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KATIE YANTZI

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Sound of Followers: Live Music in a Laid-Back Setting

// by Katie Yantzi // In a dark and cool brick building, tucked away in Yokote’s Omori town, the soothing notes of a guitar are punctuated only by the concertgoers who have begun to sway and sing along, and the outbursts of the drunken man at the front. “Sakura, Sakuraaaa –” “ –YEEEAAAAAAAAAAAHH!!!”  This inebriated fan throws … Continue reading

Photos: LINES

Thanks to everyone who submitted photos for our latest theme, we have a great collection of images showing various forms of lines – dividing and connecting, interspersed and singled out. Click on any image below to view them at full size.

Sick Masks, Snow, and a Swollen Lip

// by Katie Yantzi // The air is cold. My alarm wakes me up forty minutes earlier than usual. The white mounds outside my apartment are growing with a vengeance, getting heavier each day, and stealthily encroaching upon my parking space. My shovels stand at attention by the front door, ready for action. The seasons … Continue reading

Photos: BEGINNING

Best Way to Enjoy the Fall Colours

// by Katie Yantzi // I’m all for autumn hikes, but with a season as damp and rainy as this year’s, hiking doesn’t strike me as the most desirable way of enjoying Akita’s burst of colourful leaves. Nor is a rain-soaked trek in the woods a good motivator for getting out of bed on a Saturday. So, last weekend, I … Continue reading

Of Hippies, Music and Broken Tents

// by Katie Yantzi // It’s just after dark in a secluded mountain forest. The hum of guitars and various percussion instruments carries through the muggy air. All of the tents in the clearing beyond the stage have been pitched – except ours.  “Nani?!” Apparently we’ve come camping with tent poles that are actually just … Continue reading

Best REAL Pizza

// by Katie Yantzi // I hadn’t realized how much I loved pizza before coming to Japan. Clearly, I’ve always known it was delicious, but I was surprised to find that good pizza was one of those comfort foods from home I really couldn’t live without. Sadly, most attempts to satisfy this craving in Japan … Continue reading

Conquering Your Fears: the Wonder Castle Way

// by Katie Yantzi // I like to think of myself as being somewhat adventurous. However, I must admit I am a bit fearful of heights. More specifically, I’m afraid of unmitigated plunging drops. Naturally, I thought that trying the Namahage Power Slide at Yokote’s Wonder Castle was a suitable form of entertainment. Wonder Castle itself is … Continue reading

Photo Challenge: GREEN

 Fresh, food, nature, eco-friendly, healthy, or a band of Japanese dentists. Send us your shots to show what GREEN looks like through your lens. Click on a photo to view the gallery.