Last Summer

For our summer trip, the last place we picked was Marseille. We left Madrid after staying for a long hot summer month in August.  We left at midnight and took busses to go Marseille. We were not sure it was a good idea to take a night bus, but ended up that it was not that bad. For my body, a bus was much easier than flying. And the seats had more space than an airplane’s.(economy seats).

Changing busses at Barcelona in the early morning, I felt some sort of melancholiness to see the city again. We arrived on Marseille on Sunday afternoon, tired. Suitcases rolling on the subway and street. We had a stupid fight in very beginning of our journey. Exactly the same, arriving Paris, tired, taking subway, rolling suitcases to find our airbnb. Seems like we had a tendency to fight in France. As well as feeling of extra passion and romantic feeling to me. France… such a passionate country.  

Check-in was bit hectic, but we really liked the apartment. After Spain, we craved a good baguette, yes, french baguette. We got a bottle of red, and a much better baguette most of Spain offered. And our standard meal, grilled ground beef, salad and some cheese. Celebrating our journey to arrive, and excited to see what surprises Marseille had for us. Also I couldn’t resist a feeling of sadness, because the summer was about to be ending very soon…

Next day, we walked everywhere in Marseille, that’s what I felt. Up and down in the city, we went to a beautiful church on top of a hill. It became one of my favorite churches. Brighter and airy. A lighter vibe than most of churches. We went to the harbor and were considering hopping onto one of the boats. We couldn’t decide, so we just kept walking around the sea port and had some rest at a cafe. Sometimes we are very indecisive. We had some fun photo shoots at our place later that day and prepared for a day trip to Cassis next day. 

Cassis was such a perfect pick for our final adventure. Turquoise ocean, mountains and rocks. We jumped in the sea several times. He was laughing because I couldn’t jump from the rocks. When I did, I hit my body badly on the water… Cassis was like a dream, it was just magical. 

Our long summer vacation ended. I won’t forget this summer. And it is actually almost a year ago…. New summer is about to begin. Life has changed a lot since then. Life is always changing. Although the most memorable changes happened in this season. My life started June 27th, on my birthday. Since then, summer is always about to bring me fresh air. 


Yoga while traveling

One of the things I definitely like to do thing while traveling is to take local yoga classes. Some people might like to go to a local bar and feel what it’s like to live in that area.For me, I find yoga studios and take classes as much as possible. It helps my physical and mental conditions while traveling. I just really enjoy an experience to feel like a local, and to find a rhythm. And surprisingly, most of the places I’ve stayed have a yoga studio in walking distance!

Yoga has become so popular in the last 20 years. I didn’t see a yoga studio on every block in NYC when I first visited in 1998.Now it seems that’s the case.In Spain, I was really surprised at the yoga teaching quality, and the numbers of studios. In Barcelona, we stayed near Park Güell, and I found a tempting yoga studio like every 2 blocks. Although in Madrid, so many studios were closed for August. Still, I was able to find a really nice one near where we were staying. I was only expecting awesome wine and tapas, but I found great yoga classes and healthy foods too!

I don’t remember Bali being so popular for yoga 22 years ago when I first visited. Now it’s a popular vacation location for Yogis. I tried to count how many yoga studios I visited this year, and couldn’t remember… But I made a list of yoga studios that I do remember. You can find them below, under the Japanese translation if you’re interested!

I feel I am so lucky to be able to experience Yoga everywhere in the world. Also that’s why I can keep my yoga practice, because it’s convenient. Yes, I can practice by myself, but I am too lazy…When I feel I’m having 1 hour yoga practice, I check the time, and says it’s only been 15 min. So I go and take classes.

My life is super simple. I get bored quickly, but I love routines. I’ve been eating the same breakfast for the past 6 years! Also I would say I have an addictive tendency… Yoga and self Kinesiology healing is essential in my daily life. I bet yoga could replace Ballet if it’s not as convenient as yoga. And Kinesiology could replace meditation if it heals me better. Traveling makes me clear on what I really like, and what is important. I keep finding that the same things are necessary for me, no matter how much the environment changes. Overall, I am happy if I can use my body, and take time to talk myself. Also if I am able to create something to express my self and feel a deep connection with others.

旅の最中に私が必ずしている事は ローカルのヨガスタジオに通う事。その土地のバーとかに行って 地元の雰囲気を味わうって人もいると思うけど 私は地元のヨガに通うことによって その地に生活している雰囲気を味わうのが好き。もちろん 旅の途中の健康管理にもなってるけど スロートラベル、住んでるように旅するのが好きな私にとって 欠かせない楽しみになってる。そして 本当にどこに行ってもヨガスタジオがある。今まで泊まったところのほぼ全てに 徒歩圏内にヨガスタジオがあった。

20年前、初めてニューヨークに行った時は ここまでヨガが溢れかえってなかったと思うし、22年前かに バリ島に初めて行った時は バリがここまでヨガバケーションで有名だった覚えがない。スペインに初めて行って スペインがあそこまで健康志向で ヨガスタジオがたくさんあるなんて思ってもみなかった。美味しいワインとタパス、くらいしか考えてなかったから。 笑 

今年 どのくらいヨガスタジオに行ったんだろう?と数えてみようとしたけど 思い出せない。印象に残ってるところを 下にリストアップしたので もし興味があったら見てください:)

世界中のヨガスタジオに通えて その違いやら共通点を経験できて すごいラッキー!と思うし これだけ便利に通えるから ヨガ続けてられるってのもあるなぁって思う。ヨガは一人でも出来るけど なんせ私 一人でやると 1時間やった!と思って 時間チェックすると15分、って感じだから ヨガに通います。笑

私の生活ってすごいシンプルだなぁって思う。飽きっぽいくせに ルーティーンが大好き。同じ朝ごはんを6年食べ続けてるあたり それがよく現れてる気がする。っていうかハマりやすい??

ヨガとキネシオロジーのセルフヒーリングは 私の生活に欠かせないものとなってる。ただ ヨガは こんな風にどこでも出来るんだったらバレエとかダンスに置き換える事はできるだろうし、キネシは瞑想とかにも置き換えられるかも。ただし私にとって効果がキネシのように高ければ。旅をしてると さらに自分にとって大切なものがわかってきやすいと思う。どんなに環境が変わっても 自分が必要と思うことがあるから。私は身体動かして 心を見つめる時間があって クリエーション出来てたら 本当に最高だなぁって思う。あとはやっぱり人との深い繋がりを感じれることだな〜 


:The yoga barn Of course! I tried this one. It’s very popular but still great number of classes and good atmosphere. Teacher is hit or miss (for me)

:Intuitive flow It was walking distance from one of my stay. I liked the walk to get to this studio and the view from the windows.

: Matra Bali I think they changed their name since last March. It was behind my hotel in Canggu.

I went weekend yoga and ecstatic dance event in Canggu. It was awesome! but don’t remember the name!

Boulder, CO

:Amana yoga It was nice studio in walking distance, and not so crowded which I like. I went bulldog yoga near by for a class. It was not my style, but they were offering free class and give you free drinks? at a restaurant near there. Nice of them, and Kam likes it and it was different type of workout!

I took classes at one a yoga studio in Barcelona. People was nice, but I didn’t like the atmosphere.


: A YOGA I really liked this studio. It’s beautiful studio with big window. I could know the teachers are knowledgable from their adjustment and sequences even they speaks Spanish. I also liked they are them, not faking themselves to teach yoga. I like teacher use normal voice, and not acting.

New York

: ISHTA Yoga It’s home to me:) Amazing teachers!

: Bowery Yoga I actually never had their class yet! But I took bunch of the owner’s class at ISHTA, and she is awesome!


:Yoga Salt It was closest from my friend apt. I enjoyed LA vibe!

Portland OR

: Yoga Union High celling, beautiful studio!

: Sellwood Yoga Cozy, at home. I enjoyed the walk from our stay.

Travel Portrait

I started traveling about 6 months ago. It’s been a great time, I also miss home but I’ve almost become addicted to moving constantly. I used to say I am a Portrait photographer based on Kauai, but I don’t really feel that way anymore. I think I’d like to call myself a travel portrait photographer? It’s not important but I just thought it might be cool:)

Since I started taking photos, photography and traveling have always been two pieces of the same puzzle. I don’t remember when I first thought I want to be a photographer, but I must of been really young. I remember when I went to a museum with my dad around 7 years old? and saw Robert Capa photos. I was thinking “Oh.. as a photographer, I have to go to a war too” I thought photographers need to go a war, and going to war is sort of traveling.

There are many different aspects of “Why I wanted to be a photographer”, but one of them is traveling. I’ve liked traveling almost all of my life, and I wanted to share my travel experiences with my family and friends. Also I wanted to keep the memories as my treasure. And another element is to connect with people. I remember unconsciously how I felt love from my parents and grand parents taking my photo as a child. And I started using my dad’s camera to take my family photos. I still rely on photography to connect with people, but I think I am better than before. I can make some friends without holding a camera.

But I can’t be a photographer who meets people anywhere they go to take their portrait photos, I am too shy to do that. Also not interested. I like having deeper connections with people than I would have if we had just met. I like to spend time with people. I guess great photographers opens up other people quickly and get deep connections with them, but I definitely need a little time to warm up with people. So I like traveling with someone and then surfacing the moments through them. Also the person I’m traveling with hopefully likes to take photos. That way, I’ll end up inside a few of the memories after all. That gives me some fun little surprises after the trip. :) That’s the best!

So I don’t know if what I’m talking about is called a ‘travel portrait photographer’. Maybe so. That is what I want to do right now.

ふと気づけば 6ヶ月前から旅をし続けています。家が恋しくなりもするし 旅疲れもしてくるけど なんだかんだ この常に新しい環境にいるということに 今はハマってるな、と思う。ちょっと前まで 自分はカウアイベースのフォトグラファーです、と言っていたけど 今はそれには違和感を感じるし ベースってのもないなぁって思ってきて トラベルポートレイトフォトグラファーにしよう!と思って まぁ肩書きなんてどうでもいいんだが、、と思いつつ なんかいいかも、と:)

旅と写真は 子供の時に写真を撮り始めてから いつもセットである気がする。これ書いてて思い出したけど 最初にした 一人での展示はテーマが”旅だった。子供の時に両親と行った ロバートキャパ展で ”私も写真家になるのなら 戦争に行かなきゃいけないのか。。。”とドキドキしたのを覚えている。これもある意味で旅だし。

子供の頃 写真家になりたかった、そして それをそのまま今でも同じくやってるのには 色々な要素が組み合ってるけど 旅はその一つ。小さい頃からずっと旅行が好きで その思い出、キラキラしてる状況を家族や友達にシェアしたい、そして それを忘れたくない、とっておきたい、というので写真を撮っていた。 もう一つに 人とのコミュニケーションツールであること。無意識で 両親から、おばあちゃん達からの愛情を 写真を撮られることで感じてたのを覚えている。そして お父さんのカメラで妹とかを撮り始め、17、18歳くらいからは 写真を撮る事によって人と繋がっていくことが増えて行った。20歳でニューヨークに行ってからは ほぼそればっかり。気がつけば 最近はカメラなくても 友達がやっと作れるようになってきたかも。。。?笑 でも トラベルポートレイトフォトグラファーのイメージにあるような 旅先で 色んな人と出会い 生々しいショットをゲットできるような写真家にはなれないなぁと思う。それをやりたいかも微妙だし。誰かと旅をして その人を通して その時々を写していくのがいい。スローな旅の途中で 新しい人に会っていくのも それもそれでもちろん楽しい。あ、あと その人が写真好きで 私の写真を撮ってくれるっていうのも条件だなぁ〜 旅が終わって 全く私の写真がないとか寂しいし! 

これをトラベルポートレイトフォトグラファーと呼ぶのか微妙だけど 今はこうしておこうかと:)