Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Fox and The Parasol: a Japanese tale in Kyoto

I have bookmarks from Kyoto that I received as a gift a while back, with small stories written on them. The stories are written in the Kyoto dialect which I’ll explain a little later. For now, enjoy this story, one … Continue reading

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The Virtues of the Pure Land Buddhist Path

Recently I read a post by Rev. Brad Warner, even though it was (according to the website) a re-post of an older article. I never read the original, so it was new enough for me. I enjoyed it because I … Continue reading

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My new hobby: Korean language 한극어

I love studying languages in general. In my life, I’ve studied Mandarin, Vietnamese, Latin, German, Spanish, but my first love was always Japanese language. I don’t know why, but I think it was something about growing up in Seattle, where … Continue reading

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Meet the Rebels of Libya

Since the outbreak of the civil war in Libya, I’ve been avidly watching the news almost daily. I’ve written about it in the past,1 hoping that the conflict will end soon, and even now as we watch the fall of … Continue reading

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Expanding my horizons, blog updates

Hi all, After my decision to go on hiatus indefinitely,1 I took some time to rest, take a break and get another perspective on life, including a very nice camping trip with friends and family. It gave me some time … Continue reading

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Taking a nice break…

I had a nice break this weekend, camping with friends in southern Washington State. We were lucky to stay at a friend’s cabin, which had a very nice view of Lake Riffe below. My friend, “Budi” took all the photos … Continue reading

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Prince Shotoku: the man, the myth

Note: Still on hiatus, but this is an old post I decided to publish anyway. Prince Shotoku is one of the most recognizable and most famous figures in Japanese history. He epitomizes many aspects of early Japanese culture: a righteous, … Continue reading

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Retiring the blog, for now

Hi all, I decided tonight to finally announce a hiatus from this blog. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but wasn’t sure if I should take a break. The past year has seen a lot of changes in … Continue reading

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Geomancy in Japanese Culture

The notion of geomancy is something usually associated with Chinese feng-shui (風水), but this tradition has long been adapted into Japanese culture as well, and still widely seen today. In the ancient days of Japan, when the capitol was moved … Continue reading

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Japanese Language, Buddhist Sutras and Ruby Programming

A while back, I talked about my efforts to get a full, liturgical version of the Amitabha Sutra, one of my favorite Buddhist texts, online with both Chinese characters and Japanese-romanized reading. Because the sutra is so long, it is … Continue reading

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