Japanese kaiseki dining is an experience of mindfulness bliss to feast upon not just food but beauty and sensuous joy.
Haiku is interwoven with prose and photographs of the onsen and hotel Nagisaya in Japan to become a haibun.
Sensei and I continue our pilgrimage on the Kumano Kodō and arrive at Kumano Hatayama Taisha Shinto Shrine in Shingu, Japan.
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!
It's plum-blossom time in Japan. My history-buff, Classics major son is visiting us for Spring break, so we wandered around to view some late blooming sites, including Osaka Castle Park. A big secret to view some gorgeous plum blossoms without the massive crowds is to head to the Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses in … Continue reading Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses in Osaka
"Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?" - D.T. Suzuki
Upon my first visit to Japan in November 2016 at age 50, I became a filmmaker! I had started writing a bunch of haiku and tanka poems during this powerful experience, then turned them into video poems. This Mythic Yoga Journey to Japan Haiku Video No. 1 was the first video I ever made in … Continue reading Mythic Yoga Journey To Japan Haiku Video Poem No. 1
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