Cherry Blossoms After the Rain

 Cherry blossoms after the rain. Les cerisiers en fleurs après la pluie. Hoa anh đào sau cơn mưa. 雨上がりの桜. Rain has inspired endless verses perhaps because of its beauty, its freshness, its romance and its melancholy?  While cherry blossoms and their ephemeral beauty have been woven into centuries of poetry. La pluie a inspiré d’innombrables versets peut-être en raison de sa beauté, sa fraîcheur, son romantisme et sa mélancolie?  Les …

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Reflections

What is Reflection? REFLECTION |rɪˈflɛkʃ(ə)n| [noun] (a)  the returning projection of light, heat, or sound by a body or surface without absorbing it; (b) an image seen on a shiny surface or mirror; (c) serious thought, contemplation or consideration of a matter or of the self; As I walk through Korakuen Garden in Okayama Prefecture, Japan, the fish are swimming around me in the pond.  We are sharing with you reflections of the …

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水前寺成趣園 Garden of Elegance

Suizenji Jojuen 水前寺成趣園 was originally envisioned by Hosokawa Tadatoshi, the third Lord of Hosokawa, who desired a quiet retreat to savour an excellent cup of tea in the Way of Tea. The design of Suizenji Jojuen Garden encompasses the Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road. The Tokaido Road dates back to the twelfth century and was a highway that connected Edo (present-day Tokyo) and Kyoto. Representation of Mount Fuji in the …

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Evening Footsteps. Bước Chân Chiều

   Evening footsteps. Bước chân chiều.   Traces de soirée.  夜の足音  Nhà thơ Nguyễn Tất Nhiên đã có lần viết trước khi tự tử: “Mỗi cuộc sống phải mua bằng nhục nhã, Mỗi mặt trời phải trả giá một hoàng hôn.”  The Vietnamese poet Nguyễn Tất Nhiên once wrote before committing suicide: “Every life has to be bought with shame, Every sunrise has to pay the price of a sunset.” Le …

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Honoring the Mother and Child

Remembering and celebrating all mothers around the world on this Mother’s Day today. Tưởng nhớ và chúc mừng các Bà Mẹ trên khắp thế giới trong Ngày Lễ Mẹ hôm nay. Aujourd’hui, le deuxième dimanche de mai, c’est la Fête des Mères.  Nous célébrons et honorons toutes les mères du monde entier. To all our mothers, “Happy Mother’s Day”. “ハッピー母の日” Mother and Child. Mère et enfant. Mẹ và Con. 母と子 …

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Vision, Inspiration, Creation & Originality

When vision, inspiration, creation and  originality converge, often Art is the result. Underwater artwork of kingyo 金魚 swimming in fish tanks inspired by Japan’s terraced rice paddy fields. Khi tầm nhìn, cảm hứng, tính chất độc đáo và sáng tạo hội tụ, thường Nghệ Thuật là kết quả. Lorsque la vision, l’inspiration, l’originalité et la création convergent, souvent l’Art est le résultat. ビジョン、インスピレーション、独創性と創造が収束すると、アートは結果である。 The current Art Aquarium exhibition at JR …

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熊本城 Kumamoto Castle Spring 2014

Spring blossomed at Kumamoto Castle during the second week of March this year. Printemps est arrivé au Château de Kumamoto. Xuân đã đến tại Thành Trì Kumamoto. 春が来ました! This Kumamoto Castle 熊本城 was built by Lord Kato Kiyomasa 加藤 清正 , the daimyo ruler of Northern Higo Province. Đám cưới đầu Xuân. Early spring wedding. Mariage au début du printemps. Passing conversations in traditional kimono. A sky of snow petals. …

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In Celebration of Sisters

 March third in Japan is Girls’ Day, a day designated to celebrate daughters in the family, an occasion when girls’ health and happiness become the focus of prayers and festivities in the home.  Preparations for 雛祭りHina Matsuri are made days in advance with homes, streets and shop fronts exhibiting the ornamental 雛人形hina ningyou dolls on lavish red-tiered display stands that date back to centuries of tradition.  An elaborate display comprises …

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My Sketchbook of 2001

Yesterday, I found a sketchbook that I had bought on December 26th, 2001, in Hokkaido, Japan.  During that first year of ever working in Japan, I had flown to Hokkaido for Christmas with four other teachers.  While my friends were skiing the slopes of powder snow, I had wandered the streets by myself and purchased this sketchbook and some art supplies.  Upon opening the sketchbook, these are the sketches I …

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