After returning from a trip to Japan in 2015, I began seeking out Japanese culture in America. This lead me to Wa - Shin - An, a Japanese tea house on the campus of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. I grew up in South Hadley, and spent considerable time on campus. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I was unaware of Wa - Shin - An during this time, being more concerned with youthful indiscretions. By returning to photograph there as an adult, I learned something new about my hometown, which I had come to take for granted.
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