About Me


Hi, I’m Scott, amateur photography enthusiast, Portland native, Japan liver-in-er and what passes for a host of this here blog.

I started this site back in 2001, during the first time I lived in Japan while on the JET Programme. Shortly after I arrived I realized that each day spawned so many interesting (and sometimes deliciously banal) stories about life in Japan that I just had to share them with everyone I knew. At a time when LiveJournal was still the de facto way to share thoughts online, I instead decided to dip my toes into the relatively young publishing format of the weblog, or ‘blog’.

During those three years in Japan (2001-2004), I did my best to post stories, photos and even the occasional insights into life abroad from my perspective. I’m not going to tell you that they were the best-written, most thought-provoking material ever written about Japan but I always did my best to make things at least entertaining enough that it justified opening a browser window and pointing the address field to my peculiar little URL.

After returning to the US for 10 years, I’m back living in Japan again and it just seemed natural to want to pick up things here on the site right where I’d left off.

This time around I seem to be focusing more on photography as the primary medium of the blog (as opposed to writing, in its last incarnation) but there’s always going to be that angle on Japanese life and culture simply due to the fact that this is where I am and that it’s the proven to be one of the most effective things to inspire me to pick up a camera.

So kick back, load up a post or two and let’s look at some photos together. Thanks for dropping by!

The real Fukuma Hair Flap

What the Hell is a ‘Hair Flap’?


During my three years on the JET Programme, my adopted hometown of Fukuma taught me so much about Japan, culture and life. However, as with most of the meaningful experiences in life, it left me with at least as many unanswered questions as it did answers.

Probably the most profound of which was, “What the hell is a Hair Flap?”




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