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Small Space

Architecture
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I went out for the first time in Tokyo one cold November night. The air was filled with a spir­it of fes­tiv­i­ty and the smell of sake, and the Yamanote train was espe­cial­ly crowd­ed with busi­ness­men well ahead of my friends and I in alco­hol intake.

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City of Circles

Tokyo
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Early one Sunday morn­ing, I took the first train on the Yamanote loop that embraces cen­tral Tokyo. The ride from the night­club quar­ter of Shibuya to my home in Komagome nor­mal­ly took 20 min­utes. However, on the train my thoughts drift­ed back to the pre­vi­ous night as I slid into deep unin­ter­rupt­ed sleep.

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Why I Love Kanji

Tokyo
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While my Japanese flu­en­cy was increas­ing almost by the hour, I stub­born­ly refused to do my kan­ji home­work. And in the kan­ji sec­tions of my exams, I’d just draw smi­leys and oth­er doo­dles in the blanks where the let­ters were sup­posed to go. However, all that changed when I dis­cov­ered the secret.

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Children of a Lesser God

Beirut
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From my car win­dow I watch them with a mix­ture of relief and guilt, pity and dis­gust, anger and despair.

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Day thirty: Midnight

India
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Our last day in India begins with the final chap­ter of Midnight’s Children Book One, enti­tled Tick Tock. Like a mantra, the words ring in my head as the 12 a.m. hour of our depar­ture draws inex­orably close.

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Day twentynine: Sleep

India
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March brings with it my first day out­side the Ashram, with Lighthouse Beach in Kovalam cush­ion­ing my return to the real world. After 28 days of vedan­tic life per­fect­ly syn­chro­nized with the cal­en­dar dates of February, my month, the month of love, I’m now on bor­rowed time.

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