New blog home

In case you were wondering where I had got to, my blog has moved to here: http://kamsinkaneko.com. Lots of reasons for changing which I will perhaps go into another time. But for now please update your blog reader (or however you read my posts) if you’d…

Local Festival: Bon Dance

Kamakura Day Trip

We live not far from Kamakura. It is one of my favourite places in Japan. In fact, I heard that there is a chance to live in a house in Kamakura for free for two years. Sounds perfect to me! So in my new found spirit of creativity and playfulness…

A creative life is a life well lived

Creativity isn’t just for creatives Have you been watching James Cordon’s Carpool Karaoke? The format, which is basically a tubby Englishman singing karaoke in a car with musicians and celebrities, just shouldn’t work somehow. And yet it does. It’s compelling viewing. Watch…

The challenges of raising a bilingual child in Japan

In Japan the dogs say “wan wan” not “bow wow” “Wan wan” exclaims my son as he points to a little black dog walking up the hill behind us with its owner and her three children. “Dog,” replies the woman. I assume she has seen me…

How to find meaning in the mundanity of domestic life

Mothering a toddler is an exercise in the mundane. Whatever it is you throw yourself into, the Pinterest projects and kid friendly activities, the perfectly made bento boxes and hand made whatever, most of the day is spent in repetitive, dull, activity. Activity on which society as a whole places…

Figuring out light in photography

One of the most important elements of photography is light. It may be obvious but personally I have not given it much thought before. Since becoming mostly an iPhone-ographer I’ve relied on what I can see on my screen to judge if the photo was worth taking…

A Photo Worthy Summer

  A photo worthy summer is on it’s way. Although summer won’t arrive for another month or so in Japan (“officially”). It is (probably) officially rainy season in Japan now. I say probably because I haven’t actually checked the weather report. I…

Capturing summer with a DSLR

Today was a lazy, relaxing Sunday. Since Shun was not around last weekend, it was time to catch up on family time. This morning was raining so we headed into Yokohama where there is a new kid’s play area in one of the shopping malls. I had some…

Picnic in the Park

For the past few months we have been attending ‘The Marriage Course’ on Saturday mornings. It was kind of interesting in that the original videos (produced by Holy Trinity Brompton in London) have been dubbed into Japanese. English subtitles were then added for English speakers. Such is the…