Kasumi Abe is a Japanese journalist who has lived in New York for almost two decades. In 2018, she published “Tabi no Hint Book Brooklyn,” a book that explores the people, places and history of her borough. When COVID-19 arrived in the Spring of 2020, she was in New York, reporting on the city and its people. And now she watches as the streets once again swell with life — set to the backdrop of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

1. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture.

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