"A traveler has a right to relate and embellish his adventures as he pleases, and it is very impolite to refuse that deference and applause they deserve." – 
Rudolph Erich Raspe, Travels of Baron Munchausen

Aaron "tokyoaaron" Paulson teaches, writes, and takes pictures from his home in Western Tokyo. His work has appeared in a variety of national and international venues including WorldHum, Salon, Getty ImagesTransitions AbroadTravelmag, Kyoto Journal, Tokyo Journal, and The Blue Moon Review. His most recent story, on extreme weather in Tokyo and Toronto, appeared in the May - July issue of The New Idealist.


This rain-fed river
drowns stones and fallen branches,
rushing out to sea.
On a silver bicycle
you turned and gave me a wave.


Orange cat
asleep in my lap
as I write this,
he stretches out a paw, dreaming
the ocean of fish between us.


On The Streets of Montreal...
Chien perdu;
minna perdu.
Shoganai, shoganai, shoganai.

(translated from the original French and Japanese)
Lost dog;
everyone is lost.
It can't be helped, it can't be helped, it can't be helped.