.7"E Thirty minutes after sunrise, still half dark. Snow just barely not …

2021-07-27: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 60: Skyglow 35°52'09.9"N, 139°37'47.9"E In my childhood in rural western Massachusetts, the night sky was …

2021-07-20: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 58: Meandering Everywhere I have ever lived and travelled, Japan and far beyond, I have spent a great deal of time …

2021-07-15: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 57: Glitch Out walking somewhere in unfamiliar in Tokyo. About a quarter to six o’clock and the sun had nearly …

2021-07-12: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 56: Music, Remembered Music can do a curious and powerful thing. When it becomes emotionally significant, it has a way of …

2021-07-09: Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 55: Emergent Remains 35°36'13.38"N, 140°31'35.01"E For a weekend away, purely to have a change of scenery, we went to …

2021-07-06: Somewhere in Japan № 54: Resident Alien 35°44'18.31"N, 139°35'38.25"E They come out at night and look like alien worms, with glistening …

2021-07-02: Somewhere in Japan № 53: A Reliable Bubble 35°51'14.52"N, 139°39'9.39"E While I can’t speak for anyone else’s habits, from time to time I find …

2021-06-28: Somewhere in Japan № 52: Abandoned 35°57’57.17"N, 139°43'4.52"E The people of Japan are diminishing in number and shifting in location. …

2021-06-24: Somewhere in Japan № 51: Communal Waters 35°43'57.7"N, 139°36'27.2"E A bank of shoe lockers, seventy-two in all, one with the door ajar and …

2021-06-21: Somewhere in Japan № 50: Ode to Fuzz We sent the initial email while sitting on a bench in Besshonuma Park, hoping to meet an animal …

2021-06-20: Restoration underway!

2021-06-18: Somewhere in Japan № 49: Hushed 35°51’04.9″N 139°39’16.3″E How is it that the quiet of the night differs from one place to the next? …

2021-06-15: Somewhere in Japan № 48: Lineage A photograph, 10cm square with rounded corners. An interior scene. In the dim background, an oval …

2021-06-10: Somewhere in Japan № 47: Still Smitten 35°44’23.2296"N, 139°36’5.5074"E All I knew about her before we met was what the language-exchange …

2021-06-08: Somewhere in Japan № 46: Offerings 35°44'37.7514"N, 139°36'51.7644"E In one hand, the figure holds a staff, used to force open the …

2021-06-04: Somewhere in Japan № 45: Repeater 35°39'16.401"N, 139°45'26.1138"E Occasionally, I board the Yamanote Line in Tokyo, only to get off …

2021-06-01: Somewhere in Japan № 44: Shuttered 35°43'33.4668"N, 139°31'24.5172"E It’s difficult to know which of these buildings are truly vacant …

2021-05-27: Somewhere in Japan № 43: The Summer Trope 35°44'7.3536"N 139°36'50.4606"E Cumulonimbus clouds, gaining height in the haze-attenuated blue of …

2021-05-24: Somewhere in Japan № 42: Chicken and Beer 35°43'46.0014"N, 139°43'2.1828"E It was just before Christmas and my friend and I were hanging out …

2021-05-19: Somewhere in Japan № 41: An Impossible House by the Sea 35°43'51.456"N, 139°36'36.0714"E There is a derelict house in my old neighborhood that surfaces in …

2021-05-17: Somewhere in Japan № 40: Celluloid Time Machine 35°51’04.9″N 139°39’16.3″E Rainy season has come early this year, and so has my annual effort to …

2021-05-13: Somewhere in Japan № 39: Doing Nothing 35°29'13.3908"N, 139°44'35.4582"E There are two kittens in the bushes. Both are striped, though the …

2021-05-10: Somewhere in Japan № 38: As-Is Many people say they love Japan, but really only love a particular, highly distorted concept of it. …

2021-05-04: Somewhere in Japan № 36: Dead Fountains 35°47'10.2438"N, 139°17'0.693"E Admittedly, I have no numbers to back this up, but I would still put …

2021-04-30: Somewhere in Japan № 35: Open Wide 35°51'04.9"N 139°39'16.3"E Breeze and birdsong alike flow liquidly, languidly into the apartment …

2021-04-27: Somewhere in Japan № 34: Moments in Suspension 35°49'57.4638"N, 139°36'50.2416"E Three small children play in a public park sandbox under a cedar …

2021-04-23: Somewhere in Japan № 33: Keeping Contained 35°51'10.533"N, 139°39'43.4226"E The netting may be loosely draped or cinched up tight. It depends …

2021-04-21: Announcing The Somewhere in Japan Journal, Volume 1 I’ve decided to put my posts from Somewhere in Japan into a journal format a few times a year. It’ll …

2021-04-20: Somewhere in Japan № 32: Inconvenient Canopies 35°44’2″N 139°36’41.35463″E They lurk in great piles behind convenience stores and in train station …

2021-04-16: Somewhere in Japan № 31: The Management NB: The main home of these posts is Somewhere in Japan. They also go out as a newsletter, which you …

2021-04-13: Somewhere in Japan № 30: In The Small Chairs (35.963870, 139.711765) Across the table from me is a blue plastic chair, 26cm tall at the seat and …

2021-04-09: Somewhere in Japan № 29: Log for 2021-04-08 (35.8854867, 139.6265611) 06:45 Give up on sleep, get up 06:50 Clean up cat poop, admonish cat 07:00 …

2021-04-06: Somewhere in Japan № 28: The Mountains and The Sea 35°19'10.43"N, 139°26'37.05"E If you grew up near the ocean, you likely take its presence for …

2021-04-03: The new omamori will live on the diary camera.

2021-04-02: Somewhere in Japan № 27: 2,194 Days Six years I’ve been in Japan. This last Wednesday was my sixth Japaniversary. Rather than reflect on …

2021-03-30: Somewhere in Japan № 26: Cultivated Disorder 36°3'56.286"N 140°113'15.078"E Sitting on the beach near the campground, the coarse gravel cold and …

2021-03-27: Shooting half frame is fun, but a roll lasts so long it starts to feel weird

2021-03-26: Somewhere in Japan № 25: An Aside Indulge me, if you would, and let me have a bit of an aside for today’s entry. The last couple of …

2021-03-23: Do something creative every day, no matter how busy you are with life. Doesn’t have to be big to be …

2021-03-23: Somewhere in Japan № 24: A Festival Built For Two 35.7395337, 139.6144509 Last summer, they canceled all the local festivals because of the pestilence …

2021-03-19: Somewhere in Japan № 23: The Thinness of Walls 35°51'04.9"N 139°39'16.3"E On Tuesday at 4:56 AM, an earthquake woke us. Not especially strong, but …

2021-03-16: Somewhere in Japan № 22: The Laundry Forecast 35°51'04.9"N 139°39'16.3"E A long metal pole has invaded my living room on several occasions. …

2021-03-11: Somewhere in Japan № 21: Windblown 35°50’57.32"N, 139°39’14.13"E Air is only visible to us through its interactions with the world. We …

2021-03-09: Just showed a kindergartener a picture of a pig and asked him what it was. He replied, …

2021-03-09: Somewhere in Japan № 20: Ghosts and Moonlight 35°44'37.84"N 139°36'48.89"E If ghosts exist, I am likely in their midst, sitting as I am between …

2021-03-05: Somewhere in Japan № 19: Faster Shoes 35°51'04.9"N 139°39'16.3"E I need faster shoes. Not shoes that make me faster at running or anything …

2021-03-02: Somewhere in Japan № 18: On Two Wheels 35°44'22.8768"N 139°36'15.6708"E The last Saturday of May 2016. It is after midnight, and the two …

2021-03-01: From this evening’s walk. Sony A7 II, Nikkor S•C 50/1.4, +2 closeup lens.

2021-03-01: My slow cooker most often gets used as a water bath for sous vide. I’m sure it’s deeply …

2021-02-26: No 17 In the Park 35°51’13.2228"N 139°39’23.529"E There is a bench that I think of as my bench, in a park that I think …

2021-02-22: Four on Trains 35º44”57.27’N 139º44”44.45’E 1. Lifting If a train is crowded enough, there can be a phenomenal …

2021-02-21: Happy Sunday, y’all

2021-02-21: This is the season in which my apartment is routinely colder than the outside air and I always leave …

2021-02-19: Somewhere in Japan No 15: Rabbits 35°51'12.0"N 139°39'18.8"E There are many rabbits in this place. It is a shrine dominated by them. …

2021-02-16: Somewhere in Japan No 14: In the Mist 35°47'20.709"N, 139°9'20.0124"E Normally, this road would be busy with weekend visitors, but today …

2021-02-14: A lovely day to spend some time putting down thoughts with a favorite #fountainpen and a beautiful, …

2021-02-13: There are some meals that are even more delicious than they are easy to make. XO mazemen is so …

2021-02-12: Suddenly missing Texas

2021-02-12: Somewhere in Japan No 13: There if You Want to See Them 35°43'37.2144"N, 139°36'52.6752"E When we no longer need something, we stop paying attention to it. …

2021-02-11: Still haven’t started tomorrow’s new post. Really need to get ahead of this posting …

2021-02-09: He’s always sweet, but this is just ridiculous.

2021-02-09: Somewhere in Japan No 12: Hearing Earthquakes 35°44'6.4032"N, 139°37'11.2764"E It’s like an impossibly large machine has just switched on, far …

2021-02-07: Train tracks don’t always look like train tracks

2021-02-07: “Which camera should I take today?” “Yes.”

2021-02-06: Took a cat nap

2021-02-05: Somewhere in Japan № 11: The Last Day 35°39'43.8156"N 139°43'53.2128"E Yesterday was my last day of work at the English-teaching Job I've …

2021-02-04: He can be such a pain, but he also has a really hard life before so I’m glad he seems to be …

2021-02-04: Em-dash fans: If you’re using a Mac, you can set up a rule to auto substitute — for –, …

2021-02-04: Loaded up and ready to go on my walk. This camera is 35mm half frame and spring-driven like a clock. …

2021-02-03: This is a family picture

2021-02-03: Afternoon adventure!

2021-02-02: Gotta keep the diary cameras properly fed!

2021-02-02: Somewhere in Japan № 10: Thirty Years 35°51'04.9"N 139°39'16.3"E About thirty years. That’s the average lifespan of a house in Japan. The …

2021-02-01: That moment of panic when you’re rushing to get ready to leave and can only find one sock …

2021-01-29: Somewhere in Japan № 9: Sleepless Quiet Slipping on my hanten1 and loosely tying the front is now second nature. I barely even notice having …

2021-01-27: One of the things I love most about writing is that you can begin with nothing but a tiny fragment, …

2021-01-26: People on micro.blog: can you see this picture? Hoping I got the DNS fixed

2021-01-17: Jizo with masks!

2021-01-16: Oh, how I enjoy cooking, and oh, how I love this knife. Damascus love

2021-01-16: I know an escape-prone cat getting a harness today.

2021-01-11: I make excellent mashed potatoes. Unless you’re allergic to cheese or butter. Or are bothered …

2021-01-09: Next side project, since no knives at the last flea market: handle mod, blade mod, blade swap. Top …

2021-01-08: Prep time. Final job interview in 2.5 hours.

2021-01-06: About to ride a crowded commuter train into Tokyo for the first time this year, a day after …

2021-01-05: Sometimes fixing stuff involves intermediate stages that frankly just look dumb.

2021-01-05: Butter tarako pasta always seems too easy to make for how delicious it is

2021-01-05: The incredible avocado grove of my living room.

2021-01-03: 😬😬😬 No HD, but let’s hope I can bring it back to life

2021-01-01: Every January 1st, it’s all about corned beef hash

2020-12-31: If you’ve got good sneakers and good jeans, that’s like 75% of a good day.

2020-12-31: Scouting, making test exposures. Will come back just before midnight with a bigger tripod and geared …

2020-12-31: Gearing up for my shot at midnight, ready to “shift” into the new year. #lensjoke

2020-12-31: Midday walk with some friends

2020-12-30: That place in the paw where you can put your finger ❤️

2020-12-30: They’ve added an extra room in hell just to accommodate these people

2020-12-27: My girlfriend got me a new hat for my birthday, as if the old one didn’t still have plenty of …

2020-12-23: Time for more mending. It’s ridiculous that these jeans have fared better than most in recent …

2020-12-21: My sister made stickers of my cat’s face!!! 😻😻😻 This damn-near salvages 2020!

2020-12-21: Dinner begins. Soup in seven hours.

2020-12-20: Christmas/Birthday EDC improvements pt. 2: Pilot Custom 823, fine nib

2020-12-20: A row of long-closed businesses in my neighborhood

2020-12-19: Defunct coin laundry, Kita-ku

2020-12-17: Just look at this sun-drenched fool.

2020-12-16: Had some late students today, so doodling ensued.

2020-12-16: Wednesday morning fuzzball. Take special note of his feet, which are exceptionally cute.

2020-12-14: CNC laser affixed to a sheet of 10mm MDF. Next step is to make a collapsible ventilation cover …

2020-12-13: The leatherette on my Mamiya C220 is textured with many tiny Ms. Just noticed that when the camera …

2020-12-13: In the garden at Omiya Park

2020-12-13: Travelling buddies for the afternoon #photography #mediumformat

2020-12-12: We have a temporary water heater until the one on order comes in. You totally can’t tell.

2020-12-11: CNC laser engraver has arrived from China! The packaging was excellent and the build quality is very …

2020-12-10: One of the few times I’ve actually needed a can opener in Japan

2020-12-10: Apparently they’ve met

2020-12-10: Somehow, today is a briefcase day.

2020-12-10: Beware large stones

2020-12-10: This is, I think, the third escalator with a landing that I’ve encountered in Tokyo. This one is at …

2020-12-09: If you already signed up for my new creative project launching on January 1, please sign up again …

2020-12-09: These are related to a tiny thing I’m launching on January 1. Get it in your inbox by signing up at …

2020-12-09: Relaxed floof for your Wednesday

2020-12-09: Boom. Yuzu marmalade.

2020-12-07: You can improve instant noodles in all kinds of ways. Here, Shin Rameon with komatsuna.

2020-12-06: The cat has apparently discovered how fluffy and nice the winter comforter is. (Photo by my lovely …

2020-12-06: The first frost I’ve seen this year!

2020-12-03: A random thing I enjoyed today

2020-12-03: Landing 🤔

2020-12-02: I have a type

2020-12-01: We have finally entered the portion of the year when I can see my breath inside my apartment in the …

2020-11-30: I make an organized, radial nabe

2020-11-30: Rolltop backpack + negi

2020-11-24: Soon I will have free access to laser engraving equipment. As in at home, on my desk, and at no cost …

2020-11-24: I find this sort of meal pretty hard to beat

2020-11-24: Nerima Takanodai Station, Tokyo #photography #Japan #Tokyo

2020-11-23: Just after I’d thought to myself, “I’m losing light. What is this, like a …

2020-11-22: Also used a chainsaw for about six hours. Tonight, I’m eating whatever I want.

2020-11-22: Just now, above Akigase Park in Saitama.

2020-11-22: Lo-fi Mt Fuji

2020-11-20: Happy cat and background laundry

2020-11-20: Over Saitama City just now

2020-11-20: The hair is entering the zone

2020-11-18: More trailbuilding today, and moving a lot of little critters out of harm’s way

2020-11-16: Currently using my iPad as a writing surface. Later, I’ll type up what I write using the same …

2020-11-16: At dusk, downtown Chicago. #photography #blackandwhite #film #stopcallingfilmanalog

2020-11-16: Some leaves in Shinjuku #photography #Japan #Tokyo

2020-11-15: Local futon shop

2020-11-13: All your base are belong to nya

2020-11-13: About 15 years ago with a cat called Greta, in the middle of a period of my life that was both …

2020-11-13: I am loath to admit these are actually very good pencils, though they cost double what they should. …

2020-11-12: The telephone at the Yurakucho office

2020-11-12: The day I watched one crow kill another at Yoyogi Park.

2020-11-11: Trailbuilding today for the next Bikelore event

2020-11-10: TKG is never the wrong choice.

2020-11-09: New IG feed so my color work has a place if its own. David Does Color

2020-11-08: So many empty buildings, even in a place building as rapidly as Urawa

2020-11-08: A local ostentatious and unrepentant display of wealth. #eatthemalready

2020-11-07: Half mast

2020-11-06: These things keep cluttering up my apartment

2020-11-04: Old toothbrushes + lighter = being able to clean weird places more easily

2020-11-04: I’m crap at a lot of things, but I’m really good at this plant.

2020-11-03: Another excellent lunch

2020-11-02: Always glad to meet random happy kitties. This elderly gentleman was quite vocal in wanting …

2020-11-02: Went to a public bath for the first time in ages. Thankfully not at all crowded, and a very …

2020-11-02: Some things are hard to beat. At Honey Bee in Yokosuka.

2020-10-31: I appreciate that the dudes on the street trying to get you to look at newly built houses always try …

2020-10-31: Cutaway buildings are part of the architectural grammar of Japan that I love

2020-10-31: Wandering in Saitama City

2020-10-31: Two things that help me un-stick my brain when I get stuck: The I Ching Brian Eno’s Oblique …

2020-10-31: May we all someday feel so relaxed as this

2020-10-25: I’m on a very tight budget right now. I really am. But when you find your favorite ever 50mm …

2020-10-25: Today’s wandering buddies #photography

2020-10-23: Sometimes I use my great-grandfather’s pocket watch, just because I like it. Tonight is such a time.

2020-10-22: Dude didn’t appear to be drunk, just that tired. Hope he doesn’t miss his stop.

2020-10-20: Net-covered building, Akasaka, Tokyo

2020-10-19: Not bad for a low-effort dinner. COVID has definitely streamlined my cooking skills.

2020-10-19: Rail and line, parking lot.

2020-10-18: Sunset action, Saitama City

2020-10-18: If the tables look like this, better than 99% chance the food is good. At a little cafeteria in …

2020-10-17: Love these headphones, but the quality of the pads is disappointing. Hopefully I can find some of …

2020-10-17: Getting better at this

2020-10-16: Mixed messages 🧐

2020-10-16: A day for snaps

2020-10-15: It isn’t raining, so I’ve moved my tiny desk to the veranda to study and work amongst …

2020-10-14: Some days, what I photograph comes down to shadows, textures, and shapes. My brain doesn’t …

2020-10-14: Something seems to be blocking my view of my book

2020-10-14: Sakura in Tokyo a few years back. New scan today.

2020-10-13: A favorite neighborhood cat and my favorite person. Snapshot from the archives.

2020-10-13: Put my yukata back in storage today, entirely unworn in 2020. Really hoping the festivals are back …

2020-10-13: A day of many mantids ❤️

2020-10-12: Fuji-san as seen from the Musashino Line some time last year.

2020-10-11: Danchi apartments at dusk, Omotesando, Tokyo

2020-10-10: Discarded umbrella in playground, Nerima, Tokyo

2020-10-10: Play structure at danchi apartments in Omotesando, Tokyo

2020-10-09: New scan tonight. I love the way that strong sunlight can draw abstractions right before your eyes. …

2020-10-09: Doing some #viewcamera maintenance, cleaning up a grungy ground glass and fresnel. Next step is buying and modifying some film holders for a project. #photography

2020-10-09: Light industrial building, Saitama City, Japan

2020-10-08: My neighborhood shrine looking especially nice last spring

2020-10-07: Hand photogram on Type 55

2020-10-07: Ramp with broken rebar tread

2020-10-07: While waiting for a rainstorm to pass in Bangkok #davidrmunson #photography #Bangkok

2020-10-06: My little dude loves me

2020-10-06: Late afternoon shadows near Urawa Station

2020-10-06: While wandering past a neighborhood liquor shop at night.

2020-10-04: Back in high school, when my classmates were going to parties, dating, etc, I was mostly dragging …

2020-10-03: Biggest/tallest mushroom I’ve ever seen, had to be about 40cm tall. Pretty amazing. In Saitama …

2020-10-02: Wandering in Osaka, 2011

2020-10-01: Taking an alternate route home because I miss wandering around in Shinjuku and Yoyogi

2020-10-01: New post on the personal blog: UnF № 3: Symbolic Dominos, Part I

2020-09-30: The funny thing is that, now that I’ve polished them, my next step will be to start …

2020-09-30: A favorite local barber shop I walk past often. So very Showa.

2020-09-30: nom nom nom

2020-09-30: Out with the C220 because it just plain feels good. Hunting quiet moments in the late afternoon …

2020-09-30: My next design for t-shirts, etc. This is how my brain works.

2020-09-30: Two parts from the Yashicaflex restomod I’ve mostly finished stripping/polishing, and one I …

2020-09-29: Tea egg success tastes as good as it looks

2020-09-29: Passing train and tree, Grant Park, Chicago. Chamonix 4x5, 135mm lens, Ilford HP5+ #photography …

2020-09-29: Tsuki Jinja is my favorite local shrine, a two-minute walk from my apartment. I visit several times …

2020-09-29: Scooter and fence, Shinsekai, Osaka, 2011. Chamonix 4x5, 210mm lens, Kodak TXP 320.

2020-09-28: Wandering around Nakano, some time back in 2010.

2020-09-28: Chamonix view cameras are delightful, sculptural things that are a joy to use. I miss mine, but I …

2020-09-27: This remains probably my favorite self-portrait I’ve done so far. Darla the cat was slightly …

2020-09-27: The pile of film cameras I’ll be fixing slowly, starting now. #staybrokeshootfilm #Photography …

2020-09-27: Fixed the micro.blog file attachment thing, so here’s my cat to celebrate! Turns out it was a …

2020-09-26: Testing to see if attaching images is still broken. Contacted support last week, no word back from …

2020-09-22: Next in the rotation as the diary camera is the Canon EOS 650, the original EF-mount camera from …

2020-09-20: Sunday afternoon

2020-09-17: New Post: UNF No. 2: Some of the Dad Bod, None of the Dad

2020-09-16: The best bike I ever had. With a hand-built keirin frame at its core, it eventually became the most …

2020-09-14: A new post on the personal blog: New in Personal Development: UNF aka Unfucking

2020-09-12: Sink cat has achieved peak cuteness.

2020-09-12: Tora is three years old and has FIV. Because of this, he was at the shelter a long time. But …

2020-09-09: We sometimes call him Genkan-chan because of how much time he spends amongst the shoes in the …

2020-09-08: The intention was pasta e fagioli. The arrow missed but landed nearby in an equally delicious place.

2020-09-08: Saitama sunset

2020-09-07: And a rainbow out of nowhere

2020-09-07: I can’t be the only one who constantly wants to rescue old, awesome signs. Anyone have a …

2020-09-06: I’m told I should retire these, as I said I would months ago. But they still act as …

2020-09-06: Sometimes you have a really good day, and then you lie in bed not sure what good your existing does …

2020-09-05: This week’s Saturday Sandwich™ is an avocado BLT on bail tomato bread with karashi and wasabi …

2020-09-05: I miss Kaohsiung. It was a great place to live.

2020-09-05: Lost my mask on my way to the store, but I had a towel and a hat… #improvise

2020-09-04: More cross-processed colors from archive diary camera stuff. Changwon, Korea.

2020-09-04: About 40 rolls of the unscanned film is miscellaneous transparency film I was given by someone in …

2020-09-04: These binders contain nearly 500 rolls worth of negatives, of which less than 5% has been scanned. …

2020-09-03: Four blood-filled mosquitos in one swipe. They love my ankles. Luckily, I don’t have a …

2020-09-01: Cooking dinner is fun. Planning dinner isn’t.

2020-09-01: Not new, but a piece of writing I woke up thinking about after the deepest sleep I’ve had in a …

2020-08-31: The cheapest lens I ever bought new is also one of the best. The Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM deserves a …

2020-08-29: My country is eating itself alive. So here’s my favorite picture from Mongolia, because …

2020-08-27: Wandering, from the archives

2020-08-27: This morning’s clouds are doing it for me

2020-08-24: I used to spend every free evening wandering aimlessly around Tokyo with a camera, often until the …

2020-08-24: Oh how I love me some green gasoline

2020-08-22: I think most of my close friends could identify me by the beat-to-shit black sneakers and black …

2020-08-22: A nice Saturday afternoon at the park

2020-08-20: My cat looks like how I feel.

2020-08-19: Thinking about large format tonight. Big, unweildy cameras, sheets of film, and a very deliberate …

2020-08-19: I found an old piece of writing from my slam poetry days (yes, I used to do slam) while cleaning out …

2020-08-18: Seibu Ikebukuro line passing a particularly proximate apartment building near Nerima Takanodai …

2020-08-17: Late afternoon sun, clouds, and a distant Mt Fuji. Brought to you by insomniac archive explorations.

2020-08-17: Tonight I’m missing places like this (this photo taken in Yamanashi). Gotta get my shit …

2020-08-13: Just realized one of my sites crapped itself. Currently restoring from backup, will take a while. …

2020-08-12: From the series “Shanghai Environment,” which was basically me being lost in China and …

2020-08-11: Main site newsletter is out! Check it out!

2020-08-11: A quick reminder that I also have an occasional personal newsletter. You can get it at …

2020-08-06: Texas is an interesting place, and there’s a lot about it I miss. Lots I don’t, but lots I do.

2020-08-06: Can’t help but photograph puddles. I have so many.

2020-08-05: Boredom Like banging your head against the wall Only the wall is too far away So you’re just nodding …

2020-08-04: Somewhere in Shanghai. Another archive find.

2020-08-04: The middle of a road is no place for a toad. Especially not a little one.

2020-08-03: New old shot from the archives. Scanned, but never finished. An experimental handheld multiple …

2020-08-03: I’ve put up a page for the photo project for taking a photo that starts in one year and ends …

2020-07-31: Not editing dust spots out of your film scans because it’s “authentic” to the process is like …

2020-07-30: A few years ago I started doing a long exposure photograph at midnight on New Year’s. Each …

2020-07-30: Digging in the archives. Sky and trees reflected in a lake. Somewhere in Illinois.

2020-07-30: Hey y’all, it’s on its way. contemplativelens.com

2020-07-29: Seaside

2020-07-28: Saitama City Hasselblad/80mm/HP5+

2020-07-27: This is why I always check recycle shops. Sekonic light meter in perfect condition with case and …

2020-07-27: Outtake from “Shanghai Environment” davidrmunson.com/shanghai-…

2020-07-26: I will never tire of studying the lines and patterns always surrounding us.

2020-07-24: Sometimes you get dinner. Sometimes that dinner is one of the top five food experiences of your life …

2020-07-23: All that I need for a weird but great few days social distancing not at home but near to it, being …

2020-07-21: Exploring the archives. In 2004 I lived in Chicago the first time. One day, waiting for the train, …

2020-07-21: The mantises have grown up! From 1cm to about 5cm, and all from an egg case that I saved from a …

2020-07-21: Another from the archives, maybe last one before bed. Hokora in Shakujii Park, Nerima ward. …

2020-07-20: Can’t sleep, going through folders of photos. This portrait of a good friend is one I’m …

2020-07-20: 山の芋、大和芋、山芋 I mean, come on…

2020-07-20: I’m ashamed to admit I havent explored the micro.blog community as much as I should have. Who are …

2020-07-20: A favorite building in my old neighborhood. Used to pass it on my way to the sento. Both it and the …

2020-07-19: Some Sunday morning lens maintenance.

2020-07-19: I’m currently making an online course in contemplative photography, because it’s …

2020-07-18: I go through camera eyepieces and headphone cables steadily enough that I keep spares on hand. Also, …

2020-07-18: Got that film developed.

2020-07-17: Today is a good day for attacking the diary camera backlog.

2020-07-15: Good bedtime reading for a cool, drizzling night such as this.

2020-07-15: In the neighborhood

2020-07-15: Starting to think I might as well grow out my hair again. Cut it for a dumb reason, missed it since.

2020-07-14: A single index card and a small wooden block with a slit in it is a better productivity tool than …

2020-07-13: Age 19 with my old Deardorff 8x10. I really, really miss that camera.

2020-07-12: I am quietly obsessed with telephone booths. Scanning more from this project this week, and I need …

2020-07-12: My veranda is a jungle these days.

2020-07-06: My bedtime reading > your bedtime reading

2020-07-06: Reloading the Canon EOS 3, which IMO is in the running for best 35mm camera ever made. Life is …

2020-07-04: I’m thinking of beginning to offer online photography lessons for older kids and teens, who …

2020-07-04: Saturday brunch: bacon avocado scrambled eggs with rye toast.

2020-07-03: There are more fountain pens at home, this is just what I carry everyday. They all get used. …

2020-07-02: Today’s lunch: butter seared Japanese amberjack with radish sprouts and shiso dressing, mashed …

2020-06-30: Lockdown lunch: XO mazemen

2020-06-28: I write a lot of notes. I’m not always sure what they mean later on.

2020-06-27: Anyone I know here into fountain pens? I’m selling a Pilot Elabo and a Pilot Murex and eBay is …

2020-06-27: I’m looking for a few people who want to learn or improve their photography. I’d be …

2020-06-27: Every time my cat needs to poop, he paces around irritated and complaining for 30-45 minutes. After …

2020-06-27: This week’s Saturday sandwich. #imadethis #iatethis

2020-06-26: He never just hangs out nearby, he always needs to touch you. Note the paw.

2020-06-22: He fell asleep while I was brushing his glorious belly. What is this cat?

2020-06-20: Quick recording and editing session. Definitely a change of pace making the radio show from home!

2020-06-20: A lovely morning to spend with a favorite camera, notebook, and pen.

2020-06-19: He won’t let me go to the grocery. I need something like a BabyBjörn so I can just take him …

2020-06-16: Tofu steak with grated daikon and ponzu, arrowroot starch noodles in the style of Chinese jellyfish …

2020-06-13: Taking the tiny fuzz to the vet. Even elderly hamsters deserve to have their health concerns taken …

2020-06-12: Cat-shaped dish sponges apparently just turn to ghosts with use.

2020-06-12: Today’s pen and ink roll call.

2020-06-12: Can we just get rid of the concept of outsider art already? It’s a bullshit discriminatory …

2020-06-11: Oh, hello. 🐌 #nature #localwildlife #snail

2020-06-11: Diving into Shojin Ryori Shojin ryori, put simply, is Japanese Buddhist cuisine. Written 精進料理, the first two characters …

2020-06-11: Got my #あべのますく today

2020-06-11: Starting the day by cooking rice in the donabe, because donabe-cooked rice is the best rice, and …

2020-06-09: If my copper sink strainer isn’t cleaner than yours I’ll eat my hat.

2020-06-09: You know I’ve got large-scale change in mind when I decide to part ways with four fountain …

2020-06-04: Everything is awful, but at least our animals remind us to be happy (at least a little)

2020-06-04: Setting up a new #bokashi bucket so we can continue to collect our scarps while the other bucket …

2020-06-04: Doing some work on my personal site because I miss giving a shit about having a voice and just …

2020-06-03: Overstuffed caper egg-salad sandwich with lettuce and sour cream and onion potato chips in the …

2020-06-02: It’s always a huge pleasure to see my work on someone’s wall. I am truly grateful for the support of …

2020-06-02: Slept all of five minutes last night. Today will be interesting.

2020-06-01: Today marks the release of my sixth Dozen Editions print. I release a new print in the series on the …

2020-06-01: Earlier this year I wrote a piece that appeared on the Metropolis Japan website, about the …

2020-05-31: Tonight I bought a couple online courses to work on my writing and got out a sketchbook for the …

2020-05-31: Everything sucks. Enjoy some cat.

2020-05-30: Today’s #lockdownlunch was a hot ham and cheese on mayo-toasted baguette with onion, avocado, …

2020-05-29: Some fluff for your Friday. #fridayfluff

2020-05-28: Tonight’s exercise in cooking in the style of Japanese Buddhist monks.

2020-05-28: He’s really into using my sneakers as a pillow.

2020-05-28: I got tired of the lack of neatness with my hand-drawn habit/weight tracker for my #bulletjournal so …

2020-05-27: The trial isn’t working out, exactly, and that really, really sucks. Simultaneously such an …

2020-05-26: Furscape

2020-05-26: New thing I wrote: No Such Thing as Bad Weather About a short trip I took last year to a mountain in …

2020-05-26: Homichlophobia: fear of fog

2020-05-26: Been a minute. This used to be my tag.

2020-05-26: Zero

2020-05-25: This cat though…

2020-05-25: People make art and express their creativity for as many reasons as there are people doing it. For …

2020-05-24: Working on updating my site with a new body of work and writing an essay to go with it. Hard work, …

2020-05-23: I think I found the cat

2020-05-22: It’s time to begin moving my cooking in new directions. Namely, towards shojin ryori …

2020-05-21: Fluff level is off the charts.

2020-05-20: Stopped raining enough to do some creative work outside today. Just a little, though.

2020-05-20: Any blog that focuses more on equipment than on photographs/photographers isn’t a photography …

2020-05-20: Writing is such an interesting process in part because the thing you’re writing can very …

2020-05-20: Up since 3:30 this morning because the cat we’re taking care of is extraordinarily sweet but …

2020-05-19: Suddenly, a duck.

2020-05-19: A thing I have to remind myself of when I’m a low spot with depression: focus on doing the …

2020-05-19: Excited to get started here on Micro.blog, hoping it helps me get past my compulsion to always write …