"a caterpillar doesn't just grow into a butterfly. a caterpillar must undergo metamorphosis, and a cocoon is where a caterpillar risks it all: enters total chaos, undergoes total rebuilding, and is born to a new way of living. only in taking the risk of entering that inert cocoon can the caterpillar go from dormancy to potency, from ugliness to beauty."

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


"It's those moments, those odd moments that you look for
and sometimes by creating this kind of loose atmosphere you find
those little moments that somehow mean a lot to an audience
when they really register right."
-- Barry Levinson

during our 3rd period class today, our kanji teacher said that he read a newspaper (新聞) and saw me there. he used nihongo in saying this so i initially had doubts if i understood him correctly and i wondered why, how, and what it was all about.

in english, he just said something like "you and other people, too."

then, i remembered that a day before i went to kobe, i participated in a multicultural workshop (多文化共生) supported by the fukui citizens international association. i was a member of a multinational panel -- composed of a chinese, a filipino (yours truly), a vietnamese, a thai, a korean, and an american. each of us talked to our japanese audience about the school lives of students from ages 6 to 15 in our country of origin.

to cut a short story shorter, the local newspaper (福井新聞), nikkan kenmin fukui (日刊県民福井), reported the event and printed two pictures of the panel.

one of those "caught-in-the-act-and-unaware-while-doing-something-worthwhile" moments

01.18.15 souvenir of my day #115 in japan :)

that's how my kanji teacher saw me in the newspaper that he read.

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