The Butterfly in the Metro

Metropolis magazine published my essay, “The Butterfly in the Metro,” that presents my impressions about the difference between public space in Japan and the United States. What is the role of shared spaces in urban life?

What makes a city desirable? After living in Tokyo for just two years, I realize that what passes as normal in a large US city now seems peculiar, unnecessary and even unpleasant.

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Please read the full article on the Metropolis website. I am grateful to Eparama Tuibenau for the lovely illustration above.

One comment

  1. This is a very inspiring essay.
    I have been living here for more than a year and a half and I am still amazed every day by the little details that make living in japan feel so surreal.

    Thanks!

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