Sakura Fever at the Japan Mint in Osaka is a Transcendental Event

Sakura fever has struck. The falling petals of many cherry blossoms throughout the Kansai region have forced me outside to make pilgrimages on my bike around Osaka and else where to view these breathtaking beautiful trees. They remind me of how short life is. Most cherry blossoms have now faded and dropped their petals like snow. … Continue reading Sakura Fever at the Japan Mint in Osaka is a Transcendental Event

Japanese and U.S. Citizens Lose When Their Governments Revise War History

“The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.” - George Orwell United States President Donald Trump is trying to start World War III. With the ultimate newspeak of “preventative war” and dangerously provoking North Korea he wants to attack it … Continue reading Japanese and U.S. Citizens Lose When Their Governments Revise War History

The High-Quality of Life in Japan is Vastly Different from A Declining United States

The freedom I experience in Japan with its high-quality of life makes me realize how cheated my fellow citizens are as the United States slips into decline and chaos under President Donald Trump.  The mere fact that I can get on my bike and ride around Osaka and get anywhere I want quickly, rain or … Continue reading The High-Quality of Life in Japan is Vastly Different from A Declining United States

Who Needs Paris When You Have Colombo Cornershop Books and Coffee in Osaka

Quaint, eclectic and bohemian can't quite describe my second home in Osaka at Colombo Cornershop books and coffee, but it's worth to keep trying to find the right word every time I visit.  In Shinshaibashi across from the Nanba shrine, Colombo sits on the corner and calls out Paris every time I walk by to … Continue reading Who Needs Paris When You Have Colombo Cornershop Books and Coffee in Osaka

For Health and Longevity, Turn to the Traditional Japanese Diet

There are few fat people in Japan.  Most Japanese ride a bike and walk, rain or shine, and walk up and down many subway steps. Also the Japanese diet is one of the healthiest in the world, resulting in the lowest rates of obesity amongst men and women. People who stuck to Japanese dietary recommendations … Continue reading For Health and Longevity, Turn to the Traditional Japanese Diet

Art and Meaning in Everyday Life at The Japan Folk Art Museum in Osaka

I am a folk junkie. I love folktales, folk art, folk music. Folk comes from the Old English folc, common people, men, or tribe; originating from the Proto-Germaic root of fulka with its modern German word volk, people. In an era where people's cultures, crafts and minds are getting swallowed up by the mechanized, mono-cultural isolation … Continue reading Art and Meaning in Everyday Life at The Japan Folk Art Museum in Osaka

Nature Enthralls at Osaka’s Sakuya Konohana Kan Botanical Garden

Schizophrenics tend to live in cities, research shows.  Grow up in a city and you are more likely to have psychosis, and urban life can lead to depression and anxiety. Anxiety and busy being etymologically the root word of "business," by the way. No doubt, the constant stimulation of the mind, the hurry, hurry, go-go-go … Continue reading Nature Enthralls at Osaka’s Sakuya Konohana Kan Botanical Garden