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Photographer Airi Katsuta has been mentioned in a few of my previous blogs.  I first met her at the 2013 Phoenix Matsuri Festival.  She was displaying her 1,000 origami cranes that she had made as part of her fundraising effort to travel to Japan as a volunteer to help rebuild the tsunami ravaged village of Ishinomaki.   537 more words

Around the World, and I'm Back Again!

So I’m back to Arizona, my home sweet home, after being away for 5 months on a global voyage with Peace Boat. I was working as a… 458 more words


3 Years Later.

Another year has passed since the March 11th natural disaster in Northeast Japan, which makes 3 years since the disaster, 3 years since I made my first trip up to volunteer with Peace Boat, and 2 years since I volunteered with INJM. 411 more words


Happy Anniversary -- A Peace Boat version of "This is the New Year"

In celebration of ONE YEAR since departing for my voyage around the world with Peace Boat, I thought I would share this video I made as part of a fun way to remember my trip… 85 more words

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How Long Does it Take to Travel around the World?

Time is immeasurable.

Now, without compartmentalizing the entire human population (or at the very least, a demographic of readers comprised mostly of friends slacking off at work), you are probably reacting to the above bolded sentence in either one of two ways. 872 more words

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