Tokyo Journal

Learning to Cook in Japan, I Fed My Family and My Sense of Self

The bento lunches the hoikuen expected mothers to produce were an exercise in artistry. But I didn’t care about making the perfect bento.

Aug 29, 2019
How I Found Sanctuary Living in a Japanese Teahouse

Above all, the teahouse was a room of my own, the first I’d ever had.

Jul 30, 2019
Summer in Tokyo: Rain Women, Cicadas, and Visits from the Dead

One reason I fell in love with Japan is the way each season is embraced and celebrated. Living here has changed my view of them—and of myself.

Jun 20, 2019