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2015-06-07 15:55:39 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Buildings

Most reshares: 5

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2014-06-06 12:48:14 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Between our two lives
there is also the life of the
cherry blossom  
~Basho

Most plusones: 45

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2014-06-06 12:48:14 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Between our two lives
there is also the life of the
cherry blossom  
~Basho

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2015-06-14 13:57:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

This post about a famous Japanese battle is getting some traffic lately. I should write more historic articles when I get a chance

http://japandave.com/2013/09/battle-okehazama/

This post about a famous Japanese battle is getting some traffic lately. I should write more historic articles when I get a chance

http://japandave.com/2013/09/battle-okehazama/___

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2015-06-12 03:33:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Dream a dream and what you see will be

Dream a dream and what you see will be___

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2015-06-10 20:28:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Group Meditation

Group Meditation___

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2015-06-07 15:55:39 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Buildings

Buildings___

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2015-06-05 13:18:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

It's All In The Eyes

It's All In The Eyes___

2015-06-05 03:34:48 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Despite my misgivings about Google Photo and my disappointment that they are downsizing my photos, I am using it. Most of my photos are on external drives which I don't leave connected to my computer very long, so it may take a long time to upload everything, but oh well. 

I am reading some reviews where people are so amazed at the search. Hmm... Well I have uploaded a little over 2000 photos so far. When I search for my son it does find a few of them, but it also finds lots of sakura photos. I guess my son looks like sakura. Good to know. When I search Okazaki it shows me photos from Tokyo. Now... shouldn't the gps data help it out?

Oh well. No complaints. I'm not relying on this or anything, so I will just watch occasionally to see how it goes. 

Despite my misgivings about Google Photo and my disappointment that they are downsizing my photos, I am using it. Most of my photos are on external drives which I don't leave connected to my computer very long, so it may take a long time to upload everything, but oh well. 

I am reading some reviews where people are so amazed at the search. Hmm... Well I have uploaded a little over 2000 photos so far. When I search for my son it does find a few of them, but it also finds lots of sakura photos. I guess my son looks like sakura. Good to know. When I search Okazaki it shows me photos from Tokyo. Now... shouldn't the gps data help it out?

Oh well. No complaints. I'm not relying on this or anything, so I will just watch occasionally to see how it goes. ___

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2015-06-04 15:45:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Standing Out From the Crowd

Standing Out From the Crowd___

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2015-06-04 03:41:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Off To the Next Adventure!

Off To the Next Adventure!___

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2015-06-03 14:52:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Masks and Sakura

Masks and Sakura___

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2015-06-03 00:41:56 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Into the Wild

Into the Wild___

2015-06-01 16:57:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Keyboard Maestro users: What is the difference between Named Clipboards and Variables? Should I be using one instead of the other? 

For example, if I copy some text to do something with later, should I stuff that text into a named clipboard or a variable? Right now I use both kind of randomly. On the surface they seem exactly the same

Keyboard Maestro users: What is the difference between Named Clipboards and Variables? Should I be using one instead of the other? 

For example, if I copy some text to do something with later, should I stuff that text into a named clipboard or a variable? Right now I use both kind of randomly. On the surface they seem exactly the same___

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2015-06-01 13:47:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Remember The Rice Fields We Used To Play In?

I’m fascinated by memory. We might visit a place daily or weekly and the place is very vivid in our minds, but then for some reason we stop visiting it and almost immediately it starts to fade from our memories; if it was a place we were especially fond of, we might try to tell ourselves about it and refresh the memory, but in doing so all we have really done is alter the memory while it may be similar to what the reality was, it is different.

How can we represent a fading or changing memory? Something like this, perhaps?

Remember The Rice Fields We Used To Play In?

I’m fascinated by memory. We might visit a place daily or weekly and the place is very vivid in our minds, but then for some reason we stop visiting it and almost immediately it starts to fade from our memories; if it was a place we were especially fond of, we might try to tell ourselves about it and refresh the memory, but in doing so all we have really done is alter the memory while it may be similar to what the reality was, it is different.

How can we represent a fading or changing memory? Something like this, perhaps?___

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2015-05-31 00:15:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Crossing over to the other side. These traditional arched bridges are always a nice sight. 

I have seen the traditional arch bridges of Japan referred to by both Full Moon Bridge (engetsukyo) and Drum Bridge (taikobashi). I think they are just two names for the same thing, though feel free to school me in the comments if you know better. Both names refer to how the arch and the reflection form a circle.

Whatever the case may be, just the arched bridges themselves are lovely. Whenever I see one in Japan, I always feel the urge to take a photo.

I was teaching a private photography class and the student asked about using textures. I randomly picked out this image to use as an example and also randomly picked some textures to use. I ended up liking the results so much that I finished it up on my own time. 

Crossing over to the other side. These traditional arched bridges are always a nice sight. 

I have seen the traditional arch bridges of Japan referred to by both Full Moon Bridge (engetsukyo) and Drum Bridge (taikobashi). I think they are just two names for the same thing, though feel free to school me in the comments if you know better. Both names refer to how the arch and the reflection form a circle.

Whatever the case may be, just the arched bridges themselves are lovely. Whenever I see one in Japan, I always feel the urge to take a photo.

I was teaching a private photography class and the student asked about using textures. I randomly picked out this image to use as an example and also randomly picked some textures to use. I ended up liking the results so much that I finished it up on my own time. ___

2015-05-31 00:09:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

For the first time in 3 and a half years, I feel like I finally have some free time!! This past week or two I have slowly been increasing my blogging again and getting re-involved in both the photography blogosphere and the Japan ex-pat one. At the risk of biting off more than I can chew this early, let's see if I can't get my G+ usage back up to my pre-Hikaru[†] levels. Keep your fingers crossed (or, if all of my audience has deserted me in the past 3 and a half years, I shall cross my own fingers). 

†: my son

For the first time in 3 and a half years, I feel like I finally have some free time!! This past week or two I have slowly been increasing my blogging again and getting re-involved in both the photography blogosphere and the Japan ex-pat one. At the risk of biting off more than I can chew this early, let's see if I can't get my G+ usage back up to my pre-Hikaru[†] levels. Keep your fingers crossed (or, if all of my audience has deserted me in the past 3 and a half years, I shall cross my own fingers). 

†: my son___

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2015-05-10 21:23:04 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

At the Shrine Under the Clouds

At the Shrine Under the Clouds___

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2015-01-09 21:18:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

The burning leaves of Korankei

#autumncolors  

The burning leaves of Korankei

#autumncolors  ___

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2015-01-07 03:19:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Asleep with Anpanman

Now here is a great example of The Best Camera Is The One You Have With You. My son just fell asleep. My good camera was downstairs in a far room. All I had was my iPhone 5. It was dark and I didn't want to turn on the light and risk waking him. So I pulled out my iPhone 5 and used it. Of course I quickly ran and got my better camera, but—as I had feared—he turned while I was gone and the photo chance was gone. 

The quality is terrible. Terrible or not, the iPhone was absolutely the best camera in the world at that moment. I love this photo for showing such a wonderful moment.

Day 4/365 of my #365project  

(I'm picking and choosing what I share here from my 365project. Be sure to follow me on Flickr if you want to see them all. Search for JapanDave)

Asleep with Anpanman

Now here is a great example of The Best Camera Is The One You Have With You. My son just fell asleep. My good camera was downstairs in a far room. All I had was my iPhone 5. It was dark and I didn't want to turn on the light and risk waking him. So I pulled out my iPhone 5 and used it. Of course I quickly ran and got my better camera, but—as I had feared—he turned while I was gone and the photo chance was gone. 

The quality is terrible. Terrible or not, the iPhone was absolutely the best camera in the world at that moment. I love this photo for showing such a wonderful moment.

Day 4/365 of my #365project  

(I'm picking and choosing what I share here from my 365project. Be sure to follow me on Flickr if you want to see them all. Search for JapanDave)___

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2015-01-03 23:00:37 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The cherry blossoms are one of the best things in Japan. And night viewings make them even better! 

The cherry blossoms are one of the best things in Japan. And night viewings make them even better! ___

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2015-01-02 23:19:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Hatsumōde (the first shrine visit of the year) is always very busy

#Oshogatsu   #hatsumode  

Hatsumōde (the first shrine visit of the year) is always very busy

#Oshogatsu   #hatsumode  ___

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2015-01-02 23:15:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Enjoying a haiku book on a winter day.

Pictured:
wintry sky–
like a peony
one's tongue
—Tomizawa Kakio

Day 2/365 for my 2015 #365project  


#ScratchCam   #iphoneography  

Enjoying a haiku book on a winter day.

Pictured:
wintry sky–
like a peony
one's tongue
—Tomizawa Kakio

Day 2/365 for my 2015 #365project  


#ScratchCam   #iphoneography  ___

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2015-01-02 23:14:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

My son and 2 of his cousins enjoying the toy train at the local kid's museum. They watched for at least an hour and kept running back when we tried to pull them to other areas. 

Day 1/365 of my 2015 #365project

My son and 2 of his cousins enjoying the toy train at the local kid's museum. They watched for at least an hour and kept running back when we tried to pull them to other areas. 

Day 1/365 of my 2015 #365project___

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2015-01-01 15:37:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Waiting for A Wish 

Hatsumōde, the first shrine visit of the year, is always very busy

Quality: http://japandave.smugmug.com/Photography/Japan-Life/i-84frQCR/A

#hatsumode #Hipstamatic #Japan

Waiting for A Wish 

Hatsumōde, the first shrine visit of the year, is always very busy

Quality: http://japandave.smugmug.com/Photography/Japan-Life/i-84frQCR/A

#hatsumode #Hipstamatic #Japan___

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2014-12-31 01:27:09 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Reality can sometimes be confusing

Reality can sometimes be confusing___

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2014-12-29 17:42:37 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Memories of the Autumn Colors 


Autumn Leaves at Korankei Valley, near Toyota City, considered one of the best places in Japan to see the autumn colors.

It's much busier than it looks. Notice the busy bridge at the far end of the valley. 

I like the guy on the east bank taking a photo. 


#BeautifulJapan   #AutumnColors   #Korankei  

Memories of the Autumn Colors 


Autumn Leaves at Korankei Valley, near Toyota City, considered one of the best places in Japan to see the autumn colors.

It's much busier than it looks. Notice the busy bridge at the far end of the valley. 

I like the guy on the east bank taking a photo. 


#BeautifulJapan   #AutumnColors   #Korankei  ___

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2014-12-23 14:20:37 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Secret Garden in Autumn

Mt Fuji, Tokyo Tower, the Daibutsu, etc, there are a great many places in Japan. I enjoy them all, but the places that call to me the most are the more quiet, less touristy spots, where I can enjoy the natural beauty of the country without so much noise. This is one such place. Hidden away in plain sight, you can find the best places. 

#BeautifulJapan   #autumncolors   #autumnleaves  

Secret Garden in Autumn

Mt Fuji, Tokyo Tower, the Daibutsu, etc, there are a great many places in Japan. I enjoy them all, but the places that call to me the most are the more quiet, less touristy spots, where I can enjoy the natural beauty of the country without so much noise. This is one such place. Hidden away in plain sight, you can find the best places. 

#BeautifulJapan   #autumncolors   #autumnleaves  ___

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2014-12-21 22:22:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Sakura River // There might be some water under there somewhere // #BeautifulJapan #CherryBlossoms

Sakura River // There might be some water under there somewhere // #BeautifulJapan #CherryBlossoms___

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2014-12-20 12:56:08 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Autumn in Japan #BeautifulJapan   #autumncolors  

Autumn in Japan #BeautifulJapan   #autumncolors  ___

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2014-12-19 21:20:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Autumn at the Castle

Autumn at the Castle___

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2014-12-18 07:43:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Watch out for Fudō-sama. He'll help you on the path to nirvāṇa, but that sword and fire makes it look like it might be tough love. 

Actually his name is Fudō-myōō, 不動明王 in kanji, but you will hear most Japanese referring to him respectfully as o-Fudō-sama. In other Buddhism, he may be more familiar by his sanskrit name, Acala

Fudō-sama is a pretty popular figure. He is said to protect us all by burning away all impediments and defilements, aiding us towards enlightenment.

Sometimes in Japan you will see him near a symbol हां, pronounced kān in Japanese, which is the Sanskrit symbol that represents him.

Watch out for Fudō-sama. He'll help you on the path to nirvāṇa, but that sword and fire makes it look like it might be tough love. 

Actually his name is Fudō-myōō, 不動明王 in kanji, but you will hear most Japanese referring to him respectfully as o-Fudō-sama. In other Buddhism, he may be more familiar by his sanskrit name, Acala

Fudō-sama is a pretty popular figure. He is said to protect us all by burning away all impediments and defilements, aiding us towards enlightenment.

Sometimes in Japan you will see him near a symbol हां, pronounced kān in Japanese, which is the Sanskrit symbol that represents him.___

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2014-12-15 23:41:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Lost in the forest. Look -- another stone lantern is waiting for lost people like me

Lost in the forest. Look -- another stone lantern is waiting for lost people like me___

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2014-12-15 00:23:04 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I love these stone Buddhist lanterns. You find them everywhere, even in some people's gardens. The are simple, but lovely.

I love these stone Buddhist lanterns. You find them everywhere, even in some people's gardens. The are simple, but lovely.___

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2014-12-03 13:41:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

The castle walls

Well, part of one of the outer walls, anyway. Something about Japanese castle walls fascinates me. I could stare at them for hours -- and have before. It is amazing how they can get such uneven stones to sit just so.

The castle walls

Well, part of one of the outer walls, anyway. Something about Japanese castle walls fascinates me. I could stare at them for hours -- and have before. It is amazing how they can get such uneven stones to sit just so.___

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2014-08-06 13:18:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Hell's Flames at the A-Bomb Dome

安らかに眠って下さい 過ちは 繰返しませぬから。Let all the souls here rest in peace, for we shall not repeat the evil.

—inscription at Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims in the Hiroshima Peace Park

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遺棄死体 数百といひ 数千といふ いのちをふたつ もちしものなし。

“Abandoned corpses numbered   
in the hundreds,” they say,   
“in the thousands“.  
Not one of us   
can live twice. 

—Toki Zenmaro

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Zenmaro was very anti-war. He wrote that tanka poem in reaction to news from China near the beginning of Japan's invasion. The poem also works well for the abomb event and remains avery powerful message against all war: Life is precious.

#hiroshima #広島 #antiwar #abomb... more »

Hell's Flames at the A-Bomb Dome

安らかに眠って下さい 過ちは 繰返しませぬから。Let all the souls here rest in peace, for we shall not repeat the evil.

—inscription at Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims in the Hiroshima Peace Park

---------------------------------------------------—-

遺棄死体 数百といひ 数千といふ いのちをふたつ もちしものなし。

“Abandoned corpses numbered   
in the hundreds,” they say,   
“in the thousands“.  
Not one of us   
can live twice. 

—Toki Zenmaro

-------------------------------------------------------

Zenmaro was very anti-war. He wrote that tanka poem in reaction to news from China near the beginning of Japan's invasion. The poem also works well for the abomb event and remains a very powerful message against all war: Life is precious.

#hiroshima #広島 #antiwar #abomb___

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2014-07-08 06:58:50 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

A random shot from around the neighborhood. These past few weeks I can't seem to get away for any serious shooting. Hikaru has been very demanding lately... He seems to have started his terrible 2s about 6 months early. Phew

Luckily it's not yet hot enough (getting close though) that I can't carry him on my back, so lately I take photos while hiking around with him on my back. Good for my photo project work.. finding interesting things in otherwise boring areas that I have been around hundreds of times. 

A random shot from around the neighborhood. These past few weeks I can't seem to get away for any serious shooting. Hikaru has been very demanding lately... He seems to have started his terrible 2s about 6 months early. Phew

Luckily it's not yet hot enough (getting close though) that I can't carry him on my back, so lately I take photos while hiking around with him on my back. Good for my photo project work.. finding interesting things in otherwise boring areas that I have been around hundreds of times. ___

2014-07-08 06:52:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Thanks for the birthday wishes!___

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2014-06-13 05:03:38 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

The Fires of Heaven

I processed this one a number of years ago. I would never do it this way today, but it's interesting to look at how my tastes have changed.

I have been going through some old photos lately because I finally started moving some of my old Aperture library into Lightroom. I'm just going a little at a time, a little everyday. No hurry, right? 

The Fires of Heaven

I processed this one a number of years ago. I would never do it this way today, but it's interesting to look at how my tastes have changed.

I have been going through some old photos lately because I finally started moving some of my old Aperture library into Lightroom. I'm just going a little at a time, a little everyday. No hurry, right? ___

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2014-06-09 03:27:44 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

The rain has stopped
Hydrangea ---its blue
come out brightly
~Tadami Yamada

The rain has stopped
Hydrangea ---its blue
come out brightly
~Tadami Yamada___

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2014-06-08 14:36:40 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Rolling Shutter Torii

Rolling Shutter Torii___

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2014-06-08 01:38:12 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

spring clouds... 
as I am watching them, 
they've moved
~Sojo Hino

spring clouds... 
as I am watching them, 
they've moved
~Sojo Hino___

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2014-06-06 12:48:14 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Between our two lives
there is also the life of the
cherry blossom  
~Basho

Between our two lives
there is also the life of the
cherry blossom  
~Basho___

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2014-06-01 07:26:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Meditation is a good way to escape from the heat -- its 37c/98.6F today in Okazaki Japan. Ohm ॐ

Meditation is a good way to escape from the heat -- its 37c/98.6F today in Okazaki Japan. Ohm ॐ___

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2014-05-27 04:57:39 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Some night hanami, a good time to enjoy the cherry blossoms

Some night hanami, a good time to enjoy the cherry blossoms___

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2014-05-26 00:37:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Japan Sure Knows How to Do Cherry Blossoms

Japan Sure Knows How to Do Cherry Blossoms___

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2014-05-24 03:30:33 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Beautiful weather in Japan today. Hot -- Sunday is suppose to push above 30 -- but otherwise really nice.

Beautiful weather in Japan today. Hot -- Sunday is suppose to push above 30 -- but otherwise really nice.___

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2014-05-20 05:25:29 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

this little shrine -
a pheasant drags its tail
in the evening
~Issa

this little shrine -
a pheasant drags its tail
in the evening
~Issa___

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2014-05-19 01:35:01 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The Shrine Guardian

The Shrine Guardian___

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2014-05-17 14:39:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Though they've not scattered,
already I'm regretful
    -- for I've gazed upon
the bright autumn leaves now at 
the climax of their colors.
~Unknown, from the Kokinshū

Though they've not scattered,
already I'm regretful
    -- for I've gazed upon
the bright autumn leaves now at 
the climax of their colors.
~Unknown, from the Kokinshū___

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2014-05-15 00:28:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.
~The Call of Cthulhu

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.
~The Call of Cthulhu___

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2014-05-14 11:19:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

To Catch a Fleeting Glimpse of Her Beauty

To Catch a Fleeting Glimpse of Her Beauty___

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2014-05-14 02:01:53 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

The Gathering -- shibazakura

The Gathering -- shibazakura___

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