When I first moved to Japan in the summer of 2017, the heat was brutal, especially in the cities. I had exhausted myself visiting shrines and temples in Kyoto, so I decided to stay close to our Shinmachi, Osaka neighborhood. There was a plethora of these sacred places within a few blocks radius. A gentle … Continue reading Photo Haiku – Chrysanthemums
My plan to return to Japan this month has been postponed due to the coronavirus. I was all set to return for three months - one in Kyoto for the Lafcadio Hearn April 22-25 and then Tokyo for a month to be with kamishibai friends before back for another month in Kansai. How quickly the … Continue reading Haiga, Haibun and Haiku in the Time of Coronavirus
I was struck by the contrast of groups in this photo I took from the platform of Tofukuji Station in Kyoto. The Chinese tourists on the left dressed fashionably bright and looking at their cell phones; the Japanese school girls in somber uniforms on the right talking to each other. Two worlds!
Street photography of Shinsekai, Osaka, Japan by Sydney Solis
Antique Fuji in Nishinomiya is a treasure hunt through old Japan.
One of the most refreshing things about Japan I find is that there is an exaltation of the human body and it can be seen in public sculptures all across Japan.
f you are looking for the soul of Japan, look to its ceramics. From sake vessels, to tea ceremony ceramics, Japan lives and breathes mindful artisan and meaning through this beautiful art form called Yakimono. And Robert Yellin is devoted to promoting and protecting this art created by living Japanese artisans of more than 40 traditional styles across Japan.
This art-form Shodō that is also a way of life and has its own philosophy was working its power on me. It was all very Zen.
You are cordially invited to the Writers in Kyoto Annual Poetry Reading on June 24. It will feature jazz accompanying the Kansai region's many talented poets who are gathering at the The Gnome, at Nijo Kawaramachi in Kyoto (For map see here.) Happy to say that I, Sydney Solis, am master of ceremonies, humble poet that I am. … Continue reading Writers in Kyoto Annual Poetry Reading, Plus Jazz June 24
The wonderful thing about my new life in Japan, that at 51 years of age I am reborn! I recently cut all my hair off and went white. 15 long years since my first husband died and raising my two children on my own are done! My kids turned out amazing, splendid - I'm so … Continue reading Photography & Artwork of Japan by Sydney Solis Available