夏目礎石Natsume Soseki at Home

Natsume Soseki’s home in which his daughter Fudeko was born on May 31, 1899, three years after Soseki had relocated to Kumamoto. Soseki and his wife Nakane Kyoko. Natsume Soseki lived with his wife and child in this home located by the Tsuboi river and surrounded by a lovely garden.  The property remains beautifully kept. Views of the house from the garden.  Standing in the garden.  Flowers in bloom in …

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宮本武蔵 Miyamoto Musashi In the Spirit Rock Cave

 It was in this cave in which Miyamoto Musashi wrote the Book of Five Rings 語輪書during the year 1645. Reigando霊巌洞, or Spirit Rock Cave, is located on Mount Iwatono in present-day Kumamoto prefecture, west of Kumamoto city. During Musashi’s time, it was known as mountain Iwato of Higo. Higo was the name of the  region that later became Kumamoto Prefecture. A temple later was established as part of the entrance …

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Trang, the Mynah Bird & Verse 33

Which books transformed you, stopped you midway in your steps, making you pause and see things differently, so that in the end they enabled you to understand in an altered light? For me, the books which marked distinct turning points in my life and which have sustained me include: * Le Meunier, Son Fils et l’Âne (The Miller, His Son and the Donkey) by Jean de la Fontaine; * Hoa …

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