Find the Forgotten


And we soar
to the treetops
and beyond
Having forgotten
to reckon with
the earth’s beauty
(Which is also
the beauty in us
and of ourselves)
And from here
in the clouds
we pause to rest
Breathing deep,
finding in soft places
the contour of us
The mystic dance
between our freedom
and our sublime
Incarnation. – TS

Japan Photo Diary: 365 (freedom on a white wall)

Welcome to the 365th photo in the Japan Photo Diary series – it has been one year! And perfect timing, as I make my way over to Canada, my home, for a visit!

Thank you for joining me on this adventure of sharing photographs of Japan over the past year. There will be much more to come, in different guides.



Japan Photo Diary: In Memory of the Ones who Were Lost …

Tammy T. Stone

Tammy T. Stone


Today’s photo diary is a dedication to those whose lives were lost in Paris, and to every single being in the world who suffers.

A few days ago, my husband and I started a Gratitude Jar – every night, we write down one (or more) things we’re grateful for. This was my initiative, and my husband embraced it. And then he said, “Let’s turn the paper into ‘origami’.”

We’re in Japan, where origami paper is a dollar store staple. I have tons of it: I use it to make collages and various things, and haven’t really taken the time to learn to make shapes yet.

We’re writing on a mini-sized origami paper, which makes it especially difficult for the newcomer to the craft to catch on. Slowly, he’s teaching me to make one of his childhood favourites: a bird with beautiful, wide and elegant wings.

At first I was convinced it was impossible, that he was secretly adding paper, and using scissors and tape. Day by day, though, the birds are taking shape, and I can’t help but think, “How amazing, that everyday, we are making creatures that can fly.”

And so, in the name of freedom for all …

Much love,

Tammy xx