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Nina Li Coomes
Nina Li Coomes

is a Japanese and American writer. She was born in Nagoya, Japan, raised in Chicago, and currently resides in Boston. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, EATER, and Catapult, among other places. You can read more of her writing at

The Mundane Beauty of Home Far Away

To yearn for home is to wonder how its small, mundane moments can feel so unattainable — relics of another time. Takahata Isao’s work at Studio Ghibli and beyond both created this quiet beauty and provided comfort to those who long for it from afar.

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