Best of ~2019~

Hi everyone, Kohaku again! As promised, today’s post is a top-ten best-of compilation of my published work from 2019. It was really difficult to narrow it down to ten. I tried to gather from across my various styles and genres as well as from throughout the whole year, and I also wanted to not have any repeats (so any work within an already-featured compilation was automatically out of the running for anything else). Without any more of my blabbering, here are my top-ten picks from my work this past year. In no particular order:

  1. Songs Without End [Short Story]
  2. lost in time [Poetry, Poem-Song]
  3. 「VANGUARD: Flagbearer of Nocturnal Skies」 [Poetry Compilation]
  4. Another Year Has Gone… [Poetry, General]
  5. 永遠の歌 [Poetry, Tanka]
  6. Photography in Canada [Photography]
  7. Life = Suffering + Love [Zuihitsu Collection]
  8. Entry #4 – Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli, and Art as a Tool for Activism [Journal Entry]
  9. Prologue, To Walk in the Footsteps of Angels [Serial Writing]
  10. Mental Health and the Failure of Our Education System [Uncategorized Writing]

What about you all? What were your favorites from my work this year? I’d like to know, because I really do reflect on my writing and artwork a lot.

Everyone take care. See you tomorrow for my year-end message.


Beach Sunsets [Photography]

Hey everyone!

As promised, here’s a set of photos from a recent trip I took to the beach to watch the sunset. This, I believe, was the first time in my life that I actually saw the sun disappear over the horizon. Every other sunset I’ve watched has been blocked by buildings, mountains, or other features. So, this was a new experience for me. I appreciated it a lot, and I’m glad I went.

You all should go watch the sunset now too!

Take care of yourselves.


Creatures in the Clouds [Photography]

Hi everyone, here are a couple new photos I took last week.

This one looked a little like a wolf’s head…

One day when I walked outside I saw a dragon. I took a pano of part of its spine/back, but it was actually much larger than the picture and extended farther than I could see. I thought it was pretty incredible, and I’m grateful I got to see it.

What creatures have you seen in the clouds before? Let me know!

Have a great day,


Moon Festival Sky Photography

Happy Moon Festival, everyone!

The Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is a harvest festival celebrated mainly in China, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Today also marks the start of several other harvest festivals celebrated in other countries, such as お月見 in Japan and 추석 in Korea.

Though it is celebrated differently in different regions of the world, the Mid-Autumn Festival is commonly associated with observing and worshipping the full moon, harvesting crops and giving thanks for them, reuniting with family and/or returning to one’s hometown, and consuming specific foods such as mooncakes.

On this holiday, please enjoy these pictures of the moon, sunset, and twilight sky from a few days ago.

Travel and celebrate safely everyone!