Monthly Archives: November 2010

Living the Simple Life

As faithful readers will no doubt have noticed, I read a lot. I read on the bus, read on my lunch break at work, I used to read in the car when Baby was one-year old and would take extended … Continue reading

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Getting Old

[96] 花さそふ Hana sasou あらしの庭の Arashi no niwa no 雪ならで Yuki narade ふりゆくものは furiyuku mono wa わが身なりけり waga mi nari keri THIS snow is not from blossoms white Wind-scattered, here and there, That whiten all my garden paths And leave … Continue reading

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Ten Great Buddhist Proverbs by Lafcadio Hearn

Recently, I started reading another book by famous Greco-Irish author, Lafcadio Hearn, called In Ghostly Japan. In one section, Hearn has collected over a 100 Buddhist proverbs, and provides footnotes for some that require more explanation. I don’t know if … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving 2010!

Wishing everyone in the U.S. a happy Thanksgiving! Sincerely, Doug and Family

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Prince Shotoku and the Twelve Cap Ranking system

A few months back, I wrote a post about the Court ranking system among nobility in Heian Period Japan, the so-called “Golden Age” by people inside and outside Japan. Surprisingly the post has proven to be consistently popular among web … Continue reading

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Countdown to the JLPT exam, are you ready?

Two weeks remain for the JLPT exam. I’ll be taking the N3 this year, and feel pretty good about it. Reading a lot and also watching Japanese TV (via cable) with my little girl almost daily helps.1 We’ll see how … Continue reading

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For this Sunday’s filler, I’d thought I would share this photo. My little girl, now almost 4 years old, took a tissue box and turned it into a mailbox (with mom’s help) so she could receive letters. “Daddy” has been … Continue reading

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Japanese Priestesses Through History

Lately, while continuing to read Japanese manga for younger audiences to improve my reading skills, I picked up a different set of comics besides the Chibi Marukochan education series here at Kinokuniya bookstore in Seattle. This other series, made by … Continue reading

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The Nine Considerations for the Gentleman by Confucius

Book 16, verse 10 in the Analects of Confucius offers some sagely advice for the aspiring gentleman in the form of the Nine Considerations (九思, jiǔ​sī​ in modern Mandarin). Included here is the translation provided by Tsai Chih-Chung’s illustrated version … Continue reading

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Santa Claus, the Buddhist

Years ago, I wrote a pretend Buddhist sutra about Santa Claus, in my belief that Santa would make a good bodhisattva.1 However, I never imagined that I would see a video like this. Big thanks to fellow Buddhist blogger, and … Continue reading

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