Tottori in 2009

In 2019, 2009 is a decade old. Now is good a time as any to look back, and to recollect prior perceptions and train older (and new) eyes on past experiences β€” in this case, photographs taken during a 3-month long trip to Japan.

The trip started with a participation in Design Festa (Vol. 30, and the event is now at Vol 49th?! Counting puts in perspective time past, indeed), and it took me all the way south to Gunkanjima in Nagasaki then all the way north to Asahikawa in Hokkaido. In that span, I burnt through my savings, slept in strange beds, made awkward conversations, sat too long on buses, and quite likely, learnt a bit about how I dealt with leisure time and solitude.

These photographs were of the sand dunes in Tottori. A couple of weeks ago, as I was looking through them, I picked out favourites. My selection has changed from when I first looked at them many years ago, though I’m not exactly sure how. So I thought it would be a good idea to note my current selection for future referencing. Here goes.


To reading more in 2019

Last month, I logged into Goodreads after what seemed like and what actually was a couple of years. My last login before last week was in 2014! (It was also a little surprising to see that the site has not changed much! I’m sure things under the hood have been updated, but I guess I was hoping for a little more pizzazz on the front too.)

Between 2014 - 2018, I’ve read plenty but without an online record reminding me of the same, I only have my own and possibly unreliable memory and my overflowing bookshelves to assure me that I’ve not stopped reading. What I do know for sure though, are that my reading preferences have changed.

I’m also happy that the topics I read about have increased greatly, and I hope to continue slowly expanding my bookshelf classification categories (I kid, what classification).

This year, I’m aiming to hit a modest target of starting and finishing 30 books. I got to a great start last week by completing 3 books. I’m cautiously optimistic.

Any reading recommendations would be much appreciated!