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6AM. Tip of the Noto Penninsula.  Japan

Words fail, as I suppose they should, in the presence of such awe inspiring natural beauty.  I resort to taking photos, then videos, but of course, nothing quite captures the essence of this setting. I know one of my favorite poets, Mary Oliver, could have nailed it.  She wouldn’t need an iphone camera.   She’d probably just sit patiently in the midst of this delicate morning and  words would come to her.


I’m at a loss for the way to do that, but still want to share it. The best I can do is share my 6AM morning video. But, the file was too large, and I haven’t figured out how to edit it.

I was spellbound watching the many birds flying over the ocean just outside my window, but the video didn’t capture that.  They flew easily as singles, in pairs or in groups of eight or ten. Some flying east, others intent on a western path.  Some barely skimming the surface of the calm water, others a hundred feet above it. I think they’re swallows.

Are they too thinking, how splendid the morning?

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Dianne Vapnek

In an attempt to slow life's quickening pace, I'm writing to share my personal perspective on the aging process, its dilemmas, the humorous self-deception, the insights and the adventure of it all. I spent the bulk of my time in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, but manage to get to NYC a few times times a year. I've been a dancer/dance teacher and dance supporter almost all my life. For the past20years, I help create and produce a month-long creative residency in Santa Barbara for contemporary American choreographers and their dancers. It's been incredibly gratifying. This year, I decided it's time to retire! Big change. I also now spend several weeks a year in Kyoto Japan, residing for several weeks in the spring and the fall. I've been magnetically attracted to Japan for many years. Now I live out a dream to live there part-time.


  • Judi wallner says:

    Dianne you always educate and inspire with your keen observations Thank you dear friend for these delightful details of Japan and life in general. Well done!

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