A Year in an Instant


Day 141

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This morning I finished fixing the last bugs on the ASICS website. After school I went to the New Yorker’s Cafe to take in a little more of that mystical smoke.


My secret agent met up with me. She researched how I can start a company in Japan and sponsor my own visa. I need to have a Japanese bank account, ¥5,000,000 in that account, an office address, a mobile phone and a business plan. Incorporating the company takes 3 to 6 months and after that is done I can apply for 3 year visa. Issuing the visa would take 2 to 3 months. At that point I can move to Japan and run my own design studio.

Day 140

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I overslept this morning. Nothing ruins my day more than waking up late. Since I started school, I either wake up at 6.40 sharp or completely lose it and get up at 11 or 12 AM. I don’t know how to control this.


I had a meeting at the Bento Graphics office for a final look at the ASICS website. Benjamin asked me if I would be interested in a larger UX project for Lexus.


I haven’t seen her in too long. We went to Blue Note together.

I was in a bad mood when I met her because of work. And then I was annoyed at myself for letting work affect my relationships. But minutes after sitting down with her for dinner I felt calm, I felt relaxed, and Blue Note was phenomenal. When I feel tired, and stressed, or I don't feel like the relationship is working, I'll try to remember today. Because she and the music made it all ok.

Day 139

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I’m at Mister Donut café in Shinjuku, along with many other people who are spending Valentine’s day alone. I like this place. They offer unlimited coffee refill.

Day 138

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It’s Valentine’s day tomorrow. I’m contemplating all the bridges I’ve burnt.

Day 137

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Asuka took me to Ootoya, an amazing Japanese restaurant chain. Might become my default go-to place. I haven’t seen Asuka in months.


Today, as a first, I organised a night out for my friends. I invited them to meet me at Hachikō at 7, have Okonomiyaki at my favourite restaurant in Shibuya, go with me to JBS, and after that we can continue going out, clubbing or karaoke.

17 people showed up. We went to the Okonomiyaki and it was closed for renovation. Everyone but 4 people left. We had a drink at JBS. I felt like shit. We went to bar bridge and did karaoke all night. I forgot how amazing Asuka is at singing. This makes everything ok.

Day 136

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Today was national holiday and I spent all day programming Swift at a Starbucks in Shibuya. Met Alex, Ryleigh, Beer and Seiya for a drink at the Moonwalk bar. Life is simple.

Day 135

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No news here. We delivered the first version of the ASICS website. Benjamin and Julien left the office for their holidays. I’m going to continue working on the next version of the site.

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