MARK EDWARD HARRIS
Mark captures the spirit of the onsen in The Way of the Japanese Bath (p.164)
Where are you going next?
The next stop is Kita Onsen to continue my hot spring series, then back to LA, then Europe to teach a series of workshops.
What’s in your carry-on?
Camera equipment and a 13-inch Macbook Pro always. Also Bose ear-covering noisecancelling headphones so I can take a break and watch some films. They are white and blue—i’ve left too many black headphones on planes.
How do you beat jet lag?
Wherever I am, that’s the only time that exists. I will never say, “Oh, my body is on this time.” I might take a quick nap when I arrive but will immediately try to get into the routine of the local time. I believe taking a bath—it doesn’t have to be a hot spring—is a great way to reset your internal clock.
What’s your most treasured possession?
I have a large antiquarian book collection but would be hard-pressed to single out just one. A book on the 1936 Olympics with stereographic images and a special viewer inserted into the cover is pretty special.