First time in Japan the past two weeks of Mid September. Have wanted to go to Japan since I was little. Remember being in Preschool/Kidnergarten and borrowing a book for children to learn Japanese from the Riverside Public Library—didn't get too far with that. Took 3 years of Japanese in college, twelve years after the fact the language skills were rusty but made due. Served as the group tour guide and interpreter. Loved every minute of it. There is something comforting about being over there. I love the feeling that I have to hurry everywhere when taking public transit or walking in the city streets because it contrasts so well with the countryside and the way the empty neighborhoods allow for a slower pace. I plan to go back for a longer stint as soon as possible. I only painted a few things while I was out there. I think an artist residency program would really be a boon to my painting practice. I definitely got the right amount of inspiration and energy to go forward with the new large scale paintings ill be doing in my new studio space. More on that in the coming weeks.