June 27, 2015

Summer 2015's here!!

Well now, that was quick! Summer just crept out of nowhere just like that! It's not long since I was freezing my butt off at our airbnb rental last month!

We're getting all settled into our new pad and reconnected with dear old friends and made some new ones too! We've been spending a lot of time with Rob & Andrea and we're loving it! They're are awesome!

Things are starting to take shape. I'm not finding a summer job as quickly as I thought I would. Silver lining: That allows me time for important things, like going over to mom's, exploring the art scene and taking some pictures.

I really miss my Osaka crew...I watched Big Hero 6 and got soooooooooo homesick. I miss the crowds, the noise, the pace, the food...

Well, that's it for today.

Left: Nicaraguan carved ceramic vase from Catarina depicting sea turtles.

Right: Taiji Matsuda's Japanese painting (nihonga 日本画) with a dragonfly motif.

June 11, 2015

Downtown again

Today I find myself again downtown Toronto. I took the bus and then the subway, got off at St. George station and hit both the ROM and the AGO before attending an artist talk at the RIC.

I'm getting integrated into the city bit by bit each day. Everytime I go downtown is a rediscovery, a re-exploration. I'm falling in love with this city again. I wonder if anyone else does that? Perhaps the better question is if anyone out there would admit to it.

I want to learn all I can about this city's past, it's present and get a better sense of its future. 

Monument at Quuen's Park dedicated to the battles in the great wars fought by Canadians 

June 09, 2015


We're starting the week with a cool, grey, rainy day. The subway shut down early this morning, pissing off an entire city. Uber's dynamic pricing pusses off a few more.

Luckily I suffered through neither of the aforementioned commuting calamities as we stayed home doing chores. 

In that time I got to spin a bunch of ideas in my head, like buying a luxury car just to make uber money when shit hits the fan.

Aside from that brain fart, I got to dodo me more serious thinking about a slew of  challenges to tackle in the near future. Home, work and school are the things I'm dedicating myself to these days, making sure they go off as smoothly as possible.

June 08, 2015

New Pad Report

Habemus apartments!!!!!

Very happy to have found a very cool pad  in midtown Toronto. It isn't glamorous, but it is quite awesome. The right balance between location, comfort and price. 

We've been busy getting it cleaned up and furnished. This last step is a slow one. I've been hunting for specific types of furnishings, scoping out garage sales and Kijijii.ca for deals. When unsuccessful I've gone to pick up a couple of items at the furniture store that sells meatballs.

The rooms are taking shape, and so far things have gone relatively smoothly thanks to help from great friends. In Fact Rob and Andrea have helped us quite a bit, helping us find stuff and carry it to the new pad. 

Yesterday was our first weekend here and we decided to have a housewarming party  and invite them and a few other friends. We had a great time! We started at 3pm and wrapped up at around 1am. We made a ton of Japanese food: chirashi sushi, teriyaki chicken, ginger pork, bean curry and some other classics like guacamole and chips, cheese and crackers and bacon wrapped asparagus. The guts brought a ton of stuff as well: delicious Portuguese pastries, spirits and wine. Oh yeah, and a brand new microwave oven as a present!!!

We had a real good time and are looking forward to entertain more often once we're settled in better.

Alright, let me leave you with a few pictures from the past week.

May 27, 2015

A new beginning.

So, here we are; nearly halfway thru 2015 and I haven't updated the blog in quite some time. Well, there's a reason for that. These past 6-7 months have been a massive transition period for myself.

I have left Japan, and moved to Toronto, Canada, to pursue a wonderful postgraduate specialization at Ryerson University. I'll be learning from and working with some of the worlds foremost authorities on photography preservation. From Daguerrotypes to Gigapixel digital pics, I'll be doing research in the preservation and collection management of historic photographic media to state-of-the-art technologies.

What about SoHo and my role as Gallerist? Well, my role with the gallery has changed a bit. While in Toronto, I'll be setting up a SoHo outpost here, and solely focused on overseas art projects (and online stuff as well). 

There are a gazillion other things going on. Finding a pad here hasn't been easy, and re-fitting into Toronto society is an ongoing comedy of errors! More on that later. 

There have been some other developments in my personal life. Let's just say I wonder what fatherhood will bring in the not-too-distant future.

Well, that's all for now. Here's a pic of the future:.


I'll be spending much of my time here, at the Ryerson Student Learning Center (funky structure on the right). Pretty awesome, eh?

September 22, 2014

End of summer

Summer has come to an end here in Osaka and the fall weather is setting in. Fall is my favorite season here. Lots of aromas change. For instance, the comforting smell of oden foods and nikuman wafts out of every convenience store. Restaurants are serving up more nabe soups as well. Perfumes and colognes are changing too, from the fruity and playful fragrances of summer to the more steely and crisp aromas of autumn.

Visually, it's an interesting time. Some nights are cool and you can see early adopters sporting the latest autumn fashions. Other days are warm and lots wear their aloha shirts, Bermuda shorts and sandals, refusing to let go of the mild summer we've had.

The temperature's perfect for me, at around 24 C. I'm not sweating the buckets I did until a week ago and can now be more physically active in general.

Harvest time is coming soon, and with it the new crops of succulent rice. Can't wait!

November 13, 2013

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"Hmm...10 years already. Sometimes it feels like yesterday, at others it seems like a lifetime ago."
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August 03, 2013

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"Today's painting: Cathedral, wax pastels on canvas. 20cm x 20cm."
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June 21, 2013

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"A very quick glance at Art Salad 7."
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June 02, 2013

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"Art Salad 7 is just around the corner! Check this month's @kansai_scene for details!!"
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