Tag Archives: Shimoda

A Walk with Instagram + Love

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It was six o’clock
in the evening.
I was in Shimoda
and DP was in Yokohama.

Just me and my iPhone
photo-walking
as the day’s light
waltzed
also barefoot through
the celestial spectrum.
Yellow. Golden. Blue.

At Ohama Beach
I chased the light
and the surfers
that ran for the water.

The first processed shot
hit my feed
like a stone.
A photo
from DP emerged
from Instagam ripples.
He too was photo-walking,
collecting Minato-Mirai
moments like butterflies
for his two best friends
from high school
who happen to share a birthday.
Every year,
on their day,
he takes photos
wherever we are
to celebrate them.
His Geography of Birthdays.

For forty Instagram minutes
our twin walks unfolded.
Me: A woman in a purple sweater walks her sand-coloured dog.
Him: A couple walks into a burst of sunset at Sakuragicho Station.
When DPs red heart
popped up below my blurry shot,
it was the truest like of all.

Then,
because all things change,
the light
faded
in his
shots,
in mine.

The end of the day
tugged at me
and said,
“It’s time to head back.”

Wait.
I want to hold onto the light
a little longer
and the feeling of walking
on the beach
with my love.

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** Damien Pitter curated this collection of photos from my Shimoda photography walk.

*** Registration is now open for the Geography of Now eCourse. 🙂

Thin Places: Shimoda, Japan

7There are thin places
on earth
where heaven
seems close enough to touch.

There are probably more than we know.

In March,
for my birthday,
we spent a weekend
in a small hotel
outside Shimoda.
Snuggled at the bottom
of the Izu Peninsula,
the port of Shimoda was,
in the 1850s,
the first to welcome
American trade.

The invisible door
between Japan
and the rest of the world
slid open.

Shimoda became the place
the gods went to frolic
and fish.

Ohama Beach is where they propose marriage
to their partner-gods.
The light in this place
makes one want to say YES!

On endless summer days,
the dark-skinned teenagers of the gods
run through burning sand to the sea
with surfboards of magenta
and apple green.
Brave wave-riders,
they try to enter heaven
through the thin space
between the blues.

Every Shimoda moment is a poem.

Here are a few for you.

Love,
Monna

xoxo

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tea time for the soul

tea

i don’t know about you
but i, for one,
am tired
of thinking about
how to live
more efficiently.

truly,
i am exhausted
by the question
of how to get
more done
in less time.

i have been efficient
at school
and in my work
for decades.
four of them.
i have been a super-hero
of efficiency
+ hard work.
i should have a cape.

my nervous system
gets jammed on red.
not orange
or even amber.
and red alert
cannot be
a good or healthy place
to live a life.

in my mind,
i need to visit
the beach more often
+
start surfing.

my mind needs to vacation
in shimoda,
australia,
spain.

in the space
where the impulse
for greater efficiency resides
i will grow a bonsai tree.
raise a puppy.
plant tulips.

it’s tea time
for the soul.
{or maybe coffee.}

you are invited.

The Sunday List {24}

sunny afternoon

{Starbucks Cafe at T-Site in Daikenyama, Tokyo}

Recently, I’ve been working on my website. Sprucing it up… but also simplifying things at the same time. I had accumulated more than 60 categories and I have now cut them down to four: create, home, wander and thrive.

Today, I’ve presented my Sunday List offerings in these four categories.

CREATE
1. NPR Music Tiny Desk Concerts:
Adele
Lyle Lovett
Rufus Wainwright
Swell Season (Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova)
John Legend
2. “Ones and Zeros” by Jack Johnson (Live) on Q with Jian Ghomeshi (CBC Radio)
3. Pascale Picard ~ Runaway (Video)
4. Ben Folds Five ~ Brick (Video)
5. Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, failure and the drive to keep creating. TED Talk, March 2014, Vancouver.
6. The Big Leap (Lacoste commercial) + Lacoste ‘The Big Leap’ – Behind the scenes

THRIVE
9 Common Pursuits That Rob Us of Happiness from Becoming Minimalist

HOME
Here are some new additions to our living room. The Moroccan rug is from Rugs USA (ironic) and the new pillows are from a French company called Jules Pansu. Poor DP! When these items arrived he said, “Oh. I thought you were done.”

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WANDER
On Thursday my mother arrives for ten lovely days in Japan. She and I are taking the train to the seaside town of Shimoda, at the tip of the Izu Peninsula. I fell madly in love with Shimoda when we made our first trip in March and I am hoping that my mother will enjoy it as much as I did!

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What have you been reading and watching and designing of late?