This blog is the fourth incarnation of The Quilting Sword. The first incarnation was a photocopied zine with poetry and short stories about love fading into regret. The second was a Xanga blog, in which I documented my last days of living in England and the transition to Japan. The third was an unpublicized blog on Blogger in which I wrote a few essays on political events in East Asia. My good friend Thom was the only one who read it and he didn’t realize it was me for many months. I also do a blog with my wife about our adventures in marriage. That was fun but that too was updated less and less. Now it serves mostly as a respository of our photos from our many travels.

    I lamented that none of them lasted but each served their purpose which was to help me document a period of my life. Now I’d like to put it all together and write about a combination of things:

      A. Make wry observations about my life in Japan.

      B. Write reviews of restaurants, cafes, bars, neighborhoods, museums, parks.

      C. Incisively analyze and deconstruct the narratives of nationalism and politics in East Asia. Kind of share my findings for my PhD.

      D. Comment on international sports and nationalism, as well as my beloved but troubled Lakers.

      E. Display my photo collection of me meditating in a variety of locations around the world. It’s the only time I really meditate.

      F. And finally, I really want to bring peace to the world. And clearly, blogging is one of the few avenues left to pursue this.

      So enjoy! And may I update this blog daily.


      p.s. If you’re wondering what a quilting sword is, then click here.

      10 thoughts on “About”

      1. hi wind,
        i finally found you ……literallllllly.
        i’ve been running into elissa, and she gave me your info and i hope i’m shouting out in the right space.
        i’ve heard some stories now and again through our dear friend, jerry and i can’t help but think of you everytime i pick up a 15lb weight shake my head and wonder how i ever came to like working out so much, gotta thank you for that.
        well wind, i honestly just skimmed along your lovely words in order to just get to the point,,,,here.
        how are you? happily married and living in japan. wow. cool. i’m happily engaged and………….living in eugene. business may and i hope it does, a hugely small part of me does, take us to portland.
        any how , ummmm i need to get to work. wind, you’re a beautiful person and i hope to get a word from you….it’s been a while. drop a line when you can.
        much love,
        ann marie
        oh yeah, those troubled but prrrromising and always, well ususally, fun to watch BLAZERS. we’re fans

      2. Wind – On my first visit to you blog I already want to put you on my feed reader but I can’t find your RSS feed? Please drop me a line so I can keep up with your writing. Thanks.

      3. shane, i’ve just put in a big subscribe icon on the side bar.

        see if that works. i use the firefox web browser and there’s a handy rss feed thingy on the interface that i click on whenever i want a feed to a page. you might use that if your browser allows it.

        thanks for reading! i’ve been enjoying your busy adventures in tokyo as well.

        1. thanks for checking in and for your prayers. everyone i know is okay here, but it’s a mess up north. i’ll be posting something soon.

      4. Dear Wind,

        The photos you post are just extraordinary. I’m asking your permission to use one of your cherry blossom photos for introducing Takako Matsu movie “Aprilストーリー”? or “四月物語” for my blog; I’m very willing to link back or give credit if is required. Thank you very much.

        Best regards,

        1. thanks for the kind words. sorry for the late reply. you are absolutely welcome to use the picture. citing or linking it back is fine. but where’s the link to your blog?

      5. I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the layout of your site?
        Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. Buut mayb you could a little more in the
        way of content so people could connect with it better.
        Youve got an awful lot of text foor only having one or two
        images. Maybe you could space it out better?

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