Hello World!

My name is Dan Kittaka - 橘高ダン, I am a demand planner, running coach, and cartoonist from Chicago. I use he/him pronouns. From 2013 through 2015, I blogged regularly about my marathon training on a blog that I called "Kansai Kudasai."

Since that time, I've been more intentional about making art which led me to spending my scrolling and sharing on Instagram. In August 2020, I realized that I had become overreliant on IG as a source of information throughout COVID-19 and the 2020 movement for racial justice. I could probably write several posts on that topic, but the result is that IG (and other social media) feel mostly purposeless and hollow.

Instead of consuming and sharing moments, I feel a desire to make and consume more intentionally developed content, in other words, blogging and blogs! Last week, my sister, Marina, shared Zonelets, "a simple, free blogging engine for everyone" that she had developed while questioning the value of social media. This inspired me to take my own action and start this blog which I hope results in new and deepened relationships.

If you're interested in connecting directly, the best way to do so is via email.

Best regards,

Dan Kittaka, Portland, OR, Wednesday, 25th November 2020