Hiroshima 70 Years Today

Today August 6th, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Last night on the eve of the Atomic Remembrance Day, I came by the Atomic Bomb to remember, to learn, to think and to pay my respects. The local suffering of one people can have global consequences. Every time I stand beneath the Atomic Memorial Dome, I feel weighed down by a heaviness, a sense of despair. The Atomic …

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The Journey Continues…

The journey to Kato Kiyomasa’s resting place continues as we ascend the steps that lead directly to his tomb, known as jochibyo. To reach Kato Kiyomasa’s grave requires the stepping of 176 stone staircases then 300 more since the tomb lies and his statue stands at the equivalent height of Kumamoto Castle. Numerous stone lanterns line the steps, built by the supporters, believers and devotees of Kato Kiyomasa who was a devoted practitioner of …

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宮本武蔵 Musashi’s Final Years

宮本武蔵 Miyamoto Musashi had been invited by Lord Hosokawa Tadatoshi 細川 忠利(December 21, 1586 – April 26, 1641) to visit and stay in Kumamoto 熊本 as his guest in the year 1640. Kumamoto was a flourishing town at the time Musashi arrived to take up his post as retainer and guest of Tadatoshi Hosokawa, daimyo ruler of Kumamoto. The time Musashi spent in Kumamoto would prove to be the final five years …

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Sunlight, Solace and Sorrow

Today is March 11th, 2014.  It is exactly thirty-six months since the Great East Japan Earthquake took place. It is estimated that 20,000 human beings perished as a result of the earthquake and the ensuing tsunami.  Each of these 20,000 people was someone’s mother, friend, daughter, son, father, colleague, teacher, doctor, lover, grandfather, aunt, uncle, neighbor, brother, sister, grandmother, niece, nephew… Today, entire communities continue to live in mourning.  Although …

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Cara, Day 1094  キャラ1094の日

Cara runs a creative English language school out of her home in Tokyo that she shares with Kosuke.  Although often inundated with students and classes, Cara still finds time to write and has co-authored two English language learning books while continuing to paint, play the violin and the piano.  If Cara ever invites you over for Thanksgiving or for any kind of celebration, say yes and rush over!  This girl …

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